Britteny And Allen
How did he propose?
Allan’s proposal was very understated and intimate (which was perfect). Allan picked me up from work one day and surprised me by telling me he had found a sitter for the boys and wanted to take me on a date. We drove to Chukawalla trail head and he asked me to go on a hike with him. Naturally, I headed out on the trail at my “hiking pace” and Allan had to keep asking me to slow down. I didn’t realize at the time that he actually wanted to slow down and enjoy the moment. Reluctantly I conceded and slowed down to his pace. I even remember thinking “he must be out of shape”, he was sweating and being abnormally quiet. The trail head turned into a small outcropping next to a little stream. He suggested we stop and take pictures while the sun was casting a beautiful hue of purple and pink on the horizon. I stopped and was taking in my surroundings when I saw a piece of driftwood next to the river that was standing up. I looked closer and noticed “Marry Me?” carved into it. I turned around and Allan was kneeling with the ring box open. Somewhere in the sentiment he shared he had asked me to “marry him” but I was too caught in the moment to realize. After bending down to hug him he looked at me with confusion and asked me one more time “Well…Will you marry me?!” I said “yes” and together we carved “a+b” in our driftwood log and carried it home with us.
Were there any personal elements that you incorporated into the wedding ceremony/reception?
Allan built us a beautiful arbor for us to get married under. Him and his Dad were actually staining it in the garage the night before the wedding. It was beautiful and sits in our backyard today.
What was one idea that made the wedding uniquely yours?
So much of our wedding included personal details from the customized cuff links I had made to match the driftwood log Allan used to propose to our wedding day playlist we made together.
What was one idea that the groom just had to have?
Being the geek Allan is he had to have a wedding App. We sent out save the dates to our guests with a QR code they could scan with their smart phones that would send them to our personalized wedding app. On the app you could RSVP to the wedding, make a song request for the wedding playlist and even sign our digital guestbook.
What was one must have that made your wedding unforgettable?
Our photographer Mikki Platt was our one “must-have”. She was so calm and great with all of our family. In fact, Mikki was priceless for me. I am incredibly awkward in front of cameras and Mikki worked hard to break down those walls for me. The result was above and beyond anything we could have hoped for. Mikki is truly so professional and amazing to work with. We knew when we hired her that our pictures would be amazing because she is an incredible artist. In the end the pictures are what last so that would be my “unforgettable” must-have.
Share a wedding budget splurge that made all the difference?
From the beginning we agreed that we wouldn’t cut corners on photography or wedding attire. Allan and the boys had matching custom suits from Dresscode Custom. I found my dress and altered it here and there until it was exactly what I was looking for.
Floral – My Favorite Flowers
Photographer – Mikki Platt Photography
Venue – Tonaquint Gardens
Dress – A Bride Beautiful
MC & DJ – Festival Sounds
Hair & Makeup – Julie Thomas Designs
Lashes – Jenny at Wink
Rentals – Rent Me
Cake – Kneaeders