To wrap this week up, we are super excited to share the wedding of Melissa from The Loveliest Day. Her wedding was totally gorgeous, and she’s super talented as you can clearly see from all the details she put together! Enjoy–we hope you all have a great weekend.
Blogger’s Weddings: The Loveliest Day
Tell us a little bit about your blog and how you got started.
The Loveliest Day was started based on one thing, and one thing only- LOVE! The love I share with my husband, which led us to get married, which led to my adoration for weddings, and the rest just fell into place. That’s what it really boils down to. I share beautiful inspiration, creative details, and incredible weddings on my blog, but it’s all really about each couple’s love story. What can I say, I love love!
Tell us a little about you and your husband–how you met, the proposal, etc.
Bryan and I met the day after my 20th birthday. I was visiting some friends in Southern California, and we were introduced. Two months later we started dating, and eight months after that, I made the move from Northern to Southern California to be with him. Four years later, he proposed while we were visiting my family in the Bay Area (it was a complete and utter surprise to me, but everyone else knew!), and we were married two and a half years after that.
How involved was your husband in wedding planning?
Not very involved. He wanted to take part in choosing the food and the music, but left the rest up to me! He was supportive and helpful when I needed it, but other than that, he wasn’t so into the planning, haha.
As a blogger, you see tons of amazing inspiration daily. How did you narrow all that inspiration down for your wedding?
When I first started planning my wedding in 2007, there weren’t nearly as many wedding blogs as there are today. I definitely read a few, but primarily read magazines and used The Knot forums (which were a great resource!). I had a pretty solid idea of what I wanted from the beginning, and just added little bits and pieces as I went along. To be honest, if I was getting married today, it would be much harder to stick with one idea since there is SO much gorgeous wedding inspiration readily available everywhere you turn.
Do you have any advice for brides-to-be on how to get inspired for their own wedding?
Your wedding should be a reflection of you, so start by pulling ideas from the style of your home and your wardrobe. Are you sleek and modern, sweet and vintage, eclectic and bohemian? If your husband-to-be has a completely different style, try fusing the two. No matter what your style, doing this helps start you on the path to creating a wedding that is uniquely you.
What was your favorite moment or memory from your wedding?
It is incredibly hard to choose, because honestly, the whole day was a dream. If I had to pick one moment though, it would be our first look. Seeing Bryan before the ceremony in a quiet, private moment made me feel completely at peace. Any anxious energy I had about having all eyes on me (I hate being the center of attention!) melted away. I was about to marry the love of my life, and I have never felt happier. It was such a magical and special memory for me.
If you could go back and get married again (to the same guy, of course), are there any changes you’d make?
There are only two things I would change.
1) I would have added a few extra hours on to our reception. I figured six hours was long enough, but we would have loved to dance the night away with our family and friends for a little bit longer.
2) I would have worried less about what other people were telling me to do, and do what I wanted to do. That is the number one advice I give to any bride or groom. The wedding is about YOU! Don’t let outside pressure from family or friends dictate your choices. This wasn’t a huge issue for me, but looking back there are definitely a few small things I might have done differently if I was making all the decisions based on us as a couple, and no one else.
Wedding planning can turn a lot of perfectly normal girls into emotional wrecks! is there any advice you can give for how to stay balanced during wedding planning?
Just remember that your wedding day is about sharing your love and joining together in marriage. Planning all the details and décor is incredibly fun, and clearly I love it as my blog revolves around it, but don’t get so wrapped up in the details that you forget the true meaning of the day. If you start to feel like it’s all too much (and believe me, you may feel like that at some point) just think about how much you love your partner, and everything will be put back into perspective.
If you did a lot of diy or thrifting for your wedding, do you have any tips or favorite sources?
Etsy, Ebay and Craigslist are your friends! Check out your local flea markets and thrift stores. It may take some serious digging, but there are gems to be found!
Lots of brides are on tight budgets nowaways. in your experience, what are three things that are important not to scrimp on, and what are three things that could go?
I feel like this depends a lot on the couple and their priorities, but one thing I think applies to everyone is do NOT scrimp on photography! After all the hard work you put into planning your wedding, you want it to be well documented. A good photographer is SO important, so if you need to make cuts in other areas to hire a good photographer, definitely do it!
Tell us a little about what you’re doing now, and what your hobbies are (other than blogging)
When I’m not blogging or dreaming up designs, my favorite thing to do it spend time with my husband and sweet pup, Mamacita! I’m also a total bookworm and love to take in a good movie. I travel as much as possible, and have a slightly unhealthy obsession with handbags.
Venue: Rancho Las Lomas
Photographer: Amelia Lyon
Coordinator: Joyful Weddings and Events
Floral Designer: The Treasured Petal
Stationery: Ephemera Press
Cake + Desserts: Sweet & Saucy Shop
Catering: 24 Carrots
Hair + Makeup Artist: Nicole DeAnne
DJ: So Cal DJ
Bride’s Dress: Priscilla of Boston
Bride’s Hair Piece: Twigs & Honey
Bridesmaid Dresses: Melissa Sweet
Groom + Groomsmen Ties: Cyberoptix Tie Lab