Kristine and Tom met online, and within just a few messages were deep in discussions of Biblical theology. They started chatting online in early January 2021 and had their first date on January 16, 2021. Kristine says “by January 30th we were inseparable and knew that God had truly brought us together for a reason”. They love to slow dance to Elvis records. This is what they were doing when Tom told Kristine he loved her for the first time.. His favorite songs to sing to Kristine are, “Let It Be Me,” “Love Me Tender,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”.
Kristine says that Tom had a big proposal planned but the ring arrived late. It was burning a hole in his pocket and he couldn’t wait till the next free weekend to try to do the big proposal again. So on 6.20.21. after celebrating Fathers Day with his family, they went back to his house. She came back inside after taking care of the dogs to find him down on one knee with Elvis on the record player signing “Let It Be Me”. Kristine said “I was so shocked that I just kept asking him “really? Really!” They made it back to church in time for choir practice and evening service and to share the news with everyone.
Genesis 24:21 is in-scripted on the engagement ring – it tells the story of a man just amazed at how God answered his prayer. Tom explains it as “jaw hanging open, just astonished at what is before him, wondering if this was truly the answer to his prayers.” Kristine’s wedding ring has the inscription: “He has” which means to them that God answered years of prayers from both of them with each other and He has blessed them far more than they asked for or deserve.
You can read more about their engagement session HERE
Kristine and Tom chose a small, intimate ceremony followed by a lunch at Calvary Baptist Church in Westminster, Maryland. Kristine’s parents flew in from Nebraska (where Kristine is from). Both Kristine and Tom ensured their ceremony and marriage was focused around God first and foremost. Kristine chose a gorgeous, A-line dress designed by Moriless (from J&B Bridal). She also chose a cathedral length veil, which I always love for the romantic veil pictures! The bride and groom also love black and white photos for their simplicity and elegance. I love church pictures in black and white also because of the classic look! While standing before God and their families, they could hardly contain themselves to say their vows and seal the marriage with a kiss. It was super sweet to watch.
After the wedding, we went outside and across the street to grab bride and groom portraits. It was a cold 14 degrees, but Kristine knew she wanted these images and she stuck it out! I think it was definitely worth it!
This wedding was made possible by the following vendors
Photography: Northern Lights Photography– Jamie (lead), Susan (second and coordinator)
Dress: J&B Bridal
Makeup: Wedding Day Ready Glam (Caprice Webb)
Hair: Hair by Lauren Schu
Catering: Kountry Kafe Catering