Well, another Wednesday is upon us, which of course means another awesome wedding featured! This colorful wedding comes to us from ELV photographers Vue Photography, and I just love the fun vibe throughout the whole wedding! Bright colors, the beach, and a very cool, almost bohemian style- fabulous! And even better- this was a destination wedding for the bride and groom, so the bride, Jenny, shared some great tips for planning a destination wedding!
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
Since we were getting married in city where we didn’t (and none of our family or friends) lived in, it really was a team effort to get everything done smoothly. My mom was the biggest help throughout the entire process and I can’t thank her enough for everything she did. She actually found the venue (The Vue on 30A) and the coordinator (Christen) on a solo exploratory trip to Santa Rosa. After making those 2 decisions, everything else just kind of fell into place.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
I was the MOH in my little sister’s wedding, which was almost exactly a year before our wedding, and that experience taught Greg and me a lot about how we did and didn’t want for our wedding and the planning of it to go. Greg and I are an extremely laid back couple, so we wanted to work with people that fit in with our vibe, and understood us. We wanted people that would be friends that we could work together with, rather than people that just took orders from us. That strategy worked out extremely well for us, and created a very collaborative, low stress planning process for everyone involved. (In fact, we were told by more than one vendor that we were one of the most laid back and relaxed couples that they had ever worked with.)
Did any of your vendors do anything special for you before, on, or after your wedding day that you would like to share?
Christine at the Vue on 30A, our day of/venue coordinator was amazing! She really went above and beyond in helping to make everything go smoothly. My biggest complaint about my sister’s wedding was that most of the family and wedding party didn’t get a single bite of food and barely a sip of cocktail until an hour into the reception. Most of us missed the appetizers completely. We discussed this with Christine when we were planning and she agreed to make sure this didn’t happen to us. In fact, she had a bartender get drink orders from the entire wedding party and immediate family before the ceremony and arranged for someone to meet us on the beach with our cocktails, so we could enjoy cocktail hour while taking our pictures. She also brought down a few plates of appetizers for us to munch on as well, and then basically force fed Greg and I a few bites (which we loved). Christine also arranged for Greg and I to eat our dinner upstairs away from all of the guests, so we could have a few moments to ourselves to let everything sink in. And while we were upstairs enjoying a few calm, quiet, private moments, she even guarded the door so those moments would indeed stay private. I would highly recommend this to future brides. It was so nice to have a few moments alone with my husband, before the whirlwind of the reception started up again.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
There really are too many to count. Giggling with my Dad the entire time we he escorted me down the aisle before revealing to the guests that he was the officiant, exchanging our vows while surrounded by family and friends, Greg’s and my few private moments alone upstairs while we ate dinner, dancing with my 95-year-old grandmother to her favorite song, “Friends In Low Places”. I could keep going, but I think you get the point. : )
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
I know it sounds cheesy and cliché, but my biggest piece of advice is to just relax and enjoy it. Wedding planning can be stressful, but stressing out doesn’t fix or accomplish anything. It just creates more stress. Also, things can (and will) go wrong, but the sooner you realize and accept that, the easier the whole process will be. Besides, there is nothing in life that a good laugh and maybe a dirty martini can’t fix.
Excellent advice Jenny, thank you so much for sharing your wedding insight with us! And love the last part- that’s a great life mantra! ;) Big thanks to the wonderful ladies of Vue Photography for sharing the fun and color of this wedding with us! And be sure to check out their spot in ELV to see more of their fabulous work and learn all about them!
So what do you all think? How do you like all of these bright colors? Raise your hand (aka comment) if you’re having a brightly colored wedding too! :)
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