Colleen + Kurt

Wine Country Gardens Photos by Oldani Photography

Wine Country Gardens / Defiance

With Colleen and Kurt we had a time crunch that was hard to overcome.  They wanted a sunset ceremony without a First Look.  The best way to handle this was to do a session with them at another time.  We had such a great time and it is a perfect excuse to wear your dress again!  


What was your first date?: On our first date went to Kitaro for sushi. He then asked what I wanted to do next. We went to Dave and Buster's and played games. It was a blast!

Then, we ended up going to 'look at the stars' in Defiance bottoms down a gravel road. (I'm a sucker for stars!) After 'star gazing' we went to Exit 6 in Cottleville for a few of my favorite vanilla cream beers. Then we went to the Brass Rail for a change of scenery and an appetizer. It was the perfect first date!

How did he propose?: My family has gone to Destin Florida every summer for years... The beach is my favorite place!!!

Last June, while Kurt, my family and I were in Destin Florida Kurt planned proposing to me on the beach. My whole family was in on it-to my surprise! 

One night, he asked if I wanted to go 'crab hunting' and take a walk alone on the beach one evening after Kurt cooked dinner for everyone. 

We walked down to the beach and enjoyed the soft sand between our toes- it felt like flour.

When we starting walking back to the beach pavillion, Kurt mentioned he received a text from his friend Jessie who was watching Kane for us while we were out of town. 

He then handed me his phone and I remember tears rushing to my eyes when I saw a picture our our dog Kane wearing a sign around his neck saying "Will you marry my dad?" I looked back at Kurt and he was down on one knee in the sand holding the most beautiful ring and he said, "Colleen, Will you marry me?" Between gasping for breath/crying/laughing I said "YES!" 

I remember seeing flashing lights as we started hugging and Kurt whispered in my ear, " Colleen, your whole family is standing over there on the pavilion watching!" (Kurt had planned for one of my sister to take pictures of the proposal- however the camera's flash did not work- I loved the gesture and idea of it though :) My mom, dad, sisters, aunt and cousin were all standing on the pavilion with happy tears waiting to hug me and see the ring!

I don't remember ever feeling so happy in my life and having my family look at me with pure happiness and affection. 

I was also in pure shock because I had no idea he was proposing! 

Everything about the proposal was PERFECT!

Is there a tv show you two can't miss?: We like a variety of shows from the Bachelor, cooking shows, and Cardinal games.

Any pets?: Our dog, Kane.

What is your date style?: Movie and popcorn at home

Kurt, What do you claim as your hometown?: New Melle

Colleen, What do you claim as your hometown?: St. Charles

Do either of you have a hobby? If so, what is it?: Kurt loves duck hunting, his truck and waterfowl training Kane. 

Colleen loves practicing yoga and making crafts/recipes off Pinterest.

Where are you getting married?: Wine Country Gardens

Where is your reception?: Wine Country Gardens

What will the bridesmaids be wearing?: The (6) bridesmaids will be wearing mis-matching dress colors: grey, tan and blush long dresses.

What will the groomsman be wearing?: Grey suits and and brown shoes.

What color theme have you chose for your wedding?: Blush, light grey, champagne, gold accents, lace and a touch of bling for the bride!

"First Dance" song ?: "All Or Nothing" by Theory of A Deadman

Sweets: The Cup - cupcakes

Bride's Dress: Frew's Bridal Allure dress

Bridesmaid's Dresses: Frew's Bridal

Caterer: Wine Country Gardens

DJ: Joe Fingerhut

Flowers: Troy Flower Shop

Groom / Groomsman's Suits: St. Louis Suit Company

Hair and Makeup: Salon De Christe

Invitations / Programs / Other: Wedding Paper Divas

Transportation: Hotel shuttle transportation from Holiday Inn Express on Hwy K

Wedding Decorator: Beth Immekus- 2 Chicks and A Trunk

Nichole is married to TJ Oldani. Together they are Oldani Photography.