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Long-distance love

By Samantha Daniels | Photography by Photoplay Photography

Posted: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011

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It was a fall weekend in Chicago when Daniel Falvey took Jennifer Kuechle on a stroll through a park near their old college campus. After two years of dating long-distance, Daniel reach in his pocket, pulled out a ring and asked Jennifer to marry him. “It was a huge surprise,” recalls Jennifer. “I thought I would cry but I just started giggling because I was so happy!”

Daniel had asked Jennifer to pursue a long-distance relationship with him, two years earlier, at the same park near Wheaton College. The couple met their sophomore year of college and developed a friendship. They reconnected right before Jennifer prepared to move back to North Carolina to pursue a teaching job. With Jennifer in North Carolina and Daniel in the U.S. Marine Corps, the couple’s entire relationship was long-distance. Through long talks and letters, their love deepened.

On a Carolina summer day, the couple was finally able to close the distance with their wedding. “We had the ceremony in the church I grew up in, which was really special to me,” says Jennifer.

Jennifer wore a satin, ivory gown from Dar-Lynn’s Bridal. Lace adorned the bodice with a sweetheart neckline. Photoplay Photography was there to capture everything, from the vows to a sweet candid moment between Jennifer and the flower girl. “[They] captured all of the little details of the day and got some really beautiful shots for us,” says Jennifer. “We were finally married and church bells were ringing. We were walking through this big crowd of people who love us, and I just felt so much joy,” she remembers.

The reception took place at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel, where navy and ivory décor with yellow accents added an elegant touch. Yellow roses from Party Blooms were personal for the couple; not only are they Jennifer’s favorite flower, but also a reminder of Daniel once driving all the way from Chicago to Charlotte and surprising her with a bouquet of yellow roses.

The theme of the reception was “An Evening in the Park.” They achieved the park feel by incorporating a bench, similar to the one where Daniel asked Jennifer two very important questions. They also added trees around the bench, one of which served as a “Blessing Tree,” where guests could write blessings and marriage advice. Cheesecake Etc. supplied the sweets, including the five-tiered wedding cake. Jennifer recalls that the best part of the whole day was “simply being surrounded by so much love from our family and friends.” However, seeing Daniel’s grandparents dance to “Who Let the Dogs Out” was also a moment they’ll never forget.

The newlyweds are living in Emerald Isle. Jennifer is working as a fourth grade teacher and Daniel was recently deployed. “We’re hoping he’s back by Christmas,” said Jennifer. Although it’s back to letter-writing and phone calls for now, this couple knows more than anyone that absence makes the heart grow fonder.

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