Tom Frank and Kelsey Marzolf were married at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wykoff on July 21, 2012.
Tom Frank and Kelsey Marzolf were married at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wykoff on July 21, 2012.
To be Frank, Kelsey Marzolf married her "best friend" on July 21, 2012.

"I was best friends with his younger sister, Rachel, and met Tom through her," said the new Mrs. Frank, who married Tom Frank, whom she also calls her "best friend," though for so many different reasons.

The former Spring Valley resident, daughter of Corey and DeDee Marzolf, chose Tom, son of Ted and Kim Frank of Dexter, as the man with whom she would spend the rest of her life, but it was on a bridge that the Kingsland alumni became more than just a boy and a girl who knew one another through Rachel.

Kelsey recalled Tom's proposal, saying, "Tom surprised me with a trip to Mills Park in Austin. We walked around for a long time, and then all of a sudden when we came to a bridge, I turned to look at him, and he was down on one knee. I immediately started to cry and eventually answered 'Yes!'"

Simply being engaged was a joy in itself, but planning a wedding multiplied their excitement. "It was great to finally be engaged and planning a wedding after dating for seven years, but I was so ready for the big day!" she added.

"Planning a wedding can be fun and overwhelming all at the same time. Luckily, I had some pretty great people around to help me. Tom was a great help with the wedding planning. He may not have gotten into all the detail things, but he was a major part in picking out the food, and was an excellent consultant on everything from wedding attire to the general flow of the entire day."

The couple had assistance from family and friends in choosing how to fulfill the vision they had for their wedding day. "Our families were a huge help! In fact, we couldn't have done it without them. My parents put on the wedding for us, and my mom was my right hand woman in the planning process. Tom's parents were fantastic as well. They gave us countless advice, and held the most beautiful groom's supper.

"The sisters, both my sister and Tom's sisters, were a huge help with projects, answering questions and stating their opinions. Our day would not have been possible without our amazing families. We are so grateful for them."

Though their wedding didn't have a theme, Tom and Kelsey agreed on the hues of the earth and sky as the ribbons that would carry them through from "engaged" to "man and wife."

"The colors were brown, blue and white, and there were hydrangeas everywhere."

Kelsey said it was important to them that the main focus of the day be the ceremony and "our union in Christ."

"It was all about our life becoming one. The vision for our wedding never really changed, but we realized that the most important thing was that no matter what we will leave the church married, and that's what would make it a great day."

The couple was united in matrimony in the Gothic church with the tall steeple on the west side of Wykoff.

"We were married on July 21, 2012, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wykoff. The reception was held at my dad's shop, Marzolf Implement (in Spring Valley). We really hoped that our wedding would be a great time for everyone. We wanted it to be a 'friends and family' kind of event, where everyone could get together and have a good time.

"The most fun part was finally seeing the dream come together, all our ideas and hopes for the day. I was definitely the little girl who has been dreaming about her wedding day since I was 5, and for it to be actually happening was amazing!"

Tom and Kelsey incorporated into their wedding details that brought their lives together for others to see as one.

Kelsey stated, "As part of my bouquet, I tied in a locket with a picture of my grandfather, who is no longer with us, as a way to remember him. We left notes and messages everywhere for our guests, including a place for our guests to help us settle our 'first argument' and vote on our first dance song. Tom's song won, but I didn't care - the truth was we didn't care one way or the other about what our first dance song should be, so we let our guests decide. At the end of the night, we also gave out CDs with some of our favorite songs on them."

She noted there were so many special moments throughout the day for the couple that it is hard for the couple to pick out just a few.

"The two that seem to stick out the most are seeing each other for the first time ... it was an incredible feeling. And finally leaving the church, as husband and wife - talk about surreal, yet amazing!

"It was a beautiful day, our dream come true. We left feeling so unbelievably blessed by all the love and support of our family and friends. The day just went too fast!"

Now that they're settled into their home, they're working each day to be the best person they can be for the other.

The couple currently resides in Dexter, just a few minutes from the family farm on which Tom works. Kelsey is currently a full-time student at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, finishing up her last semester to earn her elementary education degree.

Kelsey added, "We love to go for walks and snuggle in for TV and movie time. But we love to spend time with our family and friends. I love everything about being married - I love sharing a home with Tom and building our own life together. I love that he is the last person I see before I go to sleep and the first person I see in the morning."

Regarding marriage itself, the newlywed concluded, "It's a compromise - give and take. More than anything, it is a blessing. I know I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend."