Kristin & Hans: Small and Sweet

  • The couple outside W.A. Frost
  • The Como Park Conservatory, where the ceremony took place
  • The bride’s bouquet by Pazzobello
  • Kristin and Hans sent out art deco invitations and RSVP cards
  • Sophie’s Room at W.A. Frost
  • Feathers adorned the bride’s gown
  • The couple’s cake, which they plan to reorder for their first wedding anniversary
  • The brunch reception took place at W.A. Frost
  • Each guest received a bow tie, which they all wore for a post-ceremony photograph
  • The berry parfait was the first course of a five-course meal
  • The couple said “I do” in the Sunken Garden at the Como Park Conservatory

Kristin & Hans

Sept. 17, 2011
W.A. Frost
Photography by Erin Johnson Photography

Meeting the right person is a curious mix of timing, chemistry, and luck. For Kristin and Hans, it was also a comical near miss. After talking on, the two set up a 10 am Starbucks coffee date, but by 10:15 Kristin was looking around, with no Hans in sight. She called him to demand an explanation, only to discover he was sitting at a different Starbucks half a block away. “It was really silly,” laughs Kristin.

Luckily, things went better once they were face-to-face. Much better. “We call it the marathon first date,” says Hans—a nine-hour affair that went from Starbucks to Como Park Zoo to Lake Calhoun to Stella’s Fish Cafe. By their second date six days later, they were inseparable. After a cross-country move to the D.C. area and a December 2010 proposal by Lake of the Isles, the pair started planning their wedding.

From the start, they were clear about wanting to do things their own way. “We’re both very, very particular, so we did everything à la carte,” says Hans. That included scouring the Internet to find Kristin’s funky feather-strewn wedding dress, as well as tracking down retro invitations and Kristin’s 1930s art deco wedding band on Etsy. At the simple morning ceremony at the Como Park Conservatory’s Sunken Garden (“That was really special—start of the day, start of a marriage,” says Kristin), the bride walked herself down the aisle sans wedding party as a trio played “La Vie en Rose.” A funky five-course brunch at W.A. Frost took the place of the more typical post-ceremony dinner and dancing, but perhaps most revolutionary in today’s wedding world was the guest list of only 40 people. “We wanted to just have the people that we love the most and know us the best,” says Kristin. “That made it really special. . . . It was really calm and relaxed and I think everyone had a nice time.”

Ceremony: Sunken Garden at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory • Reception: W.A. Frost • Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridals Couture Collection • Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss • Rings: Etsy, Tiffany & Co., and a local D.C. jeweler • Catering: W.A. Frost • Cake: The Cake Diva • Flowers: Pazzobello (for bride’s bouquet and groom’s boutonniere) • Invitations: GoGoSnap on Etsy • Ceremony Music: The Baroque Trio • Hair/Makeup: Julie Swenson of Smart and Chic Bride • Honeymoon: Italy