I just love this jewel toned bohemian wedding from Live View Studios! With autumnal details and a historical venue, it’s only fitting that lovely bride Chelsea wore a vintage gown. She’s here with us today to share her planning insight:
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
My mother was the biggest help and blessing throughout the whole wedding planning process. She actually did most of the decorating and did a ton of DIY projects herself. I joke that if it wasn’t for her and her artistic gift, we would have had a pretty boring and plain wedding. She did a tremendous job at taking what I love and making it come to life. P.S. She did all the flowers herself!
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
The most important thing to us as we were choosing who to work with for our wedding (photographer, videographer, reception venue, etc.) was passion for what they did, a desire to capture what makes us unique, and intention of putting our needs and wants first. And we couldn’t be more happy with the decisions we made. Brent and Anna (Live View Studios Photography) are natural artists as what they do. They created a dreamy experience, and captured every moment with emotion and such a focus on detail. They are such precious people. Grace Jones (Grace Jones Videography) is a talented friend of ours; and we were so blessed to have her as our wedding videographer. She appreciates the eccentric things like I do, and she perfectly captured the celebratory feel. Greg Carlyle (Millennium Center Reception Venue) makes each client feel like royalty. Whatever your heart desires, he will make happen. And the venue is breathtaking!
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
I knew I wanted to create an environment that captured who Matt and I are as individuals and as a couple. I would define both of us as free spirits. We both appreciate the vintage look; and I have always had a little boho in me (my friends and family joke that I was born in the wrong era). I wanted the wedding details to be unique; and that’s where my mom came in. A lot of the foundational inspiration came from Pinterest; it was a great starting place. Another detail that was extremely important to us was the music; and we are blessed with many talented friends and family. Our dear friend Nick Williams played the kora as I walked down the aisle and then another dear friend of ours (Andrew Lazare) played at the reception (Band: The Heritage). Our overall goal was to make this a celebration and make everyone feel comfortable, appreciated, and loved; because if it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be who we are as individuals or as a couple. Each and every one of them has had an impact on our lives; and we love them all dearly.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
Do I have to choose just one favorite thing? If I had to choose one, I would say the ceremony meant the most to me. Dylan McKeeman (Reynolda Church Music Director and a friend of ours) led the most intimate and beautiful ceremony. But if I may add: I wore my mother’s dress, which I told my mom meant the world to me. Cathy Zakula did the alterations to the wedding dress (well basically created a new dress); she made my dream wedding dress a reality.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
I have two pieces of advice for other brides: first, brides, this is your special day, so make sure everyone around you treats you that way. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready the day of, enough time that you actually enjoy it and don’t feel rushed. Second, consider doing a “first look” with your future spouse. I was a nervous wreck until I saw Matt; I will cherish that time in history forever. It was so special and intimate. And the “first look” footage and photos are by far some of the best because it captures such real love, celebration, and emotion.
Wonderful advice! I love that Chelsea decided to stay true to her boho self and re-worked her mother’s gown to add a vintage touch.
How about you? Would you wear an heirloom gown on your wedding day? I’d love to hear your thoughts!