Chris and Kim Patrick truly have a fairytale love story.
A love story with many chapters that have taken place at the most romantic location in the Pacific Northwest: The Coeur d’Alene Resort.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there was truly no better time for me to stumble upon Chris and Kim Patrick’s storybook love tale. Not only did I feel such a large amount of excitement to feature this special (and insanely good-looking) couple in our Resort Blog, but I am also a sucker for a good ol’ love story!
The first time Chris and Kim spent time together with us here at The Resort was for Kim’s birthday celebration up at Beverly’s. “Growing up, it was always my family’s tradition to go to Beverly’s during the holiday season,” Chris explained to me. “It seemed perfect to take Kim to the same special setting for a romantic birthday night out.”
Little did Chris and Kim realize, that would be the first of many extraordinary visits that they made together to The Resort. From birthdays to anniversaries, get-togethers with friends and holiday traditions with family, Chris and Kim have used the water’s edge of Lake Coeur d’Alene as a mainstay for many of their cherished memories.
But one of the most special memories that the couple experienced together here at The Resort was the celebration that began it all: their engagement. Chris knew that when the time was right, a proposal at The Resort would be the perfect way to begin a new chapter with the love of his life. “We were living in Oregon at the time as we were finishing up school,” Chris explained to me. “We decided to come visit Coeur d’Alene so we could spend time together for her birthday. Because we spent many notable celebrations at The Resort in the years prior to that, it was easy to disguise my planned proposal as another special, annual birthday dinner for her,” Chris laughed.
Little did Kim know, her charming husband-to-be had quite the plan in the works for their celebratory evening out. After room service for lunch, a walk through Downtown Coeur d’Alene, and a romantic dinner at Beverly’s, Chris and Kim went back to their room which was specially (and very slyly) set with champagne, roses, candles, and of course breathtaking lake views. “I honestly had no idea he was going to propose!”, Kim laughed. “But once he got down on one knee in front of the large bay window in our suite, I knew it was more than simply my birthday celebration.
Rick Powers, our talented Food and Beverage Manager here at The Resort, is one of the many key players that Chris thanks in helping make his surprise proposal a success. “Rick is truly an outstanding leader who helped to make the evening of our engagement a special one from start to finish,” Chris said. “The Resort always does such a great job taking us to a different place: a place where our worries fade and we can focus solely on each other.”
Rick, also known as the “go-to love guru” here at The Resort, has a notable reputation for helping plan romantic plots to ensure that couples share special Resort experiences together. “Chris and Kim Patrick are the quintessential couple,” Rick explained to me. “Not only should they model for the bride and groom figurines on top of wedding cakes, but they truly make love look easy! They show the world just how it is supposed to be done. I could not be more proud to know Chris & Kim and watch them raise their family – I’ll put my money on their relationship lasting forever!”
But their love story doesn’t stop there.With a successful and special Resort engagement under their belt, Chris and Kim felt as if it was only appropriate to celebrate their love on the shimmering and romantic waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene for their wedding in 2001. “We were living thousands of miles away at the time and a return home to get married on one of the Resort cruise boats was an easy decision,” Kim explained. “A wedding on the water is not only extremely special and unique, but it also allowed us to have an intimate celebration with our close family and friends.”
Becky Johnson, the oh-so-fabulous Wedding Consultant here at The Resort, helped Chris and Kim plan the romantic details for their big day. “Chris and Kim are an extraordinary couple that truly deserved an extraordinary wedding from beginning to end,” Becky explained to me. “There is nothing I personally enjoy more than working with a bride and groom that feel a love and passion as strong as Chris and Kim do.”
Fortunately for Becky, she had the opportunity to work with Chris and Kim once again when they decided to return to The Resort for their 40th birthday party during the summer of 2015. “Kim and I called Becky and told her that we wanted to celebrate our month-apart birthdays together at The Resort,” Chris explained. “With the help of Becky’s creative ideas and exceptional planning, Kim and I were able to make yet another wonderful memory at The Resort together in one of the Penthouse Suites. It was the perfect way for us to spend our birthdays with our loved ones.”
“Whenever I see Chris and Kim they are always just as happy as they were when the first time I met them,” Becky says. “Just from being around them you can sense how much they care for one another! I feel so lucky to be a part of their magical Resort experiences.”
Alongside their special date at Beverly’s, romantic engagement, and dreamy wedding on the water, Chris and Kim now spend many of their other cherished occasions at The Resort as well. Their handsome two boys, Payton and Paxton (pictured below), are now enjoying the lakeside experience together with their parents. Whether it be the Holiday Light Show during Christmas or their favorite Mother’s Day Celebration at Beverly’s, the entire Patrick family is a clan that our Resort staff always enjoys having around.
“The Resort does a fabulous job at creating an oasis in the middle of Coeur d’Alene,” Kim added. “We are so blessed to live in a beautiful part of the world and on top of that we get to create experiences at The Resort that are irreplaceable and unique. The imagination and care we’ve been given by management and staff has always resulted in great menories for the both of us!”
There is absolutely no doubt that the love that Chris and Kim found here at The Resort is a special one. For those extra romantic memories, the sky is the limit here at The Coeur d’Alene Resort.
What love will you find at The Resort this Valentine’s Day?