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Photographer: Freeland Photography Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hilton President Gown: Nolte’s Bridal Suit: Men’s Wearhouse Bridesmaid Dresses: Katie Lee Invitations: Statements Hair & Makeup: Sei Bella Salon Makeup: Selena Marischler Uplighting: Remix DJ’s Cake: Raspberry Rose Florist: Litaca’s Flowers Band: Lenny Klinger’s Galaxy Band Rentals: All Seasons Event Rentals Travel Agent: Ambassador Travel
Gavin & Emmy’s Love Story
Gavin and I met in the 7th grade. We shared mutual friends and spent a lot of time together throughout middle school. In November of our Freshmen year he worked up the courage to ask me out. Gavin and I were at a gathering with friends and were walking around outside together and found ourselves sitting on a large rock at one of the intersections within the neighborhood. It was there that he asked me to be his girlfriend, and we shared our first kiss. We were inseparable throughoutthe next four years. We dated for 9 years before getting engaged, we were best friends growing up together and enjoying every moment of it.
Gavin proposed to me on my 23rd birthday. I did have an idea he was going to, as he requested to “plan” my birthday that year, and never had that happened in 9 years of dating. Nevertheless, I was anxious and excited for the evening to begin. He took me out to my favorite sushi restaurant for dinner and drinks. As we were driving back to Lee’s Summit, Gavin started to take a weird exit and suggested we drive by the spot where he asked me to be his girlfriend. As we approached the intersection in the neighborhood, my eyes began to tear up as I caught a glimpse of red roses on the rock where Gavin had kissed me for the first time. Gavin stopped the car and asked me to get out and walk over with him. He took my hand and sat me down on the rock. The rest is a blur that was filled with lots of tears, Gavin down on one knee, one important question, and one very excited answer. I remember being overjoyed and answering “OF COURSE!” and then being wrapped up in Gavin’s arms. We shared a wonderful moment and began to hear screams of, “Congratulations!” from behind us. As we turned around, we noticed that there were about 5 young girls watching from their front bedroom window. Later I found out that Gavin had called the homeowners and asked permission to propose on their property, which was interesting because 9 years ago there was not a house built there yet. The girls were waiting for us and were eager to come running out of the house and take the first pictures of us as an engaged couple.
Planning for the wedding began immediately. My mom and I went wedding dress shopping the weekend after we got engaged, and I ended up purchasing the first dress I tried on! The dress was perfect for a winter wedding, and December 31st became the perfect date. After we decided the wedding would be on New Years Eve, everything else began to fall into place. My mom and I planned the entire day with the help of our wedding coordinator at the hotel, and Gavin of course. I loved the idea of a timeless, gold wedding that had fun and flare as midnight approached. Our wedding was the perfect combination of class and party and we enjoyed dancing the night away.
The Groom’s Favorite Moment of the Day
My favorite part of the wedding day was the first time I saw Emmy. We did not see or talk to each other on the phone the entire day. It made the moment when I saw her walk down the aisle even more special. She looked so beautiful; it was a feeling that I will never forget.
The Bride’s Favorite Moment of the Day
My absolute favorite moment was Gavin and I’s first dance. The moment was romantic and exciting, we were living in the moment and dancing like no one was watching to our favorite song. If felt like we were the only two people in the room. Neither one of us could stop smiling.