Chad and Kim – Real Wedding – Gorgeous Summer wedding and reception at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach. Photography by Master Photographer, Frank Salas.
How long did you plan the wedding after the proposal?
We got engaged on the beaches of Mexico the week of Thanksgiving, and then began planning the wedding in February, with our wedding date of July 28th. Overall, we planned the entire thing in approximately 5 months!
The top 3 challenges/difficulties of planning the wedding.
1. Destination wedding (planning from afar)
2. We had a constant balance of trying to maintain a budget (which we blew anyways J) and wanting to provide everything for our family and ensuring everyone had the best time.
3. Keeping it small, we ended up with 32 people, but it was perfect and we wouldn’t have changed one thing if we went back again, the smaller the better for weddings in our opinion! Also, we had a fair amount of young children, and we wanted all of the parents to be able to fully enjoy the dinner so we arranged for babysitters and activities for the kiddos, it turned out great and both the parents and kids were able to fully enjoy themselves!
The top 3 most fun/easiest parts of planning the wedding.
1. Making it our own! Adding personal touches throughout the ceremony so it wasn’t the traditional script or what people may expect from a ceremony. For example we wrote our own vows and made them funny and lovable (Chad vowed to never ever take Kim’s chocolates for example – he already learned that lesson the hard way).
2. Picking out our menu for the dinner – the Montage had so many wonderful options to choose from. We wanted the dinner to be elegant and something our guests would never forget.
3. Planning the honeymoon – we spent a few days in Laguna Beach after the wedding, then spent time in both San Diego and San Francisco.
What fun/unique feature of your wedding made you the proudest?
We decided to walk down the aisle together, Chad met Kim at the top of the aisle and they walked down together. In the absence of Kim’s dad it was important to have her future husband walk her down the aisle. Additionally, Chad’s best friend was our officiant which made the wedding even more personable and special, something that we will always remember.
If you had it to do over, what would you change, add or do differently?
Kim would not have picked a backless dress (complete lack of support and not practical, but they look pretty). The second thing would be to not be as worried about everyone else’s experience and focus more on our own – it is hard to not to continuously try to ensure your family is having the best time the entire trip, but that is really not necessary and caused us a few headaches along the way.
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