A week ago today, I got to marry my best friend and we had our perfect wedding.
I was never one of those girls that started planning my wedding when I was 4 years old. My mom is convinced that I must have thought about it at some point after watching a Disney movie, but it's just not a memory I hold from my childhood. I remember playing race cars and Legos with my brother, or American Girl Dolls and with my Playschool dollhouse with my sister. Not which dress I would wear when I got married.
But what I did imagine when we started planning our wedding totally came true. We took a pretty relaxed approach to things, and honestly, the budget drove most of our decisions. We didn't have a specific date we had to get married or a designer that needed to make my dress. Our entire goal for the day was to be authentically us.
To be honest, I think both of us would've been ok getting married at the court house, but I wanted my grandparents to celebrate with us and when you start getting to about 15 people, you might as well throw a party.
And a party it was. The best party I could've imagine. We got married at Sole Repair in Seattle neighborhood Capitol Hill on May 7, 2016. With about 70 of our closest family and friends, Reese and I began one of the memorable nights of our lives. I am so thankful to everyone who was able to celebrate with us! We had people join us from Germany, Virginia, Minnesota, and Illinois as well as people from the Seattle area. It was so good to catch up with everyone that I haven't seen in a while and I'm so grateful that I got that time!
Truthfully, the food was probably one of the best parts of our wedding, you know, besides getting married. We had delicious passed appetizers (grilled cheese, deviled eggs, meats and cheeses) and hosted a bar with something for everyone. We decided to host a selection of beer, wine, cider and a Kentucky Mule as our signature drink, which was a huge hit. As the night went on, sliders and fries for dinner and followed those up with the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream truck and pies from A la Mode Pies.
Now that the wedding has come and passed, I have my tips & tricks and thinks I learned from our big day.
Tips & Tricks
Things I've learned
I'd love to hear about what you learned from your own wedding. Share your tips & tricks in the comments!
Share our style? Check out our vendors:
Venue: Sole Repair
Pie: A la Mode (Spiced Apple, Marionberry & Hazelnut, White Chocolate Banana Cream, Chocolate Caramel Pecan )
Ice cream: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream truck
Photographer: Tammy Dahlquist
Flowers: Alli Kolick and Co.
Hotel: Hotel Sorrento, Silver Cloud Inn Broadway
Get the bridal look
Dress: Nancy Frost
Skin: Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder - Blush Medium; 4-in-1 Liquid Foundation - Blush Medium
Eye shadow: Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio - Sepia
Eye primer: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer
Eye liner: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil - Perversion
Mascara: Maybelline Volum' Express Colassal Waterproof Mascara - Classic Black
Lipstick: Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm - Red Dahlia
Rings: Joseph's Jewelry
Earrings: Joseph's Jewelry
Shoes: The Frye Company - Regina Ballet Flat
Get the grooms look
Suit: Brooks Brothers Regent Fit - Navy
Tie: Brooks Brothers
Rings: Joseph's Jewelers
Shoes: Allen Edmonds