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home : weddings : adventures in planning   April 29, 2016

6/24/2014 2:28:00 PM
Transforming fantasy into reality
Jared Bell and Amy Kreiser are engaged to be wed in summer 2015. The two enjoy pursuing Jared's dream to visit every Major League ballpark.
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Jared Bell and Amy Kreiser are engaged to be wed in summer 2015. The two enjoy pursuing Jared's dream to visit every Major League ballpark.
Amy Kreiser




Your wedding day. The day every girl has dreamed of since she was a little girl. Let’s be honest, if we really stopped to think about it every girl has probably spent countless hours fantasizing over that one day of their life.

It all became a reality for me May 25. Jared Bell started to transform my fantasy into a reality when he knelt down on our living room floor to ask me to marry him.

Stunned. Shocked. Speechless. Those are only a few of the words that would accurately describe my reaction. In fact, I kept him waiting a lot longer for his answer than he would have liked. We thoroughly enjoyed our first week being engaged and then we started right in on our wedding plans.

Hi, I am Amy Kreiser. My fiance, Jared Bell is a sports writer for the News Tribune. Surprisingly enough, we met because of Jared’s job. I am a volleyball coach at Putnam County High School. Therefore, I am very excited to have the opportunity to share our wedding story through the News Tribune.

Even though it seems as though you have fantasized about every small detail possible just hoping that someday a very special man would pop the question and you would get to make the day a reality, when it finally happens, you just aren’t sure what do next. How do you start planning for your wedding when you want everything to be just right?

Jared and I decided we wanted to be married during summer 2015. It was a no brainer for us because he wanted to marry me as soon as possible, but knew the best time of the year would be summer when I wasn’t teaching and coaching.

He also had convinced me to take this summer off from working (He knew I would want to plan our wedding.). We didn’t really have a particular date in mind and we were open to looking at any venue in the Illinois Valley.

As I began calling places, our list was narrowed very quickly. Apparently planning a wedding a year in advance is just not enough time. Several main wedding venues already were book for every Saturday in the summer of 2015. Finally, I was able to make a few appointments and we spent a couple afternoons touring about five venues.

I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, so needless to say, it all worked out. Of all the venues we looked at only one really fit our needs/wants. It may not have been the first choice in everyone else’s opinion, but that really didn’t matter. Jared and I knew that this was the perfect fit for our guests and our special day.

Since the venue helped us to make a lot of our big decisions, we have been filling in the details and making sure that all the “must haves” are booked for the day. In fact, we even took a week off of wedding planning, per Jared’s request, so we could really enjoy the beautiful summer weather.

Don’t worry, I am back into planning and he is enjoying sitting on the couch next to me saying “yes” and nodding his head.

Now what’s next? Come back to find out.










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