For Kristin and David, love took root and grew throughout the years. From family friends to lifelong partners, their love story is one that is truly a tale as old as time. Though David will say that it was love at first sight for him, it was after Kristin had a serious health scare that she realized the man who came to care for her was meant to be more than just a friend.
It was on a family trip to Walt Disney World that David proposed to Kristin. He planned everything to reflect the fairytale-like love shared between them. On New Year’s Eve, in front of the iconic Cinderella Castle, David got down on one knee and asked Kristin to be his wife. Her recollection of the exact details is a bit hazy since she was so moved by David’s grand gesture. “I remember thinking ‘Oh my gosh, this is actually happening, this is really real, focus, he’s saying nice things.’ I don’t remember what he said, but I do remember thinking it was sweet,” she says.
They took their time planning their wedding over the course of their two-year engagement. Kristin says their ultimate goal was to create a celebration of the joining of their families. “It was really important to us to bring together our families, have the most amazing time, and create some incredible memories.” With this in mind, the couple chose to personalize every aspect of their wedding. Instead of including elements simply because they were considered tradition, each aspect of their ceremony and reception was there because it carried a deeper meaning. Kristin says, “We wanted to make sure that everything we did had a purpose and was something we wanted to do, not something we were doing just because that’s what is expected at a wedding.”
David feels that when planning your wedding, it’s the personal elements that create a more momentous occasion. “It is important to be able to try and express your style or theme to try and convey that your wedding is not stereotypical, but one that is unique to the couple,” he says. The approach of planning a wedding that reflected them meant the memories created are especially close to their hearts.
Of all of those memories, Kristin remembers the most emotional moment as the one they were able to share between just the two of them. “The most memorable moment for me was probably the first look, because I was so excited to see him and for him to finally see me,” she says. In teary-eyed excitement, they emerged from their first look and joined their guests to celebrate and begin their lives together as husband and wife.
— Abigail Blank
Kristin & David Wedding Resources
Margaret Patterson (Bridesmaids)
Margaret Patterson (Bridesmaids)
Style Avenue Studios (Hairpiece and Necklace)
Style Avenue Studios (Jewelry)
Amazon (Wedding Band)
“Beauty and the Beast” by Ariana Grande and John Legend
“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King (Dad)
Mash up (Step-Dad)
• “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman
• “The Twist” by Chubby Checker
• “Boom Boom Pow” by The Black Eyed Peas
• “Gangnam Style” by PSY
“You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker, and “Saturday Night Fever” by the Bee Gees (Father-in-law)
“Feel Alright” by Tropical Pop
“Move B***h Get Out Da Way” by Ludacris
“Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts
We had a variety for our dessert bar including cheesecake bites, chocolate cream eclairs, “Grey Stuff” shooters, and cream puffs.
o Justin Buettner, our photographer was amazing. He took such awesome pictures and captured the essence of our wedding! We got so many compliments on our pictures. He had many great ideas for poses and made everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera. He was well worth every penny; he more than earned it all. We could not be happier with our choice of photographer.
o We are very happy with all of our vendor choices. The caterer was awesome: the food was delicious and they did an amazing job to enhance and match our wedding decorations. The DJs were fantastic; they really set the mood to party and have fun all throughout the evening.
– Early planning makes things so much easier and gives you the most options.
– Your friends are a great resource and are willing to help make your day as special as possible.
– Some of the best investments are your photographer and videographer, you want to relive all those special moments from your big day.
– Do your research.
– Be organized: it can save you a lot of headaches to have everything consolidated in one place.
– Listen to everyone’s suggestions but go with what you think is best. This is your day, not anyone else’s.
– Find a way to keep guests engaged throughout the evening.
– Make the best out of every moment, even if things go wrong, be flexible.
We would have made signs for the drinks so it was more clear that we had two signature drinks at the bar.