Andy Streiff & Sydney Philpott-Streiff

photo by Carretto Studio

 

Bride: Sydney Philpott-Streiff, 24, Public Health Research Coordinator at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University School of Medicine

Groom: Andy Streiff, 24, Product Manager at LockerDome

Wedding date: May 20, 2017

Venue: Missouri History Museum

photo by Carretto Studio

HOW LONG WE’VE BEEN A COUPLE: 8 years

HOW HE PROPOSED

It’s March 2016, and we were heading to Chicago for the weekend to see one of our favorite bands, Lake Street Dive. We checked into our hotel room and were trying to decide where to grab a drink before dinner. Then Andy says, “Let’s go on a walk through the park first!” So, we head into Grant Park and start wandering around. We are shivering, and I am ready to go back when we come upon a beautiful little sculpture garden with no one around. He brings me out to the middle of it and gets down on one knee. My favorite part is when he looks up at me and says, “It’s happening.” It was so goofy and just about us. It was perfect.

OUR FAVORITE WEDDING DAY MOMENTS

Sydney: There was this moment before the ceremony when Andy pulled me aside and pulled open his jacket. Inside, he had pinned a little note that said, “Love you” written in blue crayon. It was such a small gesture but it meant so much. I couldn’t stop thinking how lucky I was that this was about to be my husband.

photo by Carretto Studio

Andy: I was at the end of the walk to the Philpott house and waiting for the “first look.” Nervous, I was chatting with our cinematographer, Matt, about cracking Will Ferrell jokes with my groomsmen before arriving there. After the “look,” as Sydney was wiping away her tears—unaware of my previous conversation with Matt—she exclaimed, “I’m stuck in a glass case of emotion!” That was a classic Ferrell quote from “Anchorman!” It was a perfect moment to calm my nerves for the rest of the day ahead.

WHAT WE’VE LEARNED ABOUT EACH OTHER DURING THE WEDDING PREP PROCESS

Sydney: It was amazing how supportive and interested he was about wedding details, and was accepting when I was feeling overwhelmed. He works a crazy busy job but always made time to be a part of the planning meetings and asking about how things were going. He was my rock.

Andy: Sydney is the most organized person I’ve ever known. Not once was anything rushed, out of place, or ever stressful. She made things easy, moving meeting times with vendors around to accommodate my schedule, even if I had no business picking out flower arrangements or linens. Her work before the wedding made the day better than I could have ever dreamed.

WHAT HAS KEPT US TOGETHER

Sydney: We have been through a lot of hard times together (including Andy’s battle with leukemia) and knowing that you are doing it all with your best friend makes things a lot easier. We complement each other in a lot of ways and we have so much fun together. Andy makes me a better person. He challenges me and supports me, and always tells me I am beautiful. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner in life.

Andy: It’s been a whirlwind in the past eight years. We’ve experienced more in that time than many couples experience over the course of a lifetime. It’s how we’ve responded to those experiences that brought us to where we are today. Sydney is an unbelievable partner—never asking for anything, always a giver, and always encouraging me to strive for more. She makes me the best version of myself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

photos courtesy of Andy Carretto/Carretto Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

photos courtesy of Andy Carretto/Carretto Studio