How did you meet?
We met at The Omega Institute for Holistic Studies where we were both running a workshop.
How long did you plan the wedding after the proposal?
We got engaged on July 14th, 2014 and married on August 1st, 2015 so it was about one year and two weeks.
The top 3 challenges/difficulties of planning the wedding.
1. Getting all the DIY projects done in time to be shipped! (We live in New York and got married in Temecula, CA)
2. Working with the different personalities and requests from family members especially because my parents are divorced and both remarried. Everyone gets along, which is really nice, but everyone had different ideas and requests for how they wanted the wedding to go. We had to constantly remind family that it was our wedding and not theirs!
3. Planning a destination wedding – we had to really trust our vendors to make our dream wedding happen without us seeing it – and they all delivered!! Since we weren’t able to make multiple trips, we had to get as much done during a week long visit in February (including my hair and make up trial and menu tasting)! We didn’t see the flowers, linens, anything really until the day of the wedding!
The top 3 most fun/easiest parts of planning the wedding.
1. Doing DIY projects with my husband – he was involved in everything and if he wasn’t able to make the craft, he would play his guitar for me and make sure my wine glass was always full! It was wonderful to have his help and have him so involved in every little detail.
2. Picking out and trying on wedding dresses
3. Cake tasting! Yum!
What fun/unique feature of your wedding made you the proudest?
What made us the proudest was the location. Many people get married AT a vineyard, but few get married IN a vineyard. Our guests were all shuttled to the top of a hill far out in the grape vineyards and actually had to walk through the vines to get to the ceremony spot. And this all happened during the most beautiful California sunset – it was unforgettable! And tied for proudest moment was our last song of the night, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (this was an incredible suggestion by Jeremy our DJ). Everyone gathered in a circle with us in the middle, linked arms and sang the song as loud as they could – we ended the night literally surrounded by the people we love.
If you had it to do over, what would you change, add or do differently?
We had too many seats out at the ceremony site and completely forgot to put out a “choose a seat not a side” sign. Since the wedding was a destination, many of John’s family could not make it so the vast majority followed the traditional rules of sitting on the bride or grooms side – which meant that almost all of our guests were sitting on one side of the aisle and the other was completely barren! Our friends and family are very progressive people so we were SHOCKED when they all subconsciously followed that rule. The bottom line is this – if you want bride and grooms guests to mingle, make or purchase a “choose a seat, not a side” sign. We wish we would have done this!
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