How did you two meet?
Katie- My Maid of Honor met Patrick and the Best Man at an event hosted by the university Catholic center. She invited them to dinner and I met them at the dining hall. Patrick loves to say that he knew right away that I would be important in his life.
How did he propose?
Katie- He invited me to take an afternoon hike with him at the national park near my parents’ house. Once we arrived at this beautiful clearing he pulled bright white and red daisies out of his book bag, got down on one knee and asked if I would share in the adventure of his life.
Tell us about your dress/dresses & shoes!
Katie- I wore a wedding dress designed by Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal. I had the straps added in order to make it a tiny bit more modest. The alterations ladies at the store used the fabric taken off the hem to make the straps. I also wore shoes from Shoes of Prey, I actually designed them myself using their online designing software.
What song did you use for your first dance? Any particular reason you chose it?
Katie- “In Dreams” originally by Howard Shore. We wanted to incorporate our love of Lord of the Rings while playing a song we actually could dance to.
What was your vision for your wedding day?
Katie- Really, we wanted a day that represented who we are. We really wanted to incorporate our Catholic faith, our family, our love of Tolkien’s works, and our college pride. I think our colors really made everything look like a cohesive whole even though it was all so different.
Were there any family or cultural traditions that you did on your wedding day?
Katie- We had a full Catholic Mass. The ceremony lasted an hour, and I’m really glad that it did. The whole day went by so fast, but the Mass was a beautiful way to refocus our nervous energy on our faith and the commitment we were making to each other.
What was your favorite moment of the day? Grooms favorite moment?
Katie- He says his favorite moment was right after the exchange of vows. He explained that right after we finished exchanging rings and vows, and we walked back to our seats, sat down, and he looked down at his hand and saw the ring, he was suddenly struck with the thought that we were actually married.
My favorite moment was seeing him for the first time that day. When the doors to the church opened, I was temporarily blinded by the contrast between the bright outside and the darker interior. As soon as I was able to see, I looked for Patrick up at the altar. Seeing him standing there waiting for me made me giddy with glee.
What was your favorite part of the planning process?
Katie- My favorite part was meeting with the baker and the photographers. Both of those vendors made that part of the day effortless. I never had to worry about the cakes or the pictures. I knew they would be perfect. And they were!
Do you have any advice to other couples planning their day?
Katie- The day before the wedding I ran into a friend that was married only a month before me. She told me that the best thing to do, is to just let the day happen. It all goes by so fast, that if you spend even a second fretting over something, then you can waste that part of your day. If you just let it happen, then you won’t even notice if something is wrong. And if you don’t notice, is it really wrong?
Looking back, what was the best decision you made when planning your wedding day? Is there something you wish you had done differently?
Katie- I was really glad I incorporated all of our family into the ceremony. The groom’s brother performed the ceremony (he’s an ordained priest) and our siblings and parents were all a part of the proceedings. I wouldn’t change a thing!
Is there anything else special that you would like to mention?
Katie- In order to follow an old tradition, I actually had a sixpence in my shoe.
Where did you Honeymoon? Would you recommend it to other couples?
Katie- Ashville, NC. It was beautiful, if you like the outdoors, then this is a great place to go.
Venue- St. Joseph’s Catholic Church | Caterer- Satterfield’s | Cake- Slice- by Shannon Stubbs | Photographer- Lindley’s Photography Dress Designer- Oleg Cassini | Dress Shop- David’s Bridal | Shoes- Shoes of Prey | Grooms Attire- Jos. A. Bank | Bridesmaids Dresses- Macy’s | Florals- Petals, Flowers & More | Ceremony Music- the St. Joseph’s music director: Nelda Chapman, on Organ. Our friend, and professional opera singer, David Conley, as a vocalist (firstname.lastname@example.org He does not have a website yet, but prospective clients can email him here) | Reception Music- Laura Starling