Four years ago today my husband Matt and I started dating. It’s crazy that we have a new wedding anniversary to celebrate, but I still love celebrating November 6th 🙂 We were juniors in college when we met through mutual friends, but our first date was at the beginning of senior year of college. He asked me to be his girlfriend about a month after going on dates. I love looking back at our dating years and can’t wait to share our favorite memories!
IT STARTED WITH CRIBBAGE
The first night Matt and I met, we played the game kemps with some friends and ended up being partners. Almost a year later when we started dating, he taught me how to play cribbage and it became a special part of our relationship. He asked me to be his girlfriend by dealing me a hand with the question in a game of cribbage. It was the first of many romantic gestures in our relationship 🙂 PS this engraved cribbage board is a wedding gift we got and it meant so much to us!!
One of our first dates was to Ferguson’s apple orchard near our college town in WI, and we had a blast getting to know each other. It was the first picture we ever took together! Ever since then, we have gone on apple orchard dates each fall to celebrate our relationship. We will definitely have to find somewhere to go in Utah!
BADGER & PACKER FOOTBALL GAMES
Since Matt had his own football season each fall growing up, he didn’t have a chance to go to Camp Randall or Lambeau Field for a football game. We got tickets to both so he could experience the tailgating, crowd, and energy at the games! The Badger game was during a beautiful fall day in October, and the Packer game was in the middle of January on a zero degree day. I have never bundled up more in my life, but it was so fun!
GRANDAD HALF MARATHON
After my college swim season was done in March, I loved switching up my workout routine and started training for the half marathon in our college town in early May! I had split the marathon in half with a friend the previous year and did 6.5 miles to complete a half marathon relay. I convinced Matt that running was fun 🙂 so we trained together and ended up doing 2 half marathon relays together while we were in college! It was such a fun challenge to do together and although we don’t run much anymore, I hope we can do it again in Utah!
The first time our families met was college graduation weekend! Our majors lined up to be at the same ceremony, so it was fun to see each other cross the stage 🙂 Since my parents are close by, we had a family lunch after the ceremony and he had a party that night at his college house! It was so fun for everyone to get to know each other. That was almost exactly a year before we got engaged which is crazy!
Our first trip together was our post graduation trip with two of our friends to Nashville! We went memorial day weekend since I had a few weeks off before starting my full time job, so we road tripped from WI and spent the long weekend there! We got to experience the downtown, live music, hall of fame museum, food, and everything Nashville has to offer! We definitely want to go back soon!
About a month before getting engaged, we flew to Chicago for a weekend getaway and got to visit with friends while we were there! Matt had never been to Chicago, so it was fun to show him my favorite tourist spots like Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Michigan Ave, the riverwalk, and some of my favorite bars and restaurants! It was a trip we will never forget, despite the cold and rainy weather we had in late March 🙂
Looking back at all of these memories makes me smile so big! Happy 4 years Matthew 🙂
It’s been a year since our fall engagement pictures so I wanted to share my favorites on the blog! Jennifer Simonton (Jennifer Jane Photography) took our engagement pictures and our wedding pictures, and it was so nice to have the same photographer for both! We were able to spend a few hours with Jennifer getting to know her and practice for our wedding day. Since we decided to get married in La Crosse, we wanted Matt’s hometown of Hudson, WI to be the spot for our engagement photos. We both love fall and the colors change perfectly in October in WI. So, we decided to meet on Sunday Oct 22 just before golden hour!
Matt asked me to be his girlfriend while playing cribbage and it was our favorite date night in college. We’re so happy Jennifer captured one of our best memories 🙂
THE FRONT YARD
Matt’s parents have a beautiful yard full of trees that were changing colors and we decided to start there. We love how these pictures turned out with the red leaves in the background!
WILLOW RIVER STATE PARK
One of Matt’s favorite spots to go hiking growing up is Willow River State Park near his parent’s home. We had been there a couple times and I loved the hike to the bridge and waterfall. It was the perfect spot to take pictures at sunset!
THE WATERFALL & BRIDGE
It’s so fun to look back on our first professional photos taken together! We loved our experience with Jennifer as our photographer and would recommend her to anyone in the MN/WI area 🙂
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)
We spent the 4th with a group of midwest friends at Silver lake reservoir in American Fork Canyon. Unlike WI and MN, lake life is hard to come by in Utah. There are a few reservoirs that you can swim in within driving distance of the city, so we packed up for the day and drove down south about an hour! It was worth the early drive so we could get there before traffic and get a prime spot on the beach!
Some of our friends brought paddle boards, games like spike ball and bag toss, and floaties to keep us entertained all day! It was a beautiful sunny day and the perfect temps up higher in elevation! We spent the whole day on the water, BBQ’d, and played games. Another plus to this reservoir is that no motor boats are allowed, so you can swim, kayak, canoe, or float freely without having to look out for boats! It was a blast and we will definitely be back next summer. However, I would suggest going in June and July, when we went in August the reservoir had drained to almost half its size due to the dry air and heat. It wasn’t the same, so we decided to go to a reservoir close by (Tibblefork) to enjoy the water more!
We hope to make some trips next summer to the bigger and more popular lakes in UT, including Lake Powell down south near AZ and Bear Lake up north near ID!
Our love story began one cold night in La Crosse over winter break of our junior year. There were very few people around campus, so there wasn’t much to do. My roommate and now groomsman Jerod begged me to go to a get together near our house. I finally agreed, we got dressed and headed to the party. We arrived at a house that was completely dark with no music playing, no lights on, or any sign of human life. We walked in to find Brooke and 3 of her bridesmaids in their pajamas…. I looked at Jerod and said “what is this” and he replied, “I knew if I told you this was were I was going you wouldn’t come, so I lied.” Luckily it ended up being the first step to our future. Brooke and I ended up being partners during a card game. She was horrible and kept blaming our losses on me (which was impossible). We did not win a game but it was a step in the right direction. Our next interaction took place a few months later at the UWL Senior-Citizen Prom. All of the student-athletes got dressed up and hosted a prom for senior citizens in the area. I literally swept Brooke off her feet on the dance floor (if I do say so myself) and little did we know we would become dance partners for life.
It was a few months before we bumped into each other again. I remember thinking that if I saw her again I would ask her out on a date. I got my chance and we exchanged phone numbers. Then the waiting game ensued (can never appear too eager). She caved and texted me first wishing me luck at our football game (we lost of course). I asked her to go out to a local favorite for dinner and she agreed. Our first date went fantastic and we spent the whole evening talking, laughing, and getting to know each other. Then the craziest thing happened. I vividly remember the feeling I had after that date. I was so fulfilled and happy, and I remember walking up the front step of my college house all by myself. Something just hit me and I said out loud “Matthew, you’re going to marry that girl someday.”
After a few months and a few more dates I decided to make it official and asked Brooke to be my girlfriend by dealing the question to her in a game of cribbage. She said I would never surprise her but I think I did and she surprised me by saying yes. Between dating and the engagement we have had many amazing memories. I remember the first place that I told Brooke I loved her. It was at Christian and Sierra Hallingstad’s wedding which took place at the same venue we will be hosting ours. During the dance I pulled Brooke aside and we went outside on the dock down by the water where we danced; I swallowed my nerves and told her. She said she did too and the rest is history.
The dock outside of The Waterfront Restaurant would become a very special place for Brooke and I. That is why I thought it would be the best place to ask Brooke to be my wife. I came up with an elaborate plan to get Brooke to naturally go out to dinner with Sarah and Justin Zezulka, except we took a detour to our spot by the water before going in. My sister Sarah Krier was hiding in the bushes ready to snap pictures. We danced and talked about our future together before I took her hand and popped the question. SHE SAID YES!! We then went to a private room at the restaurant where we were greeted by family and friends.
Since May 20, 2017 Brooke and I have began planning our lives together and have never looked back. Not only are Brooke and I starting the next chapter of our lives together, but we will also be doing it in a new place. Our first home as a married couple is in Salt Lake City, Utah. Thank you for all the love and support you have shown Brooke and I and we hope you will visit us in our new home. This is our love story. But this love story has only just begun.
This weekend last year was one of the craziest weekends! On April 15-16, 2018, my best friends and Maids of Honor Jess and Kristin hosted my bridal shower and bachelorette party. What we thought would be a beautiful spring weekend turned into the biggest snow storm of the year, a whopping 22 inches and temps in the 20’s! It was absolutely crazy weather and terrible road conditions, but my girlfriends and family managed to pull off all of our plans and we made it to and from our destinations safely! Praise God!
A few days before the weekend, I admit I was freaking out a little when I checked the weather forecast. Everyone was reassuring me it would be okay, but I didn’t want to put those friends and family that would be traveling on the road if it meant it wasn’t safe. Ultimately, we decided to keep our plans and AirBnb reservation and worst case scenario we could cancel at the last minute.
THE WEDDING SHOWER
We all traveled to Lakeville, MN for the wedding shower and it had started to get icy with snow starting to build on top. We had the most beautiful shower at my Maid of Honor’s house and you could see the blizzard starting outside. We had a crepe brunch with mimosa’s, opened registry gifts, and played a game where everyone would guess my husband Matt’s answer for me on a series of questions. It was so much fun! By then the blizzard had gotten worse but we made a team decision to travel to our next destination (a secret to me at the time). We hopped in our 3 SUV’s (thank goodness for four wheel drive!!) and started driving to Waconia, MN.
It took us over an hour to get to the winery due to road conditions, and after we got off the main highway, the roads hadn’t been traveled on at all yet. We literally paved the way to the winery! We were scared but our drivers (Niki, Jess, Sarah) did an amazing job staying calm! We got there and had so much fun on our wine tour and tasting, even though we couldn’t enjoy the patio or views outside. Surprisingly, one other bachelorette party made it that day but the rest of the tours had cancelled (no surprise there) 🙂 We only had a little car trouble with Sarah’s car getting stuck in the parking lot, but the Winery manager was nice enough to snow blow her out!
The AirBnb was a short 5 mile drive away, but the conditions were way worse and we couldn’t see the road very well (I tried sticking my head out the window to see, but that didn’t work very well). Finally we made it and worked together to unload everything from the car. 17 girls in one house guarantees a lot of stuff!! The house was so cute and the perfect size for all of us! It overlooked Lake Waconia, but the views were blocked due to the snow. We had snacks, dinner from the bar/restaurant down the block (the only place that stayed open), drinks, and played some games! My favorite game was salad bowls with all of the girls, it similar to catch phrase but everyone writes down a few of their own words and mixes them up in the bowl! Before going out down the street to the local bar, we had a dance party in the AirBnb and danced the night away! Special shout out to Niki for being our driver the whole night 🙂
Before heading back to the Twin Cities, we all grabbed coffee at the local coffee shop and packed up the AirBnb. The aftermath of the storm was pretty crazy. We saw at least 30 cars in the ditch on our 30 mile drive back and the roads were plowed just enough to make it back. We all made it back safely and the girls made their way back home, despite bad conditions and cancelled flights.
A huge thank you to my friends and family that made #BrookesBlizzardBachelorette a weekend I will never forget! They all were excellent sports and made sure I had the best weekend possible no matter what the weather. I am so thankful!!
The next weekend, Matt’s family hosted a beautiful shower for me in Hudson, WI. Luckily, my Grandma’s who couldn’t travel in the snow the weekend before were able to come to this shower instead. It was so fun to spend time with Matt’s aunts and cousins. They gave us marriage advice, we had lunch at the local favorite Italian restaurant, and opened registry gifts. And only a week later, all of the snow had melted and the temps were in the 60’s!!