Fantasy Friday ~ Just a "Typical" Story of Girl Meets Boy Doing Good Work in Ecuador

I was completely drawn to this gorgeous wedding because as cheesy as it sounds, I can feel the love and happiness emanating through the screen. From Emily's cool pink wedding dress to the mismatched, mint bridesmaid dresses, and a amazing floral crown, this wedding is totally princess meets hippie with an insanely awesome sense of humor. Considering that Christian and Emily met at a pseudo bullfight in Ecquador (Christian was looking after the animals and Emily was a volunteer), it's safe to say that they bonded over their mutual love for animals. I mean, c'mon... One of their dogs was the ring bearer!! Right?? Did I mention that she is wearing a tutu, rockin' bright red painted nails, and the rings were safely attached to her collar? STFU!

I will let Emily take it from here... But, bridey... Please pay close attention to Emily's advice to future brides. All I'm gonna say is that I've been preaching it all along! 

How did you meet?: I met Christian while working in Ecuador for the non-profit Manna Project International. The day we met we were both volunteering with the Red Cross at a pseudo-bullfight. Christian was serving as the medical head that day and I was just another confused gringa volunteer. Our first "date" was on my 24th birthday when he accompanied a group of crazy gringos on a party bus around Quito.(Surprisingly, he stuck around after this belligerent event and that's when I knew he was a keeper. And the rest, as they say, is history...)

The theme of llamas throughout the day represents his home country of Ecuador (and her family), and the llamas they have rescued (and care for) over the years.

A MAZ ING pic! Amazing!!! 

I can't... It's too good. It's too cute... 

A little or a lot about your proposal...: Christian proposed on the top of a mountain in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and gasping for air (the hike was no easy feat), he asked me to marry him :)

What was your absolute "must have"?: A floral crown - my parents were total hippies so I'm a flower-child at heart. (Holy shit. Emily! Your crown is stunning!)

Any advice for other Brides?: If you can afford it, hire a wedding planner! Planning a wedding is a huge undertaking and you don't want to get bogged down with the prep and not be able to enjoy the months leading up to it. I started from 'zero' while wedding planning, knowing absolutely nothing about the process, so I feel I could have saved a lot of time working with someone who was knowledgeable in the field. (Ahem... Even if you hire somebody to help you manage the day, it will be a tremendous relief!)

Also, let Pinterest become your best friend - it is a great resource to discover what you like/what you don't like and what vision you have for your wedding. It's your day, make it reflect you as a couple!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues?: For a while now I had imagined my wedding at my childhood home. It's out in the country - beautiful scenery and llamas, what more could you ask for?! The reception was a unique situation because we actually won a radio auction! We got the venue, dinner, bar, and basic decor for like a 50% discount, AMAZING! (Um, HOLY SHIT!! That's fantastic!!)

Enter the ring bearer... That adorable dog in a tutu, is carrying the wedding rings on her collar!What was the most memorable moment from your wedding?: The ceremony in general, especially our vows. We did them in Spanish but had them printed in English for our guests to follow along. Our officiant was bilingual, which was really special as well.

What was your biggest challenge to overcome while planning?: Time management - I would become really focused on such a silly, minute detail and forget about the big picture. (Yet, another reason why hiring a wedding planner is helpful!) 

Did you use any blogs for inspiration? If so, which one/s?: Green Wedding Shoes was my absolute favorite! All the weddings were unique and special in their own way. (One of BB's faves too!!)

OMG! Love this idea!!! This girl loves reese's too!

Notice the dress change?! GORGE!

Thank you for sharing with BB (and letting all future brides learn from you!!).

Industry Peeps:

Photographer: Oldani Photography
Veils & Headpieces: BHLDN
Photo Booth Equipment: Big Smile Photo Booth
Bakery: McArthur's Bakery
Tuxedo & Mens Attire: Men's Wearhouse
DJ: Now That's a DJ
Specialty Foods: Red Sprinkles Cookies
Bridesmaid Dresses: Shop Ruche
Invitation Designer: SplashofSilver
Floral Designer: Walter Knoll Florist
Caterer: Windows Off Washington

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