Interview with the Bride
How did you two meet?
“We met in Mrs. Fee’s 5th grade class. We knew each other but not well. Kami thought Sean was cute. We were then reintroduced during our high school orientation and ended up having 3 classes together. Thus began our awkward teenage relationship.”
“Sean was in town for the summer, he was attending NMSU for grad school. It was wedding cake and graduation season so Kami was super busy at work, also earlier that week Kami had been rear ended.
“Sean had mentioned going on a picnic. Sean packed sandwiches, snacks, and other treats. Kami had to work overtime at work that day then they had to drop off her car at the mechanic for an estimate, thus making them very late for their picnic date. Once everything was taken care of they went to Carkeek Park, and Sean being a little impatient for an unknown reason spent a good 15 minutes looking for a ‘good picnic spot.’ Sean unpacked the picnic blanket and food. Before they could eat too much Sean tried to get Kami to stand up while he was on his knees (by saying ‘I’m taller then you’) causing Kami to become suspicious. He then pulled the ring out of his pocket, proposed, and revealed fancy reservations at the Melting Pot.”
Wedding at Renton Community Center
“We had a romantic theme. We used a dark purple and deep red as our colors. A little bit of sparkle but not too much.”
What did you give your bridesmaids as a gift?
“I got them silk robes. I found them on amazon but they were great for the morning of when we were getting ready. We had something comfortable to wear while, eating, hanging out, and getting our hair and make-up done.”
Where did you buy your wedding invitations?
“We designed them using vistaprint. They had a pretty good deal going and we used a hellebore painting I did.”
Types of Wedding Flowers
“I wanted a variety of flowers and that is exactly what Gina did for me. She used our colors and found the perfect combination. We did have red lilies, dark purple hydrangea, and red Japanese maple. We also had moss and pine cones for more of a natural look. No English ivy, it would have been cheap but it is invasive.”
Describe the Groom’s Attire
“We got the groom’s tux from men’s warehouse, Sean (husband) got to pick the design he liked the most. We have him in a purple bow tie and vest with black pants, jacket, and shoes. We had groomsmen rent from Men’s Warehouse as well, but they had red bow ties and vests.”
What did the groom give to his groomsmen as a gift?
“We got the groomsmen beer steins. They were each personalized with their initials and some type of quote or saying such as, ‘Damn I look good‘.”
Describe the Bride’s Attire
“I got my dress from Something Blue Bridal. It was gorgeous. It originally had rosettes that I didn’t care for but she removed them for me and it was perfect. My shoes were silver and had rhinestones, I found them on clearance at Macy’s for $.97. It was a great day.”
“To be perfectly honest I don’t quite remember which songs we picked. We had a list from the DJ of good options and we picked the ones we liked the most. During the ceremony there is so much to think about, like vows and getting down the isle without tripping over your dress, that I wasn’t even paying attention to the music. The one song I did notice was when we had the recessional, we played Dirty Paws from Of Monsters and Men because we both really like that song.”
Tell us about your Wedding Budget
“We went over our budget a little, but not too much. We saved money by borrowing some things like the bustier, which I borrowed from my sister-in-law. That way I didn’t have to buy one.
“We used the same chairs for the ceremony and the reception instead of renting 2 different sets. Also, the archway we got married under was moved inside for the back drop of our head table.
“Our wedding planner had a ton of connections and got us a lot of discounts. Hosting the ceremony and reception at the same location made a huge difference.
“Trying to cut costs in any little way we could like making our own table numbers and cake topper, or being crafty is really the way to go. Don’t be afraid of a good bargain – I got my shoes on clearance.”
Describe the Bridesmaids’ Attire
“We did a light flow-y red fabric dress from David’s Bridal. They were classy, cute, and hopefully not too formal so they can be worn again. Shoes, I just requested black, they got to wear their own or buy whichever they prefer. I didn’t want them going out and spending loads of money on stuff they would never use again.”
Wedding Day Accessories
“I wore my own jewelry that I already had (my wedding ring was new). Also, Gina made a gorgeous flower pin for my hair that matched perfectly with the whole wedding. She made it with silk flowers so I can keep it forever.”
“We bough mason jars with handles online. We then had a crafting party where I had designed different shapes for chalkboard contact paper (fox, owl, ginkgo leaf, penguin, etc). We traced, cut, and stuck the chalkboard paper onto each glass. That way people could write their names on their glass, keep it all night for drinks, and take it home at the end. We also crated a monogram with our initials that had the date that I carved stamps with and we stamped each glass, but the ink wasn’t very permanent…”
Highlights from the Ceremony and Reception
“From the ceremony, our vows. We had my brother preform the ceremony, wrote our own vows, and included our own touches. We are not religious so instead of having a typical bible quote we quoted Dr. Seuss.
We’re all a little weird. And life is weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutual weirdness and call it love.
“Also, my brother had us play rock-paper-scissors to see who read their vows first. It was very personal, we made everyone cry and it was perfect.”
“For the reception, I loved that it was just a huge party with all of our friends and family and they played only good music! I always heard that towards the end of the wedding the bride and groom are so exhausted they just want to leave early, I was having so much fun I didn’t even realize how late it was until the DJ announced that we were on the last song, time went so fast and we were having a blast.
“Before the cake cutting, a champagne cork shot up and broke a light above the cake and covered it in shards of glass. Total freak accident that scared the bajeezes out of everyone, but no one got hurt. It was super sad as the cake was ruined. It is a good story (and kind of ironic) that me, a cake decorator (a.k.a cake snob) had an emergency grocery store cake at my wedding. We were a little disappointed, but we did not let it bother us and the night was still fantastic.
“You just have to remember one thing going wrong doesn’t have to ruin your whole night, take pleasure in the fun and make humor out of the not so great.”
Best advice you received while planning your wedding?
“Pinterest! I loved Pinterest, it was perfect for getting and sharing ideas. Also, don’t be afraid of saying you don’t like something or working off other ideas to make yours fit your style/interests. Be open to ideas from the people who actually know what they are doing, and put your faith in their skills and ability. There were definitely times when Gina (florist) and Jaimiee (wedding planner) would get super excited about an idea they had, I let them just run with it and everything they did was absolutely gorgeous. There is no way I would ever have thought of everything by myself.”
Tell us about your Honeymoon
“We went to Salish Lodge and Spa at Snoqualmie Falls for our honeymoon. It was really nice and we were able to go hiking around the area. It was local and affordable but still a great get-away.”