I am so excited to share this wedding by Dana Grant Photography with all of you today! Not only is the couple incredibly beautiful (seriously, they are gorgeous), but everything about the wedding is just adorable. Drawing from the groom being an avid triathlete, the couple decided on an “in tandem” bicycle theme for their wedding. From the invitations to the seating chart, bicycle details could be found throughout all of the decor. Definitely a fun and personal wedding… and one that I would love to attend!
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
I was so blessed to have an abundance of help throughout my planning process. My bridesmaids and I spend countless hours making all the pinwheels, crafty items, and candy bar, my father constructed the seating chart as well as the pinwheel backdrops using bicycle wheels from Jordan’s papa, my sister designed and hand painted all of our signage, another sister made all of the bridesmaids jewelry, my brother shot our centerpiece photos, many close friends helped with the coordination of the actual day, and even Jordan got in on the planning too and was my main source of encouragement and support through every task.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
The most important thing when deciding who to work with for my wedding was finding talented people who understood my vision for the day and who would aid in developing that vision. I don’t see myself as the most creative person in the world, but I can expand on an idea and make it my own. I feel that I was able to achieve that level of creativity by bouncing ideas off my vendors who in turn provided perspective and grew my vision.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
My inspiration came from a few of my husband’s and my favorite things….autumn time, bikes, our favorite colors, simplicity, a little country, and the idea of starting our “life in tandem.” Oh, and donuts…can’t forget donuts!
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
My favorite thing about my wedding was the ceremony. Seeing our guests, my family, the women standing by my side who’ve supported me through life, holding tight to my Daddy’s arm as he walked and gave me away to my new family, the un-announced flyover, taking communion for the first time with my mister, and worshiping with my sweet sister and brother as they played and sang the hymn, “Be Thou My Vision”. The pastor from my home church conducted the ceremony and did an amazing job at personalizing it to us. He spoke to our strengths as individuals and challenged us as we made the step into a life together to cherish those strengths in each other. We recited the traditional vows, then each took time to read aloud a love letter we had written to each other…words I will forever cherish and moments I will never forget.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
My best piece of advice for other brides…Stressing is pretty much impossible not to do while planning a wedding, but try as much as you can to remind yourself what the day is about, and what it is your truly planning for…a life with your best friend. As soon as you start walking down that aisle, let it all go and just enjoy…soak in every word, every look, every touch, every face. I promise everything will still happen! Maybe not perfectly, but to be honest, the hiccups make the day that much more memorable.
Isn’t this wedding just amazing?! I love all of the yellow, and the little bicycles were the perfect touch. They really look just so happy together!