Wedding Venue: Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church
Reception Site: Livestock Exchange Building, North Ballroom
Catering: Brandeis Catering
Cake: Our traditional wedding cake was from Hy-Vee and our doughnut cake was from Winchell’s.
Wedding Dress: A La Sposa gown from Ready or Knot Bridal Boutique in Rockbrook Village.
Groom Attire: JCPenney – Medium grey three-piece suit with a grey paisley tie.
Bridesmaid Dresses: Knee-length satin dresses in “Marine” from David’s Bridal. Each bridesmaid chose the style of her own dress so they were all different.
Groomsmen Attire: JCPenney – Medium grey three-piece suits with blue paisley ties.
Hair: The bridesmaids had their hair done at Mod Salon Studios. The owner, Jessie DiPrima did the bride’s hair.
Makeup: Kristen from Kontempo Salon did the makeup for the bride, mother of the bride, and bridesmaid Haley. Amy Burns from Curb Appeal Salon and Spa did makeup for Matron of Honor Mandy and bridesmaid Lindsay. The rest of the bridesmaids did their own makeup.
Shoes: I wore blingy Antonio Melani gladiator sandals. The bridesmaids all wore nude, patent-leather heels.
Jeweler: My engagement ring is from Brodkey’s and my wedding ring is from Borsheim’s. Eric’s wedding ring is from Martin Jewlers.
Florist: Marcia Spilker
Music: Carl Miller did an acoustic guitar arrangement for most of the ceremony music. My cousin, Liz Graham, is an amazing singer and she sang “To Make You Feel My Love” during the lighting of the unity candle. Tay Westbury from Complete music was our DJ for the reception and he did a great job. We entered the reception to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder.
Wedding Breakfast Meal: I ate continental breakfast at the Element where I stayed with my bridesmaids the morning of the wedding! My personal attendant also brought bagels to the salon while we got our hair done. I don’t know what Eric had for breakfast, probably just coffee!
First Dance Song: “Crazy Love” by Van Morrisson, sung by my brother and sister-in-law, John and Lindsay Sadlemyer.
Honeymoon: We went to Ocho Rios, Jamaica for our honeymoon and stayed at the Sandals Grand Riviera. It was beautiful and we had so much fun.
The most memorable moment of the day?
“Seeing Eric for the first time was the most memorable for me.”
What advice would you give to couples reading this who are planning their wedding?
“Invest in your videographers and photographers because the day goes by so fast. We were both so excited to be able to watch our wedding video when it was completed, and then to see our pictures because it allowed us to take in every part of the day that we may have missed. Don’t stress too much over the little details because it’s such a whirlwind, you won’t even notice if something doesn’t happen the way you planned for it to. We both say we would recommend each of our vendors from the florist to the photographers to the reception site and the DJ. They all did such a great job and eliminated so much potential stress. Give yourself and your bridal party more time than you think you need for hair and makeup in the morning. It only takes one person running late to set everything back! We didn’t do a dollar dance or a bouquet/garter toss and I’m glad we didn’t because it allowed for more time during the reception to enjoy ourselves and be with our friends and family without another interruption. Lastly, take a moment after your ceremony to be alone, even if it is only for a minute. There are so many eyes on you all day, you don’t get many chances to just look at your husband and let it sink in that you are married.”