Brandyn and John wanted their wedding ceremony to be followed by the biggest party of the year… AND IT WAS. From snow cones and cotton candy to dogs and unlimited alcohol; this reception was definitely a party! Not to mention, there was a beautiful rainbow in the sky just after their ceremony that was so perfect for them. These two are so much in love and deserved every minute of this perfect day.
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
We’ve glowed since the first night we met so decided to incorporate that into our “let love glow” theme. We wanted a short and sweet ceremony with a big party afterwards. Our colors were neon blue, neon orange and neon pink with ivory to balance (bright, happy and summery). The main goal was for our guests to have a great time at a 1 of a wedding. The ceremony was not religious but we did do a unity ceremony. Instead of the traditional sand, we poured glass shards together and had a local glass blowing shop make an original sculpture. Had a traditional table with our loved ones who had passed.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
Ivory tablecloths with 3 painted liquor bottles in each of our colors at each table. Placed cork lights in each bottle so they glowed. Head table had a white light and tulle curtain behind it and gossamer scalloped with fairy lights in our colors and painted bottles with lights scattered throughout. Uplights provided a majority of the decor. The balcony area had cocktail tables with ivory linens, fairy lights to tie around the middle and fake succulents on each table. There was a homemade cornhole game on the balcony as well. Lobby had a table with animal crackers in bags to take home for guests’ pets. Glow stick bracelets and necklaces for the guests. The ceremony was outdoors in an amphitheater and wrapped the poles in gossamer in our colors. We painted all 225 bottles for the centerpieces.
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
We met online initially. We’ve been together almost 9 years and it was fate from the first night. It’s been a whirlwind adventure and we got engaged at Desert View Tower at the Grand Canyon after a perfect day on our journey across Route 66. We had a random woman take a couple pictures of us and as she was doing so Brandyn got on one knee with a simple, “the only way this day could be more perfect is if you’d agree to do this forever.” Laughter, love, and a bit of goofy keeps the glow after (almost) 9 years.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
Start early and do as much on your own as you can. Don’t stress about making it fancy and formal, the most fun and memorable weddings are not black tie affairs.
As far as relationship advice, find something to laugh about together at least once every day. Take 30 minutes at the end of the day to talk about each other’s days and validate their stress. Always sleep in the same bed and say I love you, even if you’re mad at each other!