Eric and I have known each other since high school. We dated in high school and then again some after. We reconnected after being apart for 10 years!
We were married at the Windmill Winery in Florence on 8-30-13. We planned our wedding to be at sunset under a tree overlooking a lake at the winery. Mother nature had other plans, and due to a huge rain and lightening storm, our wedding was moved inside to the barn (our reception site). Although, it wasn’t what we had planned, it was still beautiful. According to our guests, they could see flashes of lightening through the barn windows as we were saying our vows!
My wedding party walked down the aisle to “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Elvis Presley. Even through her own tears as I walked down the aisle, my 16-year-old niece Kamrie Bustamante sang “Marry Me” by Train. Following the announcement of husband and wife, Kamrie sang “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri as the entire wedding party exited the ceremony. For our first dance she sang again, this time it was “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes. For those who didn’t know her at the wedding, they could not believe she was really singing (they thought it was a recording).
Eric and I honeymooned in Kauai, Hawaii for just over a week. We spent half our time in Lihue and the other half in Princeville. This worked out wonderful as we were able to experience the north and south sides of the island. We had a blast and even found time to just relax and take in the scenery of Hawaii.
Advice that I have for future brides:
Let the professionals help you. It was so convenient to have all of the services provided by Luxe in one place the day of the wedding versus running around the day of your wedding from salon to salon. Our experience at Luxe was virtually stress free. When we left all we had to do was put on our dresses.
Utilize make-up and hair trials.
Amanda did my make-up for my bridal shower, she took pictures then, when I came back for my wedding make-up she immediately knew what she wanted to do differently. She pulled out RED blush!! I wasn’t sure how that was going to turn out, I told her she was the professional and that I would trust her. The blush looked amazing, Not something I would have ever tried on my own. Without Amanda, I would have never stepped outside my comfort zone. When Janelle did my hair trial she told me to take notes after I had left on what I liked and what I didn’t. I noted that my bangs fell in my eyes and a few other minor things. Let me tell you, my bangs didn’t move the entire night, nor the next day!!
Trust your stylist. From the day I told Janelle I was getting married, she immediately replied “I know how we will do your hair”. Janelle had been doing my hair for over a year and never let me down. Her vision for my hair was absolutely perfect!! My hair and make-up was flawless the entire night. Thanks again to the Luxe team!!
By the way, another one of my bridesmaids had her hair cut and colored by Janelle the day before the wedding. She is one of Janelle’s oldest customers and choose to have her hair done by Janelle versus in New Mexico, where she currently lives. [Ed Note: Now that is a ringing endorsement!]
Enjoy the wedding planning and showers. It all happens so fast then it is over.
Be very clear with your DJ on what type of reception you want. Give them plenty of examples with clear play lists and a do not play list. This sets the tone for the entire reception.
Hire a videographer to capture all your special moments. I don’t even feel like I was at my own wedding. I didn’t get to see our families being escorted in, the wedding party walk in or out, or the special singers that performed. A video will last a lifetime.