“I cannot tell you the number of times I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to marry this girl.’” Ron shared in his interview. After working up the nerve to propose, Ron and Kirsten went for a hike to an overlook where he finally asked her to marry him. Gambrill Park was a natural choice for the couple’s October wedding. The bride is a native of Frederick and both are avid hikers.
“We were really looking for a spot that would bring nature to our ceremony and reception. After looking at a few traditional venues, we decided going with Gambrill State Park felt the most fitting.”
After a week of rain, the couple worried their outdoor wedding ceremony might have to be moved inside. “It poured during the rehearsal so we were walking up the overlook steps for the first time as a group at the ceremony,” Kirsten said.
The couple wrote their vows together in the months before the ceremony. “It felt so special standing in front of all of our friends and family to make those promises. I made a slip up when it came time to slip Ron’s wedding ring on. It was nice to laugh in the middle of the ceremony when we were so focused on saying everything correctly.”
Kirsten and Ron had four bridesmaids, five groomsmen and two flower girls. 55 guests were in attendance.
The couple described the theme and color palette of the wedding as “Outdoor Casual.” Kirsten said her favorite part of wedding planning was choosing the music. “We always remember our wedding day when any of the songs we chose come on because we spent so much time choosing songs that were meaningful to us.” Kirsten and Ron enjoyed a BBQ lunch at their wedding reception with their guests inside the Tea House.
Ron is a real estate agent and Kirsten is a mortgage loan originator. The couple honeymooned in Italy. They currently live in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.
First Dance: “Just the Way you Are” Billy Joel
Advice to other couples: “Make decisions that will make you both happy and don’t forget to plan for life after the wedding together as a married couple.”
- Ceremony location: South Frederick Overlook, Gambrill State Park
- Reception location: Tea Room, Gambrill State Park
- Caterer/drinks: Frontier BBQ
- Photographer: Alexa Bedwell, Charles Studio **
- Coordinator/Planner: Kelly Kurtyka, Tres Chic Weddings
- Wedding attire: (dress/suit/etc): Dress: Couture by Posh Bridal; Suits: Potomac Bridals
- Rings/jewelry: R Bruce Carson Jewelers
- Dessert: Main Street Sweets
- Flowers/decor: Glade Link Farms
- Hair/Makeup: Oasis Styling Salon
- Officiant: Kate Machereth