Featured Bride, Nikki S: We're Married! Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Jilek

Featured Bride Nikki S. Wedding Location: Minnetonka, MN | Wedding Date: April 9, 2011

We're married!!!

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it’s official.  My last name is different, and I live with a boy.  We have now been married almost two months and it’s been so great!

All about the wedding.

I could not have asked for a better wedding.  I woke up to a surprisingly warm spring day with a light haze.  Even though the sun only broke through clouds for an hour or so, the clouds and haze made for beautiful pictures. I started the day bright and early at Reid’s dad’s house in Wayzata.  The women got ready together and enjoyed laughs and tears.  The men actually were able to get ready a few houses down, too!  Reid and I met for the first time that day right on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, where so much of our relationship has unfolded.  Our wonderful photographer, Matt Lien, was the most relaxed and go-with-the flow-guy.  His creativity shines, and he captured the feeling of the day beautifully. As we hopped from Minnetonka to the church in downtown Wayzata, everyone had such a great attitude.  Despite the rush of the day, I actually had time to put on my cleats and kick a soccer ball around (in my dress!) with the bridesmaids I played college soccer with.  We finally finished our photos, had a quick sandwich, and prepared for the ceremony as people entered the church. For the first time that day I was overwhelmed, and as the doors opened for me to walk down the aisle, I cried my heart out.  Tears mixed with laughter lead me to my groom waiting up front.  The ceremony was wonderful, and our dream of a "little" but packed church came true.  Our desire was to make the big 350-guest-wedding feel intimate, and the design of the cute little church played the perfect role. After the ceremony, we did a grand exit, and met guests at Rush Creek Golf Course for a cocktail hour and greeting line.  The whole day flew by and before we knew it we were headed to Mexico for our honey moon!  It was so great to see everything you had been dreaming of, stressing over, and imagining come to life.  The day goes by so quickly, but at the end of the night, you just feel amazing (and exhausted)!  The best part was sitting with my new husband, laughing and reminiscing about the day.

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Highlights of the day:

Florist Dan Kotecki did a wonderful job with the flowers and made exactly what I had in mind.  He stuck to our small budget, and what we got for that budget blew my mind!  Please contact him if you are looking for a florist--he can do anything! Photographer Matt Lien- His pictures will speak for themselves.  He is so easygoing and great to work with.  He is going to be "big time" some day!  Check out his blog at http://www.mattlien.com/blog/ Having a photo booth was a great way to get people out of their seats, and Shutterbooth provided us with an affordable package!  Contact them and ask for Mike (mikeb@shutterbooth.com). Rush Creek Golf Course was amazing.  They not only met our budget, but Kendra (the wedding planner) made everything run flawlessly.  The food was delicious and the location actually has a great patio with a modern bonfire pit.  We were able to do s’mores, and the space gave people a place to relax away from the action. The dressThe Wedding Shoppe provided me with an affordable, beautiful bridal gown that I LOVE.  My wedding dress was the beautiful Watters and Watters Bridal Gown Mimi.  Since the wedding, I have literally wanted to put it on about three times a week. Having a friend DJ was a great cost saver, and we had several people ask if he is for hire for future weddings.  Reid and I were able to pick songs we wanted and had total freedom.  Also, get glow sticks. Ordering Pizza during the dance.  We had pizza brought in for all the students we invited to the dance only.  It actually was great to invite more people for just the dance and dessert.  Because we work on a college campus with a ministry, we wanted students to feel a part of our day, and it livened the dance when most die down.  The party went on long after we left! Our parents- Oh my gosh, I can’t thank them enough!  They were so loving and supportive through everything, and went with whatever quirky nontraditional things I could come up with. Friends and Family- There were so many people who helped with our big day!  We literally had my aunt printing my invites, my uncle filming our video, friends working on centerpieces, my personal attendant coordinating the ceremony and my college roommate singing.  And there are many more areas we received help.  This helped us cut cost and made our wedding feel like a family affair.  We are so thankful for all the help.  Brides, just ask for help!  Delegate, delegate, delegate; people want to be a part of your day, and it frees you to enjoy it! Marriage has been a total learning experience, and through it we have seen the Gospel so much.  We see how selfish we are and how much we fail each other.  But it’s all a wonderful thing!  It’s kind of like when you (ladies) straighten your hair.  You need a friend to make sure the back looks good and has no kinks.  Reid points out my sin (the kinks), and I point out his; thus we grow better and better at loving and caring for each other.  In the Christian realm it’s called “sanctification,” or becoming more like Jesus.  And according to the Bible, it’s what marriage is made for: looking to Christ.  I am so thankful for the wedding we had; it was way better than anything I could have expected.  We are so blessed and happy to share with you all! Go to The Wedding Shoppe. Those women care and are oh-so-good at what they do, no matter your price range!

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Congratulations Nikki and Reid! We're so happy for you and we're so glad we could be a part of your special day! Thank you for sharing your wedding story with us and we wish you the very best as you start your new life together!

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