Bret and Brittany met as college freshmen at Northwest Missouri State University. He was the baseball stud at the gym and she was an office worker for the Rec Center and Pool, but they really hit it off during a game of flamingo football put on by their residence hall.
Almost five years later, Bret and Brittany found themselves on a family ski trip to Keystone, Colorado.
On the last run down the mountain for the day, the family all decided they would just ski down the mountain and meet back at the condo. But Bret and Brittany wanted to look for a trail called Ripper’s Roo. After finding it they started to ski down, but about twenty yards down there was a closed sign. Unable to ski back up the mountain, the couple decided to ski through the trees to get back to the main slope.
“Bret asked to go first through the trees since I was a little leery,” Brittany said. “He barely started and fell over! I was laughing because he didn’t need to fall over and then he started trying to take his skis off. I went over to help him and see what he was doing and he was on one knee with the ring.”
Brittany said he gave a very nice speech — one that neither of them remember because she was crying, shaking, jumping and saying YES!
“Before our ‘first look’ moment, we were getting ready and there was a door that headed straight out to a patio area,” Brittany said. “The boys were told to stand at one end, with the girls at the other, and the groom in front of them with his back to me. As I exited the doors, I was greeted with our handsome group of boys and it was nice to see them looking so sharp. As I turned and headed toward my groom, my heart started to beat faster and faster. Finally, our photographer told him to turn around. It was such an amazing moment with just our wedding party, to see my groom for the first time.”
The couple then exchanged rings, which neither of them had seen before. Brittany had picked out Bret’s and she hadn’t seen hers after the wedding band was sautered together. She said it was the perfect moment to share before the craziness of the day was about to begin.
Throughout their engagement and wedding planning process, Bret and Brittany’s main goal was to incorporate as much of their personalities and love for each other into the wedding as possible.
“I had been looking for ideas for some kind of unity activity during our ceremony song,” Brittany said. With so many couples doing sand or a unity candle, I wanted to think of something different. My mom found the idea for a unity braid, which had an amazingly biblical meaning and really contributed to our ceremony. We literally ‘tied’ our marriage together.”
Brittany recalled a sweet moment she had with her dad right before walking down the aisle. They had about five minutes just to themselves and started talking about the day ahead. They told each other they loved one another, but as the words were coming out of their mouths they quickly took them back as they both started to cry and tried to reel in the emotion a little so they weren’t bawling by the time they reached the ceremony doors
“We arrived at our reception, Hillcrest Country Club, where our signature drink, Tequila Smash, and a DJ were waiting for us to start the party,” Brittany said. “During the reception all of our guests began to ring the bells we had left for them as part of their favors. After doing this a couple times, we both stood up at the head table and Bret began to dip me, and plop! I fell on my chair! Everyone laughed and we secretly thought it was a good plan to have no one ring bells anymore.”
The couple ended the night with fun and dance in their lavender and pink, glitz and glam reception hall.
Best Advice: Stay organized
“Since I did not live in Lincoln for most of my engagement, it was a hard task to keep everything in one place,” Brittany said. “I started a wedding ‘tub’ where I kept everything from contracts, to promotions, to contact information. I filed everything accordingly, and this tub worked great on the go and was always with me on any appointment or trip.”
Church: Christ Lutheran
Venue: HillCrest Country Club
Videographer: Sullivan Photography
DJ: A Sound Impression
Cake: Sharon’s Cake’s
Florist: Russ’ Market
Bridal Party Dress: Ellynne Bridal
Tux’s: Tip Top Tux
Limousine Service: Leisure Limousine
Stationary: Melissa Leigh Designs
Other details can also be found on Bret and Brittany’s Wedding Website