Bright and Beautiful - by Greta Weiderman
The Wedding

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Brian and Kim LeCleir wanted to get as many people out onto the dance floor as possible at their June wedding. And their plan worked.
Between the ceremony and reception, while the couple and wedding party were still getting their pictures taken, Dancing Illini instructors were teaching their wedding guests how to swing dance.
“That went over really well,” Brian said. “People loved it.”
DJ Kyle Dietz of Complete Music got everyone out on the dance floor at their June 2010 wedding by starting with the wedding party dancing. Each member of the wedding party grabbed someone else and pulled them out onto the dance floor, and those people grabbed another person, creating a snowball effect.
“Even my grandma was out there,” Brian said.
Later, the DJ taught guests the dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” attracting more people to the dance floor. Guests also practiced their new skills to swing music during the reception, which was at the Hawthorn Suites in Champaign.
The Proposal

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The LeCleirs met as students at Danville High School during summer gym and dated throughout college.
“It sounds kind of dorky, but that’s how we met,” Kim said.
In September 2009, Brian took Kim on a picnic at Kennekuk County Park in Danville and proposed in the gazebo.
“It’s the first place we ever really talked about wanting to get married,” Kim said. They had taken a bike ride together there a few years earlier.
Although it was a surprise, Kim said she had a hunch that Brian was going to propose because Brian had so many specifics of the date planned ahead of time.
The ceremony was at First United Methodist Church in Urbana, and Shannon Caughey, pastor of Twin City Bible Church in Urbana, the LeCleirs’ pastor through college, officiated at the ceremony.
Favorite Wedding Memory

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Brian said seeing Kim in her wedding gown for the first time is his favorite memory of his wedding. “When I first saw her walking down the aisle in her wedding dress with her father,” he said. “It all hits you at that moment.”
Kim is a pursuing a master’s degree in speech pathology at Purdue, and Brian is in medical school at Indiana University’s School of Medicine.
“We felt really blessed by God to have such a beautiful day with so many friends,” Brian said.
Imagery

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The LeCleirs included the image of a tandem bike on their place cards, programs and thank you notes. “Every fall, we would go to a festival in Attica, Ind., where Brian’s grandmother lives,” Kim said. “His grandparents owned an old tandem bike, and we would take it out once a year and ride a route through the town. It was really funny at first because as the one who sits on the back, the feeling is a bit hard to get used to. You feel out of control of your body, and so at first, we had problems coordinating the trip. However, every year when we went back, it became easier and more fun. Seemed a bit like a metaphor for our relationship so we found that image and ended up using it for the place cards, programs and thank you notes.”
The Cake

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Cakes by Lori of Champaign made the cake.
“We wanted to go with something simple, and we liked the idea of having flowers on the cake,” Kim said.
The Dresses

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Kim found the bridesmaid dresses, in a color called tangelo, and her gown at Michelle’s Bridal in Urbana.
“That dress was definitely the one I felt right in,” she said.
The Flowers

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Blossom Hill Florist in Danville created the bouquets and flowers for the wedding.
Classic Elegance - By Kyle Harrington
The Proposal

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Erik and Stacie Delcomyn didn’t always seem destined to be.
Class of ‘99 graduates of Urbana High School, the pair spent their teen years dating each other’s friends. It wasn’t until college when Erik, who attended Illinois State University in Normal, and Stacie, a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, began dating. “There was a lot of time spent driving back and forth,” Erik said.
After a night of working late in the lab, Stacie, a dental student, returned to her apartment to find it covered in flowers. “He had broken into my apartment,” Stacie said. Erik then proposed. “I’m glad he didn’t do it in an ordinary way,” she said.
The Dress

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On June 26, 2010, a year and a half after the proposal, Erik and Stacie exchanged vows at Grace Lutheran Church in Champaign. Stacie wore a strapless, ivory gown with intricate, winding beadwork on the bodice and skirt.
It wasn’t easy for Stacie to find the perfect gown. After 10 to 15 trips to various cities, she purchased a gown from Bridal and Formal in Cincinnati. Stacie’s four bridesmaids wore wine-colored, floor-length dresses, each a different style to flatter a range of body types.
The Wedding

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During the ceremony, the bride and bridesmaids carried bouquets of stargazer and calla lilies from Abbott’s Florist in Champaign.
Both Erik and Stacie’s favorite moment from the wedding ceremony was when the officiant turned to the audience and asked that everyone who had been married more than five minutes raise their hand. He then asked the audience to keep their hands raised if they had experienced difficult times. “Every hand stayed raised,” Erik said. Erik and Stacie were touched to see the support from their family and friends. “It hits home,” Erik said.
The Reception

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Erik and Stacie held their reception at the Illini Union Ballroom. The 130 guests sat at tables that weren’t numbered but were instead identified by local landmarks like Krannert Center and Follinger Hall. Guests were served prime rib, chicken saltimbocca or pappardelle pasta primavera by University of Illinois catering.
The cake was a four-tiered confection decorated with ribbons of sequin and wine-colored satin and topped with fresh flowers.
Dancing

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Music was provided by Complete Music and Video. Erik and Stacie danced their first dance to Kenny Chesney’s “Me and You.” The couple danced the mother-of-the-groom and father-of-the-bride dances simultaneously. Throughout the reception, the dance floor was full. “Stacie’s family has a lot of dancers,” Erik said.
The highlight of the reception for both Erik and Stacie was when the wedding party and guests danced to Michael Jackson’s “Thiller.” Orchestrated by Stacie’s mother, some of the wedding party and other guests learned the moves beforehand. “She had little parties in the garage to learn the dance,” Erik said.
Erik’s other favorite memory from his wedding day? “Kissing the bride, of course,” he said.

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