Every week I just love getting to pour over the details of these weekly wedding stories to share with each of you. All of our Mrs. have such sweet insights into how their wedding day came together. Their honesty is encouraging and their weddings are so charming as you see how they infused their own personal touches. True to form – this week’s bride is all of the above – sweet, honest, charming…you’re going to love her wedding! As always, enjoy!
Meet Abby!! Abby and her husband Matty were married late summer of 2012 on August 17th. Family and friends poured so much love into making their wedding day a true celebration to start their marriage! ❤
How did you and your husband meet?
We met in high school. We’re both the youngest in our families and our older siblings all went to high school with each other and were friends. Matty & I knew of each other but didn’t officially meet until our freshman year. We were friends for all through high school but didn’t starting dating until after graduation.
Length of engagement?
Favorite part of planning?
I loved designing all the different materials, invites, and printed items. I loved getting to spend time with all the lovely ladies in my life (mom, grandma, friends, mother-in-law, sister-in-laws etc….) especially dress shopping and working on decor!
Hardest part of planning?
Making sure I didn’t forget anything! Even with all of the lists & planners out there to help, there are so many details to keep track of that it can get overwhelming. Make sure you have a notebook or binder to keep track of everything. And then don’t forget to communicate the details with all of the appropriate people.
- “Canon in D” -Pachelbel
- We also sang “Children of the Heavenly Father”
Blues & yellows
I had mostly yellow & white flowers for bouquets & boutenierres.
For our reception I actually went to our local farmers market and found a vendor who sold flowers. They let us come to their farm the week of the wedding to see what was in bloom and I picked out the ones I wanted. Since we were only purchasing fresh cut flowers we hired some wonderful family friends to help arrange all of the centerpieces in vases & mason jars. They did a beautiful job!!
Most of the flowers were daisies, zinias, and large arrangements of babies breath. We loved it and it was a fraction of the cost of getting floral centerpieces from a florist.
Wedding party size?
Overall size of wedding?
Large, we had around 375 at the wedding
First dance song?
“When You Say Nothing At All” by Allison Kraus
“What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
What did you DIY?
We DIY’d many aspects of the reception.
- I designed all of the printed materials for signs.
- We had little cards that people could fill out with various questions: Best marriage advice, what should we name our future children, What is the most romantic place we should visit, What is your favorite memory of us, where do you see us in 25 years.
- We also did our own place cards and had a large display with two distressed wooden doors and hung string between them, we then put the place cards on the string with tiny clothespins.
- We had that in the entry way by a table with old family wedding portraits on it.
- My Grandma makes hand embroidered cards (stitching on paper), and so she graciously made hand embroidered flowers, that we made into magnets, as the front enclosure on all of our invites! It was a huge labor of love from her, plus all of guests got a cute magnet to use 🙂
What was a fun personal touch you added to your day?
Ever since I was little I vowed that I would have pizza as the main course at my wedding. So the venue was able to to a pizza & pasta buffet – it was awesome! I was nervous about spilling red sauce on my dress so my grandma made me a white lace apron that clipped on to the front of my wedding dress. It was super cute and so sweet of her.
Favorite part of your wedding day?
Honestly the whole day was amazing! I think seeing all of your family and friends in one room is just surreal and so special. The entire day you and your husband feel so incredibly loved!
Any resources you loved to use?
Pinterest was really my primary resource for ideas.
Any ways you were able to save money?
We had our wedding on a Friday which helped save a lot of costs with our venue and other rentals.
We have very talented family & friends who were able to help with various projects for the wedding as well. My mom & grandma used to own a wedding cake business and so my mom made our wedding cake. It was beautiful & delicious! Plus it was very special that she was able to do that for us.
What advice would you share with a bride-to-be?
Enjoy the process. Your engagement is such a short period of time in the grand scheme of things, so try not to let the planning and details get you too stressed.
Don’t take for granted the quality time you get to spend with your family & friends while you’re planning, these will be some of the sweetest memories you’ll have with them. Memories from finding your dress, to bridal showers, and everything in between.
Remember the wedding is just one day but the marriage is forever. Don’t forget to spend time preparing for life after the wedding day with your fiancé.
Abby’s photographer: Marc & Shayna AMENSON Studio
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