Maryville couple shares their tale of a frightfully fun wedding
Most couples have special wedding memories, but Adam Crnko, ’11 and Kate Dutton Crnko, ’09, have a particularly unforgettable one: last Oct. 28, dressed as Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein, they walked through downtown St. Louis to their hotel following their wedding reception, as thousands of revelers celebrated the St. Louis Cardinals World Series win.
The newly married couple was congratulated by total strangers (repeatedly), asked to pose in pictures with happy Cardinals fans (repeatedly) and were featured on both the local news and in national sports coverage of the night.
“We were in full costume. Adam was painted completely green and wearing monster boots. There were people everywhere, traffic everywhere. It probably took us two hours to get to the hotel,” Kate recalled. She said she’d always heard a wedding day goes by so quickly, it can become a blur. Not so in their case; the Crnkos say the unusual elements of their night gave them memories they will never forget.
While both of the Crnkos are Maryville alumni, they didn’t meet at Maryville. The two, who are both teachers in the Kirkwood school district, were instead set up on a blind date in 2010 by other teachers who thought they should meet. Kate graduated from Maryville with a bachelor’s in elementary education, and she’s now working on her master’s degree in early childhood education here. Her mother, Tammie Lorden, works as the Human Resources assistant at Maryville. Adam earned his master’s in educational leadership at Maryville. He currently teaches third grade at Tillman Elementary School, while Kate teaches the fourth grade at Westchester Elementary School.
As they started dating, they realized they both owned bins of costumes. Adam says, “I love Halloween; I’ve always loved Halloween.” Kate says she’d use hers with students in class. They got engaged during a trip to Florida to visit a retired principal from Tillman, who had worked with Adam. Friends along for the trip suggested they have a Halloween wedding, and they ran with it. They soon realized The Lemp Mansion, a property in St. Louis rumored to be haunted by members of a historic brewing family, had availability near Halloween.
They ultimately dressed in traditional wedding clothes for their ceremony, and changed into their costumes for the reception. Wedding guests came dressed in costumes, and special touches included pumpkin jack ‘o lanterns carved by their students. At the end of the night, Adam’s sister tried to drive them back to their hotel, but stuck in traffic not far from the Gateway Arch, they decided to walk the rest of the way. In costume. On the night of the Cardinals World Series win.
Since then, Adam, 27, and Kate, 25, have bought a house in Ballwin and done extensive renovations on it. As for their immediate plans? “I think we’re going to rest for a while,” Adam says.