These two are such sweethearts. We met long before their wedding, and I immediately knew that they were a perfect Chickadee couple! Jennah's organized but laid back demeanor and Sam's caring and relaxed personality are an ideal match, and planning their wedding with them was such a joy. Their love for the family, friends, and God shone through on their wedding day, which was a gorgeous celebration of their marriage and commitment to each other! These are just a few of my favorites from their perfect day!
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Sam and Ward met in the summer of 2010, as they were at orientation for their freshman year at college. While they connected those few days, it wasn't until their freshmen year actually started that they began to spend more time together. Their rooms were right down the hall from each other, and by the time the spring semester had started, they were officially together! And they've been together ever since! I was so proud to be a part of their wedding day, as these two were my residents when they were freshman - I got to see the beginning of their relationship and then the beginning of their marriage! It was an incredible feeling standing back on campus at CNU and reliving the beginning with them.
I met Savannah exactly one month before her wedding day. We met in a Starbucks in a grocery store, and we talked. About everything she dreamed for her wedding, and how she just wanted everyone to be happy and relaxed on her wedding day. Her heart is so big, and the ways she wanted to honor her family in the little details of the wedding day were so perfect! Finalizing the logistics and making sure it all came together to match Savannah's dream was such an honor, enjoy some of my favorite moments from their day!
I first met Sherry and Tom a couple days before New Year's at our local Panera. They were 3 months away from their wedding and knew they needed someone to help with the final details. We talked about their vision, their plans, and what they were looking for, and I connected instantly to the way they just wanted their guests to have a good time and to not have to worry about anything the day of their wedding! I love when my couples want that, and think it helps make them focus on the big picture and not be too worried about the little details of the day. So I was thrilled when they decided to move forward with me!
I see it happen time and time again... the officiant has a flower, or doesn't. There's an extra flower for a hired vendor, but someone in the ceremony doesn't have one. Today I'm talking to the brides and those picking out the flowers for their wedding - make sure you don't leave anyone out!
Giving a toast at a wedding is typically the responsibility of the best man and MOH, though often family members and family friends will gives toasts as well. If you've been asked to be a best man or MOH and are planning to give a toast, here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare!
My best friend recently told me "Weddings bring out weird in people." And it's so true. Take every family reunion, every holiday meal, every tension-filled family debate and multiply it. That's how much passion people have when it comes to weddings! Sometimes this can be a GREAT thing. Channeling that passion in the right way - into joy, excitement, and happiness can turn an event into a once in a lifetime experience that everyone will cherish. And many, many weddings ARE like that.
So in my last post you learned that I'm not one for sweetening the situation or sugarcoating things. You will get tough love from me... because I believe it's better for me to tell you like it is than to have you find out the hard way later! I'm prefacing with that as my disclaimer that this post may not be a favorite among brides, and that's okay. I'm writing this post because it's an issue that needs to be addressed.
I remember the first wedding I was asked to be in - I was still in college and really had no clue what a wedding entailed. I just knew that I cared about my friend and wanted to be there for her any way that I could! While every single wedding is different, bridesmaids have a huge role to play. Whether it's a laid-back wedding where the bride is carefree or a black-tie affair, all of these tips apply!