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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?
Answer: I really didn’t want a theme for our wedding, but I wanted it to flow. We ended up having wine be the ‘theme’ in the sense that we had empty wine bottles with lights inside for centerpieces, our guest gift were corks with their name on it, instead of a book to sign we had guests sign a wine jug… our color for the wedding was even purple.However, it was a lilac color paired with a heather grey.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
Answer: My mom created and bought every little piece of out wedding. She made the guest gifts, the centerpieces and found all the little details from random stores leading up to the wedding. She did the same for my bridal shower! I didn’t want anything to feel to crowded or that we tried too hard. I just wanted guests to be able to rest their eyes on something when they weren’t in conversation without feeling overwhelmed visually.
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
Answer: We didn’t incorporate a lot of flowers into the wedding. I wanted very simply bouquets for my bridesmaids (lavender & baby’s breath); almost as if they had just grabbed a hand full of flowers and walked into the ceremony. Our groomsmen had succulents as their boutonniere along with in my bouquet.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
Answer: My outfit change was the biggest personalization I did on our wedding day. I fell in love with my dress but unfortunately I could barely move in it! The minute cake cutting was over, I was in a stretchy white one-piece with a cape. I felt like the baddest bitch alive.
Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
Answer: I found my wedding dress on the first day I went looking with my mom. I didn’t even want to try on my dress. I had told my mom she got to pick one dress for me to try without me saying no, and my dress ended up being that one! I cried immediately when I saw myself. Princess style dress with a corset (champagne colored). I still had a little bit of back showing, and my straps were laced and hung off my shoulders a tad. I had a cathedral length veil that truly made me feel like a princess. Nate was given colors and he just went for it! He even got his suit customized with the words “Like Real People Do” from our wedding song.
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
Answer: We actually met through mutual friends. I was previously engaged and was brought to a queer group hangout that happened every Monday night. Once things went south with my ex, I got friendly with Nate through that group! He proposed to me on our 3 year anniversary on the COLDEST day of the year. We had previously made a lock with our date on it and locked it to a bridge in Philly; we were walking our dog the day he proposed and as we were passing it he had me look and there was a second one attached to it with that days date and the words “engaged” by the time I turned around he was on his knee!
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
Answer: The vows. It meant so much to me to be able to say what I did. Not only to Nathan, but in front of all my friends and family. I didn’t expect my words to mean so much to so many people who were there. I was nervous to say such heart felt things, but once it was happening, it felt so natural and important.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
Answer: Don’t do anything you don’t want to. I’m being so serious! I don’t care if your parents are paying for it; say thank you for your money but your input is just that; input. But the biggest advice I can give is to take a moment when you’re sitting down at your table with your spouse to just simply look around at the beautiful day you and your family created and will carry with you for the rest of your life. I know everyone says it goes so fast, but it REALLY does. take a minute to hold your husband’s/wife’s hand and say “look at this”. That moment goes in the memory bank forever.
DJ: DJ RedFox
Beauty: Domain Spa & Salon
Floral Designer: Flowers by Yukie
Cake Designer: Desserts by Dana
Event Venue: World Cafe Live at the queen
Cinema and Video: BeauMonde Originals
Photographer: BeauMonde Originals