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Kimberly & Rob

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How We Met Each Other

If you were a bird, then I'd be a tree. And you would come home, my darling, to me.

Kimberly’s Perspective

Before we met, I tried out several dating website, and did not find anyone that meshed. My mom noticed an ad for CatholicMatch.com in a church bulletin and suggested I give it a try. I told my mom, “Okay, I suppose it doesn’t hurt to give it a go.” I became a free member, which means you can only have minimal interactions with other people.

He opened the car door for me. He had my heart already.
Kimberly, in reference to meeting Rob

I stopped visiting the site because I didn’t see anyone of interest, until one day I logged in and my heart went crazy! “Who is this amazingly good looking model that reached out to me?” I paid for a membership and messaged him right away, and we chatted and forth, and eventually set up our first date!

He picked me up from my job at PetSmart and, boy, was I nervous. I worked all day with the dogs, but made sure to change and get ready to try and impress. He opened the car door for me, and he had my heart already. We went to Mindy’s Ribs, and I ordered a grilled cheese sandwich so I wouldn’t have BBQ sauce all over my face on our first date. After dinner, I thought it was the end of the night, but we didn’t want the night to end. We drove to a Starbucks far away so we could spend more time talking with one another. Eventually, he had to get going because it was pretty late. I was sad when we parted ways for the night, but I realized that not only was he absolutely gorgeous and dreamy, but he was the perfect gentleman, he was funny, and we had a whole lot in common. I was smitten.

We continued to text with one another, and I attended one of his work events, but over time our texts became far and few between. Soon after, I noticed he was in a relationship with another person. I thought God led him to me, but it wasn’t the right time. Both he and I dated other people, but soon enough realized these were not the people for us. One day, I received a message on Facebook and, when I saw it was from him, I told my mom and we were both excited. She also felt he was “the one” for me.

We went on out our “second first date,” and he blew me away when he went for his car so I wouldn’t have to step into the rain. When I got back home that night, my mom could see that I was on cloud nine. One night, he asked where I saw our relationship going and told me that he really liked me, and I was glad to hear that we felt the same about each other. We couldn’t read one another as well as we can today. The rest is history – I’m with my other half and couldn’t be happier – happier than any words could ever say.

Rob’s Perspective

My job is pretty demanding, so my dating life was put on hold – it had been a few years since I had even been on a date. Over time, I started feeling a bit depressed at my state of thing, until one day I noticed an advertisement for CatholicMatch.com while I was at church. I created an account and was pretty active initially, but couldn’t find anyone who would be a match. Feeling disheartened, I was inactive on the site for quite a while, but gave it another go.

One day, I came across a photo of a girl with an asymmetrical haircut with super cute bangs and gauged ear plugs (similar to mine). I was stopped dead in my tracks! I thought to myself that there was no way she was Catholic – she was too cool for the site. I did what anyone 21st century gentleman in the digital age would do – I reached out to her through the site. She didn’t respond very quickly so, in the meantime, I found her Facebook profile and couldn’t believe how cute this girl was! Once she got around to responding, we communicated back and forth, and eventually settled on meeting after work. As I was sitting in the dark PetSmart parking lot, I couldn’t see much, but I felt like I was seeing a celebrity for the first time. She was even more beautiful in person.

I remember thinking she was even more beautiful in person.
Rob, in reference to meeting Kimberly

We grabbed a bite to eat, ran to Starbucks to talk more, and ended up at her house to play ping-pong in her basement. Her mom came downstairs and hung out with us for a while, and I remember thinking how I would love to be a part of that family dynamic. The night eventually came to a close, and Kimberly gave me a side hug. I won’t lie – it was hard for me to read whether or not she liked me. We continued to talk, and she attended an event I put together for work, and the stress of both the event and seeing her was overwhelming! She didn’t say much to me until the end, so I figured she wasn’t very interested in me, especially after she mentioned that was speaking with another guy. Our contact faded away entirely.

I went on to date someone else, as did she. After things didn’t work out in my relationship, I checked up on Kimberly to see if she was still taken, but she was not! I sent her a message, and she responded immediately. We talked back and forth again, and eventually had another first date. We went mountain biking, stopped off at Portillo’s, then watched humorous YouTube videos at her house to close out the day.

As time went by, I realized I had found my soul mate. Kimberly is my very best friend, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her.

She is my best friend, she is my partner in crime, and she is my soul mate. We are on each other’s team.

Rob, speaking about Kimberly

The Proposal

A lot of time and effort went into planning the perfect proposal, which was captured in the video below.

More Photos and Videos

Proposal Photos

  • Taken On: July 13, 2013
  • Location: Mundelein Seminary

I love Kimberly with all of my heart and knew I was going to propose a year before I actually did. I knew it had to be special, so I hatched a pretty detailed plan. We both love to document memories on photo and video, and I figured what better way to capture the proposal than to base it around a fake video production. It was either have equipment out in the open, or have someone hide and capture the moment in secret. I chose to have things out so she wouldn’t suspect anything.

Obviously she said yes, and I am the luckiest guy in the world.

Summer in the Midwest

  • Filmed From: May 17th - August 20, 2013
  • Location: Scattered Around The Midwest
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Kimberly and I had a fantastic summer: we laughed, we danced, we screamed, we hung out with amazing friends and family, and go engaged to one another.

Music: “When We Were Young” by Benjamin Dunn.

Shot on a GoPro Hero3 camera, Canon 60D camera, RED Epic camera, 15mm fisheye lens, and 24mm f/1.4 lens.

Kimberly’s 26th Birthday

  • Filmed From: May 17th - May 20th, 2013
  • Location: Chicagoland

We celebrated Kimberly’s 26th Birthday with some of her favorite things: Fuddruckers, vintage clothes, Medieval Times, friends, family and ice cream. Looking forward to many more celebrations!

Music: “Coming Up” by Scientist.

Shot on a Canon 60D camera with 15mm fisheye lens.

Miscellaneous Photos

  • Taken Between: April 25, 2012 - Present
  • Location: Everywhere

It seems that a camera is always around, be it a professional DSLR camera or someone with a cell phone. This media access has enabled us to capture a lot of memories over the past year or so, and we’ve compiled a few in this photo gallery.

Longboarding in Chicago

  • Filmed On: May 1st, 2013
  • Location: Chicago

Kimberly and I love to longboard and were aching to get out for the season, so we decided to head to the city and have some fun. Also, I just got the new GoPro Hero3 Black Edition camera and was excited to see what it could do. We had a great day longboarding. All of the footage was shot on GoPro cameras, about 90% of it was shot on the Hero3 and rest was on a Hero2.

Music: “An Animal, A Natural” by Bella Ruse.

Trip To New York City

  • Filmed From: April 20th - April 24th, 2013
  • Location: New York City

Kimberly and I went to New York City for a wedding, and managed to spend an extra day traveling around the city. It was my second time in NYC, and Kimberly’s first, so we took a bus tour to get a summary of all the sights. All of the footage was captured on Canon 5D Mark II camera with a 16-25mm lens.

Music: “Invent It All Again” by Paper Faded Figures and “Three” by Cameron Emerit.

I realized that not only was he absolutely gorgeous and dreamy, but he was a perfect gentleman. He was funny, and we had a whole lot in common.

Kimberly, speaking about Rob

Wedding Party

Meet the people who will help take part in our big day.

Amanda Comp

Amanda Comp

Maid of Honor

Friend of the Bride

Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller

Best Man

Friend of the Groom

Jamie Ruiz

Jamie Ruiz

Bridesmaid

Cousin of the Bride

Nicholas Pocius

Nicholas Pocius

Groomsman

Friend of the Groom

Dani Carne

Dani Carne

Bridesmaid

Friend of the Bride

Bill Palmer

Bill Palmer

Groomsman

Friend of the Groom

Alex Barone

Alex Barone

Bridesmaid

Cousin of the Bride

Andy Trippi

Andy Trippi

Groomsman

Cousin of the Groom

Kristie Kaczmark

Kristie Kaczmark

Bridesmaid

Sister of the Groom

Scott Gervais

Scott Gervais

Groomsman

Brother of the Bride

Sandi Wrobel

Sandi Wrobel

Bridesmaid

Sister of the Groom

Brian Steder

Brian Steder

Groomsman

Cousin of the Groom

Kevin Steder

Kevin Steder

Groomsman

Cousin of the Groom

Melinda Collins

Melinda Collins

BRIDESMAID

Friend of the Bride

Claudia Wrobel

Claudia Wrobel

Flower Girl

Niece of the Groom

Meila Ruiz

Meila Ruiz

Flower Girl

Niece of the Bride

Samuel Wrobel

Samuel Wrobel

Ring Bearer

Nephew of the Groom

William Paiva

William Paiva

Usher

Nephew of the Bride

Elijah Ruiz

Elijah Ruiz

Usher

Nephew of the Bride

Jason Calvi

Jason Calvi

Reader

Cousin of the Bride

David Lundeen

David Lundeen

Reader

Friend of the Groom

Amanda Comp

Amanda Comp

Maid of Honor

Friend of the Bride

Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller

Best Man

Friend of the Groom

Jamie Ruiz

Jamie Ruiz

Bridesmaid

Cousin of the Bride

Nicholas Pocius

Nicholas Pocius

Groomsman

Friend of the Groom

Dani Carne

Dani Carne

Bridesmaid

Friend of the Bride

Bill Palmer

Bill Palmer

Groomsman

Friend of the Groom

Alex Barone

Alex Barone

Bridesmaid

Cousin of the Bride

Andy Trippi

Andy Trippi

Groomsman

Cousin of the Groom

Kristie Kaczmark

Kristie Kaczmark

Bridesmaid

Sister of the Groom

Scott Gervais

Scott Gervais

Groomsman

Brother of the Bride

Sandi Wrobel

Sandi Wrobel

Bridesmaid

Sister of the Groom

Brian Steder

Brian Steder

Groomsman

Cousin of the Groom

Kevin Steder

Kevin Steder

Groomsman

Cousin of the Groom

Melinda Collins

Melinda Collins

BRIDESMAID

Friend of the Bride

Claudia Wrobel

Claudia Wrobel

Flower Girl

Niece of the Groom

Meila Ruiz

Meila Ruiz

Flower Girl

Niece of the Bride

Samuel Wrobel

Samuel Wrobel

Ring Bearer

Nephew of the Groom

William Paiva

William Paiva

Usher

Nephew of the Bride

Elijah Ruiz

Elijah Ruiz

Usher

Nephew of the Bride

Jason Calvi

Jason Calvi

Reader

Cousin of the Bride

David Lundeen

David Lundeen

Reader

Friend of the Groom

Blessings to you both RT @CatholicTV: Congrats to @robkaczmark of @spiritjuice on his engagement! He and his intended met on @catholicmatch

CatholicMatch passing along well wishes on Twitter in October 2013

Locations

Seeing as both Kimberly and Rob hail from the South Suburbs of Chicago, it's the logical location for the celebration.

Wedding Ceremony

St. Irenaeus Church

We chose this location for our ceremony because of it is where Kimberly grew up and where she had so many wonderful memories as a child with her family.

Address

St. Irenaeus Church is located at 78 Cherry Street, Park Forest, IL 60466. The church is easily from major expressways, such as Sauk Trail, Western Avenue, and 57. Ample parking is available on-site.

Contact Information

St. Irenaeus Church can be reached by telephone at (708) 748-6891. If more information is necessarily, please visit their website at www.stirenaeuschurch.com.

Wedding Reception

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Our reception will be held at Elements Conference Center in Orland Park, IL, and is connected to the Homewood Suites by Hilton. The hotel is located at 16245 South LaGrange Road in Orland Park, IL 60467, and be reached by telephone at (708) 364-9411. For more information and full list of amenities, please visit their official website.

Reservations

In anticipation for the wedding, we have reserved a block of rooms for those of you coming in from out of town. Please visit the reservation portal and enter in the group code “GKW” in order to receive a discounted room booking.

Other Booking Options

If you opt for an alternate hotel, please consider the following nearby options: Country Inn & Suite, Garden Inn by Hilton, Super 8, Holiday Inn, and Comfort Inn. Feel free to peruse booking websites Priceline and Expedia to find the best deal at any of the aforementioned hotels.

I love you more than I could ever promise, and you take me the way I am.

A Quote by Ingrid Michaelson

Gift Registries

A list a preferred retailers will pop up on the site in the coming weeks.

Bed Bath & Beyond
Target
Etsy

Contact Us

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