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 “first look” 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 “first look” would ruin the actual ceremony, but walking down the aisle to Alex was still so incredible and unforgettable. We asked my fiance’s 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… 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’re 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.”
Combing deep and warm tones to your wedding can help you create a cozy aesthetic during cooler months. I drew inspiration from rich colors and textures that are present this time of year and foraged for the leaves and berries that are in this fall wedding flowers arrangement.
Nikisha (from New York) and Carl (from DC) KNEW that they wanted to plan their very tiny wedding celebration (10 guests!) on the beach. But Nikisha also couldn’t imagine their special day without the woods, and she was torn. UNTIL she stumbled accross Pfeifer Beach in Big Sur. Where the red woods meet the surf! She fell HARD, and though she had never been to California (and would not prior to the wedding) she made it happen. She had such a great vision, and we were so impressed with how well she pulled it together. For example: her stunning shawl was a custom order on Etsy, but Nikisha researched specific styles of crochet (thought she doesn’t know how to crotchet herself!) and guided the seller to exactly what she wanted. She found a solo guitarist to simply play their favorite Radio Head song (music only, no singing) throughout the simple ceremony. They hired a local florist for her bouquet and florals at the dinner, and a local officiant. They rented a STUNNING house in the area to spend time as a family before hand and to get ready in, then we all traveled to the beach for the ceremony and portraits. Though you can see it was VERY windy that day, Nikisha could not be swayed from her vision of a ceremony on the beach, and we are all so glad! It was STUNNING. After, everyone travelled nearby to the rustic but totally foodie-centric Big Sur Bakery, where their party of 12 enjoyed an amazingly prepared, and sweetly intimate dinner.