Happy Wednesday everyone! I think we could all use a bit of joy this week, don’t you? Well this eclectic vineyard wedding from Jen Disney Photography is full of bright colors and lots of fun elements, and it’s sure to lift your spirits!
From the bride, Kendra:
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
When I first thought about planning, I didn’t know where to start. I found that talking to a couple of my friends and colleagues who recently got married helped to point me in the right direction. The venue we used, Wiens Family Cellars, was an ‘inclusive’ venue which meant that all food, tables & chairs, linens, and a ton of decor came with the site fee. Additionally, they assign an event coordinator to work with you and make sure that all of your preferences for the day are taken care of. For the day-of preparations, I was very careful to box up any decorations/favors that we were bringing with sketches or instructions on how and where to set-up. This allowed the venue staff to go ahead and get things set-up while we were getting ready. I also provided a sketch/layout to the florist to show where I wanted to see certain pieces of our decor or extra shepard hooks & lanterns and things.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
Communication and collaboration. I travel a lot for my job and needed vendors who were effective and responsive with email, so I made sure that method of communication would work. Then it was just about finding people who we felt understood our needs and ideas for the atmosphere we wanted to create. We were very open to hearing ideas from vendors that went along with our vision for our wedding. I felt we had a great collaboration of ideas with all of my vendors. And because of this, I was able to really let go of things toward the last couple of weeks and especially on the day of the wedding because I trusted that they knew what we wanted and liked.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
I didn’t have a “dream wedding” so when we started planning I really hit Pinterest and loads of wedding blogs. I just started to see what pieces I really identified with and what I could see working for Sean and I. Both Sean and I are very laid back and we knew we wanted something more casual than formal, but still traditional.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
This is so tough because I really love the way our wedding came together. I think my favorite thing about our wedding overall is the atmosphere we created for our friends and family, which was very warm and casual and comfortable. Having said that, looking at our pictures my favorite part is definitely the flowers! I LOVE the way the flowers came together and I remember not wanting to put my bouquet down ever. They are so bright and cheerful, but still very classy. And my veil, I also really love my veil which I found by chance at a shop near my office that I popped into during my lunch break! :)
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Have fun and personalize. The pieces of our wedding that keep getting brought up again are those that were really personal reflections of Sean and I, those are the things that make a wedding your own. And one practical tip that a friend gave me was to provide the photographer with a list of ‘must take’ photos and Jenn was great about reminding us to get together with certain groups that were on our list. Time goes really fast and you’re pulled in many directions throughout the night, so to have her keep track was great and I’m very grateful each time I look back at our photos.
Oh I just LOVE everything about this wedding! From the unique bridesmaid dresses and the pennant flag ceremony programs, to the fun color palette and guest “balloons”! And even better- Kendra’s advice about personalizing elements of your wedding!
So friends, tell me- what kind of details are you planning to have at your wedding that will reflect you and your fiance?