Kortney and Nick
Nick proposed on December 22, 2011. The ring that I had picked out had to be remade because my ring size was too small to risk resizing it so I had been patiently (more like impatiently) waiting for it to finally arrive. He told me earlier in the week that he called McArthur’s and they told him the ring wasn’t going to be ready before Christmas. Not only was I going to have to wait even longer, I wasn’t going to be able to tell my brother (who is currently serving a mission) I was engaged when we talked to him on Christmas. I remember texting Nick and saying something like, “You know, I just talked to Santa and he said that I’ve been a good girl and should get my ring for Christmas.” That little text set the tone for how Nick would propose. He came over to my house that Wednesday night and was acting super funny and sending me all over the house to do weird things. Eventually we sat down on the couch and talked for a little bit. I guess I was supposed to notice the random box that he “hid” in our tree but I normally don’t look for randomly hidden boxes so Nick had to say, “Look, what’s that in the tree?” I looked and saw a pretty little box that was about the size of a ring box. I hurried and snatched the box from the tree and opened it only to find a note that said, “Kortney, I gave your present to Nick. Love, Santa”. Then, I turned around and saw Nick down on his knee ready to propose.
How did you come up with the budget for your wedding, and did you stick to it?
There wasn’t really a concrete budget, but we did make sure the majority of our budget was spent on the elements that were most important to us as a couple.
Was there any personal element you incorporated into the wedding ceremony/reception?
Yes, I am the owner and designer behind Kortney Eggertz Design, so obviously the invitations and all the print details were a big part of our wedding.
Did you have any “DIY” elements at your reception?
My dad made me a lemonade stand out of an old door. Instead of having all of our pictures in frames we put chicken wire in old screen doors and clothes pinned photos on them.
How did you decide on your color scheme and theme for the wedding?
I got a lot of my inspiration from Anthropologie’s new wedding shop BLDHN. I really loved the whole aesthetic feel of their site. I bought my dream wedding dress and bolero from their shop that matched the wedding perfectly. When it came to colors I really wanted something muted and simple. I didn’t want to pick colors that I may or may not love 10 years from now. I stuck with a more pastel palette and focused mainly on neutrals for the decor with the exception of the umbrellas.
What was a “must have” for your big day?
I would have to say my “must have” were the umbrellas that we hung above the tables and dance floor. It gave the whole wedding that finished look and also tied our engagement photos in with our wedding.
Share a wedding budget splurge that made a difference?
Since I am a graphic designer, I was determined to have print elements that were unique and reflected Nick and myself as a couple. I really wanted people to get somewhat of a “sneak peak” of what was to come when they received our invite in the mail and I feel like I accomplished that. They ended up being somewhat of a splurge but they turned out exactly how I wanted them.
Besides tying the knot, what was your favorite part of the day?
I loved that our guests had a good time at our reception. We had an awesome DJ that kept the crowd alive and dancing throughout the night. It truly felt like a celebration – which is what a wedding should be!
Any advice you could pass on to future brides?
It’s all about the details. Whether they are little DIY projects or print elements – I believe that it’s the little things that pull a whole wedding together. Try to incorporate your theme in everything you can – from engagements, to your invites, food menu, etc. It makes the biggest difference I promise.
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We went to the amazing island of Jamaica and stayed at the Sandals Resort.