Class of 2007

Presenting the 20 Under 30 Class of 2007.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

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The Matrimonial Maven

Stephanie Weiss, 29

Owner, Ella Weiss Wedding Design

Who is Ella Weiss? The downtown wedding shop actually has two namesakes—at least it will come August, when owner Stephanie Weiss gives birth to daughter Ella, who will be named after her great-grandmother…who was the “Ella” for which the store was really named. Grandmother, store, baby, got it? In 2005, Stephanie moved to Springfield to open Ella Weiss Wedding Design after she saw the need for an upscale, couture wedding shop in Springfield. Drawing on her fashion marketing and merchandising degree from MU—and experience as a Niemann-Marcus wedding planner—she moved solo from St. Louis and opened the store in late 2005. (Husband Chris joined her a year later.) Since then she’s flourished; providing a first-of-it’s kind contemporary shop for local brides to dress and plan for the biggest day of their lives. As for Stephanie, she’s planning for little Ella... during wedding season. She could be forgiven for forgetting her own name.

Who would play you in a movie of your life? “My employee [Nicki] says Deborah Kerr—super nice, but with a little bit of spunk.”
The first website you hit every morning: “It’s my guilty pleasure.”
When I’m 40 I hope  _____________? “I am a good mother, a good wife and a successful business owner…still.”
If you could eat one meal in Springfield, and budget isn’t an obstacle, where would you eat? “Normally the filet at Flame, but since I’ve been pregnant I can’t eat steak. But I’d love to have that.”
You have an iPod and can only download one album. What is it? David Gray, This Year’s Love
In an honest moment, what would you tell someone about your job? “I love it! I’m very passionate toward it. I can’t say anything bad about it.”
Who would play you in a movie of your life? “I have no idea. My employee [Nicki] says it would be Deborah Kerr—she’s super nice, but has a little bit of spunk to her.”
If you could be on a reality show, what would it be? “I would never be on any of them.”
Biggest phobia: Spiders
One night, no complications, whom do you seduce? “IF I weren’t married…George Clooney. He’s classy.”


Movie: Braveheart
Adult beverage: dirty martini. “When I can have one…with Effen vodka.”
TV show: Grey’s Anatomy
Fast food indulgence: “McDonald’s cheeseburger with fries, and I dip them in sweet and sour sauce.”
Book: “I’ve read so many baby books lately…Probably The Devil Wears Prada.”
Bar: Ophelia’s Tapas & Wine Bar

Take your pick:

Time machine or omniscience? Omniscience
Black tie or comfy sweats? Comfy sweats. “Lately.”
John or Paul? Paul
MySpace or Facebook? Neither
Deal or No Deal? Deal

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