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Love at Last

Love at Last

Laura Gast & Kyle Votroubek: September 26, 2015         

Laura and Kyle are two of the kindest people you will meet, so it’s not surprising that they agreed to share their love story and wedding photos with you to help inspire you for your wedding day. For them, getting married wasn’t about all the glitter and the glam, it was about sharing their special day with ALL their family and friends that mean so much to them. Michael Grobin Photography was happy to capture this day for them to share with you.

Bride applying lipstick while getting ready on her wedding day photographed my Michael Grobin Photography.Bride getting ready with her bridesmaids on her wedding day, captured by Michael Grobin Photography.

Groom struggling to tie his tie on his wedding day, photographed my Michael Grobin Photography.Groomsmen helping groom with his tie on his wedding day, photographed by Michael Grobin Photography.

Laura and Kyle did not know each other even though they were both graduates of Prairie High School. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago at a group gathering of mutual friends that their romance began. They chatted that night and both were impressed. Laura was beautiful and sweet and Kyle was handsome and kind. Laura told Kyle if he was interested to send her a message on Facebook. Later that week, they met up for dinner together and their love spiraled from there.

Bride preparing for her groom to see her for the first time on their wedding day, captured by Michael Grobin Photography.

Bride and Groom seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day, captured by Michael Grobin Photography.

Laura has a son and a daughter, so they wanted to take their romance slow to make sure they were “right” for each other, but they knew they were, so slow was hard! Within a couple of months they had met each other’s families and all approved. Laura’s kids trusted and really liked Kyle with their mom. Kyle proposed to Laura after a year of dating and they were married 8 months later.

Gorgeous picture of a wedding party taken inside the Vets Memorial Building by Michael Grobin Photography.

Beautiful picture of a wedding party posing for an outdoor picture in downtown Cedar Rapids, captured by Michael Grobin Photography.

Bride and Bridesmaids outside the Vets Memorial Building posing for a picture before the wedding ceremony, taken by Michael Grobin Photography.Groom and Groomsmen posing for a serious picture outside the Vets Memorial Building, taken by Michael Grobin Photography.

Bride and maid of honor outside the Vets Memorial Building posing for a picture by Michael Grobin Photography.Bride, groom, and children on their wedding day outside the Vets Memorial Building, captured by Michael Grobin Photography.Groom and best man posing for a picture outside the Vets Memorial Building, captured by MIchael Grobin Photography.

Bride and Groom posing for a picture on their wedding day outside the Vets Memorial Building captured by Michael Grobin Photography.

Happy modern bride and groom on their wedding day, outside the Vets Memorial Building.Bride and Groom going inside for their wedding ceremony, captured by Michael Grobin Photography.

Their wedding was absolutely perfect! They were married at the Vet’s Memorial Building surrounded by their family and friends. They said their vows on the stage while guests watched from their seats, drinks in hand. The wedding party was huge, as Kyle had 15 groomsmen stand up for him – a testament to how everyone loves Kyle! The speeches were all comic, however Kyle’s emotional speech thanking Laura for not only marring him and giving him such joy, but bringing two wonderful children into his life was unforgettable. The rest of the night was all about having a good time as guests danced and posed in the photo booth.

Wedding decor at the Vets Memorial Building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.Wedding flowers and decor photographed by Michael Grobin Photography.

Bride and Groom getting ready to walk down the isle on their wedding day at the Vets Memorial Building.Father walking his daughter down the isle at her wedding ceremony held at the Vets Memorial Building.

Bride and Groom at their ceremony held at the Vets Memorial Building captured by Michael Grobin Photography.

Father daughter dance at the wedding reception captured by Michael Grobin Photography.Mother and son dance at the wedding reception captured by Michael Grobin Photography.

Bride and her friends celebrating at the wedding reception, captured by Michael Grobin Photography.

Guests dancing at the wedding reception at the Vets Memorial Building captured by Michael Grobin Photography.

Bride and Grooms first dance at their wedding reception at the Vets Memorial Building, captured by Michael Grobin Photography.Bride and Groom taking a thank you picture for all their wedding guests.

Laura and Kyle are so happy they found each other and look forward to the next chapter in their lives together. Their advice to you as newlyweds is: Kyle: “Plan early and plan often. Get a good wedding planning book or coordinator. There is a lot to do so don’t put it off. If you have the choice to go big or go small, go small. If you are planning it yourself, bigger is usually more stressful.“ Laura: “Your wedding day is about marrying your best friend so don’t stress about the little things like flowers and decor, but if you do, hire a wedding coordinator.”

Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Michael Grobin Photography, Cedar Rapids, IA http://www.michaelgrobinphotography.com

Ceremony & Reception: Vets Memorial Building, Cedar Rapids, IA http://www.cedar-rapids.org

Officiant: Family Friend

Rehearsal Dinner: Jersey’s Pub and Grub, Cedar Rapids, IA http:// www.jerseyscr.com

Catering & Cake: Hy-Vee, Cedar Rapids, IA http://www.hy-vee.com

Hotel: The DoubleTree by Hilton, Cedar Rapids, IA http://www.hilton.com

Flowers: Lindsy Larson Floral http://www.facebook.com/lindsylarsonfloral

Décor: Family and Friends of the bride.

DJ & Photo Booth: Ultimate Entertainment, Cedar Falls, IA http://www.ultimateentertainment.cc/

Bridal Gown: Heart to Heart, North Liberty, IA http://www.hearttoheartbridalandformal.com/

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Each bridesmaid bought their own dress in accordance with the color palate provided by the bride.

Hair: Rachelle Pudil, Country Cuts, Swisher, IA https://www.facebook.com/pages/Country-Cuts/137606079621121

Makeup: Lisa Norman, Makeup Artist https://www.facebook.com/lisanormanmakeup/?fref=ts

Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse for groom, Cedar Rapids, IA http://menswarehouse.com/

Each groomsman wore his own black suit. No one had to buy or rent a specific suit.

Wedding Rings: Helzberg Diamonds, Cedar Rapids, IA http://www.helzberg.com/

Invitations & Stationery: Color Web Printers, Cedar Rapids, IA http://www.colorwebprinters.com

About Nicky Wilkinson

I’m proud to say I’m an Iowa farm girl from Swisher. I married my college sweetheart, Dale Wilkinson, and we have five girls. We live in the country with our cats and dog. Camping, canoeing, horseback riding and biking are some of our favorite activities. Our girls keep us busy with plenty of school activities and hobbies. I took over The Wedding Guide in August of 2014. I am inspired everyday by our local venues and dedicated wedding professionals. They are hard working and very talented. I get the opportunity to share that inspiration with couples to help them plan for their best day ever.
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