It’s our FIRST WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!!!! I can’t believe we have been married for a year! After having lived in 3 countries in the first year, sometimes looking back it feels like we have been married for years and other times it feels like we just got married! I am so excited to share all of the details of our wedding! I am also linking all of the items I can at the bottom, so be sure to make it all the way down there to get the links!
There was so much lead up to our wedding day….10 years of lead up to be exact! Bri and I met in middle school where he would middle school boy flirt with me in math class. I wasn’t allowed to have a cell phone at the time, so instead of texting like all the other kids were doing…AIM was our go to. Futbolchica54 and gbball14 realllyyyyy hit it off on AIM. We would rush home from school and immediately jump online to chat, because middle school, and because we were too nervous to talk to each other very much in person. Fast forward to freshman year of high school and I was granted with a cell phone, but it was ONLY to be used for emergencies….so clearly I classified texting Brian as an everyday emergency. It was a pay as you go phone, so my best friend and I would ride our bikes to the grocery store so buy more phone minutes. This information was kept top secret until the night before our wedding when we finally told my parents that I broke their rule every. single. day. But hey, it worked out cause that middle school crush turned out to be my forever husband!
Being the stubborn brat that I was, I refused to date Bri until junior year of high school. We talked every single day, had the “who do you like” talk about once a week, yet I wouldn’t commit to it until 4 years later. Sweet Bri was so persistent and is one of the few boys in history that can move from “best friend” title to boyfriend and eventually husband title. When I finally gave into dating him, we dated the rest of high school and through college. I went to Ohio State in Columbus and Bri went to Davidson in North Carolina. That 6 hour commute didn’t have anything on us (although it was not easy), and was a piece of cake in comparison to our long distance relationship when we were engaged! A few weeks after he popped the question he moved to Germany to start his professional basketball career. I stayed in Columbus to continue working and saw him a total of 3 times the entire year. Needless to say, we were beyond ready to be married….and be in the same house, let alone the same country.
Our wedding day was just the best day. When people tell you it goes by fast, don’t believe them because it goes by faster than fast! But at the end of the day that goes by in a whirlwind, YOU”RE MARRIED and that’s the greatest thing ever, so all the planning and time is 100% worth it.
The day of the wedding my gals and I got ready at a hotel downtown. It is so much fun getting pampered and treated like a princess on your wedding day! I didn’t want to do the colorful robes to get ready in, so I found fun jumpsuit pajamas for everyone to wear on the morning of!
We both had 7 bridesmaids/groomsmen. PLUS ONE ADORABLE FLOWER GIRL! Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. My grandma’s broach, a new wedding dress, a pair of my grandma’s earrings and blue shoes to check all of the boxes.Brian’s ties were such a hit, we still get compliments on them to this day! Get the link by scrolling all the way down!I wanted a really natural feel for everything at the wedding, including invitations. I have come to appreciate invites so much more- they set the tone for the entire event as it is the first item guests receive. Cheer Up Press and the Lesser Bear did such a beautiful job creating invitations and ribbon that met this vision. Outside of our venue, there was a plaque with a poem about mothers. Every time we went to the venue, my mom would stop and read the poem, managing to cry every single time. So as a gift to her on my wedding day, I had the poem engraved on a wood plaque, and now it hangs front and center in her kitchen!For my daddio, I got him dress socks to think of that day every time he wears them. He sends me a text every time he dresses up and wears these socks 🙂We didn’t want to do a first look because I really wanted to see Bri weep when I walked down the aisle to meet him 😉 So instead, we hid ourselves around a corner to pray together right before becoming man and wife. Also just to note, I was the one weeping walking down the aisle.Right before we walked down the aisle, my gals prayer for me and Bri. And I totally bawled and likely messed up my make up. Worth it.
We got married on July 8th at the Wells Barn at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus. Our ceremony was set outside, something that was really important to us because we love nature, and at the very beginning of the ceremony our moms lit candles that Bri and I later in the ceremony used to light a unity candle, signifying our families coming together. In the middle of the ceremony, a worship song was performed by my cousin (check him out on insta @noahspielmanmusic), and readings were done by both of our Dads. It was important that our family played a large role in their ceremony because they play a huge role in our lives. The man that did our ceremony was Rev. Sid Druen who discipled Bri in college. It was so cool to have a man marry us that played such a big role in Bri’s walk with Christ!
We wanted our guests to get a better feel of who our bridesmaids and groomsmen are, since they are the top 7 most important friends to us. So to help everyone get to know them better, we attributed a character gift to each of them on our ceremony program.
A top notch reaction. Thx for the tears, babe.
I mean c’mon, how are my sisters and friends so dang pretty???Yea, you guys are pretty cute too, I guess.Damn my groom is fiiiiiiiine!
From the very first wedding planning meeting, I knew I wanted a lot of flowers, with an airy and flowy feel. State and Arrow worked their floral brilliance to bring that to life with the floral arch at the ceremony, the centerpieces and bouquets. The arch just about killed me the first time I saw it, and standing under it getting married was pure magic. Cocktail HourBeing a self-proclaimed foodie, choosing the menu for both the cocktail hour and the reception was super important to me. I love loving people through food, and the people at our wedding were the people we love the most, so I wanted them to feel loved by having delicious food at our wedding.
The ReceptionThe reception was inside the barn and we did all of the traditional wedding activities. My dad and I choreographed a waltz for our father/daughter dance, Bri and his mom danced, and Bri and I danced to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. We skipped out on the garder retrieval (my dress was too tight to wear a garder, and honestly watching the groom go up the bride’s dress makes me feel kinda weird) but I did a bouquet toss to “Pretty Girl Rock”.It is a tradition in my family that my dad makes a birthday cake for each of our birthdays. So when figuring out who would make our wedding cake, it was a no- brainer that he make the cake for the us, topped with a saying that summarized our relationship… “It was Always You”. For dessert, instead of serving the traditional cake, we wanted to bring in more family traditions (because my family is known for having A LOT of traditions!). Brian’s mom is known for her famous Caramel Brownies, so guests were served Caramel Brownies and Graeter’s ice cream, an Ohio “must-have”. Late night food is one of Bri and my favorites, so we brought in Canes around 10 for a late night snack for everybody!
The woman behind the magic is Meleka of MMJ Events and Aiden and Grace. She was such a gif to have throughout the wedding planning process!It was so important that our reception be a celebration and a fun party! The Conspiracy Band was amazing and the dance floor was packed the whole night!And obviously you need your dancing shoes 😉 I changed into high top Nikes halfway through the night so I could really get down on the dance floor!I just still can’t believe that I get to be married to this man. The wedding day was amazing and so much fun, but life with him is even better.
All of the vendors that made the beauty come together:
Venue- The Wells Barn at the Franklin Park Conservatory
Photographer- Jenny Haas
Videographer- 740 Films (our wedding film was the very last film that he made, which makes me SO sad because it is SUCH a good video!)
Caterer- Two Caterers
Florist- State and Arrow
Rentals- Aiden and Grace
Band- The Conspiracy Band
Makeup- Amber Preston
Hair- Shannon Goode
Wedding Dress- B. Loved Bridal (designer: Pronovias)
My hairpiece: https://rstyle.me/n/c6hp63cfbvf
My earrings: Mine were my grandma’s but I found similar ones.
Wedding Shoes: Designer- Schultz, I’m so sad, but they are out of stock!!
Bridesmaids rompers for getting ready- Sold out but here are other options
My floral getting ready pajamas- sold out but here is another option
Suits- Joseph A Banks
Floral ties: https://rstyle.me/n/c6hqkicfbvf
(Other dresses that I couldn’t link- the Amber Long dress by Joanna Augusta and All Tomorrow’s Parties by Joanna Augusta)
MOB and MOG dresses:
Socks I gave my dad: https://rstyle.me/n/c6hp36cfbvf
Engraved Plaque I gave my mom: https://rstyle.me/n/c6hp4xcfbvf
Oh Happy Day Cotton Bags: https://rstyle.me/n/c6hp7wcfbvf
Cake topper: https://rstyle.me/n/c6hp9kcfbvf