On May 27, 2018 I married my husband Matthew Krier, my college sweetheart and man of my dreams! We chose to get married in my hometown and our alma mater, La Crosse, WI. I’m so excited to share the details of our Wedding Day and photos by the lovely Jennifer Jane Photography! It was the perfect day surrounded by our families and closest friends that we will remember forever.
The girls spent the morning getting hair and makeup done at About Face Salon in Onalaska. Our makeup artist Kathleen did airbrush makeup, and we were so happy with how natural and beautiful everyone’s makeup turned out! It was 97 degrees and 90% humidity for our wedding day, and it lasted all day. We had four hair stylists and our up-do’s turned out great! After the salon we went to The Charmont Hotel, a beautiful boutique hotel in La Crosse. We took pictures in our robes and got our dresses on. I also did a first look with my mom and the bridesmaids, and it was so fun! I found my dress at Annika Bridal Boutique in Edina, MN and I ordered the girls dresses from JCrew Factory. The matching robes were from Amazon, the girls necklaces were from Etsy, and the shoes were from Target. I wanted to go with a simple, classic look and find dresses that the girls could wear again! 🙂 The guys got ready at the Courtyard Marriott hotel in La Crosse. Their suits were from Knights Menswear in Rochester, MN.
THE WEDDING PARTY
Our wedding party was so special to us, and they made our wedding day so much fun!! I had two Maids of Honor, Kristin and Jess, and my bridesmaids included my college friends Haley, Niki, and Lauren, my childhood friends, Sarah and Gabby, and my sister-in-law Sarah. Matt’s Best Man was his brother Jon, and groomsmen included his childhood friend Spencer, college friends Mitch, Nick, Jerod, Eric, and Jake, and my brother Blake. My Personal Attendant Emily and our Usher Andrew helped keep us organized and they did so much to help with our wedding day!
THE FIRST LOOK
The first look was so special to Matt and I. Our ceremony was right before the reception, so we decided to take all of our pictures beforehand and have a quiet moment to ourselves before the wedding. One of our favorite spots in La Crosse is at Riverside Park down by the water, so we decided that was the best place for our first look. The pictures speak for themselves, but Matt’s reaction to seeing me in my wedding dress was priceless. I will cherish this moment forever!
Our venue had the most beautiful outdoor ceremony space overlooking the Mississippi River and the iconic blue bridge. Despite the heat, we managed to have our outdoor ceremony. Our friends Gabby and Jake sang “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran as the wedding party walked down the isle and “Marry Me” by Train as I walked down with my Dad. We are so happy they agreed to sing for us and it made our ceremony that much more special. Our officiant Ray was my youth pastor growing up and he did a wonderful job capturing our love story and centering our ceremony around Christ. We braided the Chord of Three Strands during our ceremony, which symbolizes God, Matt, and I becoming one and how we need to rely on God to strengthen our marriage and keep Him at the center. Our Maid of Honor Kristin read Colossians 3:14-19 and our Best Man Jon read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. The best part of the ceremony was dancing down the aisle to “You Make my Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates after our first kiss!
It was so special to have our immediate and extended families there to celebrate our day with us! We can not thank our parents enough for the love and support they showed us throughout our planning and wedding day! I am so lucky to have married into the Krier Family and Matt into the Reynolds family. Being far away from our families in Utah is not easy, but looking back at these pictures gives me so much joy! There was no better way to send us off out West than our Wedding Day, surrounded by the people we love most!
For a while now, I had dreamed of getting married at The Cargill Room downtown La Crosse, a beautiful venue right next to the Mississippi River. We booked the venue almost a year in advance and luckily they had one date left in the summer of 2018! We wanted an outdoor ceremony and our venue allowed us to have the ceremony and reception all in the same place! They also take care of so many things for you, including a wedding coordinator, the food, drinks, setup and tear down, the table settings, and some of the decorations! It made the planning so much easier and our coordinator Jessica helped us stay organized throughout the whole planning process and day of. We are so thankful for the entire team at The Cargill Room for making our venue dreams come true!
We wanted to keep our decorations classic and simple because our Venue was already so beautiful! Monet Floral created our bridal party bouquets, boutonnieres, floral arch for the ceremony, and eucalyptus table runners for the reception. They made my vision come to life! Our entry way decorations were mostly made up of letter boards, engagement pictures, our guest book, table assignments, and wooden signs made by Coco & Spice Crafts. Our centerpieces included cylinder vases with floating candles surrounded by eucalyptus or floral bouquets re-used from our bridal party (an excellent way to save money on flowers). We also had twinkly lights hanging behind the head table that popped at sunset!
The speeches at our wedding were so special to us! First was the Maids of Honor speech from Jess and Kristin. They went back and forth with their favorite memories of us as college roommates and getting to know Matt when we first started dating (they interviewed him in my college kitchen to make sure he was a good fit 🙂 ). Next was the Best Man speech from Jon. He knew how to make the audience laugh with his jokes from growing up with Matt as his big brother. Next was the Father of the Groom Speech from Matt’s dad Jim. And finally was the Father of the Bride speech from my Dad, Jon. He decided to dress up as “The Town Krier” and he wrote a poem for us on a scroll. It was so hilarious and sentimental at the same time! He would shout Willy Willy! when he wanted us to cheers and it stuck for the entire night.
Our photographer Jennifer suggested that we sneak away from the reception for some pictures at sunset and we’re so glad we did! Matt proposed to me right outside of our wedding venue almost exactly a year before our wedding, so we took our pictures in that same area right by the water. They are some of my favorite pictures of the day!
Our dance was one of my favorite parts of the night, there was so much energy and we got almost everyone out there to dance! We started with our first dance, “I’ll name the Dogs” by Blake Shelton; we loved the lyrics and it was a perfect song to swing dance to. Next was the father daughter dance, “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong, and the mother son dance, “Then They Do” by Trace Atkins. Our DJ was so flexible and let us choose all of the songs for the night and the order they were in. He also threw in a few karaoke songs for those that wanted to! We chose mostly upbeat 90’s and pop songs to keep our dance floor packed all night long! I asked Matt his favorite part of the day (besides marrying me of course 🙂 ) and he said when the college favorite song “SOB” by Nathaniel Radcliffe came on and the whole dance floor joined in together. It was a song to remember!
A huge thank you to all of the vendors that made our day so special! We are so thankful for the love and support we received on our Wedding Day from Family and Friends. It was truly the best day and we are so happy!
Venue: The Cargill Room at the Waterfront Restaurant
Photography: Jennifer Simonton (Jennifer Jane Photography)
Flowers: Monet Floral
Officiant: Ray Martinez
DJ: Keith Mueller (Travelin’ Tunes DJ & Karaoke)
Dresses: Annika Bridal Boutique (Bride), JCrew Factory (Bridesmaids)
Suits: Knights Menswear
Getting Ready Space: The Charmont Hotel
Decorations: Coco & Spice Crafts (Wooden Signs), Amazon (Letter Boards, Frames, Table Numbers)
Makeup: Kathleen Pielhop (Kathleen Makeup Artist)
Hair: Kelly Harwick, Whitney Wiatt, Michelle Hansen