; The Belle and the Beau Blog | Katie & Brent

“Brent and I met on move-in day sophomore year at the State University of New York at Geneseo. Our dorm rooms were right next to each other and my suite of girls quickly began spending a lot of time with his suite of guys. Brent liked me very quickly, but I was a little slower to realize the potential of our relationship. He was patient though, and after several months of unrequited feelings, I finally came around and realized that I definitely had a crush too. By the end of February 2006 we were officially a couple and never far from one another. We moved in together after college and Brent proposed in Paris in June 2012 beneath the Eiffel Tower!

Following our engagement, we quickly began planning a spring wedding and settled on Memorial Day weekend 2013 in Rochester, NY – near to where we both grew up. Our goal in planning the wedding was to make it unique and personal, with touches of both classic and modern elements.

I always knew that I wanted to get married outdoors, and we chose our ceremony venue – Tinker Nature Park — because of the beautiful row of oak trees which reminded me of a southern plantation. We wrote our own vows for the occasion and had a string trio play music for the ceremony. We couldn’t have hoped for better weather, especially since it was hailing just two days prior to our wedding!

Our reception venue was one of our favorite restaurants in Rochester — Good Luck (how perfect, right?!). With an amazing atmosphere, great family-style meals and fun signature cocktails, we knew Good Luck was the perfect choice for us.

While the whole day was perfect, my favorite moment of the wedding was the final song of the night. Our DJ played Phillip Phillips’ “Home” while all of our friends and family formed a circle and sang, clapped and danced around us. It was such a perfect moment being surrounded by all the most important people in our lives — the whole room was just totally overflowing with love!!

Brent gave his groomsmen the standard men’s gray stripe seersucker neckties (skinny 2.5″) and I also made each guy their own pocket square that I embroidered with their initials.”-Katie

“After the ceremony we were taking photos in the park and my bridesmaid Eleni suddenly got really excited when she found something in the grass. I heard her say, “Wait, did someone put this here on purpose?!” I was confused, until I discovered what she was holding — a miniature Eiffel Tower key chain. Since Brent and I had gotten engaged in Paris under the Eiffel Tower just 11 months before, it felt like such a special sign to have found it on our wedding day. I now carry the tarnished Eiffel Tower with me at all times as a reminder of our magical, perfect Wedding day!” Katie


Wedding Locations: Ceremony – Tinker Nature Park | Reception – Good Luck Restaurant

Photographer – Matt Wittmeyer

Florist – Stacy K Floral

Cupcakes – Dolce Cupcakery

DJ – Joetta from Go Sound Systems

Bride’s Dress: Watters, Wtoo Mimi

Groom and Groomsmen Suits: J. Crew

Videography: Kadams Media Wedding Video

Groomsmen Neckties: The Belle and The Beau skinny 2.5″ gray stripe seersucker necktie.

Brent & Katie also shared their beautiful wedding video with us:  Wedding Highlight Film



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