1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
It aesthetically met our expectations, and it was actually in our budget. We looked at maybe 30 different venues during the search for the perfect place. There were some beautiful venues that we came across, but the prices weren’t too beautiful. When we visited The Charles Mack Citizen Center, we knew that aesthetically, it would fit our vision for the wedding and financially, it wouldn’t hurt our wallets too much.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
One, the intimacy of the wedding. We wanted to keep the guest list small, and we wanted only our closest friends and family to be present. Two, the joy that everyone seemed to share throughout the day. Even during the stressful moments, everyone was smiling and relaxed. And three, the wintery theme and atmosphere. We’re both cold weather people, so it just felt natural to go with a winter themed wedding.
3. If you could offer one piece of advice to other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
It is possible to set a low budget and still achieve the wedding of your dreams. From the very beginning of the planning process, we kept saying that we weren’t going to spend tons of money just for this one day; albeit, a very special day. So we wrote out a budget, and we got creative. Everything turned out exactly as we planned. It was the perfect day.
4. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.
The few minutes following the ceremony; we didn’t plan on having a receiving line, but ended up having one anyways. Everyone was crying and hugging, and they seemed genuinely happy for us.
Centerpieces are just as important as your bouquet. For any winter wedding, incorporate white, black, red, deep purple and green into your theme, but add texture. Wow your guests with manzanita branches, candles, metallic-colored vases and dangling crystals. For more inspiration, be sure to check out our gallery full of festive centerpieces.
Tis the season–the holidays are finally here! Before you start planning and prepping, become inspired by this styled shoot full of rustic red decor, lit lanterns, snow and a warm cup of hot cocoa topped with whipped cream.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
I loved the homemade stuff! My mom made a lot of the little pine cone candle holders and I made the centerpieces. I also loved our cake topper (which was made by a friend), and the guestbook/tree that my bridesmaid who could not be present at the wedding made for us.
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Shop around! I didn’t bother having things priced out and I think we could have saved a few bucks if I had.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Dave and I got to have 10 precious minutes completely to ourselves while we rode the gondola up to the top of the mountain immediately following our ceremony. I don’t think a lot of brides and grooms get any alone time to look at each other and say, “Wow, we are married!” It was really special and something I will cherish forever.
Before we start back to featuring our warm weather weddings – I wanted to share this adorable, intimate, December wedding with you. The florals have an organic look with the use of pine-cones, both in the bouquets and the boutonniere’s. The bride’s angora wool shawl accents her vintage dress perfectly.