Happy Wedding Wednesday darlings!!
I definitely saved one of the most amazing weddings for this Wedding Wednesday! Truly this wedding is brilliant. I can’t express how much I love this wedding.
Emily and Christian were married on May 23th, 2014 in the most beautiful boho outdoor wedding. Let’s hear from our Bride….
How did you meet?: I met Christian while working in Ecuador for the non-profit Manna Project International. The day we met we were both volunteering with the Red Cross at a pseudo-bullfight. Christian was serving as the medical head that day and I was just another confused gringa volunteer. Before the chaos started, Christian and I shared a short conversation where we quickly realized our mutual love for animals. He was a fourth year veterinary student working at an animal shelter and I was a crazy animal lover looking for a shelter to volunteer at. It was KISMET. Unfortunately we did not share any more convos that day as I was whisked away on an ambulance run with the extremely important job of ringing the siren. Our first “date” was on my 24th birthday when he accompanied a group of crazy gringos on a party bus around Quito.
( Surprisingly, he stuck around after this belligerent event and that’s when I knew he was a keeper. And the rest, as they say, is history……. )
Bride: What attribute/s drew you to your groom?: his intelligence, drive, and compassion for all living beings
Groom: What attribute/s drew you to your bride?: her smile, humor, and kindness
A little or a lot about your proposal…: Christian proposed on the top of a mountain in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and gasping for air (the hike was no easy feat), he asked me to marry him 🙂
Any advice for other Brides?: if you can afford it, hire a wedding planner! Planning a wedding is a huge undertaking and you don’t want to get bogged down with the prep and not be able to enjoy the months leading up to it. I started from ‘zero’ while wedding planning, knowing absolutely nothing about the process, so I feel I could have saved a lot of time working with someone who was knowledgeable in the field.
Also, let Pinterest become your best friend – it is a great resource to discover what you like/what you don’t like and what vision you have for your wedding. It’s your day, make it reflect you as a couple!
What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues?: For awhile now I had imagined my wedding at my childhood home. It’s out in the country – beautiful scenery and llamas, what more could you ask for?!
The reception was a unique situation because we actually won a radio auction! We got the venue, dinner, bar, and basic decor for like a 50% discount, AMAZING!
Did you use any blogs for inspiration? If so, which one/s?: Green Wedding Shoes was my absolute favorite! All the weddings were unique and special in their own way.
What was your biggest challenge to overcome while planning?: Time management – I would become really focused on such a silly, minute detail and forget about the big picture.
What was your absolute “must have”?: a floral crown – my parents were total hippies so I’m a flower-child at heart.
What was the most memorable moment from your wedding?: The ceremony in general, especially our vows. We did them in Spanish but had them printed in English for our guests to follow along. Our officiant was bilingual, which was really special as well.
Congrats to Emily and Christian!! Your wedding was truly magnificent!
Photographer: Oldani Photography || Veils and headpieces: BHLDN || Photo Booth Equipment: Big Smile Photo Booth || Bakery: McArthur’s Bakery || Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse || DJ: Now That’s a DJ || Specialty Foods: Red Sprinkles Cookies || Bridesmaid Dresses: Shop Ruche || Invitation Designer: Splash of Silver || Floral Designer: Walter Knoll Florist || Caterer: Windows Off Washington || Thank you to Two Bright Lights