Michelle & Heidi

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August 14, 2021

DAYS UNTIL

OUR WEDDING

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Our Wedding Is An Outdoor Event in a Tent

Covid Safety

Though we are in a better situation in 2021 than we were last year, Illinois and McHenry County are now dealing with a resurgence due to the Delta variant.

We will be doing a YouTube Livestream of the wedding so those who wish to watch vs attending in-person, have the ability to view the ceremony. We will post those details on this site closer to the wedding.

We do not know the vaccination status of every guest nor the workers and other patrons at the restaurant. But, we ask that if you are not vaccinated, that you wear a mask. Since we cannot enforce this, if you are not comfortable being around people who may not be vaccinated, being around vaccinated people who may still carry the Covid-19 virus, being around people who just can carry cooties of many types, or being around people who are un-masked, we welcome everyone to wear a mask, if they would like to.

YouTube Live Stream - Coming Soon

The Brides

For anyone who knows us, the idea of having a German Oktoberfest themed wedding is not surprising, at all. We love going to German Fest and have attended every year since we first met in person. We also attend the Oktoberfest in Union, IL at Checkers II every year. We love watching our Green Bay Packers. We love music, and going to concerts is a favorite activity. Our favorite band is Toto and we have traveled the country to see them live. We’ve met the band many times. We love our fur & feathered babies and spend as much time as we can with them.

Michelle Kujawski

Hi, I am Michelle Hinson Kujawski.

I was raised in Taylor, Michigan. It’s down-river and near the Detroit Metro airport. I have always been an avid Red Wings fan. It certainly helped that Heidi loved hockey. 

Heidi Maschmann

Hi, I am Heidi Maschmann.

I grew up in Des Plaines, Illinois, home of the first McDonalds franchise, and the largest amount of railroad crossings in America. It is also near O’Hare airport. I guess that’s why I have been in the freight industry since 1987. Thank goodness for freight as it led to me meeting Michelle. 

Our Story

This August, we’ll be celebrating 28 years together. The best way to celebrate is by getting married on the day before.

First meet

April 1989

We both worked for an Air Freight company, AC Express. Michelle worked in the Detroit Corporate office and Heidi worked in the Chicago terminal. Our first conversation consisted of me calling Michelle to point out a billing error she had made on one of my shipments. After a couple years, we became friends. The first time we met in person, Michelle and her friend came to Milwaukee for a weekend to go out with me and my friends.

First date

August 28, 1993

On the last weekend of July in ’93, Michelle had come to Milwaukee with some friends to spend the weekend at German Fest. The following Monday, I knew I had to see her again. I bought tickets to see her favorite band, Def Leppard. I was able to get some awesome seats a few rows from the stage, right in the center. I called Michelle and she agreed to come back on the 28th for the concert. I remember telling our Chicago sales rep, Terry Brady about her coming back. Yes, Terry will be our Wedding Officiant.

Proposal

September 9, 2019

The rumor was that Michelle wasn’t getting married unless she received a nice ring. So, I suggested we go looking for a ring. The second stop was Jared and we found a Vera Wang ring she liked. We went back a week later and ended up getting a different Vera Wang design. We brought it home, were sitting on the couch, and I turned and said that I guessed I should actually ask if she’d marry me. I asked and she said yes.

Engagement

Far Too Long

We set the date for August 15th, 2020. It may surprise many but I am the wedding planner. I bought a wedding planning binder and began the process of booking hotel blocks, booking a band, ordering a tent, confirming the venue, setting up a photographer, and planning our menu. At the IACAC holiday party in 2019, I won 2 free tickets on Alaska Airlines. Our honeymoon planning began.


It was the beginning of March. Everything was set. Invitations were in the envelopes and ready to be dropped at the post office. And then… Covid-19. The calls started coming in at work cancelling all upcoming trade shows. Most of our co-workers were furloughed. Michelle and I went home to work. The invitations were put in a box with the binder. The vendors were notified and the wedding was formally postponed a few months later.


It was January 4th, 2021 when the hope of vaccinations motivated me to start planning for a rescheduled event.

The Wedding

August 14, 2021

The rescheduled event will take place at Checkers II in Union, IL. The ceremony is set for 2pm with the reception beginning at 3pm.

 

 

Our Photo Gallery

We thought we would share some of our photos. Yep, we look pretty cute together.

Wedding RSVP

Please respond below to let us know if you will be attending our wedding. We look forward to sharing the day with you all.

Remember, if you can’t make it, we will be broadcasting the wedding on live on YouTube. (Details will be posted soon.)

    Accommodations

    We have established a Room Block Rate with the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake for folks coming in from out of town in need of a place to stay. So sorry, but our house is full.

    Holiday Inn Crystal Lake
    Room Block Code - MKB ___
    Even though it's the closest hotel, the hotel is still 16 miles / 24 minutes from the wedding venue. It's even further to your home.
    Don't Drink & Drive!
    Holiday Inn Chicago NW
    Crystal Lake, IL
    800 S Illinois Rte 31, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
    Maschmann / Kujawski Wedding
    Room Block Discount Code# MKB
    Contact PH: 1-815-477-7000
    Check In: 3PM
    Check Out: 11AM
    Maschmann / Kujawski Room Block - Book Online
    Heidi & Michelle
    Room Block Discount Code# MKB

    Main Ceremony

    14:00h – 15:00

    Checkers II
    6524 Main Street
    Union, IL
    (815) 923-2000

    Wedding Party

    15:00h – 21:00

    Checkers II
    6524 Main Street
    Union, IL
    (815) 923-2000

    Location

    Our wedding will be held at Checkers II in Union, IL. Alex and the team at Checkers II host the BEST Oktoberfest, every Friday & Saturday night in September, each year. We attend often and lead the Fliegerlied dance as well as being the loudest singers during Ein Prosit.