Elizabeth + Taylor
I had the women that I love and brides maids wearing bracelets instead of corsages. The bracelets where made with pieces from my dress. So they could all have a part of “My day” to keep with them.
We also had a live jazz band. My groom has a passion for music and having a classy live jazz band playing all night really set the mood for our wedding.
For our cake topper, I had a man from Singapore paint and carve a wooden cake topper that resembled us down to my dress and flowers. Now we have the keep sake forever.
We decided to have our reception in Taylor’s back yard. There is a large brick wall and I didn’t know what to do with it. My photography was one of my favorite elements about my wedding I decided to make a picture wall. All different frames and sizes. I displayed our love through pictures. With my homemade mason jar lights to top it off.
Share an idea that the groom had to have.
Taylor is pretty funny! He is completely laid back and let me design our wedding however I wanted BUT- there was one thing he wanted- to wear chucks on his wedding day. Your wedding day is definitely no excuse to change who you are. So chucks it was!
What was a “must have” for your big day?
I decided that there was no way all of my ideas and plans would come together without a army of help. I didn’t want to have my family miss one thing- so I hired Laura of Forevermore Events to do my coordination and it was the best thing we could have done! When I arrived at my reception it was even better than I had dreamed. “Christmas Morning” and “Disneyland” had combined and Taylor and I were thrilled. They set everything up like I imagined and took it all down. We both agree it was the ” best reception we had ever attended” The details are what make your wedding yours. They are your personal touches. Although they are the most stressful part and time consuming-it’s worth all of it when you walk into your reception and it was everything you ever dreamed it would be.
Share a wedding budget splurge that made a difference?
The photography is the only thing you take with you and I am so thankful I took the time to look at different photographers and find the one that fit my style perfectly. Gideon Photography did an amazing job!
Did you have any “DIY” elements at your reception?
DIY is a great way to save money. Much of my wedding was handmade. From my sign in, to my veil, to my hair piece, mason jar chandeliers, my banners , the list goes on and on.
Any advice you could pass on to future brides?
Pinterest will only get you so far. Look for blogs and tutorials on how to do it yourself. Etsy is a great tool. Use your vendors help too. They have ideas and look books. Bloomers is a great example of this. Kathy designed everything creatively and had so many books to look from. Last, but not least- enjoy it! Being a bride is like having a birthday everyday so just have fun!