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Kate and Daniel - 03.14.2015

By Ivette Manners
Photography By Silverfox Photography

A SUMMER VACATION in the stunning coastal country of Croatia brought Kate and Daniel, together. "My best friend in college invited me to stay with her and her family in Croatia for a few weeks after freshman year," says Kate. "Turns out, both her and Daniel's parents are from the same small village in Croatia and were family friends! So, I met Daniel through her family and we instantly became close friends." Kate and Daniel didn't start dating until years later when they both lived in New York City, but sparks definitely ignited the summer they met.

A few days before Valentine's Day in 2014, Daniel surprised Kate by asking her to be his wife. "We had planned our first vacation together, with just the two of us, to the Dominican Republic for a long weekend," says Kate. The night before they left for their trip, Kate and Daniel ordered Chinese food and settled in to watch one of their favorite TV shows. "Daniel knows I love fortune cookies. When I opened one it read 'Will you marry me?' At first I thought it was a prank fortune, so it took me a minute to really understand what was happening," said Kate. "Then Daniel got down on one knee and gave a beautiful speech asking if I would marry him. I was so shocked!"

Kate and Daniel planned their wedding with a Catholic Church ceremony followed by a reception at Westbury Manor. Their ceremony included a full mass and featured a singer, pianist, and a trio of string musicians. "We chose readings for the ceremony that really spoke to us as a couple," says Kate. "And my sister, who was also my maid of honor, sang accompanied by the musicians. It's something I will remember for the rest of my life." The bride walked down the aisle in a Tara Keely tulle ball gown and lace-trimmed veil. A pair of custom-made earrings given to Kate as a wedding gift by her parents and a Tiffany & Co. bracelet from her g room that morning, accessorized her dress. Daniel was a dapper gentleman in a peaked lapel tuxedo and velvet shoes. After the ceremony, the couple drove off in a vintage antique car for a mock getaway.

The bride and groom chose their reception venue based on the fact that they wanted the celebration to feel as if their guests were attending a dinner party at their home. "I loved that our cocktail hour was set up throughout three different rooms, which allowed our guests to walk around and explore the manor," says Kate. For their wedding day, the couple decided to blend Kate's South Dakotan background and Daniel's Croatian traditions. At the reception, the couple and their families drank from a Bukara, a wooden cup that's passed around at Croatian celebrations; and danced all night to a mix of country and Croatian music played by their DJ from Silverfox Entertainment along with a Croatian DJ. "All of my Midwestern family drank out of the Bukara and danced the Kolo, a Croatian folk dance; and all of his Croatian family danced and sang to country music," says Kate. "It was so much fun to see our cultures blending together!"

While planning the wedding's decor, Kate kept guests mingling in mind. "I wanted my tab le arrangements to have that 'wow' factor, but also wanted our guests to be able to see each other across the table and chat, so I chose low arrangements," says Kate. Half of the guest tables were adorned with flora l hedges and candles. The other tables featured floral arrangements with crystal candelabras. To play up the antique presentation of the centerpieces, the bride chose intricate lace-appliqued tablecloths with light beading paired with gold napkins.

After dinner, the couple cut their Salted Caramel-and-Samoa wedding cake. Instead of a groom's cake for Daniel, Kate organized to have White Castle sliders delivered. "We love late-night fast food," says Kate. "So I ordered cases of sliders and had them set up at 11:00 PM at the exit, so that our guests could grab a snack for the road. It was a huge hit!"The day was filled with well thought-out and meaningful details that were the perfect start to their marriage. "My favorite memory was walking down the aisle and seeing Daniel waiting for me," says Kate. "It is a moment I had dreamed of all of my life- it was surreal to be living it. To know I really was marrying my best friend and soul mate." 

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A SUMMER VACATION in the stunning coastal country of Croatia brought Kate and Daniel, together. "My best friend in college invited me to stay with her and her family in Croatia for a few weeks after freshman year," says Kate. "Turns out, both her and Daniel's parents are from the same small village in Croatia and were family friends! So, I met Daniel through her family and we instantly became close friends." Kate and Daniel didn't start dating until years later when they both lived in New York City, but sparks definitely ignited the summer they met.

A few days before Valentine's Day in 2014, Daniel surprised Kate by asking her to be his wife. "We had planned our first vacation together, with just the two of us, to the Dominican Republic for a long weekend," says Kate. The night before they left for their trip, Kate and Daniel ordered Chinese food and settled in to watch one of their favorite TV shows. "Daniel knows I love fortune cookies. When I opened one it read 'Will you marry me?' At first I thought it was a prank fortune, so it took me a minute to really understand what was happening," said Kate. "Then Daniel got down on one knee and gave a beautiful speech asking if I would marry him. I was so shocked!"

Kate and Daniel planned their wedding with a Catholic Church ceremony followed by a reception at Westbury Manor. Their ceremony included a full mass and featured a singer, pianist, and a trio of string musicians. "We chose readings for the ceremony that really spoke to us as a couple," says Kate. "And my sister, who was also my maid of honor, sang accompanied by the musicians. It's something I will remember for the rest of my life." The bride walked down the aisle in a Tara Keely tulle ball gown and lace-trimmed cathedral-length veil. A pair of custom-made earrings given to Kate as a wedding gift by her parents and a Tiffany & Co. bracelet from her g room that morning, accessorized her dress. Daniel was a dapper gentleman in a peaked lapel tuxedo and velvet shoes. After the ceremony, the couple drove off in a vintage antique car for a mock getaway.

The bride and groom chose their reception venue based on the fact that they wanted the celebration to feel as if their guests were attending a dinner party at their home. "I loved that our cocktail hour was set up throughout three different rooms, which allowed our guests to walk around and explore the manor," says Kate. For their wedding day, the couple decided to blend Kate's South Dakotan background and Daniel's Croatian traditions. At the reception, the couple and their families drank from a Bukara, a wooden cup that's passed around at Croatian celebrations; and danced all night to a mix of country and Croatian music played by their DJ from Silverfox Entertainment along with a Croatian DJ. "All of my Midwestern family drank out of the Bukara and danced the Kolo, a Croatian folk dance; and all of his Croatian family danced and sang to country music," says Kate. "It was so much fun to see our cultures blending together!"

While planning the wedding's decor, Kate kept guests mingling in mind. "I wanted my tab le arrangements to have that 'wow' factor, but also wanted our guests to be able to see each other across the table and chat, so I chose low arrangements," says Kate. Half of the guest tables were adorned with flora l hedges and candles. The other tables featured floral arrangements with crystal candelabras. To play up the antique presentation of the centerpieces, the bride chose intricate lace-appliqued tablecloths with light beading paired with gold napkins.

After dinner, the couple cut their Salted Caramel-and-Samoa wedding cake. Instead of a groom's cake for Daniel, Kate organized to have White Castle sliders delivered. "We love late-night fast food," says Kate. "So I ordered cases of sliders and had them set up at 11:00 PM at the exit, so that our guests could grab a snack for the road. It was a huge hit!"The day was filled with well thought-out and meaningful details that were the perfect start to their marriage. "My favorite memory was walking down the aisle and seeing Daniel waiting for me," says Kate. "It is a moment I had dreamed of all of my life- it was surreal to be living it. To know I really was marrying my best friend and soul mate." 

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Wedding Professionals:
Reception Site: Westbury Manor
Photography & Videography: Silverfox Photography
Reception Entertainment: Silverfox Entertainment
Hair/Makeup: High Style Bridal Makeup/Hair
Uplighting: Westbury Manor
Chair Covers/Linens/Tablecloths: The Finishing Touch
Guest Accommodations: The Inn at Fox Hollow
Bridal Registry: Macy's Wedding & Gift Registry