As if you didn't see enough photos of me on last weeks blog...
Today is my 3 year wedding anniversary so obviously I have to share photos with you! Our wedding was what sparked my interest in wedding planning. I loved everything about it and never wanted it to end. Although I do wish I knew then what I know now I still love everything about that day and wish I could relive it over and over again!
The best moment of the day was walking down the red rose petal aisle to John Lennon singing "Stand by Me". I literally had tunnel vision. All I could see was Cole who was waiting for me under the shade of a huge tree with chandeliers hanging from it ... it was like something out of a dream. We asked my Step Dad to marry us so that the ceremony would be more personal and it was perfection. Every word that was said was unique to us which was something we knew we wanted. Our relationship has been anything but generic so we knew we didn't want our ceremony to be either.
A huge portion of our relationship has revolved around watching classic movies so we knew we wanted to incorporate that into our wedding. The second we walked into the Riviera Mansion it felt like we were on the set of an old classic like Casablanca... It was the perfect venue!
I had so much fun finding creative ways to add touches of Classic Movies into our day. For my bridal shower I asked all my guests to bring a vintage inspired frame instead of a gift. I used the frames as table indicators which were named after some of our favorite Classic Movies and quotes. Then for guests to find their table I came up with the idea to make a mini movie posters with the guests names on them. I got the original movie posters online and then replaced the names of actors, directors, etc with the names of our guests. The guests really loved seeing their "name in lights" some of them even asked me if they could keep their movie poster which of course I said YES!
When it came to colors for the wedding black, white and red was a given. We wanted a Film Noir feel with all black and white combined with the dramatic pop of red.
The bridesmaids wore Red Sorella Vita dresses that were so gorgeous and flattering. We found them at Pebbles Bridal. I found my Olia Zavozina dress at Nordstrom Bridal Suite. It was the first dress I tried on and I knew instantly that it was the one. . . I paired the dress with a thin Art Deco style Anne Barge belt that added just enough glamour to the dress without taking away from the classic simplicity of it. I searched everywhere for a hair clip that went with the belt but couldn't find one I loved so I decided to have a piece of the belt made into a hair clip and it turned out perfect! And then of course no wedding day is complete without the perfect pair of shoes and what screams Old Hollywood more that a pair of Badgley Mischka red heels? I think nothing. I felt like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and it was amazing.
My something Old: I wore a rose gold ring that Cole bought me for our 9 year anniversary and diamond earrings that he bought me for our 8 year anniversary
My something New: My gorgeous Olia Zavozina Dress
My something Borrowed: I wore one of my Grandma's pearl necklaces
My something Blue: Inside my dress I had a patch sewn in that I ordered from Etsy with the a line from the Black Keys "The One I Adore" which was our First Dance song
A must have for our cake was a red velvet cake and cupcakes from Susie Cakes. Every year on our anniversary I get Cole a red velvet cupcake from there so it was special to incorporate that into the day.
Since we have a family who loves games we had bocce ball and a corn hole set for guests to play during cocktail hour. My Step Dad hand made the corn hole boards and my Sister who is an amazing artist painted them for us. My Sister also painted a sign that said "couples that play together stay together" which added yet another perfect touch to our day.
My only regret from our wedding was not hiring a good videographer. I was so unhappy with the footage I received that I didn't have it edited by the company I hired. Luckily the amazing Luma House team was able to make something beautiful out of the raw footage and I couldn't be more grateful to them! So all you brides and grooms out there ... trust me it is worth the money to hire someone amazing to capture your day!
The biggest thing I learned about planning my own wedding is that even though it is about you and your fiance it is also about all your family and friends. It may be the only day in your life where literally everyone you love is in one place so it is important to choose your date and location with them in mind. I had always dreamed of a fall wedding but I knew it would be difficult for some to attend during that time of year. So we decided on summer and it was definitely hot but it was worth it because everyone we love was able to not only attend but also be fully present. I also learned that it goes by SO FAST! So you really need to enjoy the process because in the blink of any eye it's over.
I loved how so many people came together to add something special to our wedding day. I wish I could relive it over and over again!
We couldn't have been able to pull off this without help from our wonderful vendors!
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So what's your favorite part of this original and fun summer wedding? Let me know in the comments below!
For more photos from my wedding day, check them out here on Pinterest!
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