Dancing in the Park

Woohoo! It was about time for another installment in the wedding series. I still had two of my big faves left to blog about and today I really need some cheering up.  I knew that just looking at these pictures will help!

When Kevin and I began planning our wedding (we really planned most everything together!), we knew that we wanted just a fun celebration surrounded by the people who love us and support our marriage. Of course, the getting married part was the most important, but I’m a hostess at heart and wanted to make sure our guests were well-fed and enjoying their evening. There was no way that we were going to have the traditional wedding dance. That’s just not us, but we wanted to have some sort of activity. A bounce house was very seriously considered. We also wanted to have an ice cream truck surprise our guests, but we couldn’t get one to come out to Farmer’s Park for any price! We finally settled on an idea that I (elementary music teacher that I am) had been hinting at all along – a folk dance!

When this dude showed up at the wedding, I looked at Kevin and was like,”Who is THAT guy?” Thinking it was maybe his crazy uncle or something. Haha. Our folk dance caller & band were a total shot in the dark. I emailed someone I found online, and they were unavailable but recommended Tim. We emailed back and forth a few times before committing. I remember thinking on the morning of the wedding,”I wonder if they’re going to show up!” That’s literally all we knew about him since I planned the majority of our wedding from Dominican Republic with less than 2 weeks back in the States to prepare everything!

Because she’s so awesome, my friend Emily eventually jumped in and played with the band! They were just jamming like crazy!

Trust me, I will never forget that Joanie was THE FIRST PERSON Tim (the dance caller) grabbed to get out on the dance floor! It’s like he could pick her out of the crowd as the right person for the job. I LOVED it!!!!

The curly couple! I loved the coordinating orange outfits. Wasn’t that so perfect for my wedding!??! I mean, seriously. It doesn’t get better than that.

We could’ve danced all night!! Look how tiny baby James is in the background!!

Love this picture of my big brother & my sister-in-law! He swept her off her feet!

It was so exciting to see Kevin & Amanda!! They really know how to sashay!

Dancing with my Dominican roommate – best roommate ever!!!!!!!

I think the bride & groom are doing the wrong dance move!

I’m pretty sure this huddle move is what totally ripped the ruffle off the bottom of my dress. TOTALLY WORTH IT!! :)

Most of the dances were “mixers” which was super fun because we got to talk to laugh hysterically with our guests!

Urban legend says that Joanie paid Josiah $10 to dance with her….

The dance was a huge success. We kept saying over and over again how glad we were we decided to do it!  I was a little disappointed about some people sitting on the sidelines and not participating, but I know they had just as much fun watching us and eating all the leftover cake! I loved every minute of it. I can’t believe I don’t have any video of it, so if anyone does please send it to me! What were you people doing with those smartphones in place with terrible cell reception? :)

MORE Wedding Recaps

Please Don’t Stop the (Wedding) Music

Smile: Photo Booth Snapshots

The Wabasha Five: 5 Best Friends & 5 Weddings

Hello Gorgeous: Our First Look

What We Wore: June 24, 2011 – The Bride & Groom

Chuckwagon Non-Rehearsal Dinner

Our Nontraditional Wedding Rehearsal 5k Fun Run

Our DIY Non-Denominational Christian Wedding Script

P.S. Who got my joke in the blog title????????

Please Don’t Stop the (Wedding) Music: Making Your Wedding Music Meaningful

This was my dream for our wedding music:

(Big Sur wedding @ Style Me Pretty)

As a pianist and music educator, I would have loved to have live music at our wedding. But try planning your wedding from overseas in 6 months. On a budget. While you are working on your M.Ed. You learn to stick with your big picture ideas. Now had I been in Minnesota and had more time, I would have scoured Craigslist and made it happen. As it was, I resigned myself to a borrowed keyboard, a mystery band, a good friend playing violin, and my trusty iPod.

The “pre-prelude” was my favorite Christian song in Spanish – Creere (Believe).  I have some in-laws who speak Spanish so at least I wasn’t the only person there who understood it. It was meant as a nod to all my Dominican friends and loved ones who couldn’t make the trip to Minnesota.

The basic translation is that no matter what you are going through in life, God will give you the strength and hope if you believe.

Parents & Grandparents’ Song (iPod)

Simple Gifts/Going Home Medley performed by The 5 Browns. 5 siblings playing 10 hands!

Ringbearers & Bridesmaids Song (iPod)

This was sort of an impulsive decision, but I chose to have the bridesmaids walk down to Fidelity by Regina Spektor. I was going for a lighthearted, poppy feel, and I knew it would make my fabulous bridesmaids smile.

Listen to Fidelity.

Processional: Hannah Elizabeth-Rose & Me

If you known me for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m a Russian Romantic to the core. I obviously chose Rachmaninov for my grand entrance. I chose Lang Lang’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Variation XVIII from Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, accompanied by Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra. I’ve made almost every student I’ve ever had listen to this piece, and it’s so beautiful I almost always tear up so I knew it was the perfect choice. It’s also a good choice for weddings because there are several very natural sort of entrance points.

Listen to this one – it’s my favorite!

The Wedding Singers: The Christenson Trio

The Christensons are longtime family friends, and I heard them sing a carol together at Christmas. I thought it was so cute that I totally wanted to ask them to sing in our wedding. I was totally chicken to ask them so I forced my mom to do it. What are moms for? I easily chose The Love of God because it’s one of their favorite hymns, and it was a great fit for a wedding. My friend Lizzie (we met at piano camp!!!) accompanied them on the keyboard.

Here’s a YouTube version if you’re not familiar with it (complete with water sound effects)!

Congregational Hymn

This sounded like a disaster to me, mainly because the bridesmaids/groomsmen didn’t have the words in front of them. Other guests said it sounded fine. They could just be saying that to be nice. I’ll never know. I chose my favorite hymn of all time Come, Thou Fount of Ev’ry Blessing.

I have known Sandy Glomski my ENTIRE life, and I spent a lot of time at her house with my best friend (and bridesmaid), Deidre. I loved having her participate. It touched my little heart so much that everything that was done for the wedding was contributed by people who has loved and supported us.

Here’s the song:

Special Music

My home girl, Emily, who got me through the Emmaus Music Ed program (actually she’s really the one who inspired me to get my teaching license) was on hand to play a Ashokan Farewell after we exchanged rings.

This was a piece she played for one of our big presentations during senior year, and I loved it the from the first time I heard it. It’s a perfect wedding pick!

Recessional (iPod)

Kevin actually helped me pick this one! I’m pretty sure I just gave him some options, but we landed on Be My Honeypie by The Weepies. “Dance with me darling…” Perfect opening to our reception/wild wild wedding dance! Click here to listen to then whole Be My Thrill album.

Don’t worry Josiah (my little brother), we’ll always remember that you were the one who ruined our entire wedding by not starting the recessional music promptly! You had one job to do! And I didn’t even make you wear a bow tie!

Can’t you tell I was a super-stressed bride? Haha. I found everything that went wrong that day completely hilarious. Especially the children on the playground screaming like banshees during the ceremony. That’s probably good luck, right? :)

You can find tons more fun wedding stuff and recap on the wedding page! Wedding photography was provided by Melissa Laska.

P.S. I love classical music so if you’re a bride-to-be looking for some inspiration, I’d love to steer you in “the right” direction. Shoot me an email: youblinkimgone@gmail.com.

SMILE :) Some Photobooth Favorites

I was in the mood to look at some smiling faces this afternoon so I present to you wedding recap #6: smiles from our photo booth. Millions of thanks to Amy Olson and Pastor Craig who helped with coordination, millinery, spray painting, and photography! For more wedding-related posts, check out The Wedding Page!

Not afraid to kick it off – my baby sisters looking fine in fedoras.

My question is: how did she ruin her nails so fast? That’s my sister right there!

I really like it when people give credit where credit is due!

The super cute Fellmans lived right down the street during the one month that I actually lived in Winona! :)


Bradleyboo, Dubble A, and Son!


Best Day Ever – 06.24.11

Can I just say that EVERYTHING… literally EVERYTHING turned out better than I expected! Everything was wonderful and beautiful and our friends and family came together in a way that seriously brings tears to my eyes every single time I think of it.

A DIY-ish wedding is insane to pull off, but totally worth it in the end because you know how special each person and each thing you incorporated into it is!

This photo is courtesy of Tessa Nelson, a friend of Kevin Kreisel’s. We just stole it off Facebook, but we love the way it totally captures the heart of the moment… I mean look at those little faces!

Right now we’re in the middle of the “staycation” portion of our honeymoon, so I won’t be posting like my crazy self, but expect the posts to start dribbling in and then bombarding you next week. I have tons of wedding-ish + honeymoon trips/foods posts planned so look forward to those.

Love you!

-Mrs. Kreisel

P.S. I have the best husband ever. While I was writing this post, he was fashioning a carrier for the Red, White, & Blue – Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes we made to share with his family during fireworks tonight.

P.S. Ok, and check out my dress. Isn’t it awesome? I loved my dress!!!!

Things I Want to Remember on Our Wedding Day

This post inspired by Julie’s on PBfingers.

Let me preface this post with a little bragging on Kevin James.

Check out these two awesome DIY he completed in the last minute whirlwind. This is just more proof that he is the DIY-er, and I am merely a visionary. We’re a great team!

I found this vintage picnic basket on Etsy, and Kevin rigged it up so the lid would stay open for people to place their cards.

Kevin painted a frame from Target with chalkboard paint and placed this Shanna Murray decal on it. This will hang from a tree for our sweetheart table. Awwwa!

The rest of this post is just a little reminder to self about things I want to remember on Our Big Day. I know it’s going to be wonderful, loving, and fun an go past in a total blur. So I’m going to remind myself to remember. (Was that in a sermon recently? haha)

1. Getting ready with my bridesmaids. I chose 6 girls + Joanie + my baby sisters who have been super super meaningful in my life. They have all been there for me through various crazy stages in life, and I can’t wait to share the day with them! I also can’t wait to drink coffee with them, but that’s every morning!

2. Seeing Kevin James for the first time. Ok, I have pictured this in my mind literally hundreds of times and I have teared up just as many so I KNOW I’m going to cry like a baby.

3. Just being with all our family! We love spending time with family, and this is such a great celebration to share with everyone. I love that.

4. Seeing some other friends we haven’t seen in a while! Including a few of my Emmmaus buddies that Kevin James hasn’t even met! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5. Eating. Oh man. I just love food. I think serving the cake with our moms is going to be really fun. And no one’s going to yell at the bride for licking frosting on her own wedding day!

6. Putting on my dress. It’ll be the last step before I’m a total B-R-I-D-E! Wow!! I totally have not even come close to seeing the total finished thing yet, so it’s going to be a SHOCKER even for me. I hope everyone recognizes me still!

8. I’m really excited for our ceremony. I totally wordsmithed it, and my dad is preparing a charge to the couple that will definitely be really special to us.

9. The ceremony music. All of it, but I’m super excited for my friend Emily’s violin piece that will immediately following the vows.

10. I just can’t wait to be Mrs. Kreisel… yay!! I love Kevin!!

Okay, I’m tired, and I have a lot of Mason Jar Meal Making to do tomorrow! I love the DIY time with family/friends if I can keep the stress/details/logistical nightmares to a minimum! :) Do you know I got lost going to Farmers Park today? I should probably figure out where my own venue is one of these days…

The Home Stretch

Can you tell what’s different?

Kevin James & I decided it was high time to give our locks some lovin’. Cut for him and color for me. I need that mane vibrant and shiny for The Big Day. Too bad nobody’s here to tubi it for me!

It was so different going to an American salon. I’d trade back for my buddies in the DR any day! The stylist was very sweet, but I found it hilarious that she kept asking if she was hurting me. Are you kidding me? It felt like she was brushing my hair with like a feather as opposed to a RAKE! :) The ladies at the Dominican salon always pointed and laughed at me when I was whining about them hurting my feet during pedi time. My new stylist did rack up a few cool points for telling me that she’s a runner and has run a half-marathon!

This evening, Kevin & I have been working on the labels for the Mason Jar Meals. Look how lovely they turned out!

There’s also a label for the picnic boxes, but I’ll keep that one a surprise. Haha. We all know that just means that I didn’t bother to take a picture yet!

I promise I was working too! But Kevin has been an absolute rock star groom! Just so you know, props go to him for all the printing, mailing, pesto-making, and much much more!

And just because Deidre was poking fun at me for my yuppie health freak ways (lovingly, but please, I deserve it!), here’s what I fed poor Kevin James for dinner tonight. I literally cooked everything in the freezer and topped it with most things in the refrigerator. His bachelor days are coming to an END, friends!

And those feo black plates will be QUICKLY going The Way of the Buffalo! Hooray! Make way for Fiestaware!

Tomorrow, I’m looking forward to some QT with my future sister-in-law as I have enlisted her into voluntary slave labor as well!

I’m pretty confident that I have my hairstyle figured out, but for some reason I am really hung up on my earrings. Any links for great wedding earrings would be appreciated. I’m looking for simple, but a statemet. If that makes any sense. I swear I’m not going to cave and by my future family heirlooms, but it’s tempting!


It’s official. I’ve practically succumbed to every wedidng trend out there in 2011. First, the bunting. Oh, how I love the bunting. And now, after avoiding it as hard as I could, I’ve finally given in and admitted the inevitable. I think it would be fun to have some sort of photobooth at the wedding. Predictably, it’s giong to be of the laidback, practical variety, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t just spend two hours Pinteresting ideas.

Take a look (clickable):

(1) DIY Pose in a Frame

(2) Rustic Photobooth sign

(3) Simple Sheet with Clothespins (I don’t have a single friend who dresses that “cool”)

(4) Lace tablecloth

(5) Bunting (but I can guarantee there will not be a moustache in sight with the except of my Padre!)

(6) Sofa Tripod Setup

(7) Stripey with Props

So which is your fave? Any ideas on how to pull this off super practically? Hopefully, I will drop this idea after the weekend wears off, but it’s fun to think about. I’m trying to streamline things, so I’m not really sure why my bridey-brain took me in this direction this afternoon. In other news, my knee feels almost normal. Hooray! I’m so proud of myself for taking a day off!