I adore a bride who loves the experience of planning her wedding as much as she loves the Big Day itself. Especially when that bride is one that never dreamt of her wedding until the actual day she was proposed to. And this stunning Mrs.? Well, she’s both. A beautiful bride-to-be that jumped full-force into planning with the help of the uber-talented These Buds A Blooming (see: drop-dead gorgeous bouquets), the breathtaking Maravilla Gardens and a plethora of glorious images captured by Marianne Wilson Photography. See them all in the full gallery.
From the Bride… When I look back on our wedding it’s not just our wedding day that puts a smile on my face. I was never the little girl who dreamt about my wedding day, so no one was more surprised than I was at how much I loved planning our wedding. I will never forget how much fun Greg and I had scouting venues, how I cried the first time I walked into the bridal room at Maravilla Gardens. I can’t help but giggle when I remember driving straight from Las Vegas where we live to California for our cake testing and Greg was so hungry by the time we got there he ate every last crumb of cake and ended up with a belly ache. The way I felt the day I put my wedding dress on for the first time, I knew I would never wear anything else again that had that much meaning to me. I even loved being the annoying bride who wouldn’t stop calling my friends over every little detail. I knew I was probably driving them crazy, but they will never know how much it meant to me that they put a smile on their face and helped me along. Yes, our wedding day was beautiful and it was amazing seeing everything we worked so hard on come together, but for me it was the entire experience that gets me giddy. It’s almost like the wedding day was the grand finale! I would tell any of my friends who are newly engaged to enjoy every last minute of the whole experience. It really is a special and exciting time in your life.
Wedding Photography: Marianne + Joe from Marianne Wilson Photography | Wedding Venue: Maravilla Gardens in Santa Rosa Valley, California | Floral Design: These Buds A Blooming | Wedding Coordinator: Erin Boskovich | Officiant: Dean Merrill | Catering: Command Performance | Wedding Cake: Jana’s Creative Cakes | DJ: Kyle Taylor | Table Numbers: Eldetail | Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang | Earrings: Spoiled Pretty | Hair: Lindsay Milstead from Wedlocks Bridal | Makeup: Lindsay Matthews