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Tim and Katy

St. Louis, MO, United States

Tim and I met at a bible study while attending the same church in Belleville, IL. After a few months of getting to know each other, I told Tim I was interested in dating; however, knowing he was about to leave for a year tour in South Korea (Tim is active duty U.S. Air Force) he wasn’t sure he wanted to start a relationship. It wasn’t until several months later – after I went on a date with someone else – that he admitted he felt the same. We started dating only two months before he left for South Korea (thank goodness for FaceTime!) While home on a visit, Tim proposed on our one-year anniversary. Planning a wedding on opposite sides of the world was definitely a challenge, but it forced us to work together and we are so fortunate to have such wonderful friends and family who helped us through all of it.  We wanted something romantic and classic, but also modern-feeling. It came together beautifully. After dating long distance for almost our entire relationship (Tim moved directly from South Korea to Tacoma, WA, where I moved after our wedding) we were very excited to start our new life together. Words can’t describe the joy and anticipation we felt on our wedding day. It is surreal to have all the people you love in one room watching you make such an amazing commitment to your spouse. Someone gave me the advice to stop during the ceremony and look out to all of your family and friends – it is incredible to feel so much love at once. My Jim Hjelm by  Hayley Paige wedding dress was the most beautiful thing I have ever worn. It was blush pink tulle layered with printed organza – light and dreamy. It even had pockets and a removable watteau train! I waited months for Tim to see me in it at our first look in Lafayette Square Park and it was an incredibly emotional and wonderful moment. My favorite part of the day was without a doubt walking down the aisle to my husband. For a moment it felt as though we were the only two people in the room – I didn’t even notice my dress brushed over some candles down the aisle and guests were helping ensure it didn’t catch fire! The reception went by in a blur as we danced, caught up with friends and family and tried thank everyone for coming. I am so glad we chose an amazing photographer and videographer to record the day for us – it truly goes by so fast and now we have the memories to last us a lifetime.

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