Every Wife Needs A Wife

“You will learn the value of the women in your life now more than ever. You will need them just as much as you will need your new husband because every wife needs a wife”. These are the precious words of Christine Sell, Kathryn’s mother, as she was talking to Kathryn and Ashton about 3 months before each of their weddings. In that moment, Ashton and Kathryn fully grasped how much they would need one another in this time of upcoming transition. Christine was explaining the importance of deep-rooted sisterhood; a wife to call when you burn your first lasagna, or someone to help you and your new hubby move into your first apartment.

Photography by Derek Copenhaver

Photography by Derek Copenhaver

Kathryn and Ashton were engaged to the men of their dreams four months apart and then married those men just one month apart. Kathryn and Ashton walked hand in hand through the season of engagement together: planning, bridal showers, family, graduating, moving and settling. So much, all at once is not easy to manage, and that is why every wife needs a wife.

The morning after Kathryn's engagement to Zak! 

The morning after Kathryn's engagement to Zak! 

The morning after Ashton's engagement to Austin! 

The morning after Ashton's engagement to Austin! 

Kathryn says: “It is the only relationship where there is zero expectation. It is an all give and no take friendship. It is the only platonic relationship in your life that you get to choose. I chose Ashton as one of my no-questions-asked, close confidants.”

Friendship for women is unlike any other relationship that exists. Every wife needs a wife to go to Homegoods and pick out a new rug, return duplicate wedding gifts and to clean out their refrigerator.

“Marriage is more transitional than people realize. Marriage is the best decision that you could ever make, but you need that one girl that will fill you back up when you are feeling low” Ashton says.

Photography by N. Kristine Photography

Photography by N. Kristine Photography

While interviewing both Kathryn and Ashton, they shared many laughs while reminiscing about friendship and marriage. One story in particular stuck out in both of their minds when they thought about the challenges that come with new marriages. Kathryn had been preparing a beautiful, overflowing fruit bowl for Zak’s upcoming work party, like all good wives are expected to. This was the first event at Zak’s workplace that they would be attending as a married couple, so Kathryn felt extra pressure to fulfill her “wifely duties” and make this fruit bowl superb. Reaching for her brand new, sparkling, serving bowl to present her beautiful fruit dish in, Kathryn dropped the never-before-used bowl on the ground and it shattered to pieces. Kathryn called Ashton crying and upset. Feeling so disappointed and not knowing how she was going to plate the fruit, Ashton comforted Kathryn assuring her that she was MORE than enough. Two hours later, upon meeting up with Austin and Ashton for dinner Kathryn had a new fruit bowl in her hands. Ashton had gone and purchased Kathryn a brand new bowl, making sure that her wifey was prepared for her husband’s important work party.

Photography by N. Kristine Photography

Photography by N. Kristine Photography

“God brought us together for so many reasons” Ashton says.

“Living in a new city, away from family, Ashton’s house is one of the few places that I can go to that actually feels like home; wherever the Peters are will always be home.” Kathryn shared.

People are one of the greatest gifts that God blesses us with on earth. When we find other souls to call home that lead us closer to the cross, it is totally invaluable.

As Always
XOXO, 
Intern Mere

Photography by N. Kristine Photography

Photography by N. Kristine Photography

Immeasurably More

Our heart cry this week is for you to join us in our understanding that there is so much more to marriage than the wedding day. We are asking you—what is left when all of the candles have burnt out, your dress is packed up in a box and your flowers have wilted? The end of all of the wedding festivities leaves a longing for more. And the good news is that there is more. There is always more... immeasurably more.

Photography by Thomas Wrench

Photography by Thomas Wrench

There comes a point when people aren’t excited about your marriage anymore and you discover that the man laying next to you every night sometimes snores and leaves his wet towels on the ground. What is left?

The foundation that you set at the beginning of your marriage will set the tone for the rest of your time on earth together. This is why it is so paramount that you lay a firm foundation with the most stable bricks that exist; so that when the storms of life come—which they will, you are left with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

Photography by Thomas Wrench

Photography by Thomas Wrench

There is so much to become enthralled and entangled with in this world. Things to buy, wear, and post about constantly surround us. We live in a generation that makes it easy to be consumed with the world and all of its expectations. This is more applicable to marriage than you may even realize.

When a bride becomes engaged what is the first thing that her friends do? They ask to see the ring. (Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE bling here at Kathryn Ann Bridal! And we are all about the ring too…) But we recognize that there is so much more. The character of her groom, what they will stand for and what they will fall for in their marriage, and what she dreams of when they think about growing old together. Preparing for marriage goes far beyond picking out a sparkly venue, saying yes to the perfect dress and even choosing the perfect veil.  

Photography by Thomas Wrench

Photography by Thomas Wrench

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.” Ephesians 5:22-32

Traditionally, we read this verse and see it as being directed to husbands as it addresses his role in marriage. However, there is so much to be gained when we understand that marriage is a direct reflection of how Christ loves the church. God’s desire for His people- especially those who are in marriage together, is that they would be holy, blameless, cleansed, and without wrinkle or blemish. What a high and powerful calling, to be loved by God and to love Him and your spouse.

Photography by Thomas Wrench

Photography by Thomas Wrench

God cares about your heart and the heart of your marriage. Quality over quantity is His desire for you. He cares about being in deep relationship with you. He wants to take you and your marriage into the depths of His grace and love. He wants to know you, your spouse and your marriage intimately. When we have quality of relationship with Jesus, the quantity takes care of itself. When walking in step with God and His calling on your marriage, you will live and thrive in abundance.

With overflowing hearts
XOXO,
Intern Mere

A Little Something Blue

Hello Bride Beauties! Behold: brilliant ideas for your something blue! What a special tradition it is to collect all things borrowed, old, new and blue. We have gathered these concepts from close friends and were greatly inspired by our recent photo shoot with so many beautiful blue details.

Photography by N. Kristine Photography

Photography by N. Kristine Photography

Let your veil tell the story.
Our personal favorite is when brides make their veil their something blue. The veil pictured below is so appropriately named “Something Blue” designed by Kathryn to compliment any blushing bride.

Photography by N. Kristine Photography

Photography by N. Kristine Photography

Daddy’s little girl.
While your dad might be feeling a little bit blue on your wedding day, a great way to honor your number one man is to sew a piece of an old blue shirt of his to the inside of your dress. This is a great way to have him close to you even as he gives you away.

We love blue bling!
Borrow a family heirloom and wear it as your something blue. The stunning earrings photographed in our Veils on Pointe shoot and featured below are actually Kathryn Ann’s great grandmother Mimi’s earrings. It is so special to incorporate family into every aspect of the day, especially when they can walk down the aisle with you.

Photography by N. Kristine Photography

Photography by N. Kristine Photography

Make your shoes your something blue!
Perfectly tucked under your dazzling gown, you can hide some baby blue pumps or even some deep navy flats to showcase this treasured tradition.

A little something blue underneath your gown.
No one has to know what your something blue is; that can be between you and your new hubby! A great way to uphold this longtime tradition is by sneaking a little something blue underneath your dress. A blue garter or some lacey blue undies are a fun surprise for your man to discover later on in the evening.

Photography by N. Kristine Photography

Photography by N. Kristine Photography

Use blooms to incorporate your blue!
An elegant way to fuse your something blue into your ceremony is by utilizing your blooms. A beautiful way to do this is by using satin blue ribbon to tie the knot around your bouquet. You can also use blue blooms as your something blue by wearing Kathryn Ann’s “Love Me True” veil (photographed below). This veil is a lovely kiss of ice-blue silk petals to follow you as you glide down the aisle.

Photography by N. Kristine Photography

Photography by N. Kristine Photography

Whether you choose a precious family heirloom, a piece of your dad's shirt or an exquisite blue veil, your something blue is sure to be one of the most cherished pieces of your wedding day.

With lots of love and a love for blue hues—
XOXO
Intern Mere

You're Only a Bride Once... Hopefully

Happy Wednesday, Loves! This week I am walking you through helpful clues and insights into some of the often forgotten, yet most important parts of your wedding day! Grab a pen and notebook and start jotting down some pointers straight from the hearts of KA Bridal.

Photography by Curtis Wiklund Photography 

Photography by Curtis Wiklund Photography 

1.  Take pictures with your people!

Make sure to give the photographer a list of your must-have photographs before the big day! Don’t worry about getting a photo with your Great-Aunt-Helga that you haven’t seen in 17 years—make sure to get snapshots with your college roommates, your best friends, your Bible study leader, and the important people who have walked alongside of you and helped you get to your wedding day.

Photography by Curtis Wiklund Photography 

Photography by Curtis Wiklund Photography 

2.  Take a second after you say “I do” to say “I love you”.

There is so much anticipation, and even a few nerves leading up to the moment that you walk down the aisle. After the ceremony is over, take a second alone with your love to say hello, kiss, and become acquainted as Mr. and Mrs. Take a drink of water and re-apply your lipstick; as soon as you two have caught your breath, go sign that marriage license and take some adorable photos as newly weds.

Photography by Curtis Wiklund Photography 

Photography by Curtis Wiklund Photography 

3.  Take care of your people and let them take care of you.

No one forgets about the most important meal on your wedding day, but everyone seems to forget the second most important meal—lunch! Make some snack bags to take to the ceremony venue, or have lunch delivered to your groomsmen and bridesmaids as everyone is getting ready. No matter what you decide to do, make sure that your people eat and drink lots of water. You don’t want anyone passing out in the middle of your beautiful “I do” moment. 
Just as much as you take care of them, let them take care of you. Have a bag lady! It is so important to assign one of your bridesmaids to keep track of your bags and phone during the day. Make sure to talk with that bridesmaid before the wedding day to have a strategic plan to get your bags and phone to the getaway car before you go jet-setting with your hubby to your honeymoon.

Photography by Curtis Wiklund Photography 

Photography by Curtis Wiklund Photography 

4.  Have your cake and eat it too.

You and your families have spent so much time, energy and money on the details of this momentous occasion. Take some photos in your photo booth, drink your signature cocktail, and smell your flowers. Make sure that you enjoy the food that you chose for your guests to eat and share a slice of your expensive cake with your new spouse.

Photography by Curtis Wiklund Photography 

Photography by Curtis Wiklund Photography 

5. Get out there and shake your groove thing!

Lastly, but surely not least—get out on that dance floor! Have a total blast and celebrate the beginning of your new life! Rather than feeling the pressure to go around and greet each table, perhaps you dismiss each row after the ceremony so that no one is left un-loved and all of your bride-duties are out of the way by the time that DJ drops the Cha-Cha Slide. Dance the night away, but before you leave make sure to hug your best friends parents, kiss the cheeks of your bridesmaids and say see ya later to your mom and dad. This day is about YOU and your boo, surround yourself in love and shower the day in glorious memories that will last a lifetime.

Photography by Curtis Wiklund Photography 

Photography by Curtis Wiklund Photography 

We hope that these nuggets of knowledge help each of our brides to have the absolute best day ever with the least amount of stress and worry as possible. Dance, laugh, eat and be MARRIED!

XOXO
Intern Mere

Photography by Curtis Wiklund Photography 

Photography by Curtis Wiklund Photography 

Unexpected Love

“It was an unexpected love story between the two…”- Marleah Stout

Brooke and Jason’s first meeting was unexpected, unwarranted, without warning, but most importantly— completely ordained by God.

After a demanding Fall Semester at Central Michigan University, Brooke and Jason both returned to campus after a refreshing winter break full of prayer and confident praise that God would provide all that He had promised. During winter recess, Jason had brought his request before God, that He would be preparing a wife for him who emanated Jesus. Brooke, miles and miles away was praying for a Godly husband, the one whom her heart would call home. At this time, Brooke and Jason did not know that one another existed, but God in His perfect design knew exactly what He was doing.

On a very unplanned evening, Jason and Brooke locked eyes at the Delta Xi fraternity house. Upon walking in the door, Brooke knew that she needed to talk to Jason, recognizing that something was different about his spirit. He felt the same way, to say the least.

That night the first chapter of Brooke and Jason’s story began. Jason and Brooke married three and a half years later on September 17, 2016.

The big day started with a few nerves, as it began as a rainy Saturday morning. Just as hair and makeup was all done, the skies turned blue, the clouds parted and it turned into the most gorgeous September day.

As Brooke walked down the aisle, Jason was completely breathless. Everything that he had prayed for was walking towards him all at once. The future looked pure, lovely and beautiful, dressed in white, ready to say yes to forever.

Brooke said: “It was the most amazing experience to have everyone that I love and care about in one room”. Brooke and Jason’s wedding was truly such a special day full of precious memories and the beginning of a lifetime filled with sweet, sweet love.

Upon engagement, Kathryn and Brooke met at a coffee shop to discuss the exciting details, where Brooke proclaimed that she absolutely would not get married if she was not wearing a Kathryn Ann veil. Brooke’s veil is one of Kathryn Ann Bridal’s top sellers. P.S. I Love You is an ageless style that much like Brooke and Jason’s marriage will withstand the test of time.

One of the most important moments of Brooke’s wedding day was when Kathryn put her veil on her. Brooke remembers this time as the moment that she truly felt like a bride. The veil encompassed the whole wedding, Brooke says— simple elegance.

Brooke and Jason are now living their happily ever after in the Metro Detroit area, both pursuing their passions and living the life that they had always dreamt of!


All photographs taken by Melissa Outman Gregersen of Gregersen Photography
Photographs taken at St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Kalamazoo
Hair Stylist: Kim Qualls
Makeup Artist: Shay Evans
Floral Design: Kerissa Keller, Brooke Foulds and friends
Dress Designer: Stella York