Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Today's story is brought to you by Krysten, a sweet, warm, fun woman from  After 'I Do'.
She lives in River Falls Wisconsin with her husband, Dustin, and their zoo - 2 cats named Metro and Molly and a toy poodle named Monte (love it!). Dustin is a computer technician and she works part time at a clothing store called Maurice's.  If that's not enough she's also a full time student with a major in sales and marketing!  In her spare time she enjoys being with friends and family, reading and writing and of course blogging.

Hi all, I'm Krysten from After 'I Do'. When Vicki asked me if I'd like to guest post about mishaps on my wedding day, I knew right away what I wanted to post about.

I was married nearly two years ago on September 27th, 2008 and it was a day to be remembered. The ceremony was so sweet with plenty of smiles and not a single tear shed by myself (despite the fact that I am a major crier). The cocktail hour was overwhelming with everyone wanting to talk to us but such a great time to see everyone. And the reception, well, that was just plain fun.

However, along the way to the big day there were mishaps, such as losing three wedding party members, finding out just days before the wedding that one of my readers wouldn’t be able to attend, finding out the day of the wedding that another reader didn’t want the job anymore and, oh yeah, the fact that my mom and I were in a car accident the day of the rehearsal.

Today, though, I’d like to talk about our wedding officiant Doug. Doug is a long time friend of my dad’s. They’ve known each other since high school and now they live in the same time and get together quite often to play cards, go boating or just hang out. When we found out that Doug could perform wedding ceremonies we knew that we wanted him to do ours.

In the months before the wedding, we worked with Doug to perfect our ceremony. We didn’t want a religious ceremony as neither my husband or I are religious. We found a book on how to construct a personal ceremony and eventually we figured out something that was perfect for us.

During the rehearsal we found on small kink in the ceremony: my husband’s last name (and soon to be my last name). You see, when my parents first met Dustin and I told them his last name my dad had a bit of a hard time with it. Dustin’s last name ends in STEIN and is pronounced STINE. However, my dad constantly wanted to say STEEN. Because of this, our officiant Doug had a bit of a difficult time remembering the right pronunciation. We rehearsed the ceremony multiple times and we kept saying, “STEEN Doug, like Frankenstein!” Eventually he seemed to get it and all was good.

Like I said, the ceremony went without a hitch. We figured out the situation with the readers and that went beautifully. Doug gave a wonderful speech about love and marriage and Dustin and I were able to give each other our personal vows without any problem.

Then, it was time to pronounce us husband and wife and to announce Mr. and Mrs. And that’s when it happened. Doug slipped back into saying STEEN instead of STINE. It could have been a big issue if I had been one of those brides. However, when multiple people, including my new husband and myself, all said, “It’s STINE Doug!” no one could help but laugh.

In the grand scheme of things it wasn’t a big deal of all and now I look back on that memory quite fondly and with a big smile on my face. It may have been a wedding mishap, sure, but it was one that I certainly didn’t mind and it’s part of what made that day fun, loving, special and silly.


  1. You looked stunning...I love your dress and those roses look so sweet...:)
    Such a fantastic post:)
    Wish you both a wonderful day,ladies:)

    ps: I am hosting a great GIVEAWAY, so please join in:)

  2. Great post! It's those off-the-cuff funny moments that you end up remembering and laughing about for years to come. If everything was flawless there really wouldn't be many stories to tell.

    We had a few on our wedding day and three years down the road we still laugh.

  3. Beautiful post. Is there any wedding that goes off without a hitch lol? Congrats on the dpuble guest posts!!

  4. Thanks so much for having me Vicki! It was so fun to relive this memory and and share it!

  5. how funny! i love that everyone corrected him together, which made it funny and not awkward. and my goodness! way to hold it together with all the pre-wedding issues that came up! how stressful that must have been!

  6. Funny :) On my wedding day, I was surprised how all the little hiccups in the ceremony just made it more special.

  7. Awh good thing you guys could all laugh at it. And you got a good story out of it :)

    And can I just say that you guys looked amazing! Just gorgeous!

  8. What beautiful pictures! You looked amazing. And it's great that you had a positive attitude and didn't take it all too seriously :) Yay for not being a Bridezilla!


  9. That's so funny! Love your pictures!

  10. Great pictures of you guys Krysten! And with a bit of humor most things work out well :)


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