Let’s begin with your LOVE story.

David and I met at the cafe I was working at through mutual friends. We hit it off almost immediately and began talking more and more in the weeks that followed. We had our first few dates, and as cheesy as it sounds, by the end of date three I knew that we were going to get married someday.

While working at the cafe, there was an older man that was a regular who used to bring me flats of fruit daily and joke that I was his girlfriend. When David asked me to be his girlfriend, he was certain to bring me oranges. It was a small detail, but I loved that he made it so personal. Over the years, he has made many similar gestures. When he proposed, he did it in our living room, the place where we have had so many beautiful memories. It was just us and it was perfect. There was no pressure, and we got to savor that moment together.

What was the most important thing for you about finding the perfect dress?

When I began looking for a dress, I wasn’t dead set on a specific style or color, but more of a feeling. I knew I wanted to feel comfortable, and I wanted my dress to be unique to match my personal style. I wanted to be able to dance and enjoy myself without worrying about my dress getting in the way.

What were the best personal moments of your wedding day?

There are so many personal moments that it’s hard to narrow it down. One of my favorite things was being able to incorporate my great-grandma into my wedding. Just before the big day, my mom gave me a few pieces of my great grandma’s heirloom jewelry to wear. I wore one of her brooches in my hair, one of her rings on my right hand, and fastened another one of her brooches to my bouquet. It was really special to have her be a part of our big day. Our florist also surprised us, attaching a heart on my bouquet and key on David’s boutonniere, as he will always hold the key to my heart.  The best personal moment between David and I was one of the few moments we were truly alone together on our ride back to the reception area. His dad had restored a 1940s truck just for our big day, and that short ride alone was so special. It was so nice to have a few minutes to ourselves to just soak up and share in all of the emotions of the day.

Please share something that stood out on your wedding day?

Our families and guests made our wedding day so memorable. Life is so busy, and it made us feel so special and loved to have them take the time to come and celebrate with us.

What was your inspiration for your wedding day and dress?

Our inspiration was very western-boho. We are both from small, rural towns and wanted our wedding to reflect our style. David’s favorite pastime is hunting, so we incorporated little things to reflect that as well.

 Any advice to future brides?

Worry less about the small things. They might seem monumental while planning, but the little details don’t matter in the long run because no one else pays attention to them. Just have good food and a good bar. Good food brings people together, I’ll always stand by that.

Photographer, Lela Spiva Photography, Esparto, Ca | Venue –Red Bank Outfitters, Red Bluff Ca | Wedding Dress, Always Elegant Bridal and Tuxedo, Chico, CA (Designer, Willowby by Watters) | Cake/Dessert -Cakes by Tracy, Weatherford, Tx | Florist Serena -Metcalf, Red Bluff, Ca | Planner -Diana Hass Arbuckle, Ca | Caterer -Rohr Family Catering, Red Bluff, Ca | DJ/Music -Net Sound Redding, Ca | Rentals -Balloons & More, Red Bluff, Ca | Invitations- Minted  | Men’s attire- Men’s Warehouse | Bridesmaids- Lulus