Laura is a crafty bride with just a skosh of OCD.
Not only did she do an amazing job planning her day, she also crafted the bridesmaids dresses on her own, created a number of the decorations for her ceremony and reception, and also put together bins with corresponding lists and pictures that instructed her support crew on how everything should be laid out and what it should look like. In the end, all the hard work paid off. The wedding day for her and Ryan ended up being a great time with very little stress, a nice coffee break in the morning, a stop for milkshakes before the ceremony, and one great reception.
But for Laura, the whole day had a number of great moments.
The milkshake escapade was something unique and a great way to relax.
“It was nice to have these fancy clothes on and still be ourselves. I mean, who gets a milkshake on their wedding day?!”
When the bridal party was lining up for the ceremony, this bride was supposed to be inside until it was time for her to walk down the aisle. But she decided to take a walk outside instead.
“It was awesome. I was able to take a look at the reception space and see all of the hard work my family and friends had given to make everything perfect … and enjoy a few minutes to myself before my life changed forever. I was able to sneak off and look at everyone sitting down at the ceremony site and it was such a great moment! Then Ryan came up (not sure how he knew I was there!!), and he gave me my last hug before we’d be husband & wife!”
To have those moments meant a lot to Laura, not only because it was her wedding day, but because it also gave her the opportunity to see all the hard work in preparation pay off.
“I wanted to create and prep a lot of this myself, along with my awesome team of people to help, to save money, but also because I enjoy it. I know for a lot of people that would be so stressful, especially making the bridesmaid dresses, but I feel like it was more special because of the memories that were made in the process. It gave me more time with my Bridesmaids, my mom, and mother-in-law. While the wedding day is viewed as the focus, the time preparing for the actual day is equally important. The time I got to spend with these individuals cannot be replaced and was so worth the long hours and crazy preparation. I will never forget the memories made during the preparation; now I can look back at the photos of our wedding and have ‘preparation memories’ sparked from what is in the photo! It’s pretty cool.”
The overlook of Denison Ridge provided a great backdrop which Laura and Rayn fell in love with instantly.
“Teri, the venue owner, has put so much time and effort into the space. The upkeep was truly impeccable, we loved all of the color from the flowers, and the view was incredible! Teri was really easy going and a pleasure to work with. She also had all of these decor pieces that we could use anyway we wanted, and that really enhanced the vibe we were trying to portray. It’s a great place that has many quaint qualities about it, too many to be discovered!
After all the preparation, the day of activities, and going through the overwhelming experience of a wedding day took it’s toll on the bride and groom
“People will tell you how tired you are by the end, and to enjoy it because the day flies by. So yes, I was expecting this, but it’s different than being tired and being done with the night so quickly. With all of the emotions that go along with the day, you lose track of the time, or you forget to sit down for 5 minutes and take it all in. I’m not sure how to explain what I wasn’t expecting. Maybe it’s the emotions. Of course I knew I’d be emotional, but they are emotions you cannot prepare for. You just have to experience it to know.”
Laura’s tips for planning a wedding:
- It never hurts to get a price quote on something or a service. We wanted to have china and glassware vs. paper plates for our dinner but were convinced it wasn’t in the budget. Three weeks before the wedding we decided to check it out, and it was in our budget! We were pretty lucky that we found what we wanted, and it was available. So just get a quote from the start and forget last minute planning!
- If you need to set up the day of, find two or three people that will help set everything up. The bride & groom shouldn’t have that stress the day of the wedding. You may want to do it yourself (trust me, I thought I wanted to), but you will discover that week leading up to the wedding is stressful enough and you just want to be done with planning. You will be glad other people are doing it!
- Have one day the week before your wedding where you have no plans (including no work!). This can be your designated disaster recovery day. If something goes wrong, you have that whole day blocked off to take care of it. When everything goes smoothly, you just gained a day to spend with your family, fiance or both!
- You may have a timeline for the day, but it’s your day, and if you choose to squeeze something in or have a spontaneous coffee run, do it!! Those are the moments that make the day even better.
- Also, rubbing alcohol gets sap out of clothes.
Hair — Waves Hair Studio
Dress — Marcella’s Bridal
Flowers — Crafted by a family friend
Catering — Black Tie Catering
Cake — Celebrations
Rings — Jewelry Design Center
DJ — Complete Music
Suits — Men’s Warehouse and Macy’s
Venue — Denison Ridge