Russ and Gail Smith celebrate daughter’s marriage 2


Congratulations are in order for Gail and Russ Smith, who recently celebrated the marriage of their daughter, Myca. The wedding announcement, from Russ:

Gail and Russell G. Smith II, formerly of Joplin, MO announce the wedding of their daughter, Myca Erin, to Mr. Robert Gilbert Stahl, son of Nancy and Dennis Stahl of Wood Dale, IL. The wedding ceremony, officiated by Rabbi Michael Sternfield of Chicago Sinai Congregation, took place under a four posted, flowing white, draped Chuppah in the Gold Coast Ballroom of Chicago’s Drake Hotel on September 24, 2011.

Following the wedding, a black tie cocktail reception hosted by the Bride’s parents honored Mr. and Mrs. Stahl. A five course dinner and dancing to the upbeat Michael Lerich Band followed.

The Bride appeared radiant in her Monique Lhuillier gown of crème latte silk and satin organza with a hand tufted ball gown skirt. The hand-made floral motif on a pearl beadwork embellished bodice, accented by a silk French ribbon on her waist line, featured dainty silk ribbon bows along the back of the elegant gown’s skirt. Her Bridesmaids wore single shouldered, hunter green satin, full length gowns and carried a clutch bouquet of antique hydrangea and purple lisianthus with a geranium foliage collar and a silver/pearl broach gift from the bride.

The Bride, escorted by her father, strolled down a white walkway featuring an array of glass cylinder flickering candles and autumn greenery. Her bridal bouquet featured antique hydrangea, soft purple lisianthus, green cymbdium orchids, eggplant calla lilies and a fragrant gardenia bloom with touches of textural variegated geranium foliage. The Bride’s nephews, Blake and Ian Peters, carried the wedding rings on two satin white pillows.

The bridal party included: Matron of Honor Shana Smith Peters, the Bride’s sister; Lisa Leigh-Anne Stahl, the Groom’s sister; plus Bridesmaids Natalie McNeely Peters, Kathryn Spitler McGovern, Lane Schnaitter Minton, Stephanie Powers and Tricia Gerbers Norberg, all friends of the Bride. The Best Man was James Doty, friend of the Groom, along with Groomsmen Brian Stahl, cousin of the Groom, Ashley B. Peters, brother-in-law of the Bride, Matthew Henry, Daniel Black and Johnny Lane, all friends of the Groom. The four Ushers, all from Joplin and friends of the Bride, were Bradley McIntyre, Joshua Detar, Justin Sage and Spencer Satterlee. Usher Devin Heller of Tulsa, cousin of the Bride, and Greeter Amanda Hurn Stanley of Joplin rounded out the wedding party. In memory of Russell “Rusty” Gent Smith III, the Bride’s brother, the Groom honored Rusty’s absence by including him as a Groomsman. A gardenia in the Bride’s bouquet offered another remembrance as well.

The Bride’s Aunt and Uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Heller of Palm Beach, Florida hosted a breakfast reception prior to Mr. and Mrs. Stahl’s departure to Maui, Hawaii for their Honeymoon. The newlyweds will be at home in Chicago’s Old Town district.


2 thoughts on “Russ and Gail Smith celebrate daughter’s marriage

  • Keisha Railey

    Congratulations to the beautiful couple. After hours of online research this evening, I hope I have located the daughter of the correct Russell G. Smith. I’m hoping to pass on a message of gratitude to Mr. Smith for a random act of kindness he provided to my fiancé and I this afternoon. We were having lunch in St. Louis MO at Guido’s Restaurant, when a complete stranger paid my table’s bill. The waitress told us his name, and that the person requested that he not be acknowledged until after he left. I had to reach out and find out who he was, and let him know what that act meant to us. Coincidentally, the reason we were in Guido’s today was discuss wedding reception plans with a family friend offering her assistance. In today’s economy it is very difficult for a working couple in love to plan a wedding, but with love and grace of family and friends we have made it possible. Mr. Smith’s act of kindness restored my faith that people still care about others. So to the happy new Mrs. Stahl please cherish your heritage, and enjoy your father. Because as a girl who lost her Dad 8 years ago, great men like that are hard to come by!

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