I think I’ve been waiting with eager anticipation for these two to get married for quite some time now! Katie met with me in October of last year and we have been planning the day of their dreams ever since. I’m so excited to finally be able to work at Silver Oaks Chateau alongside the lovely Courtney Smith Photography, Roses & Mint, and more. Katie & Chris are full of so much fun, laughter, and have been through it all together. Keep scrolling to see how amazingly photogenic they are and read all about their special day coming up on December 15th!
How long have you been together?
We are from the same hometown in Marion, IL and started dating our Junior year of high school. Life took us our separate ways for a little while in college but we ended up re-connecting towards the end of college and the rest is history 🙂
Share one of your favorite dates.
Every fall Chris and I go to Eckerts to pick pumpkins and apples then go to the Loading Dock in Alton, IL for dinner and drinks on their patio. It is something we started doing a few years ago that has become one of our favorite fall traditions!
When did you know they were the one?
Katie: I knew Chris was the one when I moved to St. Louis after graduating from Nursing School to be closer to him while he was in dental school. It was a time full of a lot of changes and stress in my life with living in a new city and just starting out as a new nurse on night shift but through it all Chris was the one who made me feel the most comfortable and at ease. He could always comfort me and I knew that as long as we were together everything else would fall in place.
Chris: I think that part of me has always known since high school that Katie and I were meant to be together but we definitely took our time getting engaged. When I moved to Alton, IL for dental school, Katie and I had to hold a long distance relationship from Alton to Murray, KY. When we were apart for that year and a half it was hard, to say the least, but I think during that time I realized how much happier I was when Katie was with me. After she moved to STL I knew that she was the only person I could ever see myself spending the rest of my life with!
How did he pop the question?
We have been engaged since July 15, 2017! Chris told me that he had planned a date for us for the day and then had made a dinner reservation for us that night so that I needed to be ready in the afternoon and to wear something nice. He took me to The Hill to eat for lunch (my favorite food of all time is pasta!) and then we went to the Botanical Gardens. We had never been to the Gardens before so we were just walking around looking at everything when he led me down a little path out of the way of everything. I kept telling him I didn’t understand why we were going down that way because there weren’t any flowers back there! To my surprise he took me under this gazebo with beautiful greenery all around and proposed! He had somebody there who was taking our picture the entire time and then we walked around the gardens and took a few more pictures! I was so surprised! He then told me he had one more thing for us to do and we drove to Ballpark Village. I was really confused at this point but when we walked in all of my family, his family, and our closest friends were there to celebrate! It was the perfect day!
Was the proposal a surprise?
Yes! It was a complete surprise! I thought we would get engaged after he had graduated Dental School the following May.
What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?
Katie: My favorite thing about Chris is the way that he makes me laugh and can make me feel less stressed just by being around. His kindness and carefree personality make me a better person.
Chris: Definitely the way she scrunches her nose when she laughs. Just laughing with Katie in general is my favorite thing!
How do you envision your wedding day?
We envision a very happy day surrounded by our closest family and our friends from all walks of life. We want our day to be all about the love that we share and a celebration of our new life together.
How did you decide on your venue?
We wanted a venue that felt small and intimate while being able to accommodate our large guest list and when we found Silver Oaks it was that and more! It felt very cozy and warm while also being elegant. We immediately knew this is where we wanted to get married! The only date they had available for the 2018 year was December 15th so we went with it
Are there any special or family traditions you’ll be incorporating?
Yes! Chris’s family always sings the song, “My Girl” to the bride at every family wedding. Katie is already sweating thinking about it.
What are you looking forward to most about your wedding day?
Katie: I’m looking forward to spending the day surrounded by all the love of our family and friends and the Hot Chocolate Bar 🙂
Chris: Making Katie feel awkward by trying to dance with her all night. I also am just really looking forward to having both of our families in one place to celebrate!
Stay tuned for December 15th for all the fun and celebration!