Kleinfeld Love Stories


Ashley & Ehrett - 6/2/18

About the Proposal

Engaged:

November 24, 2016

A Thanksgiving to Remember

Our story.

My husband, Ehrett, and I have been dating for over five years. We met in college and were assigned a group project together the first day of class. He was from Seattle and I was born in raised in New York, so of course I fell for someone who was from across the country!

Fast forward five years later and we live happily together right outside of New York City. With the holidays coming up and with little hints he was dropping about an engagement, I had a feeling it was coming soon, but of course I didn’t want to get my hopes up!

We drove up Upstate to my parent’s house for Thanksgiving  and I didn’t expect much to happen that weekend (except for consuming a lot of food and wine!). Thanksgiving day, I was preoccupied helping my mom in the kitchen and getting the table set up.

Although I didn’t know it at the time, everyone was in on the secret to come later in the evening, but I didn’t suspect a thing. After a successful dinner, my family and I transitioned into the living room to talk and play some games. I noticed that Ehrett was MIA for a while with my mom, but I still didn’t suspect anything of it. After maybe a half hour, he comes into the living room and asks if I could come outside with him to “take a photo.” It was dark, cold and snowing outside so of course, I said no. After a few pushes, I finally sighed and followed him to the door.

I grabbed my coat before going outside and I didn’t notice until then that he was squeezing my hand and walking quickly to the gazebo in our backyard. As we stood in front of the gazebo, I noticed how beautifully decorated it was (I later found out my dad decorated it for the special occasion) and there was a towel covering one of the flower beds. My heart started pounding as I was intrigued and also anxious as to what was going on. He removed the towel and there were two bouquets of roses and my favorite…macaroons!

I kind of looked at him in confusion as he pulled me into the gazebo to “talk.” Hearing the shakiness in his voice, my heart was beating out of my chest as my mind was yelling “is this going to be it?!” (but of course my first concern was that I hadn’t looked in the mirror since before dinner).

There wasn’t much talking however, since he then followed with “I need to ask you something” and knelt down on one knee (on the very muddy ground). He opened a little black box and said “You’ve always been my best friend, and I want you to be my best friend for the rest of my life. Will you marry me?” I stood there in amazement, not really sure if this was really happening and at some point, I proceeded to say “yes!”

Everything about it was so magical, and pleasantly surprising. Regardless of the weather, the christmas lights wrapped around the gazebo and the roses couldn’t have made it more perfect!

About the Dress

My dress experience was both exhilarating and exhausting. After weeks and countless bridal boutiques, I tried on about 70 dresses in total. My mom and Maid of Honor were visiting for the weekend and we our last bridal stop was Kleinfeld. I was tired, frustrated and had the flu and honestly wasn’t expecting on finding ‘the one.’ As soon as we walked into the store, I saw a dress on the mannequin right in the front and I had to try it on. It happened to be a Lazaro trunk show and it was his dress that was in the mannequin. As soon as I tried the dress on, I felt breathless. I defiantly hadn’t had that feeling with the other 70+ dresses and I knew that was it.

It was an A-line cut with a silk bottom half (and pockets!) with a mesh top filled with lace and a low back. It was everything I had wanted. Since it was Lazaro’s trunk show, he was there and not only did he come into my dressing room but he fit me in the dress and even sketched a photo for me. Talk about unexpected! I was blown away by the experience and am so thankful that I was able to find my dream dress.

About the Wedding

Married:

June 2, 2018  //  

Location:

New York, New York  //  

Venue:

Otto Kahn and James Burden Mansions

I am from Upstate New York and my husband is from Seattle so picking a spot that worked for both families seemed to be near impossible. Not only do we have families on total opposite sides of the Country, but we have family and friends scattered throughout the middle states as well. We live here in New York so after much deliberation, we decided to have it here. Having it be a central and generally easy hub for people to travel to, we thought it was the best decision. If you asked me about five years ago where my dream wedding would be, New York City was not one of them. Now looking back, I couldn’t imagine a different spot. I did my research and came across this hidden gem on the Upper East Side called ‘the Otto Kahn and James Burden Mansions’ and thought it was too good to be true. Well, it wasn’t. When we went to see the venue, we were both in awe how perfect it was. It was as if we flew to a quaint European Castle only Central Park was right across the street!

On the wedding day, we had a relatively small wedding of 100 guests and it was absolutely perfect. The day was filled with live music, champagne, delicious food, laughs and so much love.

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