Katherine Eleanor St. Eve and Parker Earl Koerner knew each other in passing throughout college, but it wasn’t until their senior year at Southern Methodist University that sparks flew between the two. Parker needed a date to bring to his fraternity Christmas formal, and a mutual friend suggested that he ask Katherine. The two spent the entire formal getting to know each other, dancing and laughing. The next day, however, was Christmas break, and Parker went back to New Orleans and Katherine back to St. Louis, Mo., for the holidays.

When Katherine and Parker returned from Christmas break, Parker took Katherine on a date. The two picked up right from the Christmas formal and fell in love with the restaurant’s famous brisket tacos, and not long after, each other.

Over the past few years, Parker had been restoring his 1968 Boston Whaler. He even bragged that one day the boat would look so great that he would ask Katherine to marry him in it. On July 13, 2012, the boat wasn’t completely ready but Parker was ready to pop the question. That evening, Katherine came out of her house to be picked up for dinner and saw an unusual sight – Parker’s car was coming down the street with his boat right behind it. The car slowly pulled in front of the sidewalk where Katherine could see Parker in the boat and the words “Will you marry me?” on its side.

After the wedding, the two enjoyed a relaxing vacation in Hawaii for a week. The couple currently lives in New Orleans, where Katherine is an elementary school teacher and Parker is a graduate student working towards his Master of Business Administration at the A. B. Freeman School of Business.


Katherine Eleanor St. Eve


Parker Earl Koerner

Bride’s Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. John Edward St. Eve

Groom’s Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. John Edward Koerner III

Date of Wedding:

December 31, 2013

Ceremony Location:

Mary Queen of Peace, St. Louis, Mo

Reception Location:

Westborough Country Club


Josie Littlepage


Fr. Eamonn Shelly and Fr. Craig T. Holway

Ceremony Music:

Gye Nyame Gospel Choir

Wedding Gown:

Carolina Herrera

Flower Girls:

Lyden Henriette Bland, Kathryn Knox Gilly, Anna Joyce Pinter and Sarah Blair Montgomery

Ring Bearers:

James Sinnott Bland and Charles Waid Montgomer

Maid of Honor:

Lydia Ann St. Eve


Elizabeth Ann Hess, Emily Marie Hummel, Marjorie McKeon Hyde, Kathryn Lynne Lott, Lauren Elizabeth McLaughlin, Catherine Blair Paterson, Courtney Cooper St. Eve and Eva Louise Taylor

Bridesmaids’ Dresses:

Amsale Chiffon Dresses in Champagne

Groomsmen’s Attire:

Notched Lapel Tuxedos

Flower Girl:

Sophie Ann St. Eve

Ring Bearer:

Cooper Field St. Eve

Best Man:

John Edward Koerner IV


Michael Anderson Birtel, Robert Clinton Birtel, Richard Joseph Carrere, Charles Henry Barritt Peterson, Karl Ashby Senner, Bryan Field St. Eve, Taylor John St. Eve and Dean Wilkinson


Stephen McWilliams Beahm, Charles Lafayette Brown IV, Andrew Helm Hall, William Henry Langenstein IV, Jefferson Glenny Parker Jr., Michael Leander Perez, James Raider Stone and John Brooks Zimmermann


Bloomin’ Buckets, St. Louis, Mo.

Wedding Cake:

Westborough Country Club, St. Louis, Mo.

Groom’s Cake:

La Patisserie Chouquette, St. Louis, Mo.


Susan Jackson Photography, St. Louis, Mo.


Danielle Style, St. Louis, Mo.


The Soulsations, Memphis, Tenn.