"It was the best day of our lives and everything Dave and I could've ever imagined."
Long Distance Love
Katie and David are your classic high school sweethearts. The couple met in their 11th grade study hall and for their first date they went bowling with a group of friends.
Not to long after they began dating they had to face their first big hurtle, the bane of all high school sweethearts - different colleges.
BUT true love can survive the distance! In fact, the difficulty of the distance is what made it ever so clear to Katie that Dave would be the one.
"It was extremely hard at times, but we made it work. Throughout that time I knew for sure he was worth the distance and was the one I wanted to spend my life with."
It's the Little Things
Some of Katie's favorite things about her hubby are his contagious laughter and how caring he is!
For their first date Dave really wanted to take Katie ice skating but Katie pushed for bowling instead. She, however, after David proved quite persistent, eventually gave in.
She was nervous. Dave is extremely athletic and an adept skater. Katie on the other hand, is less coordinated. On the ice she clung to the wall and ended up taking a few spills. A lesser man may have left her to fend for herself, but luckily for Katie, Dave is not that guy. Her beau stayed by her side and guided her around the rink as she held on tight.
"As he saw me struggle, I could see how much he cared for me."
The Apple of My Eye
The Dream Dress
Katie wore a show stopping Fit and Flare lace gown by Allure Bridals in Ivory. The dress features a classic sweetheart neckline, textured lace, and a dramatic tiered lace train all finished off with a scalloped lace hem and an elegant line of fabric buttons down the back.
She completes her look with a fingertip length veil with a lace edge.
"My experience at Christina's Bridal was every bride's dream come true. The staff there is incredible and were always looking out for me and my happiness. I went in with a picture of my dream dress and Christina found it.. it was the third dress I tried on there and was everything I've ever imagined. The selection she had was amazing and she did not give up until she could tell I was 100% satisfied. My mother, mother-in law-, bridesmaids and flower girls also got their dresses at Christina's and I can speak for all 11 of them when I say their experience was equally as amazing as mine. They were all blown away with the customer service we received. Christina truly wants the best for her brides and bridesmaids and that was never unnoticed"
For the bridal party, Katie chose a very romantic hues. The bridesmaids wore chiffon gowns, with a lace bodice to compliment the bridal gown, in Petal Pink and Champagne tones. The men wore stunning Pacific Blue suits allowing them to have their own statement fashion piece. Together the attire created the perfect romantic spring pallet!
Joy Supinski provided the perfect florals and bouquets to compliment the wedding party.
"I really wanted them all to have different dresses, but they all really liked the same one, so we decided on that. Christina recommended to choose two different colors to get that variation she could tell I really wanted. It all came together and looks amazing in the pictures."
The Wedding Day
The ceremony was held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help with a reception to follow at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn.
"We went up to Stroudsmoor to see their venues and instantly fell in love with the one we chose, Lawnhaven. It has an amazing outdoor space leading into the beautiful dining space inside."
Swoon Alert!: For their vows the couple chose to exchange short simple vows during the ceremony for fear that they may screw up in front of all their family and friends. However, the two included detailed vows in letters to each other the morning of the wedding. What a wonderful way to share something so intimate without the pressure of a huge crowd!
On the first dance: "It was a time filled with so much love - while everyone was watching, it felt like it was just Dave and I."
"It was the best day of our lives and everything Dave and I could've ever imagined. There is nothing better than seeing your friends and family truly enjoy themselves, with the love of your life by your side."
Vendor Shoutout!: The stunning photography was provided by Jeffrey Sabotta with Sabotta Imagery. "He captured the most AMAZING pictures!" Music and entertainment were provided by DJ Mick Uranko with Uranko Productions. "He kept the dance floor alive all night and everyone had a great time."
"Every since college, we dreamed of having a big family after the wedding. We are hoping to make that dream a reality soon! Somewhere in the next couple years we hope to travel to Italy since Dave is Italian. We both have grandparents who have been married for 60+ years, and pray we can be just like them - spending our who lives together and still seeing joy and happiness in each others eyes after all that time."