Ask Meg and Lucas Comeau how many people attended their wedding and you get two answers.
“Officially we had 150, not counting the 500,000 outside,” Meg said with a chuckle.
The 2 p.m. wedding at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral) June 15 occurred at the same time as the St. Louis Blues victory parade and rally on the Arch grounds where the Old Cathedral is located on the riverfront in Downtown St. Louis.
Before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the couple, who both work as campus ministers for a Newman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, heard “whispers” that a Blues victory could mean a parade and rally on their wedding day. After the Blues won Game 7, the talk became reality and some apprehension set in for the couple. They soon heard from Shannon Lanham at the Old Cathedral that she was working with parade planners to ensure parking and transportation for the wedding party and guests.
“She really helped us out,” Lucas said. The guests ended up parking at a secured lot and boarding shuttles to the Old Cathedral, with all expenses paid for by the Blues.
“Everyone did their best to make sure everything went as smooth as possible,” said Meg, a Cor Jesu Academy grad whose maiden name is Hruz.
Lucas said they were glad they didn’t stress too much about the logistics. “It was already going to be unforgettable because I’m marrying the woman of my dreams,” he said. “But at the same time, God is so good in how He takes something that’s so crazy, so chaotic and turns it into something so beautiful and wonderful. “
Meg, echoing a comment from a friend, added that they felt a lot of grace. “There were so many people praying for us the whole weekend,” she said. “And that’s without a doubt the reason why, with all the insanity, it all went so beautifully.”
The couple met at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Conversations before class led to a friendship as they discovered mutual interests, such as Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, theology and philosophy. The next semester they studied abroad in Austria and went on their first date. The day ended with Lucas’ attempt at ice skating, a skill a few of those Stanley Cup winners in Blues jerseys outside the Old Cathedral have perfected. Lucas proposed in the adoration chapel at Franciscan University.
Meg is a St. Louis native from St. Joseph Parish in Manchester with loyalties to the Blues that strengthened during the team’s playoff run. Lucas’ family moved to various communities with his father’s assignments in the U.S. Air Force, ending up in San Antonio. Lucas became a hockey fan because of the playoff run and tilted toward the Blues because of their underdog status and chance to finally win the Cup. But his father and other family members who are Boston natives less pleased with the Blues’ win.
Walking into the church was fun for the wedding party because Blues fans cheered them and wished them well. The bus dropped them off in the VIP area for the Blues executives and guests, and the couple posed for photos with Blues owner Tom Stillman, hockey Hall-of-Famer Brett Hull and others. After Mass, a few Blues fans sought photos with the wedding couple and the Blues players waved from their bus.
Meg and Lucas said that they believe they are doing what God desires of them as campus ministers. “We’re both really enjoying it,” said Lucas, who started there about three month ago, joining his wife who has a year’s experience in the role. “We’re really starting to grow the Newman Center,” he said.
Meg added that the job, including fundraising, is a lot of work but it’s worth it. “It’s nice because you can see the fruits of what we do every day,” she said. “To see that witness of faith among the students is wonderful.”