The high school sweethearts in this Real Weddings feature know how to make memories! We have known Hope’s bride Kasey and her husband Drew since they were young. Kasey worked for Hope’s for five years, in fact. So when it came time for them to plan their wedding, we were honored and excited to be able to help their big day be everything they hoped for!
The couple’s first encounter was the summer before Kasey’s freshman year. Poor Kasey had a softball “battle wound” that Drew was told to check out when she was at his neighbor’s house. He saw his future wife with a broken jaw and swollen, purple lip. That must have piqued his interest because once school started, the junior made a point to get to know Kacey’s mom while he was a service learner in her school. He found out lots of information about Kasey and used it to talk to her when he saw her at school. On January 22, 2007, they made it “official” and 7 ½ years later, on September 20th, they said “I do!”
“Drew is such an AMAZING guy! He is so sweet and willing to help anyone that needs it,” Kasey said. This year, Drew became a Pro Open Utility Quad Racer for IATVHSS. In his free time he likes to ride, work on his quads, and travel to races. “I love supporting Drew in his races and can’t wait to see where it takes him.”
Kasey explained how their engagement almost didn’t happen the day Drew planned to pop the question. Kasey wasn’t expecting it and was ready to cancel their dinner plans if her sister’s softball team made it to the championship game in their tournament. She didn’t understand why it was such a big deal to Drew, but luckily rain changed the game times and they kept their plans. On the way home, Drew asked if she wanted to stop at Lake McBride to walk the trails. Drew kept getting mad that people were fishing in their favorite spots along the shore. But when they got to Kasey’s absolute favorite place, a swing overlooking the lake, he knew it was perfect. He started talking but then suddenly said, “I have more but just can’t wait anymore.” He dropped to one knee to ask her the question, and of course she shouted YES!
Since Kasey had worked at a bridal shop for many of her high school and college years, she had some ideas for how to handle the planning. She gives this advice: “ENJOY IT!! I had such a blast having random days with my family and friends working on decorations and just the planning in general. Try to stay organized and get as much as you can done earlier in your planning process so you don’t feel so rushed and frantic when it comes to the BIG DAY!”
Kasey thought she had found her gown when she was trying on dresses for a photo shoot, but she decided to wait for an upcoming Essense of Australia trunk show. (FYI- we have another one coming up on Valentine’s Day!) “Boy I am glad I trusted my instincts. I tried on 3 different dresses back and forth that day and we finally narrowed it down to the ONE!” Kasey said. She even had some of the staff crying! “I couldn’t have made my decision without my family and the Hope’s team due to my crazy indecisiveness.”
Kasey found a Martina Liana belt and Meg jewelry to compliment her gown. She also found the perfect bridesmaids and tuxedos, jewelry for all the girls, and her mom even said yes to a mother’s dress! Kasey said, “Hope’s was so supportive through all of my wedding planning and helped make every vision I had come true (tux colors/bridesmaid dresses/the exact CORAL color we had picked/added extra layers of tulle to my dress/sewing in a belt/sewed a blue heart into my dress from one of my old prom dresses/etc. this list is never ending because they are that AMAZING). They put in so much effort to make my day so beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without them!”
It was so fun for everyone at Hope’s to help Kasey with her wedding and then see it all come together on the big day! The ceremony was at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Atkins and the reception was at the Keystone Turner Hall.
“There are so many memories that I will remember for that big day, but I would have to say my favorite is saying I DO to my best friend and knowing that we had all our family and friends surrounding us! I can also say we had a BLAST dancing the night away!”
Some of the highlights of the day include Kasey’s sister Taylor singing a special wedding day toast to “All About that Bass”, Drew’s groom’s cake of a quad, Drew changing “Stacy’s Mom” into “Kasey’s Mom” for a fun dance, Kacey’s dad dressing up for a speech, and the parents and grandparents walking into the ceremony to Kasey’s senior dance solo song. They also had very personal, special gifts for everyone in their wedding party. We love the ideas they had for the kids in the wedding. The ring bearer received spy gear to protect the rings and the flower girl got a flower girl dress for her American Girl doll along with special a linen for her “something old” when she gets married.
The newlyweds are looking forward to a break from the Iowa winter when they get to honeymoon in Jamaica next month! They are loving married life, even though not a lot has changed. “The biggest thing we can recommend to newlyweds is enjoy one another’s company. Life will always be busy, but take time to do little things with one another and make memories doing them. For example, our first week married we went to the apple orchard and plan to make that a yearly thing now!”
We are so happy for Kasey and Drew! We know they are excited for the future and will continue to make memories throughout their happy marriage!
Kasey and Drew’s Vendors:
Photographer: Afton Marie Photography in Vinton, IA
Caterer- HyVee & Kasey’s dad and his friend made all the pulled pork
Florist- Kasey and her family/friends with help from her Grandma Judy who used to be a florist
Cupcakes/Cake/Grooms Cake- Family Friend Becky Neuhaus
Extra Wedding Pictures: Anna Krug (our family friend to 2,186 extra photos for us on our big day)
Hair- Rachelle Pudil from Country Cuts in Swisher, IA
Make-up: 100% Pure Pro in Cedar Rapids, IA
DJ/Photo Booth: Unique Events of Iowa
Reception Back Drop/Table Linens: Spielman’s in Cedar Rapids, IA
Decorations: DIY by the wedding party/family
Wedding Hangers/Beer Mugs/Girls Glasses: Barnyard Creations
Bus Transport: PR Party Lines
Cinematographer was TZ Productions
Invitations/Programs: Jubeelee Art on Etsy
Gifts and other touches from various Etsy stores