Happy day-after-Halloween! This classic Fall wedding from Rebekah Hoyt Photography is the perfect way to start off November. Full of reds and oranges, and even pumpkins for table numbers, a Fall wedding was exactly what Ashley and Karl wanted. They’re sharing all about their planning process with us today…
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
My family lives out of state so I depended a lot on my maid of honor, my bridesmaids and my husband to help make our day so wonderful. We felt so loved by our bridal party because everyone invested so much time and effort into whatever little projects needed done to make our wedding day perfect in every way. I was so fortunate because I had such an amazing support group and my maid of honor went so above and beyond in every way from my bachelorette party to all the finishing details leading up to our wedding. I also had a coordinator at our venue site which helped make the execution of our day go exactly as planned. I definitely recommend having a planner. It relieves so much stress knowing someone is completely dedicated to ensuring everything goes perfectly.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
The most important thing to me when deciding who to work with for my wedding was finding vendors who were not only creative and shared my personal style, but also passionate about what they do. I found I had great relationships with my vendors as I was able to truly connect with them as we had ideas and style choices in common which worked together to make my vision come alive. I felt they were just as invested as I was in my wedding day and made one of the most important and of course stressful times in my life so enjoyable. I found a lot of my vendors as well through recommendations of friends who were previous brides. It’s great to see a possible vendor in action or photos from an event of someone you know as you will get true feedback on their experience with that vendor. Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone whose wedding pictures you saw on a social media page. I found my make-up artist through seeing her work for a wedding of a high school friend. I reached out for her contact info and I was so happy I did because she was amazing!
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
I absolutely love fall. It has and always will be my favorite time of year. It is also my husband’s favorite time of year too so the minute we got engaged we knew we wanted to get married that time of year. Nothing is better than the cool weather, hot cider, the beginning of the holiday season and the amazing colors on the trees. I wanted to emulate fall and its beauty into our wedding with elegance and romance all over. I decided to use creams, gold’s and oranges as my base colors throughout my tables and decorations as the gold’s and creams could be my neutral bases and the oranges would be my pops of color. I also added touches of sparkle and lot’s candlelight all over the reception room to create a romantic fall evening setting. For my centerpieces I knew I wanted something different and when I think of fall I think of trees. I made the flower balls that hung from my trees with fresh carnations to add pops of fall colors that complemented my theme and had my florist add crystals and hanging candles to the trees to create that feeling you were walking through a romantic forest. My husband played an intricate role in our wedding details as he was the one who had the idea of carving pumpkins as our table numbers. I wanted to incorporate pumpkins into our decorations of course and his idea was perfect. We were running errands one day and came across white pumpkins. They were perfect! I had never seen white pumpkins before but they worked out perfectly. We also tried to incorporate fall into our food served and also had a choice of Orange Spice Cake and Carrot Cake as our wedding cake flavors. One of the moments I clearly remember was when my husband and I walked into the reception after being announced and I remember looking around and saying, “Wow, this is exactly how I pictured it looking.” It couldn’t get any better than that, I felt so accomplished and so proud of all of our hard work.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
My favorite thing about my wedding was not only my dress which I loved but also the decision my husband and I made to do a first look. My husband was nervous about standing in front of everyone for that moment when he saw me for the first time so we decided to do it privately before the ceremony. This was a suggestion brought up by our photographer and I am so happy we did it. Being able to have that moment that is so special just between me and my husband and away from all the chaos allowed us to truly enjoy each other and enjoy the moment. We didn’t have to worry about anyone staring at us and we just got to be “us” and capture that moment in its true romance. When I saw his reaction when he turned around it made my heart melt and I felt such an immense feeling of joy and happiness that I will never be able to match to any experience in my life. We scheduled time for us to have pictures done after our first look before the guests started to arrive so it was perfect because we got to enjoy each other and enjoy so much more of our day together and create so many memories even before all the festivities started.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
My best piece of advice for brides is to decide what is most important to you when it comes to all of the aspects of your wedding day whether it is location, a vendor or attire and splurge on that. You will be so happy that you did. I have always had a passion for photography and I knew that having an amazing photographer who would capture all of the important and genuine moments of our day was very important to me. When I found my photographer I was blown away by her work and I was so excited she was available for my day. We moved a few things around in our budget and made a few sacrifices so I could have the photographer of my choice. I am so happy I stuck to what was important to me because I have such beautiful pictures that captured the most important day of my life. Also when it comes to your wedding day remember that anything happens whether it was planned or not just makes your day that much more yours and remember the person standing next to you on that day is what matters. That’s what makes your life complete.
SO sweet right?! And I just love her advice-find what is most important to you and put it as a budgetary priority.
What is most important to you on your wedding day?
Can’t wait to hear!