So, Steven and I have been married for about eight months and I just realized that I never posted any photos or blog! WHAT!? It was literally the most perfect day of my life and I didn’t share that with y’all? A little late, but still very worth posting. Here we go:
December 29, 2016
I guess I could have also named this post “Best Day Ever” because that’s what it was. Everything down to the smallest detail was everything that I had ever imagined. When planning this day, we knew we wanted to keep it small, intimate and very true to who we were.
The dress was quite easy. I casually walked into a bridal shop with no intention of trying on or even purchasing. I saw it hanging on the rack and I instantly knew I had to have it. Sleeves, delicate sparkle lace, open mesh back, pink lining– It was perfect. To top it off, Steven gifted me an heirloom rabbit fur bolero jacket specifically for our wedding day.
My three beautiful bridesmaids are my truest ride or dies. Stephanie, Kim and Leslie. My forever friends, my no-questions-asked here-for-you-no matter what girls. My lowest lows were spent with tears dug into their shoulders, and clearly we have been celebrating my highest of highs.
I chose simple gold gowns from Nordstrom knowing that they would also be wearing fur to complete the look later in the evening. So simple, and so classic.
AH, MY GROOM. *heart eyes* I mean, he could be wearing a potato sack and would still look like a model, amirite? Classic tuxedos were in order for the groom and his groomsmen because well, everyone is a sucker for a man in a classic tux.
We got married on a Thursday. This was strategic, I swear. We really wanted to have some type of get-away before having to move across the country just one week later, so we planned a weekend getaway to Carmel, CA starting on Friday and through the new year. We moved to Tennessee just four days later. We are a little crazy, I know.
Since we had our wedding on a work day, we made our ceremony start at 4:30p. Knowing that we would be crunched for daylight time, we decided to do first look and all photos before our ceremony:
If you would have told me I’d be marrying my lab partner from junior year in high school, I would have called you crazy. He is perfect for me in every way. I always tell him that if we would have dated in high school, I would have destroyed his heart and we would never be here today. God has a way with time, doesn’t He?
And then it was go time.
Walking down to “Take the World” by Johnnyswim instrumentally played by a violinist and guitarist:
We wrote our own vows. I completely lost it. I cried my eyes out while he read his, and I read mine. Even thinking about it right now, I get emotional. Because at that moment, everything was worth it. Every step it took to get to this very moment was worth it. Every disappointment. Every hurdle. Every heartbreak. All I knew is that God had redeemed it all here. His promise was true. As stated in my vows, I am still convinced that Steven was perfectly made just for me, and I for him. There is no other human in this entire world that can even begin to compare.
CAN YOU BELIEVE I GET TO LOVE THIS MAN FOREVER?!
Next, reception! Clearly, this venue was a no brainer. Absolutely stunning views, and well… all the California wine. When I thought of my wedding day, I knew that I wanted a long family-style table. With just under 70 guests, this was very doable. Thank God for amazing florists that carry out your vision to the tee. I asked for a thick eucalyptus runner for the table, and she absolutely delivered. This runner must have been over 70 feet long. Our tables were perfectly styled with floor length table cloths, crystal candle holders, white roses, gold flatware and calligraphy name places.
Music was also a non negotiable. Steven and I don’t dance. We’re just awful at it. Don’t ever ask us to a dance party; We will be awkward, we will be embarrassing. Therefore, a DJ was not even an option for us. We… *I*… wanted a jazz band. Again, perfectly fitting for our black tie wedding and non-dancing selves. Eva Scow and the Experience, a Fresno favorite, graced us with their music throughout our ceremony and reception. Steven and I slow danced to “Touching Heaven” also by Johnnyswim. If you haven’t heard this song, you just need to stop what you’re doing right now and just do it. First time I heard it, I cried. No song could ever be truer to our love and this day.
Throughout the evening, I kept looking down the long table filled with all of our closest family and friends. I had so many “I can’t believe this is real” moments with myself. Everything I had ever dreamed of for this day was at my grasp.
One thing that I could not find a photograph of, was the final course–dessert. I decided to skip the wedding cake and go for something less traditional, and more *me*. Everyone was served an individual puff pastry filled with Bavarian cream, topped with a tall candle sparkler. At this point and as our wedding day came to a close, Steven and I thanked everyone for celebrating with us and asked our guests to make their very own wish by blowing out their candle, as ours had already came true.
And just like that, the most perfect day ever had come to a close.
Never settle for less, because you will miss everything that the picture above is depicting. Love is not meant to be mediocre, or something that lacks a spark of magic.
A Special Thank You to:
|Photography: @kathryndamschen | Hair: @looksbyleslee | Dress: @miabellabridal | Floral Design: @thistleandthornfloral | Venue: @tocamaderawinery | Catering: Classic Catering at 625 | Jazz Band: Eva Scow and the Experience |