August 8, 2020, Millard Social Hall, Sarah Gudeman Photography
SWEET DREAMS Kelsey Stewart and David Kirk met at a friend’s annual April costume party. “Lucky for me that year’s party was pajama-themed. Otherwise David wouldn’t have made an appearance,” Kelsey says. Friends got the ball rolling by taking them to bingo night at a bar in Blackstone. They exchanged numbers and started dating later that spring.
NO NAGGING The day David proposed, they had taken a morning walk through freshly fallen snow at Gene Leahy Mall and then went out for a pizza lunch. That night, David came into the living room and Kelsey scolded him for not turning off his video game. “He still loved me enough to pop the question,” Kelsey says. “He said he couldn’t promise that all of our days would be as nice as that one was but he’d certainly try. Then he pulled out the ring box.”
PRETTY IN PINK Simple and pretty was the theme, with lots of white and pops of dusty pink, gold and rose gold. Centerpieces were clean and modern. “We had lots of flowers, fresh eucalyptus and lots of candlelight on each table,” Kelsey says. They got married on 08-08-2020, which a friend suggested was fun and easy to remember.
RELUCTANT RING BEARER Despite lots of training, Tanner didn’t make it down the aisle. His twin, Jill, tried to drag him but gave up and walked on her own. “By the time I sat down in the front row, Tanner was sound asleep on the pew behind us,” Kelsey says. Walking down that aisle after the priest announced them as husband and wife was a special moment for Kelsey. “It was a huge relief, and it was such a great feeling to see the faces of our family and friends.” David joked that his sweetest moment was cutting and eating the cake. But it was really sneaking away for some sunset portraits at Chalco Hills Recreation Area. “We weren’t gone very long, but it was nice to take a break from all of the hubbub.”