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Stunning Navy & Blush Summer Wedding

Stunning Navy & Blush Summer Wedding

Kirsten Anderson & Christopher Carter
July 15, 2016

Christopher and Kirsten planned a stunning navy, grey, and blush summer wedding with lots of bling. They enjoyed the whole planning process, even the stressful moments! They had lots of fun and made wonderful memories with their families during that time that they wouldn’t trade for anything. They were sad when it was all over, but happy to share their story and wedding inspiration with you. Carter Photography did an amazing job capturing both their engagement and wedding photos.

How it Began…
Christopher and Kirsten first met in 5th grade when Kirsten moved from Ohio to Iowa. They started “going out” in 6th grade when they were 12 years old and the rest is history! They knew that each other was “the one” after they experienced the ups and downs of high school and college together. Christopher and Kirsten did distance in college for 2 years, which was the best decision ever as they were able to grow as individuals and grow as a couple.

Engagement photo on bridge.

Engagement photo in front of rustic doors.

Happy couple having fun with their engagement photos taken by Carter Photography.

Engagement photo downtown taken by Carter Photography.

Engagement photo downtown.

The Proposal…
Christopher and Kirsten got engaged at The Trump International Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. The whole thing was a complete surprise, from staying at The Trump Hotel to dinner at the restaurant Sixteen, which is at the top of the hotel. The ring came out on the dessert at the end of their four-course meal! Chris had arranged for the manager of the restaurant to take pictures of the entire surprise, which made it even more amazing. The surprises didn’t stop there, they were then escorted out to the roof top bar where they had their favorite wine being chilled for them at a private table! Their best trip to Chicago yet!

The wedding rings and jewelry.

Modern elegant wedding dress.The bride's robe and veil.

A bride getting her makeup done on her wedding day.

Bridesmaids in their robes getting ready for the big wedding day.

The way groomsmen get ready!

The Groom getting on his tux with a little help from a friend on his wedding day.The groom preparing for his wedding day.

Most Memorable Wedding Moment…
Christopher and Kirsten’s favorite part of their wedding was their first look together. They did it before their ceremony to help ease nerves and emotions (tears) during the ceremony! It was amazing for them to be able to have that special moment together on such a busy and emotional day!

The groom waiting to see his bride on his wedding day.

The first sight of the bride and groom on their wedding day.

The happy groom hugging his bride the first time he saw her on their wedding day.

The bride and groom getting pictures out The Hotel at Kirkwood on their wedding day.

Beautiful flowers at the Hotel at Kirkwood to surround the bride and groom on their wedding day.

Great photos of a bride and groom outside the Hotel at Kirkwood on their wedding day.

Beautiful modern bride and groom on their wedding day photographed by Carter Photography.

The handsome groom on his wedding day.

Classic grey suit paired with navy for a wedding.Beautiful bride on her wedding day.

The gorgeous sweetheart dress, bouquet and accessories.

Gorgeous navy dresses paired with rose bouquets.

Bride and her bridesmaids in navy and white colors for their summer wedding.

A groom and his men on his summer wedding day.

The Wedding party outside The Hotel at Kirkwood.

The cute junior bridesmaid and her dog coming down the isle.

The adorable flower girl and ring bearer coming down the isle.

The father giving away his daughter on her wedding day.

Bride and groom exchanging rings during their ceremony at The Hotel at Kirkwood.

Stunning summer ceremony in the atrium at The Hotel at Kirkwood.

The bride and groom kissing at their ceremony at The Hotel at Kirkwood.

The happy bride and groom just married at the Hotel at Kirkwood.

The ceremony program.Gorgeous wedding table arrangements and decor.

The wedding party table set up for the reception at The Hotel at Kirkwood.

A gorgeous reception at The Hotel at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The wedding party making their grand entrance wheelbarrow style.Bride and Groom's grand entrance to their reception.

Delicious diamond and rose cake and cupcake display.

The bride and groom cutting their cake/cupcake on their wedding day.

The Hotel at Kirkwood all set up for a wedding reception with beautiful uplights.

The wedding party table at toast time.

The bride and groom dancing at their wedding reception at The Hotel at Kirkwood.

The groom dipping his bride after their first dance.

The emotional father daughter dance.

The mother son dance at the wedding reception.

The bride getting ready to toss the bouquet.

The garter toss at the Hotel at Kirkwood.

Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Joel Carter – Carter Photography, IA http://www.carterkc.com/

Cinematographer: Joshua Booth – Diamond Label Films, IA http://diamondlabelfilms.com/

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Hotel at Kirkwood, Cedar Rapids, IA https://www.thehotelatkirkwood.com/site/index.php?p=35835

Wedding Coordinator: Mary VanHouten, The Hotel Kirkwood Center, Cedar Rapids, IA https://www.thehotelatkirkwood.com/site/index.php?p=35835

Officiant: Troy Golinghorst (Brides Brother)

Bride’s Gown: A Storybook Ending, DeWitt, IA http://www.shopforbridals.com/
Designer- Justin Alexander

Jewelry/Accessories: A Storybook Ending, DeWitt, IA http://www.shopforbridals.com/

Hair & Makeup: Stephanie Mueller – Flip Salon, N. Liberty, IA http://www.flipsalon.net/

Florist: HyVee, Coralville, IA https://www.hy-vee.com/stores/detail.aspx?s=37

Décor & Rentals:
Speilmans Event Services, Cedar Rapids, IA http://spielmans.com/

Aero Rental & Party Shoppe, Iowa City, IA http://www.aerorental.com/

Invitations & Stationery: Zephyr Weddings, Coralville, IA http://www.zephyrweddings.com/

Caterer: The Hotel at Kirkwood, Cedar Rapids, IA https://www.thehotelatkirkwood.com/site/index.php?p=35835

Cupcakes: The Hotel at Kirkwood, Cedar Rapids, IA https://www.thehotelatkirkwood.com/site/index.php?p=35835

Entertainment/DJ: Hitting the Mark, Marion, IA www.hittingthemarkdj.com/

Hotel Accommodations: The Hotel at Kirkwood, Cedar Rapids, IA https://www.thehotelatkirkwood.com/site/index.php?p=35835

Honeymoon Travel Agency: Tim Klopfenstein – Winebrenner Red Carpet Travel, Iowa City, IA http://www.winebrenner.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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