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Hair: Hautie Rouge Salon– Ruca Bowman
Rehearsal Dinner: Sassi
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa :: Photographer: Amy & Jordan :: Wedding Coordinator: Whitney from Some Like it Classic :: Ceremony Musician: String Serenade :: Entertainment: Mancini Entertainment :: Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen
Family First: For their wedding, Alyssa and Nick wanted a day that was about them as a couple as much as it was about the people who knew them throughout the 6 1/2 years they dated and supported them in their relationship. Family and friends came from near and far to celebrate their I Do’s and were treated to a classically beautiful wedding day that put family and tradition in the forefront.
Thoughtful Details: Alyssa used her mother’s pearls and vintage purse for her “something old”, the “something new” was a special perfume purchased by her mother, her grandmother’s wedding handkerchief and mom’s veil (wrapped around her bouquet) were the “something borrowed” items, and Nick’s grandmother’s rosary was the “something blue” piece.
The Colors: Our color scheme was Navy, ivory/cream, and gold with accents of other neutrals and pinks. We wanted to keep our décor classic and clean without going the traditional black and white.
How They Met: Nick and I met at Arizona State freshman year through our mutual friends that lived across the hall from me. I remember telling my roommate about him and after I found out he played basketball, I challenged him to a game asap. We loved doing a lot of the same things and are both active and love sports. We spent (and spend) a lot of time together hiking, long boarding, playing basketball, etc. He says he knew he wanted to marry me when I yelled at him for changing the channel when a football game was on. I knew I wanted to marry him when I saw him with our families and how much of a family man he is.
Nick’s parents gave the couple several family heirlooms along with informational cards that explained the significance of each heirloom and to whom it belonged in the family- what an incredible way to honor the past and all that the idea of “family” encompasses.
The First Look: We knew we wanted a first look from the get go. We both wrote letters to each other, so it was the perfect time to read our letters and have a moment alone together. I also liked having family pictures prior to the ceremony. Not only because my hair and make-up were fresh, but because we were able to spend time with the people closest to us before we got swept away by our other 140+ guests during the reception.
We love the idea of having some time together before the ceremony and the addition of the letters makes it even better!
The Flowers: Our flowers included peonies, renunculus, white anemone (with navy centers), and blush astilbe
Favorite Moment: My favorite moment was walking down the isle and seeing Nick’s face. I nearly forgot there were other people surrounding us. It was such a surreal moment and one I will never forget.
The couple’s pastor is a close family friend AND the photographer’s brother!
The Reception: Our first dance was to Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” and our cake cutting song was “Sugar” by Maroon 5, one of Nick and my favorite songs (Maroon 5 should have crashed our wedding!)
Advice: If you can avoid it, don’t plan an out-of-town wedding during your first year of medical school Haha but really, I would tell couples planning their wedding to enjoy every single moment, even the things that seem annoying or monotonous. Try not to look at it as a long list of tasks or never ending appointments, but a time you get to plan the best party ever. It was such a great time to spend together as a couple and with everyone that had a hand in helping us plan the big day. I feel even closer to my Mom, sister, sister-in-law and close friends going through the fun process and events of planning a wedding (cake tasting, wine tasting, dress shopping, even picking out linens)… I would encourage all brides to set their expectations with their contacts early to make the planning stress free and full of fun.
Any Surprises? A very pleasant surprise while planning was finding some beyond amazing vendors. I was completely new to the wedding industry and had no idea how awesome and fun photographers, videographers, make-up and hair artists could be! They seriously made our wedding day SO much fun and I wanted them to stay for the party after.
Congratulations Alyssa and Nick and thank you for sharing your gorgeous wedding day with us!
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