We’re excited to share Carrie and Lane’s Real Wedding with you. Carrie worked for Hope’s for seven years through high school and college, so it was special for us to help her with her own big day!
Carrie and Lane met seven years ago after being set up by his mom. Right away, they felt like they had known each other a lifetime. After four years of dating, Lane proposed at the pedestrian train bridge in Mount Vernon. His dog assisted with a note in his collar that said “Can we be a family? –Chu.” Lane was on his knee when she looked up, offering her a beautiful ring. Since they had both left their phones at home, they were really able to soak in the moment together without the temptation of calling everyone right away.
“We chose to have a long engagement to help with the planning process and enjoy the time of being fiancés before we became husband and wife. He is a very loving and compassionate man that I am happy and fortunate to call my husband,” Carrie shared.
The couple said “I do” on August 22 in a “rustic, whimsical, non-traditional, and PERFECT” wedding. When planning it, Carrie knew she would shop at Hope’s. She said, “I was fortunate enough to have the coolest job as a sixteen-year-old and work as a prom sales woman. Then after working there for over 7 years in all departments, including bridal, there was no other place I wanted to shop for my bridal gown. I honestly could not wait to be a “Hope’s Bride!” Diane, Jody, Katie, and the rest of the team are the best, most personable, and helpful people to work with.”
Carrie chose a unique and fun Martina Liana two-piece bridal gown made of silk and lace. Her mother and mother-in-law also found their dresses at Hope’s.
For brides going through the planning process, Carrie advises to plan ahead, getting things done early and to send out RSVPs to enjoy the excitement of getting them back from friends and family. Finally, ENJOY the big day and all the celebrations leading up to it. “The whole process goes by too fast.”
She also stresses the importance of finding ways to make your wedding unique to you and your fiancé. For her, that included using a handkerchief she received from her grandma, honoring those who couldn’t be at the wedding with a memorial wall, and sharing the day with her grandma in a different way since she wasn’t able to be there physically. Carrie and her mom made sure her grandma had a corsage and a cake to share with her friends in a celebration where she lives.
Her favorite memory from her wedding day is saying “I do” in front of the most important people in their lives. She also cherishes her dad giving her away, dancing, and “revealing” the surprise of her dress by turning it into a party dress! (You have to see the pictures!!)
Now, Carrie and Lane are enjoying life together. “Married life is wonderful and everything that I had hoped. The most important thing that we have learned so far is to communicate, communicate, and communicate. Another important concept is to share hobbies and other things that we both enjoy, such as our Harley motorcycle, various sports, and trying out new wineries and breweries. We also have two dogs that help make our marriage fun and entertaining.” They are also planning a tropical honeymoon for later this year.
Many blessings to you, Carrie and Lane! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us!
Faith, Hope & Love,
Photographer: Macy Marie Photography
*Last four photos from bride’s personal camera
Venue: Sutliff Cider in Lisbon, Iowa
Caterer: McElroy’s Catering in Winthrop, Iowa
Florist: Beth at Oakland Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Decorator: Erin Martin at Spielman’s Event Services in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
DJ: Brian at Livewire Entertainment in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Hair: Jody Stewart at Mount Vernon Hair Company in Mount Vernon, Iowa
Cake: Ashley Kirchbaum (private baker) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa