Like so many couples, Kathleen & Kurt met online on eHarmony. Kathleen saw Kurt’s profile and decided that even if nothing happened romantically between them, she “at least wanted to be friends since they had so much in common.” She messaged him first, and even though he was hesitant because they lived about an hour away from each other, he was intrigued because she was the one to reach out first. Not to mention, the numerous pictures of Kathleen at multiple Bruins/Capitals hockey games was captivating as well.
Kurt popped the question at Kathleen’s favorite place; the summer camp, she grew up and worked for several years, located on The Chesapeake Bay. He collaborated with the staff to set everything up, but executing his plan was a bit of trial & error. The first weekend he tried to get her to go by, stating he had just purchased a new drone and really wanted to test it out. However, Kathleen sabotaged Kurt’s detailed plan because she knew they couldn’t just show up unannounced, so she tried contacting the camp office but couldn’t get through. So the plan was deferred to the next weekend – which was the hottest weekend of the summer! Little did she know Kurt already had everything set up. When they showed up, the couple walked around the property, but Kathleen thought something was up because Kurt was “so quiet.” She even glanced at his pockets to see if there was a ring box there. Being incredibly thoughtful, Kurt specifically had made a ring box with a flat profile so that it wouldn’t be noticeable inside his pocket, and his craftsmanship paid off! Once they reached their destination, they started taking selfies with the drone on the Bay’s sea wall. It was there that Kurt hit record as he got down on one knee and asked Kathleen to marry him.
The couple admits that they both knew early on that there was “something special between us.” For Kathleen, it was the realization she didn’t have to put on a façade. She felt she could indeed be herself around Kurt, allowing her quirky personality to shine. This made her feel comfortable sharing her health issues with him, and he accepted her as she was. For Kurt, it was a similar experience. He realized he could be himself around Kathleen and even called her “my escape.”
Several factors went into the couple deciding to book the Ospreys for their wedding day. First, Kathleen says, “it was noticing how beautiful the venue was, inside and out.” She goes on to say, “I knew if it rained, which it did, we would have just as beautiful of a ceremony inside as we would have had outside. Having that peace of mind was amazing.” She also remarks on The Osprey’s staff, saying, “the people are incredible! Victoria was my host at my first walk-through tour. Her knowledge, confidence, and planning tips made me feel secure, knowing her experience would ensure our day went smoothly. Everyone I interacted with was professional, kind, and empathetic, especially with the stresses of being a Covid bride. The Osprey’s checked every box on our list of must have’s for a venue!”
Kathleen recounts how helpful the Osprey’s Vendor list was saying, “The Osprey’s list of preferred vendors was invaluable. Especially when we couldn’t necessarily meet with people and had to do all of our planning remotely because of Covid. Most of our vendors came from that list. The one that didn’t we google searched and found a good fit that way.”
Kathleen’s favorite part of planning was the beginning when she could look through Pinterest and gather inspiration and ideas. However, she says her least favorite part was procrastinating during Covid’s first major lockdown in March. That was the time she had hoped to be getting all her vendors booked. As a result, Kurt’s least favorite part was “watching Kathleen stress over everything and being anxious for what impact Covid was going to have on our wedding.” When they were finally able to resume planning, Kurt says his favorite part of the planning process was “checking the boxes off and knowing that the finished product was insight.”
Relaxed elegance. It’s no wonder they turned out to be the perfect Osprey couple!
Kathleen purchased her dress the weekend before the first covid lockdown occurred. She talks about how simple the process was and credited her having done her homework, looking into different styles for it being so. “I was able to have my 2 matrons of honor along with my future mother in law; I could tell the consultant the elements of the dress I wanted. We were able to go and pick out some dresses, and I saw a picture on the wall of a dress, pointed to it, and said, That one, that’s exactly what I’m looking for.” Kathleen says she tried on several dresses but never really felt comfortable in them, but her search finally came to an end when she tried on the dress. She says, “I immediately knew because I couldn’t pick out a single thing I didn’t like about it.” For a guide on how to pick your dream wedding dress, check out our blog *insert blog dress blog link here*.
Kurt’s tux shopping was wholly uneventful, the couple says. “We stopped by the shop and picked out the grey and white ensemble we liked, and he got measured! At that point, we liked uneventful!”
Kathleen said that she knew she wanted to stick with a slightly monochromatic theme of slate blue/grey with white for her flowers from the beginning. She says, “I’ve always been a fan of sage greens and slate blues, so I showed some bouquets I found on Pinterest to my florist. She suggested adding in some rare white roses that had grey tips on their petals, and I loved them because they reminded me of the silver roses my mom had in her bouquet.” Kathleen also added a clip on bird to her bouquet to further honor her mother’s memory.
Both Kurt and Kathleen agree that the first look is what stood out the most for them. They said, ‘it was a really nice, quiet moment that we got to share together away from the craziness of the day. It’s also when our favorite pictures were taken.”
Both Kathleen & Kurt admit they wanted their ceremony to be short but meaningful. “There were two important verses to us, because of what we had been through together and how we feel called to love one another. They were Song of Solomon 2:10-13 and Colossians 2:12-17.”
When asked about his thoughts on bridesmaids’ dresses, Kurt noted that he liked the idea of them being floor-length. Apart from that, the couple had already decided that they would stick to a bluish/grey and white monochromatic look. They said, “We chose slate blue dresses for the bridesmaids and grey suits with white accessories for the groomsmen.”
“We chose our first dance song based on the lyrics. Either of us could be saying the lyrics, and they would be true, which was important to us. We chose “Jenny’s Song” from We The Kings as our first dance song.”
Kathleen says, “The biggest thing we would have done differently would have been scheduling food tastings earlier in the planning stage. When it was time to do this, there was no way to have a food tasting because of restrictions due to Covid. It was a lot of anxiety going into the wedding without knowing what the food would taste like. Luckily, we ended up enjoying everything we selected.”
The Frankes’ are excited about all their new adventures together. The newlywed’s were fortunate enough to celebrate the purchase of a new home together. They said, “We have slowly been furnishing our house, part of which Kurt is doing by hand-making our bedroom furniture set.” They are also excited to begin planning for their honeymoon trip once it’s safe to travel again. Lastly, they look forward to their family’s growth with the addition of a new fur baby. “We got on a waitlist for a breeder to get an Alaskan Klee Kai puppy this coming fall 2021!”