Nina & Derek

June 23, 2018

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Bride’s name: Nina Parrish

Groom’s name: Derek Koehler

Occupations: Nina is a mental health therapist and Derek is an attorney.

How they met: The two met while trick-or-treating 20 years ago.

The proposal: While dining at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant in Las Vegas, Derek surprised Nina with something sweet. “I had the waiter deliver dessert on a covered plate,” says Derek. “When it was lifted, ‘Will you marry me?’ was written in chocolate on the plate with rose petals.” Nina was shocked by this “movie moment” and could only nod her head until someone across the restaurant started to yell “What did she say?” She remembers: “Derek was laughing and smiling. He isn’t always terribly prone to planning, but he really pulled off that surprise. It was one of the best moments of my life.”

Number of guests: About 150

Wedding colors: Teal and brown

Most memorable moment…

For her: “The last 45 minutes or so of the reception was essentially a playlist of songs personal to Derek and me. After the whirlwind months of planning and people, being in my husband’s arms, feeling his heart while we danced to songs poignant to our story…I felt home.”

For him: “My father-in-law, while handing off his daughter to me, whispered in my ear, ‘Always have the courage to be a good man.’ ”

Funniest moment: “We almost got left behind! The coach was loaded with guests getting ready to make the last run back to the hotel, when we looked up from packing our things to see it starting to drive away. Thankfully a friend ran up to the driver to have him wait for the chick in the white dress.”

Unique aspects of the day: Nina and Derek personalized their day, from the chillhop music greeting guests as they arrived to weaving their love of golf into their wedding throughout the day. During the ceremony, the couple braided a cross while saying their vows to each other “in front of our family, friends and God... (it) was incredible.” Nina recalls another special moment: “Walking barefoot down a grassy aisle to the Vitamin C Quartette cover of Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ was pretty special.”

Three words that best describe their day: “Family, personal, joyous.”

If they had the chance to do it again, what they would do differently: “I would have doubled the cupcakes.”

What Nina loves most about her husband: “How he has loved me so patiently, generously, passionately and consistently throughout so much that we have been through together over the years.”

What Derek loves most about his wife: “How much of an effort she puts into making me feel loved.”

Best advice for a couple planning a wedding? “Say ‘No’ to spreadsheets.”

Photography: Blueberry Hill Photography • Ceremony/reception site: Gloryview Farm • Rehearsal dinner: Settlers Bay Golf Course, Albatross Restaurant • Cake: Midnight Sun Cakery • Catering: Bear Naked BBQ • Beverages: Bleeding Heart Brewery • Wedding coordinator: Sherry Zimmerman • Flowers: Carrs Safeway; Fred Meyer • Bride's dress: Truvelle gown, Bateau Bridal Boutique • Gown alterations: Celestial Designs • Bridesmaids' dresses: David’s Bridal • Groom's formal wear: Calvin Klein • Groomsmen's formal wear: Men’s Wearhouse • Hair: Christina White • Makeup: Chance Droege, Cloud 9 Day Spa • Officiant: Dianne Horbochuck • Bridal registry: Bed Bath & Beyond • Entertainment & music: Five Star Entertainment • Decorations, party supplies & rentals: Special Events Alaska • Transportation: Alaska Motor Coach • Bride/groom’s wedding night accommodations: Grandview Inn & Suites • Honeymoon destination: Rome, Venice & Florence, Italy

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