Carolina Bride

Love at first bite

When Scott Kirk stopped by his dentist’s office for a routine whitening treatment, he never would have guessed that six years later he’d be running around Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve trying to pull off a midnight proposal to the hygienist standing before him.But when Jessica Reinsch met this “cute and funny” patient while helping a coworker with an overbooked schedule, there was no denying the two had a future together. After a few weeks of working up the nerve to ask her out, Scott sent Jessica a thank-you note for her help in the office that day, and they met at Sullivan’s Steakhouse for appetizers and drinks. “After a drink, four hours and a stomachache from laughing so hard, I had my eyes set on dating only one man,” Jessica says.Flash forward to New Year’s Eve 2010 and Scott’s elaborately planned engagement: dinner at Smith & Wollensky, John Mayer Trio concert at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, fireworks display at the Venetian, strategically slipping away to snag the Diamonds Direct ring stored in the casino cage, back to Jessica to pop the question just before the stroke of midnight, then champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and rose petals awaiting in their room.But as it often is with grand gestures, sometimes things don’t always happen as planned. At the concert, John Mayer arrived on stage an hour and a half late, but in a moment of serendipity, Jessica wasn’t as big a fan of the singer’s bluesy side project as his more mainstream fare. Wanting to seize the opportunity to make up for lost time, the couple left the Hard Rock Hotel to find a line of about 50 people waiting for cabs. After a brief discussion and an Andrew Jackson, Jessica and Scott skipped the line and hopped in a cab, which got lost on the way to the Venetian due to a detour on Las Vegas Boulevard. Twelve minutes to midnight, Scott told Jessica he was going to the bathroom and sprinted to the neighboring hotel to grab the ring (where he left it after discovering there were no available deposit boxes at the Venetian). Ring in hand – and with seconds to spare – he made it back to Jessica, who immediately began to cry tears of joy.The couple chose Sullivan’s Steakhouse – where they shared their first date – as the site of their rehearsal dinner. On the day of their wedding, the presidential suite at the Westin was filled with love and laughter, as both sides of the bridal party celebrated separately with champagne. Jessica finished sewing a commemorative banner into her dress – a hand-sewn, hand-me-down worn by both Scott’s sister and sister-in-law. Photographer Kristin Vining captured the couple’s first look, and they were off to the church to be married.An organist played while Jessica walked down the aisle with her dad, assuring her the whole way that there was no rush as her feet became tangled in the weight of her dress. A soloist sang “Ave Maria” as her dad gave her away to be married by her pastor using her grandmother’s Bible. A reception overlooking the city was held on the fifth floor of the Mint Museum uptown, and guests enjoyed prime rib with horseradish cream sauce and customizable mini shrimp-and-grits parfaits from Best Impressions Caterers. “The food was even better on our wedding day than when we first tasted it,” Jessica exclaims. “It was absolutely delicious.”As the reception rocked into the late hours of the evening, the couple stepped outside with Kristin Vining to snap a few city-inspired shots and got a rare glimpse of their group from the outside looking in.“It was really just one big party, all day.”

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