Here is the link to our wedding Web site, for as long as it stays up.

Our Story

How We Met

One day I announced to my co-workers that they needed to hook me up with their single friends because I didn’t want to meet my future husband at a bar. One of them arranged for us to join her husband and his co-worker for a casual lunch date. The problem was we arranged the lunch before the Drake game got seeded for March Madness’ first round. But God knew the game would provide the perfect buffer between aggressive Katie and shy Trent, and it truly was a good Friday.

How He Proposed

How He Proposed

Background: I’m a bit of a control freak, so Trent knew better than to pick out the ring himself. It took a miraculous cross-country search by Chuck Kuba and staff from Iowa Diamond to find a matching pair of the precise color of asscher cut sapphires I wanted. We wanted to be engaged before Christmas, so we could show our friends and family the ring. However, by December 9 it still wasn’t ready.

Cat, my surrogate big sister, asked me to join her for manis/pedis on Saturday, Dec. 13. I was suspicious that something was up but had no idea that when I arrived home Trent would pop the question. So I told him I’d be home after running errands—an hour and a half later than I’d estimated.

Trent used the time to prep the house. When I walked through the door, he was waiting with our song playing and candles/fire lit. He’d picked up two gorgeous bouquets (I LOVE flowers) and had placed them on either side of the fireplace’s mantle. He’d placed photos of the two of us across the mantle along with notecards he’d made. On the front of the cards he put the dates of memories we’d shared (our first date, etc.); he wrote what we was thinking at the time on the back. The last card said, “Look in the box.” The card in the box read, “Turn around,” where Trent was down on one knee.

About Trent

Also known as Spook and TMac
About Trent

Trent was born in Denison, IA, and lived there until the age of 12. He then moved to Shenandoah, where he attended junior and senior high school. In December of 2002, he graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in logistics and supply chain management.

After graduation, he moved to Omaha to begin his logistics career working for Werner Enterprises. A year later he purchased a house in Council Bluffs, where he lived until the fall of 2005. He then moved back to central Iowa, and was happy to be away from all the annoying Cornhusker fans! In August of 2009, Trent started working for Des Moines Truck Brokers in Norwalk, where he remains today.

In February 2008, he purchased a condo in Grimes, where we currently reside. In his spare time, Trent likes to listen to 80s hair metal, watch his beloved Boston Red Sox, and play foosball. He also enjoys “pancake Saturdays” at the Masonic Lodge in Hartford, where he uses the knowledge he gained from my family to beat me in cribbage.

About Me

also known as Rockstar and The Bat
About Katie

I grew up on a farm in Carlisle, IA, about 10 minutes outside of Des Moines. In 2004, I graduated from Drake University with my bachelor’s in journalism and mass communication. I double-majored in public relations and sociology with an area of concentration in Spanish and studied abroad in Granada, Spain. Following graduation, I moved to New York City to follow my dream of becoming a rockstar.

For two years I worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, co-formed metal band Arianna’s Lament ( ) and retreated to the Read farm in Jersey to get away from the city. The fall semester of ’06 brought me back to Iowa to earn one credit from The University of Iowa College of Law (Go, HAWKS!) before I realized it wasn’t for me.

I moved back to Des Moines in the fall of 2007 to be closer to my family and to join the Burnin’ Sensations ( as female lead singer. I soon joined Hospice of Central Iowa, where I currently work as community relations coordinator. In addition to singing with the Burnin’ Sensations, I also sang at Legacy Bar and Grill in Waukee, on Friday nights. In my spare time, I enjoy running, living green and playing with the cat Trent got me from the shelter, Eleanor “Ellie” Rigby.

Wedding Events

Saturday, June 20, 2009 | 4 p.m.

Camp Quaker Heights

We were married outdoors in 87-degree weather at the vespers area at Camp Quaker Heights in Pine Lake State Park. The camp holds special meaning to me, as I spent part of nearly ever summer there since I was 8 as a camper, counselor or volunteer.


Pine Lake State Park Lodge

Pine Lake State Park Lodge

We were so excited to see in December 2008 that both the camp and this lodge were both miraculously available for a Saturday in June that we decided to move the date up a year!

The lodge is next to the golf course and overlooks the lake. The beautiful stone and timber building was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

As I’ve always been a tree hugger, the theme of our wedding was “green”. We tried to focus on the meaning of the celebration and incorporate eco-friendly elements. Some examples include:

-Sending Save the Dates electronically and using this site for directions and RSVPs to save paper and fuel
-Purchasing the wedding dress from a local consignment shop
-Including locally-grown flowers (Plant Life Designs)
-Featuring local, organic produce (Butcher Creek Farms) and beef from the Smith family farm in the catering
-Requesting non-material gifts. We asked those wishing to give a gift, to share their talents or donate to our honeymoon registry.  We wouldn’t have been able enjoy our amazing honeymoon at Sandals Dunns River, Jamaica without the support.


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