Kristi and Andrew are an adorable couple and we have the pleasure of working with them for their April wedding at Cobblestone Hall in downtown Raleigh! We wanted to share a few of their engagement shots by the wonderful Robin Lin, as well as share a few words from the bride! We asked Kristi some questions about their upcoming wedding and the planning process thus far.
-How did Andrew propose?
Andy proposed back at the end of March, but I was actually expecting it to happen in April. We had made plans for a trip to Charleston for my birthday, but I found out after the fact that Andy got my ring in March and was too excited to wait three weeks. At that point we had been dating for over three and a half years and had been talking about getting married for a while, so I can’t really say I was too surprised. I had asked him if he wanted to make plans to see a movie with some friends that weekend and he told me we couldn’t because we already had “plans”. By the end of the week I had gotten out of him that we were going to dinner somewhere, but that’s all he would tell me. I had a suspicion that it was going to be The Mint in downtown Raleigh (which is sadly no longer open) because we had always talked about going there. Even though I was expecting it I was still really nervous and excited when Saturday came around. Sure enough we pulled up to The Mint for dinner (even though he drove the long way around to try and throw me off). His original plan was to propose during dinner, but he decided to wait. About halfway through the meal he asked me if I wanted to get dessert at a place called Creme that he always talked about. I opted for the ice cream, so we walked there after dinner and got our ice cream and started walking downtown towards the Capitol. This is when Andy starts to act weird and is basically sprinting towards a bench. We sit down and talk for a little bit and he finally gets on one knee, (when I have a mouth full of ice cream), and asks me to marry him. Even though I was anticipating the proposal, I was surprised by how emotional I still was and couldn’t believe that it had actually happened!
-What aspect of planning the wedding has been the most enjoyable?
The aspect that has been most enjoyable has been finding ways to incorporate our family traditions and heirlooms that belonged to family members that won’t physically be with us on the day of the wedding. For example, the mason jars that we are using for our centerpieces all belonged to my grandparents. Our cake topper was used on Andy’s grandparent’s wedding cake in the 1940s. The quilt that you see in the engagement pictures was made by my grandma. It’s difficult to think about my wedding and not having any grandparents there, so I wanted to do everything that I could to help remind me that they will be there in spirit.
-Do you have any advice for recently engaged brides to help them stay stress-free throughout the planning process?
My advice for staying stress free, besides being as organized as possible, is to not sweat the small stuff. When I feel myself getting overwhelmed or stressed I remember that at the end of the day what’s important is that I am marrying my best friend. I’ve pretty much accepted the fact that not everything is going to go perfectly and that is okay. There is no point in worrying about things that are out of my control. I’ve started to think that as long as we are married and our guests have a great time, then that’s all that matters. What’s one day when we have the rest of our lives together?
-On the day of, what are you most excited about?
There are lots of things that I am really excited about…us seeing each other for the first time, celebrating with family and friends we haven’t seen in a while, our first dance; but I am most looking forward to just being married to Andy and starting my life with my best friend, as husband and wife.
-What are three words to describe the feel for your upcoming wedding?
Three words that I hope will describe the feel of our wedding would be vintage, personal, and romantic.
-What made you decide to hire a planner?
I decided to hire a planner because I am originally from the Chicago area, which is where most of my bridesmaids and all of my family still live. I felt like I needed someone to help guide me when it came to vendor selection so I didn’t feel too overwhelmed. I also didn’t want to be worrying about setting up everything and coordinating all the vendors on the day of my wedding. You have been such an amazing help and I am so thankful that I have you to help me through this process!
Kristi and Andrew- we are so excited to be working with you and know that you have a lifetime of happiness ahead!