Real Meant to Be Bride: Kathryn Frugé

Happy Wedding Wednesday, friends! This week we’re kicking off a series we are so excited about. Each month we’ll be sharing the weddings of real Meant to Be brides. You’ve caught glimpses of them on our Instagram, but we’re going to delve into all the details here on the blog. It is so rewarding for us to see our brides in their gown on their wedding day. We’re grateful to play a part in their weddings, and we love seeing how everything comes together to make their special day perfect.

Our series starts with a Meant to Be bride whose face (and gorgeous gown) you will surely recognize from our Instagram. Kathryn Frugé was one of our 2016 brides. Y’all are in for a real treat—I had a hard time narrowing down which photos to share. Kathryn and her husband, Griffin, have a timeless elegance about them and enjoyed a beautiful wedding day at the home of a friend. Read on to hear more about their story, see photos from their beautiful day, and get the scoop on their wedding day vendors.

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1) Can you give us a glimpse into you & your hubs's love story?

“Our story is one made possible by taking chances and the power of the internet. My friend was photographing a wedding with her husband. I got a text from her that read, “Kath. I wish you were here. There’s a cute groomsman.” I was feeling particularly sassy that day, so all I text back was, “Does he love Jesus?” It was more of a challenge than a question, my way of saying, “Don’t even bother, friend. I am truly not interested in random dudes, no matter how good looking.” The next text I got took me by surprise. “He actually does! I walked up to the porch and he was listening to a sermon in SPANISH! He loves Jesus AND must love to travel, or something!” [Later that night], I got out my phone and checked Facebook. I had a new friend request, from a guy by the name of Griffin Timo Frugé. Luckily for Griffin (and me in the long run,) I hardly ever deny friends on Facebook. Just leave them sitting in Facebook friend request purgatory. After I approved him, we started chatting, and five weeks later, Griffin made the drive from Nashville to Cincinnati so we could meet for the first time. We were engaged six months later, and married four months after that. And it has been the best thing.

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2) What was it about your dress that made you realize it was "the one?" Was it what you expected to love/wear? Favorite memory from dress shopping?

I knew I wanted something feminine, ethereal, and backless. The vision that I had in my mind was actually something quite different - a lot more slim-lined and probably lace. So I was a bit surprised by what I picked, but it fit all the criteria of what I wanted. I really loved that both my mom and my now mother in law were both able to be at my dress shopping experience. It was fun to have the woman who raised me, and the woman who raised the man I was to marry, both in the same place. It was really special to share that experience with them.

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3) What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

 My favorite memory from our wedding day was immediately after we were pronounced husband and wife, and we turned to walk back down the aisle, and I could see all of our friends and family in the same place. I whispered to Griffin, "Look at this, all these people here for us, and remember it. We'll never see anything like this again."

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4) What has been the best thing about marriage so far?

The best thing about marriage is figuring out life together. I don't have to think about decisions just for myself anymore, we get to decide things together. We can set goals and plan our future as one, and I really love that. I also love that we get to come home to each other every night.

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5) Any pieces of wisdom or advice you'd like to share with future brides, engaged gals, or newlyweds like yourself?

Your wedding is just one day. You should make it exactly how you want it to be, but put just as much effort (actually way more effort!) into making your marriage exactly the way you want it to be. Grace goes a long way.

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Here’s a look at some of Kathryn and Griffin’s wedding day details, along with a list of their wedding vendors:

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Venue: Family Friend's Home

Photographer: Leah Barry Photography

Videographer: The Storytelling Company

Hair: Emerson at High Five Salon

Calligraphy: Melody Joy Thoburn

Dress: Meant to Be Boutique

Rentals: Camargo Events

Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN

Groom and Groomsmen's Suits: J Crew

Ties: The Tie Bar

Florals: Secret Garden Florists

Cake: The Bakeist

Catering: Eli's BBQ

Bar: Rhinegeist


How gorgeous is this couple?! I truly could have done ten blog posts of just their photos. You can keep up with Kathryn and Griffin’s adventures on her website. Check back in with us to see more real Meant to Be brides, and keep your eyes peeled for more fun new content!

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