Tips From A Real Wedding to Help Plan Your Event! Tips From A Real Wedding to Help Plan Your Event!
These wedding ideas will help guide you while prepping for your big day. Tell us about your wedding! We ended up ‘redesigning’ our wedding... Tips From A Real Wedding to Help Plan Your Event!

These wedding ideas will help guide you while prepping for your big day.

Tell us about your wedding!

We ended up ‘redesigning’ our wedding due the pandemic, but it was absolutely perfect. We got married in our backyard in DC with 20 of our closest friends. It was intimate, it rained, our neighbor hosted the dinner, there was plenty of dancing, and even a bubble machine.

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?

Our two good friends, Caroline and Lauryl, originally planned on hosting us a party in DC with all of our friends locally that wouldn’t be attending the wedding in Michigan. When things were still closed, we decided to make the local party our actual wedding. Caroline and Lauryl took the lead on decorating our backyard with roses, rainbow tulle, and an exorbitant number of globe lights. Our neighbor Janice rented a tent for the dinner, decorated a long table, and even had rainbow place settings. I guess you’d consider the decor rainbow chic?

What were the florals like in your wedding?

Florals… We had flowers hanging from the garage door in our backyard to create a backdrop for the ceremony. Along with the umbrellas and the rain, they created the ‘altar.’

What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

We had Maketto, a locally owned Cambodian/Taiwanese restaurant cater — their food is amazing. Our favorite part was taking what many would consider a really difficult situation, making the best of it, and celebrating the most important part of our wedding without the frills: our love.

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look?

Weeeeelllll, our dresses were in Michigan so we pulled an audible and decided to both have fun with our outfits. Lindsey selected a Dickie’s onesies with some colorful Nikes. I went with a tropical top from Wild Fang, a blazer from Zara and some high-waisted pants from TopShop. We were able to rock our wedding dresses a year later during a photoshoot from our amazing photographer page.

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

Lindsey and I met on Tinder while living in Brooklyn. I was on a relationship hiatus but we both pretty quickly realized that we had met our person. Lindsey proposed a year after we started dating, right before I moved to Amsterdam to complete research on a Fulbright scholarship. When she came to visit me in the Netherlands, I surprised her with a flash mob at the airport on the same day that same-sex marriage was legal in the world (April 1).

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

I was really excited to read my vows, kiss the bride, and dance. Lindsey was probably excited to lay down (she herniated a disc when we were on a backpacking trip two weeks before our wedding).

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Honestly, ditch the big wedding and use the money to get yourself some home equity. Redesigning our wedding during COVID-19 allowed us to save the money we were going to pour into one day and purchase a house to start our lives together. Having a small intimate ceremony was perfect for us. We’re planning on hosting a larger party/going on vacation with both of our families to get in all the family merge time we can, but we continue to be grateful for the way things worked out!

Photographer: Apaige Photography//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights


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