Mckenzie & Katie | Benton Harbor, Michigan

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About Mckenzie & Katie

Katie and I met at a college bar called Kilroy’s while attending Indiana University. We were set up by a mutual friend, but it took Katie some liquid courage to work up the nerve to approach me at the bar. In fact, she was so nervous that the only thing she could mutter was, “hi”. However, I knew that she was a keeper from that very first night. When we decided to propose, because like I said, we can’t keep a secret, we chose to spend a weekend in Chicago together. We knew that both of us would propose to the another during this weekend, but did not know when or how the other would do so.

Katie ended up going first, she had my friends distract me at a bar, while she decorated our hotel room with hanging signs mapping out our biggest moments together from the past year. At the end of the trail was a letter from Katie and her down on one knee. Very well done. Katie and I always love trying fun new restaurants, so I chose to propose at the 3 Arts Cafe. We sat down for lunch, and towards the end I gave her a book with all the reasons why I love her on each page, of course by the ending I was down on one knee as well. The entire weekend was full of love, tears, and fun. Luckily, several of my friends live in Chicago l, so they were able to join in on fun with us!

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"...our family and friends mean the world to us, we had them sign a globe as our guestbook..."

Personalization is the guestbook, and doggie treats mentioned in Q2. On top of this, we had Mimi’s Cupcake truck attend the wedding. Instead of a typical cake cutting, Katie and I fed each other cupcakes of our choice to one another, then our guests were welcome to jump in line to help themselves! The owner of Mimi’s, Elvie, is absolutely fabulous. All ingredients are made completely from scratch. The guests couldn’t stop raving about them!

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How did you both choose your wedding day look

Katie fell in love with the first dress she tried on, and I took a little longer to make a decision. Katie and I can’t keep any secret from each other, so we actually ended up showing each other our dresses before the big day, because we actually got our alterations done together. Galina at Greta’s Bridal in South Bend, IN was simply amazing! From day 1, the three of us just clicked. We both wanted to add a few unique touches to both dresses, and she completely exceeded our expectations. As far as hair and makeup, we both wanted simple, yet romantic hairstyles with natural looking makeup. Both salons that did our hair and makeup did an outstanding job of capturing the looks we were going for! We can’t thank MAK Salon and Spa and Bare Beauty Bar and Spa enough for helping us both to feel so beautiful on our big day! Although we both saw each other in the dresses before the big day, there was nothing like seeing Katie for the first time on that day. She looked completely stunning, and it is something I will never forget.?

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How did you decorate for the ceremony and the reception

All of the decor was DIY! We can’t thank McKenzie’s mom enough for truly carrying out the vision in our heads. She took vintagey garden and turned it into something truly breathtaking. We used several terrariums, silk flowers, and lanterns for our centerpieces. With hints of eucalyptus provided by our amazing florist, Bouquets by Stacy! McKenzie’s mom went a step further to add extra touches. She incorporated our puppy, Ollie, who couldn’t make the big day by featuring him at our head table. She even had a friend of her make doggie treats for guests to take home to Ollie’s fur friends who couldn’t make the “pawty” (cute, we know!) Lastly, because our family and friends mean the world to us, we had them sign a globe as our guestbook....another one of McKenzie’s moms ideas!

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Advice For Other Couples

For all the couples out there planning a wedding, don’t forget to relax on your big day. All the stress and headaches leading up to the big day will be completely worth it. Your vendors, family, and friends will help to make it the most perfect day, so don’t forget to thank them for being so amazing! Enjoy every second of the day, because it will be over in the blink of an eye.Well, we’ve only been married for 3 weeks...so I certainly don’t have much advice to share, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from both sets of our parents it’s that marriage isn’t a fairy-tale, you must work at it every day. You must learn to say you’re sorry, don’t go to bed angry, and love them unconditionally.

Photo By: Apaige Photography