After five years of a long distance romance and traveling thousands of miles to see each other, it was absolutely fitting for Staci and Mat to celebrate their love with a travel themed wedding. A vintage style paired with a cheerful pink and orange color palette made their Virginia wedding fun, memorable, and absolutely gorgeous, and V.A. Photography captured it all perfectly! Staci is here with us today to share more about her wedding planning:
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
I did a lot of the planning on my own as my fiancé was living in Colorado and on a very time consuming schedule being in the military and all of my bridesmaids were out of state. Using the internet to find vendors and read reviews was a lifesaver when planning. I had a day of wedding planner but the three people who really helped us on the day of the wedding were the on site event coordinator for Tredegar, Tracy Hynes; our DJ, Amanda with Fat Cat Productions; and our photographer, Ashley Link. Those three kept us on track with events but were so great in the process.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding whom to work with for your wedding?
Of course reviews meant a lot to me but I really based my final decisions on the vendors attitudes when I met/talked with them. I talked to three different florists and ultimately went with the highest quote because she was the nicest of the three and seemed genuinely interested in what I wanted. I wanted to make sure all of my vendors were nice to avoid any unnecessary stress during planning.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
We had a travel theme for our wedding. My fiancé and I dealt with 5 years of long distance due to his military career and spent most of our time traveling to see each other so it just seemed fitting. We used a lot of vintage luggage, maps and planes as décor. I got a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
I would have to say the favorite part about our wedding was walking back down the aisle together after exchanging vows. The nerves were gone and it was time to celebrate!
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Have fun on your wedding day. Don’t let the stress get the best of you. My vendors kept commenting on how relaxed I was the day of the wedding and I believe having that attitude allowed me to fully enjoy our day. Things went wrong but we rolled with the punches and everything ended up perfectly. I would also suggest not being too strict on your bridesmaids. If your bridesmaids are stress free, they will help you be stress free.
That is some excellent advice! I always love hearing what works for other brides, and it sounds like Staci really enjoyed her wedding day!
I don’t know about you, but wedding themes are my favorite! I always encourage couples to choose some kind of theme to design their wedding around that will tell the story of their relationship, and Staci and Mat’s travel themed wedding certainly did just that!
If you were to choose a theme for your wedding that would tell your story, what would it be?