What was the most important thing for you about finding the perfect dress?
I wanted to sparkle and feel like a princess for a day. I saved many inspiration photos to Pinterest over years of of ballgown and A-line dresses, all with a bit of bling. There was no doubt I found the dress for me as my stylist was putting me in it.
What was the best personal moments of your wedding day?
We hired a piano player to play from the time guests arrived, through the dinner. (She also played our first song.) There was a point between courses when I just stopped and took a minute to enjoy her playing a favorite song and took everything in. I watched the people, and looked at decorations, and really had a minute to reflect. The venue also took really great care of us, and saved a plate of appetizers and pulled my new husband and I away for a few minutes to have a drink and snack in the room before everyone was called into dinner, and we just got to enjoy each other and be newlyweds.
Please share something that stood out on your wedding day?
Our event was 14 hours, and felt like it was over in a minute. It was absolutely beautiful and really was the “best day ever.” My mom insisted on a videographer, even though I was willing to cut the cost, and didn’t think we would watch it again. It was one of the best decisions about the day. I’ve already watched it 4 times, and every time, I see something different that I missed on the day of the wedding. The tears start up when I see what my husband was doing up until the point I walked down the isle.
What was your inspiration for your wedding day and dress?
Out inspiration was elegant, romantic, and a touch of glam. I love everything that sparkles, so no surprise my bridesmaids and I were glitzy. I didn’t tell the girls how to wear their hair or make-up, and just asked them to wear sparkly metallic color shoes and no tiaras. I am normally VERY OCD, but I really wanted them to be comfortable and have fun with me. My husband and I met at an airport, so we had a lose travel theme: luggage tag favors, airport named tables, world map seating chart.
Any advice to future brides?
Weddings really don’t take as long to plan as people sometimes think. I had an 8 month engagement and got married in another countries. 6 months would have been more than enough time for me, but maybe not my dress. Save photos as “inspiration” but only as inspiration. You may not find exactly what you find on Pinterest, but you will find something in similar style. Sometimes what you find is better than what you thought you wanted. No matter how well you plan, there are going to be a couple last minute things that come up in the couple days before the wedding that you couldn’t have planned. TRY to make light of it, look at it as a special mission, and try to enjoy the time, even if it is actually really stressful. If things are perfect, nobody is going to know but you (and you bridal party). Relax, have fun. Your wedding day can be the best day of your life, so enjoy it. If it rains on your wedding day, scoop up your wedding dress, run in the rain, and remind yourself it’s good luck!
We want to also share who you used to hopefully be a good resource tool for our future brides:
- Photographer – Dave Greaves (England)
- Venue – Stanley House Hotel & Spa (England)
- Dress: Always Elegant Bridal and Tuxedo, design by Sophia Tolli
- Bridesmaids: Always Elegant Bridal and Tuxedo, design by Jasmine Bridal, B2
- Cake/Dessert – Lisa Marie Cakes (England)
- DJ/Music – Dancefloor Courture (England)
- Rentals – Creative Cover Hire (England)
- Invitations – Papyrus (Sacramento)
- Men’s attire – I wasn’t involved! Husband went shopping in England. I didn’t know what his tie or vest looked like until I walked down the isle! I just knew they were the color I requested.