THE PROPOSAL: Justin proposed on Christmas morning. It was just the two of us and we had already opened gifts. He started telling me of this German tradition of hanging a pickle ornament on the Christmas tree and the first person who finds it gets to open the first gift. He said since we already opened the presents that he had hidden the pickle on the tree and I had to find it. So I’m looking and looking and I can’t find the pickle. I eventually find it and hand it to him (not seeing that the ring is sitting on top of the pickle) He got down on one knee and asked me if I would spend the rest of my life with him.
WHERE WAS IT? Home sweet home =D
VISION FOR THE DAY: We both imagined our wedding to be simple and classic. I didn’t want to overdo anything but wanted there to be a romantic feel in the air. I always imagined lots of roses and black and white attire. We both wanted a more intimate wedding and invited very close friends and family.
THE PLANNING PROCESS: The planning process went so smoothly as we had a year and a half to plan. Even though we had such a long time that year and a half sure went by fast! We had a lot of fun from cake tasting to meeting some very passionate people looking for our florist, dj, photographer, cellist, and bakery.
THE VENUE: The first time I saw The Adrianna Hill Grand ballroom in pictures on their website, www.adriannaballroom.com , I knew it was the one. Nothing else I looked at compared. We went to meet with Jessie and she is one of the most passionate people I have met. You can tell she loves her job and puts her all into every wedding she does. She was so personable and excited for us every step of the way.
BRIDE’S DRESS: My dress was the 3rd dress I tried on out of about 5. I bought it at Davids Bridal and loved that it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. Of what I did try on I tried to make them completely different so I could get a feel for what I looked like in different styles and after the last one the associate asked if I would like to try something else on and all I wanted to do was put back on number 3! I was shopping with just my maid of honor and didn’t expect to find something the first day looking but I fell in love with it and had to have it!
BRIDE’S SHOES: I had the hardest time finding my shoes. Out of all the wedding planning the shoes was the hardest thing to find. I really initially wanted red shoes but found they were hard to find a pair that were comfy, cute, red and my size! I eventually found my silver dress shoes at DSW about a week before the wedding and fell in love with them. Didn’t take them off all night!
JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: My tiara and veil I bought when I got my dress at David’s Bridal but jewelry I wanted to look around and be a bit pickier about. I eventually ended up buying my mom some jewelry along with her dress one day and after that I could find anything else that I thought would look as great with my v neck on my dress than the one I got her. I couldn’t find anything else like it and my mom ended up giving me the set I bought her and found something else to wear with her dress. I felt pretty bad about taking them back but she loved how they looked on me and insisted I take them back.
HAIR & MAKEUP: My step daughter, maid of honor and I got our hair done at Hairy Kari’s and all of my bridesmaid and I did our own make up in the bridal room at the ballroom
GROOMS ATTIRE: Justin as well as the rest of the guys in the bridal party got their attire at Mr Formal. He wore a white suit with a red vest and tie.
WEDDING FAVOURS: We got chocolates from See’s Candies for our wedding favors. We had fun testing chocolates and truffles! We had them individually boxed and spread them out on the tables along with milk chocolate candy hearts.
THE FLOWERS: I got my flowers done by Stacey’s Flowers and loved the job she did. I had a very specific idea in mind and had tons of pictures to shower her how I wanted everything to look and she did just that! I had two large arraignments on the stage behind us, the bouquets and rose petals just about everywhere which was exactly enough for me. Our space was small and intimate and I didn’t want to overdo it on the flowers.
THE CAKE: The cake I had done at Beaverton Bakery. They have been around for quite a while and I had heard great things about them so we decided to go with them the same day we did our cake testing. They also did a great job in creating the exact idea I had in my head. I have about 3 different looking cakes that I basically wanted in one and they did an awesome job.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER: My photographer was Aaron Potter from OneBloom Photography. I think the photographer was one of the hardest decisions to make because I love photography and I really wanted to find someone who stood out to me from all the rest. A moment can only be captured in a photo once and I had to find someone who I felt confident would do the best job! I found him randomly online one day looking at page after page of photos on photographer’s websites and loved his photos.
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Invitations and stationery I found online through Zazzle.com They had a cute black and white chalkboard looking invitation that I loved and decided to use for my Bridal shower and wedding invitations.
FOOD & DRINK: Food and drink was so easy to decide on since Adrianna Hill was all inclusive and did all the cooking. Was so nice having one less thing to worry about. The food was so delicious and we had beer and wine served all night for our guests.
THE HONEYMOON: The honeymoon is just around the corner. We decided to wait a little while on the honeymoon because we wanted to spend time with Justin’s daughter Emma while she was visiting us on her summer vacation from school. We will be heading to Hawaii though shortly. It will be the first time for both of us so we are so excited to spend a week off from work relaxing in paradise!
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: The most memorable moment was getting to see each other all dressed up for the first time as I walked down the aisle towards him. He was not allowed to see my dress since I bought it and I never got to see him in his attire so it was fun waiting tell the last moment to see each other all dressed up.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES: My advice for other couples is to give yourself plenty of time to plan your wedding. It a very important day and you’ll save yourself from a lot of stress if you don’t plan things last minute. Also in the end it’s about the love between two people and all the little things don’t really matter. Don’t let the little things get in the way of the bigger picture. Also, the day goes by faster than you think it will so enjoy every single second!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: I can’t imagine what the day would have been like if Jessie wasn’t a part of our planning from day one. She made everything run so smoothly and made me feel so at ease every step of the way.