Go, fight, win! Persistent groom gets his girl
Sarah Pikul and Andrew Dyerson met while they were both cheering for the Arena Football League’s Kansas City Bridgade. Though Sarah was spoken for, Andrew couldn’t help but notice her. After one late night out, Sarah admitted she was intrigued with Andrew and wanted to get to know him better. Their love story took off from there, full of excitement, laughter and persistence on Andrew’s part to make Sarah his bride.
Andrew attempted to pop the question not once, not twice, but four times during a busy weekend. He had planned to take Sarah to a Coldplay concert as a surprise. She ended up having to work so he couldn’t propose as planned. The second, third and fourth attempts were ruined by Sarah falling sleep on the couch instead of going for a romantic stroll and then having too much fun at her friend’s wedding to leave early. Finally, they were able to have some alone time and brought their new puppy to the pool for a swim. Andrew proposed while they lounged at the pool. After her initial shock — and saying a few expletives — Sarah happily accepted.
The 28-year-old bride, who works as an executive director at an event planning company, wanted their wedding to reflect their unique tastes, and they both worked hard to coordinate the details of their special day. They got married in St. Louis but the essence of their special day came straight from the heart of Kansas City.
Wedding date: April 16, 2011
The ceremony and reception: Sarah and Andrew said “I do” at the Shrine of St. Joseph in downtown St. Louis. The Rev. David Darren from Sarah’s childhood parish, St. Teresa’s, officiated the ceremony. As Andrew walked his mother down the aisle, fiddle player Shane Borth played the Beatles song “If I Fell.” The reception took place at the Four Seasons. Flannigan’s Right Hook, a Kansas City Irish band, played throughout the night.
The cake: Andrew designed the cake, modeling it after their wedding invitations, which were fuchsia and orange. The cake was French vanilla cake with strawberry cream cheese filling, chocolate cake with caramel fudge filling, and the top was red velvet cake with cream cheese filling.
The flowers: The bride’s bouquet consisted of fuchsia peonies (the bride and groom’s favorite flower, which they both now have tattoos of) mixed with cherry blossom branches and bright colors to reflect the couple’s love of Jamaican flowers.
The look: Sarah’s dress was a custom-designed Rina di Montella trumpet gown with exquisite beading on the bodice and was purchased at Nolte’s Bridal Salon in Overland Park, Kan. Sarah epitomized simple elegance with earrings and a bracelet. Her fuchsia shoes by Nina matched perfectly with Andrew’s bright fuchsia jacket.
The rings: Sarah’s diamond infinity band has a two-carat, Asher-cut diamond center stone, designed by Michael B. Andrew’s wedding band is a custom-made, four-row diamond infinity band.
The moments they’ll never forget: Writing their own vows was extremely important for Sarah and Andrew, and their heartfelt words moved the entire church to tears. Sarah said seeing Andrew in his fuchsia jacket for the first time was such a special moment for her, and she was awed by how handsome he looked. Also, for their first dance they decided to mix two songs together and have each one be a surprise. Sarah chose “Forever” by Ben Harper and Andrew selected “I’ll Stand by You” by The Pretenders. Supporting their hometown also was very important to the couple. They purchased the wedding dress, custom-made jackets, rings and many other items in Kansas City.
Advice for KC brides: “Breathe a lot,” Sarah says. “Many people get overwhelmed with taking on so many details, but start early and keep calm. Everything will work out in the end. Enlist the help of your family and friends for tasks because you cannot do it all.”