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sarah & andy

married 5-21-2016


high school sweethearts


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Ceremony Location: St. James Catholic Church • Flowers: Pteris Floral Design • Hair: La Belle Rue for the Bride; Inspire Salon for the Bridesmaids and Mothers • Invitations & Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas • Makeup: La Belle Rue for the Bride; Inspire Salon for the Bridesmaids and Mothers • Men's Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse • Officiant: Fr. Bernie Sippel • Reception DJ & Lighting: Platter Chatter • Reception Location: Muskego Lakes Country Club • Wedding Cupcakes: Classy Girl Cupcakes • Wedding Gown & Bridesmaids Dresses:Eva’s Bridal Center

Love and Chemistry

by Carolyn Hartnett


Sarah and Andy knew they had chemistry together from the very first day they met. Sarah, the new girl at school, happened to sit next to Andy in science class, and both immediately felt the sparks. The two became high school sweethearts, then long distance lovers in college. Soulmates for life, Sarah and Andy tied the knot 11 years later, and look forward to spending the rest of their lives together.


Our Love Story

I met Andy in our high school Chemistry class. I walked in and sat in the last available seat in the classroom, right next to him. Not long after, we began dating and navigated the halls of high school for the next year and a half together.
Andy is a year older than me, so I was stuck in high school when he went to college. We decided to try a long-distance relationship. Despite a few bumps in the road and learning curves along the way, we successfully made it through the next five years. This experience helped us to grow as a couple, and the light at the end of the tunnel was worth it.

Especially Us

Sarah: Andy is truly the most patient and comforting person I have ever met. He is my biggest fan and life partner. I knew Andy was the one shortly after I met him. There was something about him that just made me feel like he was put into my life for a purpose.
Andy: I knew Sarah was “The One” when I met her in Chemistry class. She is the woman of my dreams. She always puts others first and is caring, forgiving and compassionate. I cannot imagine my life without her and truly feel blessed to have such an amazing wife.

The Proposal

Andy: I decided to propose in April 2015 after many weeks of secrets and planning. I wanted it to be the perfect surprise for Sarah. I arranged for Sarah and I to go out to dinner, and asked a family friend and my dad to help set up our house for the big moment.
Sarah: Andy took me out to dinner on Saturday. I didn’t think anything was out of the ordinary because it’s not unusual for us to go out to eat. Afterwards, as we were driving back to our house, I noticed that our living room lights were on and the entire room was filled with pink balloons. When we walked in, I saw that each balloon had a picture of us from throughout the last 10 years. I began to cry when I noticed flowers everywhere, along with champagne and cheesecake. There was a little pink box tied with a pink bow. Inside was a gold balloon with a note on the cover of the box that said, “Pop me!” with a tiny safety pin attached. I used the pin to pop the balloon, and my ring was inside the balloon. Andy took the ring, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. It was truly an unforgettable surprise!

Wedding style

Our wedding style was rustic romantic. We used soft colors mixed with touches of wood, chalkboards and fairy lights sprinkled throughout the room.

Must-Have Detail

Sarah: Hydrangeas! I love that flower because it is structured enough to serve as a bouquet or centerpiece, but soft enough that it didn’t look too formal.
Andy: 1. Making sure my bride got everything that she wanted.
2. Cold beer and good music!

Splurge Worthy 

Our photographer. We will cherish our wedding pictures for the rest of our lives.

Personal Touch

We used Kewpie dolls at our dessert table that were Andy’s family heirlooms since 1933. Andy’s aunt restored them and made their colors coordinate with our wedding style.


I freehanded two chalkboards at our reception. One was a “Thank You” message to our guests in calligraphy style handwriting. We also filled vases with fairy lights to brighten up the room. We made the centerpieces and table numbers with scrapbook punches and skewer sticks. We also made the place cards with name tents and watercolors along the edge for food choice.

Advice For Couples 

Keep dating each other, even when you’re married. The butterflies should never stop!

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