July 26, 2021
My wedding was the very first I’ve ever planned and also the reason why I became a wedding planner! We were one of the firsts in our friend group to get engaged, so there wasn’t much direction on what to do next. I somehow just dove into planning knowing absolutely nothing about weddings. Fun, right? Maybe some of you are in my shoes right now, and maybe this could be the start of a new passion!
Pinterest, Instagram, and The Knot instantly became my best friends. I researched all the vendors I could possibly research in each category. I knew I wanted a lace dress, succulents in my bouquet, blush, and dainty flowers in my hair. With a limited budget, I had to do a lot of DIY things, like adding glitter to vases for centerpieces, typing out cards to put onto our picture frame seating chart, making gold tinsel wands for send-off, packing our own favors. My husband (named P this point forward) actually made Cornhole from scratch and painted our college logos on them. My dad spray-painted bottles in our wedding colors for Ring Toss. Unfortunately, everyone opted to stay inside after it drizzled and didn’t play the games at all.
We decided to do a first look, and I think those are some of my favorite pictures ever. I was a little surprised that P got emotional, but I love how Eric and Jenn captured the emotions so genuinely in our photos! You know, I thought I would cry as I walked down the aisle, but I was just happy and VERY nervous at the same time. When asked if he cried, P responded with, “No because I just saw you like 30 minutes ago.” Bummer! Grooms’ reactions to their brides walking down the aisle is what I live for! I think if I had to pick a favorite moment when I serve my couples, it would have to be that!
My dad and I transitioned from dancing to “I Loved Her First” to a choreographed dance to songs like Gangnam Style, Wobble, Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae), and Bye Bye Bye (N Sync). He is definitely the biggest goofball I know and LOVES making people laugh, so he didn’t hesitate at all when I asked him to do this with me. I’m so glad we did because now I have another precious moment with my dad to share.
I mentioned rain earlier. Yes, it poured right when we were pronounced husband and wife! Thankfully, it was only 30 minutes, and then a gorgeous rainbow appeared. We were then able to get some beautiful golden hour shots.
I found my wedding dress within the first month of engagement, but I spent a lot of time figuring out what my bridal party would wear. My two maid of honors wore a champagne dress with glitter detailing and tulle overlay. My bridesmaids alternated with dusty rose (looks lilac in certain lighting), blush, and taupe gray. I really wanted dimension instead of having them wear the same colors, and I love how it turned out! The groomsmen wore light gray suits and bow ties that matched the bridesmaids they were partnered with. P made cuff links with the Avengers characters that his groomsmen chose.
There are a lot of things I know now that I wish I knew when I planned my wedding. For example, I never knew garden style and all the floral variety that comes with it existed. The wedding world is so much bigger than what I thought it would be now that I’m more immersed in it! Also, every detail matters! Although we did a lot of DIY, we can truly look back and cherish everything we handmade that made our day even more sentimental and special to us.
I jokingly tell P that we need to do a vow renewal every year just so I can incorporate all the things I learn and also wear all the beautiful wedding dresses that I’ve seen. Nervous laughter ensues. Maybe for our 5-year anniversary, he says.