From the bride:
Thoughts or tips for those currently planning their weddings? Pick your venue first because it will inspire other decisions like colors, flowers, and table settings. Include your future husband in decisions and get his opinion. Hire vendors that you are comfortable with personality wise. If you can, hire a coordinator. Having Melissa took so much stress off the year of planning and especially the big day. It allowed us to relax and enjoy all the work we had put into the day. Take time to absorb what is going on around you. I woke up at 6am and before I knew it, the day was over. Stop every so often and take in your surroundings and smiling faces. They are here for you, to celebrate your special day. And most important, hire a GREAT photographer. Even if you have a limited budget, it’s good to spend some extra dough on hiring a photographer who you are comfortable with, that fits your personalities, and delivers incredible outcomes. You will be so happy you did.
Other advise, don’t stress… you are supposed to be happy and smiling (maybe some happy tears) but don’t let the immensity of the day get to you. Even if little things go wrong, no one but you will notice it so don’t stress. I knocked over one of the lanterns on the isle when I was walking down, it made a huge noise and all I could do was laugh because if that was the worst thing to happen, it was all good. What matters is that you are marrying the love of your life in front of your friends and family and as long as that happens, nothing else matters. Plus the stuff that can and may go wrong usually ends up being a great funny story or some really funny pictures ;)
The Team: Getting ready hotel: Grand Residence Marriott, Lake Tahoe, Nevada // Wedding venue: The Edgewood Golf Course Lake Tahoe, Nevada // Photographer: Angie Capri Photography // Wedding coordinator: Melissa with A Touch of Grace // Hair & Makeup: The Makeup Movement // Florist: Thrans Flowers // Baker: Flour Girl Wedding Cakes // Dress: Design by Lian Carlo from Kinsley James Bridal Couture // Custom hanger: Hanger Design Center // Custom ring holder and Table Numbers: That Family Shop // Flower girl basket: Burlap Pew Cones Etsy // Bridesmaids Wrap dresses: Lilac Dress Boutique Alameda, California // Wine bottles and place cards: by A Touch of Grace // Rachel’s shoes: Ann Klien // Rachel’s jewelry: Paris necklace, bracelet & earrings Magic Creations by Kinsley James