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“He said, Krista Shirley Schrecengost, I love you so much. You make me very happy. Will you marry me? And I said, of course!”
The Who, Where, and When…
Bride and Groom: Krista and Christopher Schrecengost
Wedding Date: 6/17/2017
Ceremony Location: Saint Sebastian Parish, Ross Township
Reception Location: AASR of Freemasonry, Pittsburgh
When and How Did You Meet
Our story was written by our bridesmaid and friend, Brandy Hadden.
It all started in a bar, as most great love stories do. Dee’s Café in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood was where Krista and Chris first met.
They had been invited out by a mutual friend and Chris was introduced to the people he didn’t know, including Krista.
“I remember because we were in the back corner and she was in the back corner of that back booth and she was not looking very happy,” Chris said with a laugh as the two sat in their living room telling their story.
Krista doesn’t remember as much about that first encounter.
“It was an introduction with a lineup of people. So I don’t remember that.”
But, after the entourage moved to Jekyl & Hyde, they had a few more drinks, and Chris made a move.
“Then he came over to me and he said to me, ‘If you weren’t with that guy, I’d be hitting on you’ and I said, ‘I’m not with that guy,’ and he said, ‘Oh, then I’m hitting on you.’ Obviously I remembered that because that’s a pretty strong introduction.”
“I had never said that before in my life,” Chris said.
But the memorable introduction almost didn’t happen. Krista almost didn’t go out after attending a wedding earlier in the day and Chris was at a time in his life when he wasn’t the most social. This was November 30, 2012, and Chris’s dad had passed away that August.
“Once that happened it was like I didn’t have the desire to go out anymore and it was kind of a ‘What’s the point?’ kind of deal and I didn’t really go out all that much. … I hadn’t gone out in like a long time so I was kicking it back and forth and I was like, ‘All right, I’ll go out.”
“I think there was a little bit of fate involved,” Krista said, shifting so that she overlapped Chris on the couch.
Tell Us About the Proposal
Before Chris asked Krista to marry him, he had to ask her dad.
After pulling Joe aside at a gathering, he referenced a hunting trip that he had recently taken.
“I was like, ‘So, you got an elk, you got a mule deer, how would you like a son-in-law?’ And he was like, ‘Yep. Yep, I’d like that very much.’ He said, ‘Now, listen. She has a lot of me in her. Don’t let that scare you. She’s still a really good girl.’ And he shook my hand and he was like, ‘Now remember, no give-backs.'”
In early December, Krista started two new chapters of her life on the same day. She left her job at Point Park University to begin anew at Carnegie Mellon, and Chris finally proposed.
“I knew we were gonna go ice-skating downtown and I thought maybe I’ll do it over there and as the day went on, the closer it got, I was like, that’s not us at all — being out in public,” he said, referencing how they usually prefer to stay in, eat pizza and binge watch television shows.
So, he planned the night with a surprise for when they came home, strategically wearing the sweater he wore on the night they first met in Dee’s Café three years before.
Of course, he had some help. Help in the form of Lewis, a stuffed dog he had given to Krista on their first Christmas together. While Krista was in the car ready to go ice-skating, Chris set Lewis under their first Christmas tree with a small box.
After they got home, Krista went to freshen up, which gave Chris enough time to set up his iPhone to record the magic.
When Krista came back, Chris pointed her in the direction of the tree and Lewis. For a moment, Krista thought that something was wrong. They had left their Christmas lights on. Did the tree catch fire? She soon realized what was happening, though, as she approached Lewis and the small box.
“I was like slow down, this is happening,” she said. She knelt down and opened the box … and it was empty. She playfully threw the empty box at Chris, who then spoke from his heart and got down on one knee.
“Then when I opened up the box she started crying.”
“He said, ‘Krista Shirley Schrecengost, I love you so much. You make me very happy. Will you marry me?’ And I said, ‘Of course!'”
Tell Us About the Look / Theme / Style
We wanted our wedding to have a very elegant feel to it. We are pretty traditional people so you won’t find anything too out of the ordinary but we also wanted to add special modern touches to our day. Such as our large seating chart mirror and our glass card box. The colors we choose were mint and gold. The majority of the ballroom was ivory and gold which provided the elegance. Then touches of mint, in the chair sashes, up-lighting and bridesmaids dresses help bring in the feeling of June. As well as the light pink hydrangeas which will adorn our tables as our centerpieces.
What Inspired the Vision
We were inspired by many things. But Pinterest and looking at other weddings really helped us to decide what we wanted to have and what we did not want to have at our wedding.
What Made Your Wedding Unique
One thing that would make our wedding unique is our use of a Tablecloth Guestbook. It is a family tradition that for Christmas every year at my (Brides) grandmothers house we sign and date the Christmas tablecloth. Then each year we are able to look back and remember previous years and all of the wonderful memories.
So Chris and I wanted to do something similar and when our guest first enter the reception hall they will sign our personalized tablecloth and leave us notes of wisdom or advice. Then each year we can use our tablecloth on our anniversary and look back and recollect the memories from our wedding. I am really excited about it and hope our guests like it as well.
What Moment Do You Recall the Most
Walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time. Our aisle was 138 feet long so it definitely helped build the anticipation of finally tying the knot!
Anything Else That Deserves to Be Told
We really wanted to include our family members who have passed away in as many ways as possible. Our favors will be the favorite candies of some of our relatives. We also will be dedicating a few songs that remind us of our loved ones through out the evening. For example my (Brides) Grandfather loved Gloria Estefan and I know that when they play “Conga” I will remember us dancing to it in the past. We will also be placing a Suit jacket on a reserved chair for the Grooms Father who has passed away. We really wanted to include our passed family members in as many ways as possible because we know they will be there in spirit.
Photographer: FineLine Weddings
Caterer: Remo’s Catering
Florist: Harolds Flower Shop
Cake / Desserts: Family friend
Stationery: Exclusively Weddings
Transportation: Crystal Limousine
Hair: Hairz to You
Makeup: Amazing Face
The Dress: Maggie Sottero, One Enchanted Evening
Bridesmaids Dresses: Christina Wu from Carlisle’s Bridal of Pittsburgh
Menswear: Tuxedo Junction