Kimi and Brian were married at Musket Ridge Golf Club on a sunny day in May of 2016.
The couple had outdoor ceremony at Musket Ridge, complete with mountain views. The bridal party of five bridesmaids and five groomsmen walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of Part of Your World, from the Little Mermaid (Kimi’s favorite Disney movie). 112 guests watched them exchange their vows.
The couple surprised their mothers by honoring them each with a rose, thanking them for their sacrifices and unconditional love throughout their lives. Kimi and Brian wrote our own vows, making jokes and laughing the entire way through. Kimi referenced their favorite video games and movies, promising to always share the cookie dough. Brian made reference to their first date, where they walked around the Columbia mall for hours, without ever walking into any stores.
The bride and groom’s mothers joined the couple for a sand ceremony. The officiant poured sand that was taken from the beaches of St. Maarten, where Brian proposed. Then each of the mothers poured a layer to symbolize the couple’s upbringing. Then Kimi & Brian each poured a layer separately, symbolizing individually who they are, and will be in the future. They then poured a layer together, blending the grains of sand to unite their individual experiences together as one.
After the ceremony the couple attended their cocktail hour, followed by their reception. “I absolutely loved the stairs leading down to the ceremony location – it made me feel so elegant with my dress and train. Some of my favorite pictures from the day are on those steps where my dress is flowing over the steps or where we have the amazing views from the mountains.”
When asked if anything funny happened at the reception, Kimi noted that Kristen, the maid of honor, “had an amazing speech that was done almost entirely in Disney quotes.” Brian also noted that while they were playing the lawn game corn hole outside, “Kimi had horrible aim and accidentally hit the photographer with her shot.”
The color palette for the wedding included the couples favorite color, orange, alongside coral pink and gray details. In lieu of wedding favors, Kimi and Brian made a donation to the American Diabetes Association on behalf of their guests.
The groom is a Aerospace Engineer with Northrup Grumman and the bride is a Career Advisor for St. Mary’s College of Maryland. They currently reside in California, Maryland.
First dance: “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith, then breaking out into a surprise dance to “Jump On It” from Sugarhill Gang
How they met: Kimi and Brian met at a winter break party during Kimi’s senior year of high school, Brian’s freshman year of college. The two were in a long distance relationship for almost 4 years while Brian was at Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach, FL, and Kimi was at Hood College. They have been together for 7 and a half years.
The engagement: On Kimi’s college graduation trip to St. Maarten with her parents and Brian, Brian asked if Kimi wanted to go for a walk down by the water. He signaled to Kimi’s mother that it was time to grab her camera, and walked down to the water’s edge. Then he got down on one knee, pulled out the ring, and as he opened the box, sang the treasure chest theme from their favorite video game, the Legend of Zelda, and asked Kimi to marry him. When they walked back up to Kimi’s parents and chairs, there was champagne waiting to celebrate.
The couples’s advice for planning a wedding: “Planning our wedding was the first time that we really had to be a united team, especially with opinions coming from every direction. When planning your wedding, I really suggest sitting down together, just the two of you, and discuss what you both envision for the day. Your friends and family are going to be excited for you and going to want to be involved in planning. Let them be involved as much as you can, but also be a team and stand your ground together on the things that are important to you.”
- Venue: Catoctin Hall at Musket Ridge Golf Club ** FrederickWeddings.com member
- Photographer: Spence Photographics ** FrederickWeddings.com member
- Coordinator/Planner: Susie Chalk (provided by Musket Ridge Golf Club)
- Bridal Dress, Grooms, & Groomsmen’s Tuxedos: Columbia Bridal Boutique
- Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
- Dessert: Main Street Sweets
- Flowers: Blossom & Basket Boutique ** FrederickWeddings.com member
- Hair/Makeup: Trinity Salon & Spa, Middletown, MD
- Music/entertainment: Wizer Productions
- Transportation: On the Town Limousine
- Officiant: Sandy Queen from Weddings by Sandy