Real Weddings

Kim and Gary’s Wedding at Chimney Hill Estate Inn

Their Story: Their love story began at the racetrack. When they were younger, Gary Hieber raced cars against Kim Carman’s two brothers, and she always went along to watch. They knew of each other for several years from the dirt-track racing circuit, and finally began talking in 2008. Nothing got in the way of their conversations, not even the noise of the races. Gary, of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, asked her out, but Kim, of Flemington, declined, wanting to be friends. She changed her mind a week later, and they’ve been together ever since. “He’s my best friend,” says Kim, 25. “I never thought I would find somebody like him this early in my life.” Gary, 26, still races, with Kim cheering him on. “We both have the same love and passion of racing,” she says. “He said it’s hard to find a girl who likes spending her weekends at the races getting covered in dirt.” Will You Marry Me?: As a gift to Gary for earning his master’s degree, Kim planned a trip to Boston in August 2014 so he could see his favorite baseball team, the Red Sox. During the trip, he surprised her with a proposal in Boston’s famed Public Garden. “He dropped to one knee and said ‘Will you spend the rest of your life with me?’” Kim recalls. “It was perfect because it was us. It wasn’t too over-the-top. It couldn’t have been any better.” Details of the Day: The couple married on April 23, 2016, at St. Magdalen de Pazzi Roman Catholic Church in Flemington, Kim’s childhood church. She loved her light and airy gown, which featured a lace and illusion top. Kim completed the outfit with her something blue­—her shoes—and a beaded headband. The reception at Chimney Hill Estate Inn was in a tent beautifully decorated to give the party a look that was rustic and vintage. “It was like we moved it into middle of field and had it there,” Kim says. Among the special touches were bibs featuring the couple’s silhouettes to guard against barbecue ribs, a fun beer garden and wagon wheels covered in greenery and flowers that were suspended from the ceiling. Favorite Moment: The couple’s first dance, to “The One,” by Kodaline. “It was just a special moment for us to realize we’re married and all our friends and family are here watching us,” Kim says. “I think that was when it all sunk in.” Favorite Detail: The bare, wooden farm tables in the tent. They gave the event a homey feel, Kim says. What Went Awry: Kim’s delicate rhinestone belt broke as she was taking it out of the box. Her brother took it to a jeweler for a repair just a few hours before the ceremony, and it was as good as new.

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