Joe & Kathy: Engaged

Kathy & Joe met in June of 2013 and went on their first date that July. I’ll save you from doing the math…they’ve now been together for four years and they can’t wait to share their special day with friends and family!

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How did you meet your fiancé?

We met floating down the Huzzah river at our fraternity’s annual float trip. We both went to St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP) and joined the same co-ed fraternity Kappa Psi, but at different times. We never crossed paths on campus or at other fraternity events, even though we had many mutual friends. On the float trip we had a cooler mix up that lead to conversations, laughs, and later a Facebook friend request. Shortly returning back to St. Louis we went on our first date to Dominic’s on the Hill and a Josh Turner concert at Soldier’s Memorial. The rest is history!

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When did you know they were the one for you?

I knew that Joe was the one after the first time we visited his family in Kentucky. We were dating a little over a year when I made my first weekend trip to stay with his parents. They live in a small town called Livermore and own a farm. After seeing Joe interacting with his family and friends and showing me around the farm, I realized I couldn’t picture a future without him.

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What is one of your favorite dates you have been on?

One of my favorite dates was our first date. After the float trip I had to go back to Kirksville for two weeks to finish up a pharmacy rotation. It seemed like forever before I would be able to see Joe again, but the first weekend I was back, Joe picked me up in his red Mustang and took me to Dominic’s on the Hill. It is one of the fanciest restaurants I’ve ever been to and we laughed almost the entire dinner. We just spent the night learning more about each other. Then we went to see Josh Turner at the Soldier’s Memorial downtown. It was a perfect dinner, concert, and summer date night.

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How did he propose? 

Joe proposed while we were in London! We went to London with another couple Joe knew from his hometown. We rented an Airbnb that had a rooftop balcony overlooking the London Eye. Joe originally planned to propose on the night we went to see the Phantom of the Opera because we would be dressed up for the theatre; however rain was in the forecast. So he decided to push the proposal up a day after our day trip to Canterbury, Cliffs of Dover, and Leeds castle. So after a long day of sightseeing we returned to our apartment and sat on the rooftop with our friends and a bottle of wine. After some conversation about the fun we had that day, Joe asked me to take a picture with the London Eye in the background. As our friends took our picture, he got down on one knee and proposed! Later that night we face-timed our families to share the good news. Joe only told my dad about the proposal so it was fun to see everyone’s reactions.

 

Was it a surprise?

The proposal was a complete surprise to me! There was a thought in the back of my mind that London would be a romantic place to propose, but I thought the proposal would happen around Christmas (my favorite holiday). Little did I know that Joe asked the couple we traveled with to keep the ring in their suitcase so I wouldn’t accidentally find it (or so airport security wouldn’t ruin the surprise), and would propose with the London Eye in the background! After the proposal we video chatted with our families and a few close friends. That was when I learned that the only person that knew about the proposal was my Dad (Joe asked my Dad for his permission a few days prior to the trip). It was fun telling the rest of our families about the proposal, and seeing all of their reactions. Similarly to me, they thought it might happen on the trip, but didn’t know for sure.

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What is your favorite thing about your fiancé? 

My favorite thing about Joe is his ability to always make me laugh. No matter the situation, he is able to turn it around to a positive one and make me smile. He has been such a positive influence, and I can’t imagine ever being this happy without him in my life.

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How do you envision your wedding day?

I envision our wedding day to be full of laughs and smiles. I hope for it to be a great time for everyone involved in the wedding and the guests. Looking back I hope to remember all of the fun we had with both families. This will be the first time most of our extended families will be meeting each other and I envision it to be a big celebration.

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How did you decide on your venue?

We decided on St. John Nepomuk for our ceremony location because I have a family connection with the Church. My grandma was a member of the Church and my great grandparents were married there. My grandma has passed away, but getting married at St. John Nepomuk will be a special connection I will be able to share with her after the wedding.

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Are there any special or family traditions you’ll be incorporating?

My dad is 100% Irish and we have a family tradition that whenever someone has good news they bring a bottle of Baileys to a family gathering. We open the bottle, pass around a glass to everyone, the person with the good news says a toast, and then everyone drinks to the good news. We hope to find a time with our wedding party and parents to share a bottle of Baileys and toast to our marriage!

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What are you looking forward to most about your wedding day?

The thing I look forward to most is walking down the aisle to Joe and saying our wedding vows to each other. I can’t wait to take the next step in our journey together, and spend the rest of the day celebrating with our friends and family. I also hopefully look forward to an epic dance party with our friends and family!

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Follow us for sneak peeks of Mr & Mrs Logsdon and their special day on August 26th!

Photography Credit: Jason Winkeler Photography

Chris & Kayla: Married

Let me catch you up on Kayla & Chris…they have been together since high school. Isn’t that the cutest?? They live in a gorgeous house (props to Kayla’s design skills and I’m sure Chris’s muscles) and have been together for over eight years. The quote of the wedding was, “Well, it’s been forever, it’s about time.” In the best of ways, of course.

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The girls started out getting ready at Chris & Kayla’s house. They relaxed around the house with mimosas, colorful robes, and a bit of makeup.

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The boys were reppin’ the U.S. of A. all day. I actually didn’t find this out until I saw the pictures weeks after the wedding! They got ready at Chris’s brother’s house and showed up looking sharp in navy blue suits.

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Kayla’s first dress was a lace dream. Both of her dresses were from David’s Bridal and looked stunning (more pictures below).

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One of the must-dos of the wedding day was having Chris’s mother pin on his boutonniere. It was a special moment for the two of them before sending him down the aisle.

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Though the trend right now is straying from wedding traditions, never forget the tradition and blessing of family. I love seeing the difference between wedding ring styles… from Kayla’s to her mother’s to her grandmother’s.

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Whoever tells you that you can’t have two wedding dresses, they are lying. It’s your day and if you want to be stunning in two different outfits, go for it! The one’s Kayla picked out were both jaw dropping and so perfect for her ceremony and reception, respectively.

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I love being a witness to first looks. Kayla had a sweet one with her father before the big reveal to her future husband. Chris looked at his bride in disbelief before a kiss and hug.

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Wine Country Gardens has become my home away from home. I love doing weddings out on their property. If you are still looking for a venue, this place has it all. Great food, great people, outdoor and indoor space, and wine. Chris & Kayla picked a perfect place!

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After pictures around the winery, we lined the bridal party and family up for the ceremony. It was an intimate celebration where Kayla’s uncles officiated.

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Their ceremony was full of fun and surprises…including selfies!

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Kayla designed all of the centerpieces for a rustic and stylish feel. Eucalyptus leaves, baby’s breath, and candlelight provided a warm and inviting table for all of the guests.

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I loved being able to setup for this wedding! All of the decor and gold accents went perfectly together and created a uniform look through the whole reception space. Their cake table was especially gorgeous with the wood and gold cupcake stands.

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Kayla and Chris started off with the cake cutting and first dance. Kayla sang to her new groom as he smiled like one does on the best day of their life.

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After the first dance, Kayla slipped into her second outfit. It was perfect for dancing the night away and letting loose!

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After the party wore down, Chris & Kayla thanked their guests and sent them home with some of Grandma’s Cookies.

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Congratulations Chris & Kayla Haley! You both are incredible and I hope your marriage and life together is just as amazing!

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Photography: YKnot Studios // Cookies: Grandma’s Cookies // Wedding Dresses: David’s Bridal // Venue: Wine Country Gardens

Adam & Kelly: Married

Oh, where to begin? Kelly & Adam have the kind of connection, love, and happiness that everyone dreams about. A relationship built on Christ and trust that is not easily broken. Their day (and leading up to it) was such a joy to be part of. Looking through the pictures taken by Kara Volle Photography, I realize how special this day was all over again.

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My main job for the day was coordinating the ceremony. I also had to make sure that Adam didn’t get a sneak peek of Kelly before she walked down the aisle! I got to spend a little quality time with the guys and girls as they prepared for the big moment and it was simply wonderful.

Kelly’s 1st and 2nd grade class helped write a letter to her groom, “How to be a Good Husband to Miss Kremer.” How adorably unique is that?

A lot of the bridal party and attendants I had known from a previous wedding last May. That’s what happens when people form a bond that creates close and lasting relationships! It is so much fun to witness a previous groom rooting on the next one and the same core group of individuals standing by each other through life.

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After the bride was in her gorgeous lace gown, it was time for a first look with two of three most important men in her life… her dad and brother.

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The Kremer family has come to mean so much to me just in the few months that I’ve known them. Not only was I able to be part of Kelly’s special day, but I’ll be helping her brother Jake and his fiancé Lea for their wedding in May! They are the sweetest and I’m so blessed by their genuine natures and godliness. Kara will also be their photographer so we’re a dream team in the making!

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After a relaxing morning, it was time… we lined the bridal party up and tucked Kelly away as we started the ceremony.

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As part of their ceremony, Kelly and Adam took communion together. I love how symbolic this act is… of the sacrifice of Christ, His love for us, and how we can mirror that love in marriage and the church. It is the perfect way to begin your lives as husband and wife.

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Two AEE couples right here!

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After hugs, kisses, and well wishes…it was time for some fun! Kara took the bridal party around the campus of Washington University and Old Hickory for some fun photography. (Fun Fact: I matched the bridesmaids that day in my own black-and-white dress.)

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Seriously, how fun does this bridal party look?? (A lot, by the way.)

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Since I was only there for the beautiful ceremony, I did not get to witness the reception. But from the looks of it, it was a blast and truly representative of Kelly & Adam! I hope you enjoy these pictures like I did..

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Congratulations Mr & Mrs Newell! I pray that you have a lifetime of love, happiness, and faith. Best wishes on all of your adventures together!

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Photography: Kara Volle Photography // Florals: Schnucks // Ceremony Venue: Graham Chapel at WashU // Reception Venue: Old Hickory Country Club