All the details and planning that led up to the day were fun and a good memory to have, but nothing could have prepared us for how beautiful and emotional the actual wedding day was. The ‚Äúfirst look‚ÄĚ with our photographer was so special, and gave us plenty of time to not be worried about squeezing in time for portraits. I was afraid the ‚Äúfirst look‚ÄĚ would ruin the actual ceremony, but walking down the aisle to Alex was still so incredible and unforgettable. We asked my fiance‚Äôs cousin to marry us. She put so much time and effort into it, it blew us away! We went our first date when we were 15 and she was able to tell our story in a way that no stranger we hired to marry us could have done. We incorporated our friends and family in the ceremony too through readings of bible verses and our favorite poems. Instead of doing our vows one at a time, we wrote them to be more like a conversation between the two of us. My husband can be very quiet and reserved, but I will never forget how confidently and calmly he spoke during our vows. Everything else that evening completely exceeded any of our expectations too. From the delicious local and organic family style meal at long wooden tables, to our fantastic DJ getting my 94 year old grandma dancing and also honoring the sentimental playlist we meticulously selected, to my sister and her husband surprising us with a photo booth and a vintage 1927 Packard to drive us away during the send off‚Ä¶ Everything was truly beautiful. We are so grateful to our families (especially my sister) for helping us create such a beautiful celebration of our love and commitment to each other. We‚Äôre also so thankful we prioritized choosing our photographer too (we literally emailed him to shoot our wedding before we even knew what country we were getting married in!), because now we have our favorite day captured as beautifully as it felt to us to hold onto for the rest of time.
I own a bridal shop in Seattle, and it brings me so much happiness everyday to be able to confidently tell each bride that comes in to try on dresses that her wedding day will truly be one of the most beautiful days of their life together! I loved working in weddings before, but our day was so special to us I have a whole new appreciation and excitement for each bride that walks through my door.‚ÄĚ