From the Bride...I had a general vision of what my wedding would look like years before I even met my husband PJ. The three words that best describe my concept are rustic, homey, and country. Driven by that theme, our first stop was the dress. It was the first dress at the second bridal shop and I immediately fell in love with it. After the dress, everything just fell perfectly into place.
My Mother-in-Law suggested the venue, and after our first trip out to the old school house the decision was made! We wanted to do most of the wedding preparations ourselves, which meant enlisting all of our family members and close friends to help out. We all spent many nights cutting fabric pendants, tying mason jar labels, filling bird seed into wax paper bags, and stamping invitations. None of this would have come together without my incredible mother. Her vision, creativity, and ambition took the whole wedding to a new level. Her creations were so successful that she has since started her own event accessory business online. She took on the challenge of creating anything I saw in other weddings and ended up making them even better than the originals!
July ninth came way faster than anticipated! The day itself had the same mystique – an incredibly speedy-long day. From the moment I got up the excitement had me bouncing out of my body. I thought I would bust out of my skin when PJ picked me up to go to the temple! The rest of the day was a wonderful, magical
blur. From the warm welcome of our temple ceremony, to the groomsmen tossing PJ into the air (multiple times), to the amazing schoolhouse ring ceremony and reception! We really couldn’t believe how perfectly it all came together. My mom nearly cried with joy when the school bus drove up with the first load of guests. The celebration was incredible with over 350 loved ones in attendance. We had an amazing time hugging friends, laughing, and dancing the night away. At the end of a perfect day we rode away on our yellow tandem bike.
We were truly blessed with a wonderful day and with amazing friends and family that came early and
stayed late to make it all possible! It was the ideal start to our lives together and we couldn’t be more thankful.
Wedding Photography: Ken Kienow Wedding Photography / Bouquets + Boutonnières: Alamo Flower Co / DJ: Donald Blair of Denon and Doyle / Table + Chair Rentals: Chairs For Affairs / Ceremony Venue: LDS Oakland Temple / Ring Ceremony + Reception Venue: Danville One Room School House / Hair: Lauren Jones of Salon 4062 / Make-up: Aubrey (Bride's Sister/Bridesmaid) / Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta via Glamour Closet / Dress Alterations: Janene of Janene's Bridal Boutique / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie / Bridesmaid Cardigans: JCPenney / Event Flowers: Lenny Robinson, Katie + Holly, Friends of the Family / Event Accessories (from the flower garland to the cake topper and everything in between): Terri O’Connor (Mother of the Bride) / Sandwiches: Dominicos Delicatessen / Wedding Cake: Sweet Adeline