Sparks Fly: Special bond pulls couple together
Brianne Castle, a high school English teacher, met her husband, a computer engineer, on a plane headed for Ireland. She chatted him up and discovered they were both touring Ireland with the same tour company.
Even though Brianne had an instant crush on Justen, she thought she didn’t stand a chance with him because he was “too cute.” But their families spent time together throughout the tour, and they became friends and naturally gravitated towards each other. After the tour, she sent him a card with her phone number and asked him to keep in touch. He did, finding her and adding her as a friend on Facebook. They ended up chatting, and he ended up admitting that he liked her, too.
“There was a spark. And the more we saw each other, the more we knew that this other person was special,” Brianne says. “I knew really early on that this was either going to be the best thing ever or hurt like crazy.”
They visited each other’s hometowns (she’s from Kansas City and he’s from Ohio, where they both live now), and during a visit to Ohio last fall, Justen proposed to Brianne when he picked her up at the airport.
“I can’t remember what he said exactly, all I remember is him slowly going down on one knee and pulling out a ring box. He asked if I would marry him, and I just started bawling. I was laughing, crying, shaking and basically losing it,” Brianne recalls. “He stood up and hugged me, and then said, ‘Is that a yes?’”
Wedding date: June 22, 2012
Wedding and reception location: The ceremony took place in the chapel and the reception in the reception hall at Hawthorne House in Parkville, Mo.
The ring: Justen picked out Brianne’s tension-set ring, designed by Gelin Abaci.
The dress: Brianne chose a modest dress from Chatfield’s Bridal in St. Louis. Sisters Alterations in Gladstone, Mo., personalized the dress by giving it longer sleeves and a collar.
Hair and makeup: Hair was done by Jillian Sanders of Envy Salon, and makeup by Shannon Lostlutter of Eclektica Salon.
The cake: Sugar Mamma’s in Briarcliff Village. “It’s the best,” Brianne says. The couple picked red velvet, carrot and banana cake with cream cheese frosting.
The catering: Hawthorne House incorporated Brianne’s family recipe for the Mr. Dell Hashbrown Casserole.
The flowers: Shana Vaughn Designs used colors from the couple’s theme of apples and oranges.
The photographer: Alea Bebenek of Alea Lovely. “She seemed to capture so many moments of joy and whimsy on our wedding day. She is an artist,” Brianne says.
The first dance: The couple danced to “Sparks” by Coldplay. They first heard it while watching Wedding Crashers. “It’s slow and quiet, and yet so beautiful,” Brianne says. “It reminds me of how we fell in love.”
The moments they’ll never forget: At the beginning of the reception, “Justen and I quickly snuck into the photo booth. We took pictures and laughed and got done just as they said our names. It was our stolen time together,” Brianne says. For Justen, it was watching Brianne walk down the aisle. “She took my breath away. She looked amazing.”
Advice for KC area brides? “My advice is to be wary of Pinterest! There are a million different ideas on there that are all equally amazing. Choose three or four things you’d like to borrow and then stop looking at the site at least a month before your wedding,” Brianne says. “The marriage is the best part of getting married, so on the day of, I didn’t sweat the small stuff. At the end of the day, I was married to my best friend.”