Newlywed Wisdom: 29th Edition

Abigail Christensen married Steven Sipes when the colors of fall were absolutely beautiful. This most perfect wedding day was October 13, 2007, and the ceremony was performed at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in DeKalb.

Abigail is the daughter of Linda Christensen and Lewis Adams, Sycamore, and of Richard Christensen and Diane Parness, Mt. Juliette, Tennessee. Steven is the son of Erma and Roger Sipes of DeKalb.

Abby and Steve’s wedding ceremony was performed at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where Abby was baptized and confirmed. She added heirlooms to the ceremony which had significance for more than just herself. Abby wore her deceased grandmother’s diamonds which she had designed into the wedding necklace and earrings. Abby also wore her deceased grandfather’s diamond tie clip under her gown. A special moment was when both of Abby’s parents walked her down the aisle. Abby explained, “I am close with my mother and father and wanted this to be special for them both.”

The bride wore a strapless corset gown with a full pick-up skirt of ivory-colored satin fabric. The gown was accented with hand-stitched silver embroidery and the center of each pick-up on the skirt was adorned with crystals and pearls. Abby purchased her dress at Abby said, “I got very lucky with the price and the fit!” She accentuated the gown by adding an ivory veil which was hand-made by her mother, Linda Christensen. Her mother has experience in veil making and has made veils for some of Abby’s friends.
Abby and her mother designed all the silk flowers for the wedding. Abby’s lovely wedding bouquet consisted of varying sizes of white, ivory, orange and brown calla lilies. The arrangement was made even more splendid once they added touches of fall leaves and greenery.

The wedding and reception accent colors were burnt orange and chocolate brown, and the theme revolved around fall and the color tones of leaves. Steve wore a black tuxedo accented with an ivory shirt, tie and matching vest. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos with ivory shirts and chocolate brown ties and vests. Their tuxedos were rented locally from Ducky’s Formal Wear in DeKalb.

Abby’s engagement and wedding bands are gorgeous! She has an antiqued white gold engagement ring with a square or radiant cut traditional diamond made up of several smaller stones. This ring is housed with two diamond wedding bands on each side. The groom has a very classic white gold ring with two grooves bordering the edges of the band. Their wedding jewelry is from Fred Meyers.

The newlywed couple’s reception was held at South Pointe Centre in DeKalb where Abby said that the food was amazing. The guests had their choice of stuffed pork chops or coconut crusted Tilapia.

Abby explained the details of the wedding reception. “The reception was traditional but relaxed. We wanted to make it fun for everyone, including ourselves. We had a sit-down dinner with the champagne toast. We also had a wine bar which the guests thoroughly enjoyed. We danced our first dance to Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic and had a variety of old and new music played throughout the reception. We had personalized chocolate fortune cookies for the guest’s party favors. They read, ‘Thank you for sharing our special day. Abby & Steve - October 13, 2007’.”

“Also, we had two baskets at the reception. One that read “Take a Wish” and had our fortune cookie favors in it. The other read “Make a Wish” and had large leaf cutouts in assorted oranges and browns so that the guests could write notes to the bride and groom. We are using them to surround a framed wedding portrait as a keepsake.

Abby and Steve have several wedding day tips they would like to share with new brides and grooms. “We were on a budget but still wanted to get everything we wanted. I recommend shopping around, getting recommendations from other brides and most importantly if you can, do it yourself! Also, there are tons of ideas online that you can take as your own. I recommend The Knot and Martha Stewart websites for ideas and do-it-yourself tips.”

“My mother and I made all the flower decorations, table decorations and even my veil. For example, veils can cost hundreds of dollars. With a little work, mine cost $10. My mother has made other veils for friends’ weddings.”
“We ordered silk flowers in bulk online and saved hundreds of dollars over using fresh flowers that would wilt in a day. Now, I will always have my bouquet and Steve’s boutonniere to save.”

“For the table decorations, my mother and I bought small pumpkins on clearance and decorated them to create beautiful centerpieces. I also had a friend that had just gotten married and had literally hundreds of glass candle holders. I got to borrow them for free! In order to coordinate our colors and make these look unique we placed whole roasted coffee beans in the bottom of the glass holders and nested orange votive candles in the beans. They smelled and looked great.

“On the day of the wedding, don’t worry about every little thing. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the preparation aspect of the wedding, but our advice is to take a deep breath, and soak it all in. Enjoy each other and your day. I had decided early on that I wanted to enjoy myself and dance at the reception and that is just what I did! When someone was leaving or wanted to chat, I made them get up and dance with me! It was a lot of fun but there are always going to be things that go wrong. Don’t sweat it, and, honestly, no one will notice but you.”

The couple had a very private and romantic honeymoon in a beautiful three bedroom cabin in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

Additional wedding services used by the couple were invitations ordered through Ducky’s Formal Wear. Helen’s Hair Design in DeKalb was the salon of choice. The Artistic Edge Photography, Ltd, Jennifer Hagemeyer, Rockford, (formerly of DeKalb) was the photographer capturing every moment of the day. Mike Leech of DynaMike Sounds, Sycamore, was the disc jockey.

Abby is employed at Castle Bank in the retail department, while Steven works at Tate & Lyle of Sycamore. | p. 815-739-9937 | f. 815-754-5261