No Bride dreams of rain on her wedding day, so when rain almost put a damper on this Bride’s dream of an outdoor springtime ceremony, her team of bridesmaids and mother stepped in to keep her positive! Then — a split second after she saw her Groom for their first look, her concerns melted away! See how the whole beautiful day came together, thanks to Maison Meredith Photography, in The Vault!
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From The Bride…Before we even started planning our wedding, we knew that we wanted two things for our day: a relaxed and fun family affair! It was very important for us that the wedding all take place at the same location so that our guests could transition seamlessly from the ceremony to the cocktail hour and then to the reception. Bryan and I both grew up in Wisconsin and have a deep love for the Midwest. Although neither of us were raised on farms, we both came from small towns and felt like a barn venue would best represent our Dairy State roots.
We wanted the style vision of our day to be countryside elegance, the perfect marriage of a rustic venue filled to the brim with elegant details and touches. Our color palette reflected the season of spring, highlighted with various hues of blush, rose, and pink. Peonies, a sure sign of spring and my favorite flower, adorned the bouquets, along with garden roses, ranunculus, and double tulips. Amanda from Alluring Blooms truly brought our floral vision to life with very loose and natural centerpieces, a floral runner for the head table, and beautiful chandelier accents.
To add to the theme of elegance, I wanted small gold touches everywhere, from my jewelry and shoes, to the gold pillars in the centerpieces, to the gold chandeliers, to the gold chalkboard signs. When it came time to choosing my dress, I knew that I wanted something different. I ended choosing the dramatic Blakely from Maggie Sottero, a fit and flare gown with lavish embroidery, sparkling gold beading, and a scalloped illusion neckline. It was the perfect dress, better than I could have ever dreamed of and fit the theme of the day completely. After finding the dress, I searched endlessly for the perfect pair of earrings to compliment my dress. After spending hours and hours, I finally stumbled upon the MEG jewelry line, sold exclusively at Marah’s Elegant Bridal. The candlelight earrings, created with Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls, were the perfect combination of vintage flair and elegance.
We wanted to include our families as much as possible and did so with little touches. My “something old” was Bryan’s baptism bonnet, passed to me by his mother, and wrapped the stems of my bridal bouquet as I walked down the aisle. My “something borrowed” was a vintage hand mirror, an heirloom lent to me from Bryan’s grandmother. Our ceremony included letters written from our parents, as well as a tree planting ceremony that represented the growth and history of two families becoming one. Lastly, members from both of our families provided some of our favorite treats and goodies for our a dessert bar.
My favorite moment from the day was, hands down, our First Look. Since early that morning, it had literally rained all day long. I had always dreamed of having an outdoor ceremony, so when we had to move the ceremony indoors at the last minute, I was trying my best to stay positive. My amazing bridesmaids and mother did all they could to distract me from the rain, but deep down, I knew I was disappointed. The second I saw Bryan for our First Look, all of my concerns faded away as I realized that nothing else mattered because that was the day I was going to marry my best friend. It was pure bliss, and I will always remember that moment.
I can honestly say that our wedding day was the most magical and amazing day I could ever imagine. Surrounded by our closest family and friends, it truly was the best day ever. My biggest piece of advice to future brides would be to hire vendors that you truly trust. Create a dream team that knows and understands your vision and trust them. I never wanted to consider the fact that it could rain on our wedding day, but it did. Instead of letting it ruin our day, I put my trust in my amazing team of vendors and they came through for us 110%. Our wedding coordinator, photographers, florist, even our DJ, put in so much effort to make our day special and I will never be able to thank them enough!
Photography: Maison Meredith Photography | Floral Design: Alluring Blooms | Wedding Dress: Maggie Soterro | Cupcakes: Madison Sweets | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Kennedy Blue From Wedding Shoppe Inc | Catering: Old Feed Mill | Hair + Makeup: Julia Grace Salon | DJ: Your Mix Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Nedrebo's | Officiant: Sky's the Limit Weddings | Venue: Sugarland | Bridal Boutique: Vera's House of Bridal | Bride's Earrings: MEG Jewelry | Chalkboard Design + Signage: A La Crate | Rentals: A to Z Event Essentials