09 Aug 2017
Real Wedding by Hope’s: Karin and Drew
Hope’s bride Karin is “spoiled” by her new husband, who is a true romantic. And her sweet touches to make their elegant wedding special show she is just as sentimental!
Karin was drawn to Drew the first moment she saw him. “I was driving near NIU Campus and saw Drew walking across the street in a suit and tie, and the rest is history!” Luckily, her friend in the car with her knew him and made sure they met. He reached out to her again when he learned her grandmother had suddenly passed away. “He offered his condolences and provided some great Bible verses and words of encouragement during that time. He continued talking with me for about two months before asking me on a date. He eventually did and it was the best first date ever!” Karin remembers.
To make their relationship “official” Drew planned a trip to Chicago to give Karin the tourist experience she had never had. They walked around Michigan Avenue and the Chicago Riverfront. After lunch, they headed to Navy Pier for a boat tour. While on the boat, he asked her to be his girlfriend, and she was thrilled to say YES! After dating a whole thirty minutes, they went on a ferris wheel ride when some teenage girls asked if they were married. “They were sure to wish us luck in our relationship. Looking back, it was quite ironic that they asked us that question because of where we are now – married!” That night they enjoyed a breathtaking view during dinner at the Signature Room on the 95th Floor of the John Hancock Building.
He followed up that amazing experience with a proposal during a return Chicago trip for their anniversary. He made reservations again at the Signature Room, which has become one of their favorite and most memorable restaurants. Karin had no idea what was coming as they enjoyed dinner. “As we were finishing our dessert he asked the waiter to take our picture with the skyline behind us, and instead of smiling for a picture, Drew paused, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him at the same place we had eaten as a couple for the first time!”
“In that moment, my body was washed over with happiness, love, excitement, and just plain shock! I could not believe that this was happening in this moment and that our forever together started now; pretty sure I may have actually pinched myself to make sure I was not dreaming.” Karin had no idea Drew had asked for the permission of her father and even made a video to share with her that documented his feelings and chronicled their relationship up to that point. “I was overcome with joy and so many other emotions!”
When they began to plan for their elegant and romantic May wedding, Karin found her bridal look at Hope’s. “They were always so friendly and have a great payment and storage plan for the gowns! I loved being able to come try my dress on whenever I wanted and have it be stored in a safe place until the day of the wedding!”
To help with the planning process, Karin recommends making a list of things you must have, and a separate list of things you would like to happen but will be okay with if it’s not possible. She remembers that counting down the days to the wedding took forever, but it all went by so quickly. “Make time in your day of schedule to sit back and enjoy it,” she says. Looking back, she and Drew were both blown away with the overwhelming feeling of support from being surrounded by their friends and family.
The couple had many special touches to make their wedding uniquely theirs. Karin had a heart made of her grandfather’s shirt and grandmother’s dress sewn into the skirt of her wedding gown. She had charms on her bouquet to represent her grandparents, parents, and Drew’s parents, as well as a memory table featuring photos for their parents’ and grandparents’ wedding days.
Karin and Drew chose to not see each other until the ceremony, but they did share a prayer around the corner with each other and their pastor. During the ceremony, the couple read love letters they each wrote, and Karin’s brother performed “How Long Will I Love you” with his girlfriend. Each choice they made helped their day feel romantic and special. “We truly want to thank our families, wedding party, and friends who came to celebrate with us and who helped us make this amazing day possible and so wonderful!”
After the wedding, they were able to honeymoon in the Florida panhandle, Santa Rosa Beach. “It was beautiful. We had so much fun lounging on the beach, parasailing, horseback riding, and just being married.”
Married life has been a learning experience- in a great way- since Karin and Drew didn’t live together before marriage. “We have both grown so much closer and have learned more about ourselves and each other in these early stages of marriage.” They now live in Milwaukee, where Drew works in management at Cintas and Karin is a Pediatric ICU nurse at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Congrats to you both, Drew and Karin, and thank you for giving us a peek into your sweet relationship and wedding! Never lose the awesome romance you have demonstrated. Blessings!
Photographer: Rick Jennisch Photography
Ceremony: Christ United Methodist Church in East Moline, Illinois
Reception: I-Wireless Center in Moline, Illinois
Caterer: Levvy Restaurants (part of I-Wireless)
Flowers Kathy Mistic at Hy-Vee Floral
Cake – Hy-Vee Bakery
Wedding: Coordinator – Ruth Westbrook with “For Keeps”
Videographer: Accent Studio
Hair: Brooke Fotos at Omorfia Salon
Makeup: Lindsay with Glam 2 Go