What was the best part of your Greenbluff wedding day?
The best part of the day was the ceremony. It was the first time we had seen each other since our rehearsal dinner. We wrote our own vows because we felt it was important. It was such an intimate and important moment to share with friends and family. After the ceremony, I felt like the rest of the day just flew by and we were both pulled in so many different directions. This is so cheesy, but standing at the altar focusing only on each other as we got married felt like one of the only true moments we got together the entire day without any distractions.
What part had you planned for the most and why?
The part we planned for the most was the ceremony because getting married was the reason for family and friends coming together. At certain points in wedding planning, it can feel like you’re just planning a giant party and the reason for the celebration gets lost in all of the planning. I think we spent more time talking about the details of the ceremony than anything else (especially the music selection ha ha–it seemed like it took forever to pick music we both liked). We wanted the ceremony to be a reflection of us and to feel very personal. Writing our own vows and seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony vs. doing a first look was important to us. We truly wanted family and friends to be present in the moment, which is why we decided to do the unplugged ceremony. We signed our marriage license during the ceremony because we wanted our first kiss to be official! It was little details that made the ceremony so special to us.
Why did you pick this particular venue for your Greenbluff wedding?
As soon as we arrived at Trezzi Farm Winery & Vineyard, we knew that was where we wanted to get married. The venue fit our style and overall vibe we were going for. The views out there are amazing and it’s such an elegant/classy venue. The owners, Davide and Stephanie, were also a big reason we chose this venue. They spent so much time with us during our first visit. We left there feeling like they genuinely care about the couples that get married there. They have so much passion for what they do and that really stood out to us. Other venues we looked at, it really felt like we were just another couple getting married there, which meant x amount of dollars in their pocket. Davide and Stephanie treat you like family and take so much pride in what they do.
Did you stress over the details and decorations? If so, which ones and why? If not, what’s your secret?Yes! I stressed about all of the details for everything, but it came in waves. As the wedding got closer and everything was coming together, I was less stressed. The venue itself is beautiful and really doesn’t need a lot of décor, but I still wanted to put my own stamp on things. I was really stressing about the ceremony and reception décor until I had my consult with Rose & Blossom. I didn’t want my mom to have to haul a bunch of décor to and from the venue. After meeting with Terri, I decided that much of the décor would just be flowers, which she would deliver and set-up. I can’t say enough good things about the work that they do. Terri spent two hours with me during the consult going over the smallest of details (she is so talented and creative). I knew we were in good hands with Rose & Blossom and that everything would be perfect.
What was the best part about working with Jerome Pollos Photography?
The whole experience! Your process is so organized and well thought out. Your client service is top notch and we knew we were in good hands. There wasn’t a single drop of stress relating to photography while working with you. I love the client portal and how it archives the relationship from the very first phone call. The questionnaires were a lot of fun and such a great way to get to know each other. Your personality really comes out in the questionnaires and I can’t tell you how many times they made us laugh while completing them (I will never forget the toilet paper roll question). You genuinely want to get to know your clients and for them to get to know you, which makes a huge difference at the wedding. Our guests are still talking about how much fun you were and cannot wait to see the photos. You are so passionate about the work you do. Ray and I couldn’t believe you laid down in the dirt and bushwhacked through a field to get the perfect shots. We will definitely be recommending you to others.
What WEREN’T you expecting on your wedding day?
This is going to sound really silly, but I didn’t expect everything to go so smooth. I heard all of these horror stories while we were planning and was expecting something to go awry. There were a couple of teeny tiny things that didn’t go exactly as planned, but nothing that got the day off track. We weren’t expecting the day to go that fast either. We kept hearing from other married couples that it’s a whirlwind, but until you experience it yourselves, you have no idea how true this is.
What would you do differently?
I think I would delegate more. I have a tendency to take on more than I should because I want be in the driver’s seat. I think a wedding is one of those times where you have to be okay giving up some of the control.
What tips and tricks would you offer to other couples planning their wedding?
Don’t forget to eat and take care of yourself! Also, we really liked having a sweetheart table. After the ceremony it gets crazy busy–you are pulled in so many different directions until the very end of the night. It was really nice to have a little bit of time to ourselves during dinner. We also had a great view of our guests, which was really fun to watch.
Hair & Makeup — J Miller Salon
Dress — Celestial Selections
Florist — Rose & Blossom
Venue & Catering — Trezzi Farm Winery & Vineyard
Cake Designer — Amanda Connell (friend of the bride)
DJ — Ramsin Music