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And two became one…

This special couple got married on June 4th at the Millstadt Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, IL.  Frank and Kristen met in the summer of 2007 and dated, get this… overseas for the past four years.  Frank moved to England at the age of 16 to play for a well known International soccer (football) team called Arsenal.  (He now plays for Carlisle United.)  So when Frank happen to visit home for a summer, we aren’t sure if it was fate or luck that Kristen was at the same graduation party but that was the night it all got started.

I was privileged enough to be apart of this special occasion.  Yes, I helped with the planning aspect, but on the flip side I got to be IN a wedding for once!  Frank just so happens to be my husband’s cousin (who was the Best Man).  When Frank told us he met a girl who had long brown hair, beautiful, smart, kind hearted and her name was KristEn I thought for sure he had a secret crush on me. 😉 Come to find out she was the real deal and not only did he fall in love with her, so did our family.  After we met Kristen, we advised Frank the smartest decision he would ever make was keeping her…and that he did.  And now I am honored to call her one of my best friends.

Everything about their day was perfect.  The guys got ready at the Weis house and girls got ready at the Simek house (a near 50 yards away in the middle of no where).   It was a casual hot summer day as we got ready and hopped on the church bus, driven by Ryan, with no AC and radio, we sang our own tunes and laughed the entire way there.  It was all fun and games until it was time to walk down the aisle.  It was such an emotional yet joyful ceremony,there wasn’t a dry eye in the church.  Afterwards, we traveled to Washington University for some classic wedding pictures and headed back over the river to the Illinois side.  Their reception was exactly what Kristen envisioned; soft, feminine, romantic and well perfect!

When Kristen and Frank got engaged, I told them that I got to meet with Switzerfilm when I was working with Engaging Events by Ali in Chicago and they would be perfect for their wedding.  Not only did this team meet my expectations but they exceeded it in more ways than one (film and video)!  Everyone gushed for days about how wonderful their same day edit was.  We worked hard, laughed much and enjoyed every minute of their company.

Special thanks to all the amazing vendors!

Church: Millstadt Trinity Lutheran; Millstadt, IL

Venue:  St Claire Country Club; Belleville, IL

Dress:  Simply Elegant

Bridesmaid: Lula Kate; St. Louis Bella Bridesmaid

Accessories:  Nelle Handbag, Etsy accessories for bride. Groom American Flag cuff links and boutonnieres by Etsy

Something New: Dress, Something Borrowed: Cake Knife and Server (Kristin and Ryan), Something Old: Great Great Grandmother’s Engagement Ring, Something Blue: Blue Initial Stitching done by Grandmother

Photography/Videography: Switzerfilm

Florist:  Jolene Feazel Artiste de Fleurs

Entertainment:  Spanky Piano Man (duel piano’s)

Transportation:  Best Transportation

Stationary:  Kristen Simek (DIY)

Cake: McArthur’s Bakery