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fall 2018

So, You Wanna Get Married?

Congratulations. You just signed up for a marathon. Marriage is like running a marathon. Not a runner? No problem. Anyone can do it. There is no special formula, just a willingness to work hard and an ability to adapt to whatever comes your way. As you run, there will be days when you feel like […]

The Written and Unwritten Rules of Etiquette

You classy, confident woman, you. “Nothing is less important than which fork you use. Etiquette is the science of living. It embraces everything. It is ethics. It is honor.” — Emily Post The grand old dame of etiquette Emily Post wrote the words above long before local etiquette expert Sarah Bohl was learning about the […]

She Says

Local women answer the question: Did you change your last name, keep it or hyphenate when you got married? Marisa Cook: I changed my name. My husband is one of the last with his family’s name, and I have a lot of family members with my family name. I wanted to pass it down to […]

Gifts for the Groomsmen

Found in downtown Cape Girardeau. Trophy You already know they’re great humans, so give your groomsmen a trophy for being the truest buddies you could ask for. Atelier.   Records Have some Elvis Presley or Beatles fans in your wedding crew? Nothing sounds better than gifting them antique records of their favorite throwback music artists, […]

To Have and to Hold

Deeply personal touches from local couples’ weddings   Your wedding day: the one day when all the people you love from all the parts and places of your life gather to witness two separate lives joined together. It’s the day to celebrate all that love is and has been and will be. Here, five couples […]

20-Something Long-Distance Love

Here’s to you. By Rachael Long That old saying “distance makes the heart grow fonder” is complete garbage. My heart was already pretty stinking fond of my partner before I packed my bags and moved to Denver for the summer. He is the answer to so many prayers, and we fell for each other fast. […]

The Esquire and Butch

Because place matters. By Laura Robertson She sits silent, her once-lighted Esquire sign drooping with age and neglect. Flashy billboards no longer attract patrons from under glass frames. The ticket window has yellowed papers stuck to part of the inside glass. The smell of freshly popped popcorn does not emanate through the cracks of the […]

For Our Sisters

You teach us and love us, and we love you. By Carly Phillips Go to my house and find one of the plastic boxes labeled “pictures.” Pry off the lid and dig through empty film canisters, old rolls of negatives and hundreds of photos. You’ll find me posing in someone else’s sunglasses, with birthday cakes, […]

The Single Life

Live into it. According to the life plan I mapped out one day in middle school, when my 20s were but a distant dream, I should be married by now. Well, that hasn’t happened. And although my ideas have grown and shifted and changed, this self-imposed relationship timeline is apparently subconsciously ingrained somewhere deep inside […]

Onward, Together

37 Years: Mary and Robert Gentry In Chicago, almost four decades ago, Robert Gentry was working at Cook County Hospital, and his friend told him about a wedding taking place. “Two things that’s always connected with weddings: good food and beautiful women,” Robert says. “That’s what got me there. And they both worked out well.” It […]

Onward, Together

5 Years: Kelley and Jeff Branch Kelley and Jeff Branch met in 2010 in downtown Cape Girardeau. Kelley was a senior at Southeast Missouri State University, and Jeff had just graduated. One of Kelley’s best friends worked with Jeff, and they all happened to be at the same place at the same time. It was a […]

Onward, Together

75 Years: Helen and Fred Moyers Fred and Helen Moyers have been married for 75 years. Their choice to keep choosing each other is a testament that, yes, love is real. And it endures. “Do you want to dance, honey?” Fred Moyers asks Helen Moyers in their living room at Chateau Girardeau in Cape Girardeau […]
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