“With Covid-19 barrier after barrier in their way, Mariah and Julio said I do in front of their family and friends on a perfect Idaho day. The sun bright and the air warm, a song that reminds Julio of Mariah every time began to play. Julio’s eyes filled with tears as his bride walked down the aisle toward him. They danced together under strings of lights and the Idaho golden sun, their day marked by the abundance of joy each person in attendance felt.”
Bridal Q & A
Q1: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day? A1: For our wedding we did not have a specific theme. I was inspired by several different photos on Pinterest but didn’t really have a specific inspiration other than the fact that I knew we wanted to have the dusty rose because I loved that color. As far as color palette we did light and dark gray, dusty rose and other variety of darker and lighter pinks and grays. For our day we did it traditionally, but we actual did not do a cake cutting or a bouquet/garter toss. Mostly because we were having way too much fun dancing and enjoying our family and friends after being cooped up in quarantine.
Q2: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY? A2: The ceremony space was very simple. We had eucalyptus on the aisle chairs all the way up the aisle. Our arch way a DIY amazing piece that was some what of a geometrical shape that was decorated insanely beautiful by our florist. We had 2 amazing flower pots at the beginning of the aisle on both sides. For the entrance we had a DIY welcome sign that was white and black very simple but beautiful. Our guestbook table had hints of our beautiful rose gold centerpieces on it. The reception: We had hexagonal terrariums that were rose gold as our center pieces. They had succulents in the center of them. They were all DIY. We had DIY charcoal gray jars that our florist filled with stunning flowers. The cocktail tables had a very cute special touch. The table cloths were pulled together around the stand of the tables and held with a glittery rose gold piece of fabric. Our dessert table had a very similar set up with a special stand that was a hexagon shape to display the churros.
Q3: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding? A3: The florals were absolutely beyond anything we could have expected our florist went way above and beyond and I feel like her work is what totally tied together the entire wedding. It tied in every decoration and made the day even more beautiful. Our flowers had eucalyptus, succulents, white roses and small dark pink rose flowers as well. We used flowers in almost everything we had at our wedding. We had them on our welcome sign, our arch, every single centerpieces, our bouquets, corsages, chairs up the aisle, center pieces, EVERYTHING. I think as I mentioned before that they played one of the biggest roles of our entire day, it just really tied everything together. More than I could have even imagined.
Q4: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding? A4: The way that we thought that the wedding was personalized was by a few minor things that meant big things in our hearts. We had our favor for the wedding as homemade salsa by my mother in law. It was so special to us. It was very special to me to have my best friends mom be the one to marry us. Our bartender was someone I worked for in college which was special and our caterer was someone who is a fitness client of mine. One of the most special things was having my brother and sister in law as our amazing photographers. Some of my favorite parts of the day was dancing in the getting ready room with some of my most favorite girls. My first look with my dad and brother was something I will remember my entire life. I loved getting ready with my mom and hugging her at the end of the aisle. One of the most special things was how Julio looked when he saw me his reaction was priceless and a true expression of his love for me and there couldn’t have been anything sweeter. I loved the dancing and celebrating with friends too. There was a ton of favorites for me. I feel like the Spanish music and churros played a role in personalizing our day.
Q5: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail. A5: Im not super sure HOW I chose my dress but I went dress shopping with friends and had NO expectation NO dream dress nada. I tried on my dress at a super cute place (Kates Bridal Cottage) This was the first wedding dress I had ever put on. I knew in my head as soon as I put it on that it was the one for me. We tried on probably 50 more that day and still ended up with the very first one from Kates.For Julio we knew we didn’t want the traditional tux because the style tends to be longer jackets in the back, and the pants aren’t quite as tight on the legs as he was hoping for. We ended up going with his style of every day clothing and got him a suit, vest and jacket from Express. It was much more fitted and looked great!
Q6: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal. A6: I could just leave it that we met at NNU or I can tell the story. We met at a college party at NNU.. Its kind of a funny story….I was playing beer pong and Julio was sitting on the couch… I could tell that he was looking at me but seemed shy to say anything. A couple minutes later he asked me to take a picture with him.. of course I did and then I pulled the ” you should send that to me” and the rest is history. The proposal.. the morning of my moms birthday she had messaged me and asked me to take photos of her and my dad because she had lost a bunch of weight, it was her bday and she didn’t have a ton of just the two of them.. everything about this seemed super legit. Naturally I said “can you take some of us too” because I love pictures. So she brought her camera and we went on a beautiful hike to Blue Lake, on the hike I started taking pics of my parents then my mom started taking pics of us. For one photo I asked for a specific pose and when I turned around he was on one knee.. and I was so dang happy!
Q7: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day? A7: Its so hard to pick just ONE special moment because I never imagined a day in my life could be so perfect! Buttttttt if I have to pick one (or two) special moments. One of the most special moments was when I walked down the aisle because Julios reaction was so precious and I tried to make it extra special by walking down the aisle to one of the songs Julio “dedicated” to me about 4 years ago. Another stand out special moment has a little bit of a back story. About 2 years into dating Julio said “there’s one concert I want to take you to some day but I won’t tell you what it is until I can just get tickets and take you” I think I asked him for the next 3 years who it was and why he couldn’t tell me about it.. Well on our wedding day we did our first dance to the song “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias and we did the first half of the song in Spanish and the DJ did a fantastic transition to English to stand out to everyone at the wedding. and in that moment Julio said “remember when I told you I wanted to take you to a concert, this is it and this is one of the songs I wanted you to hear” and the fact that he is so thoughtful just is so precious to me.
Q8: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day? A8: I feel like a piece of advice would be one of the things my friends told me that I didn’t listen to… the least amount of DIY stuff the better hahaha. Although we had a blast making it, it is a lot of time and a lot of work. I would also advise to just LIVE IN THE MOMENT it goes by so dang fast. Everyone says that but its so so true. Marriage advice: just continue to be best friends, make each other better, have goals, help each other reach them. Make time for each other when you’re “too” busy. We like to sit for dinner with no electronics and talk about our day or go for walks to catch up because it seems like our schedules are so opposite. Always listen and be open minded, pray hard and tell each other you love one another as much as possible:)
Vendors in this Wedding
Hair Stylist: Paradigm a Hair Salon DJ: Sound Wave Music Caterer: El Gallo Giro Bakery: Sweet Alibi Bakery Dress Store: Kate’s Bridal Cottage Floral Designer: Jil’s Flowers Haus Ceremony Location: Deerflat Ranch Photographer: Pen and Lens