Flashback Feature | Karen and Kevin

August 8, 2016 by Just Marry!

Today we’re wishing a very happy 15th wedding anniversary to Just Marry!’s Director of Operations, Karen Gingerich. Karen married her husband, Kevin, on this day fifteen years ago in Atlanta, GA. She didn’t know the first thing about wedding planning back then, so we thought it would be fun to see how she tackled planning her wedding and what she would have done differently if she could do it all over again. Care to share, Karen?


“Thanks, everyone! First I’d like to wish a happy 6th anniversary to our company president, Susan Southerland, who happens to share a wedding anniversary with me. Many happy wishes to you and Scott, Susan!

As for how I approached my wedding planning…I was really such a rookie! I relied almost entirely on word of mouth and connections with my friends to find my venue and vendors. Fortunately that turned out well. Knowing what I do now, I’m aware it could have been disastrous!

I was so fortunate to have family and friends who wanted to pitch in and help. My boss and friend, Anna, volunteered to help coordinate everything on the day-of. I can’t even imagine how the wedding would have happened without her. Back then I hadn’t heard of a wedding planner. I say this with complete truthfulness: if I had known about them, I would have hired a planner in a heartbeat. It would have saved me SO much stress, Anna could have actually enjoyed the wedding, and I know I would have paid less for everything!


Couples sometimes ask me now if anything went wrong on my wedding day. The one thing I can pinpoint is that the person who was supposed to come and style my hair, a woman from Chicago who has done the hair of the women in my family for more than 20 years, ended up not making her flight to Atlanta. As soon as she heard, my grandmother offered to do my hair for me. She had been a hairstylist for years and ended up doing a wonderful job. It made a treasured memory for me, too.

I’ve also been asked if everything turned out as I envisioned and if there’s anything I regret. In all honesty, my floral didn’t end up like I had wanted. I ordered a handheld nosegay and ended up with an arm bouquet that made me feel like I was holding a baby or football all day. But did that ruin my wedding for me? Absolutely not! It wasn’t about my flowers that day. It was about being with my friends and family and speaking my vows to the man I love. I can’t regret anything that led to that most wonderful moment in my life!”

Photo credit: None (taken by family and friends)

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