It Happens When You Least Expect It... The Bride and Groom Who Met at Target!

I love everything about this wedding. I love Wendy's amazingly gorgeous wedding colors. I love her wedding dress, her veil and her style. I love the simplicity of the wedding. But, most of all? I love that Wendy kept her cool throughout the wedding planning. She and Jay planned and executed their wedding with style and grace without the drama, when there very well could have been plenty (see question number 8!), AND... all on a tight budget!

Just look at these photographs! I mean... They tell a beautiful story about two people in love, and it shows with every shot! So, brideys, enjoy the eye candy, but most of all? I hope you walk away from this post with a little bit of perspective! You can have the wedding you want without breaking the bank, and you don't have to be a bitch to make it happen!

1. Bridey, how did you meet your spouse? (The short and sweet version please.)

Jay and I met shopping in Target. Well, I was shopping and he was working. I was chatting with a friend of mine who also works there, saw Jay and definitely felt the attraction. After I had left, Jay went up to my friend Travis and said "I don't know who that redhead you were talking to was, but I think I'm in love". Travis immediately texted me, but left it up to us to introduce ourselves. A month and many unnecessary shopping trips later, we finally spoke and set up our first date. 

2. How long were you together before you were engaged?

We were together seven months before he proposed.

 3. What was the length of time between the engagement and the wedding?

We were engaged a year and 12 days.

4. Where did your wedding take place?

First Presbyterian Church, Newark, OH. My parents married there and raised me there and, as it turns out, Jay's family attended the church until we went through a split in the church when we were kids.

5. If you had to rate your wedding planning experience on a scale of one to ten with one being shitty, and ten being awesome, how would you rate it?

Nine. It would have been a ten if I had relaxed a little!

6. What was your favorite part of the wedding planning process? Least fave?

Fave - Working so closely with my brilliant mom who totally missed her calling as a wedding planner! She's got a gift! Least Fave - planning music for the reception. Blech!

7. Did anything go wrong (that you were aware of) at your wedding? If so, we’d love to hear about it (and maybe even see a picture?). Allow us to learn from you, bridey!

I realized half way through the day I had NO idea where my earrings were. Thankfully my sis (maid of honor) had a spare set of pearls for me to wear!

8. What was the biggest challenge you faced from the moment you were engaged to the day you walked down the aisle?

An ever changing line up of attendants: one groomsmen planned his wedding for the same day (his brother and sister-in-law were also in the wedding party), then dropped out because he couldn't afford the tux, then three weeks before the wedding Jay and his best man broke up, kicking him and his brother out of the wedding party, forcing us to find last minute replacements, who turned out to be his dad and brother-in-law, so it all worked out perfectly in the end!

9. What advice do you wish you had before started planning your wedding?

Don't over think the music for the reception - it's only going to be background noise that someone will probably commandeer anyway (we opted to not have a DJ).

10. Looking back, would you have done anything differently? 

I would have NOT stressed nearly as much as I did! There will be issues, things will go wrong, and there will criticize every decision you make, but because Jay and I created a wedding that really was a reflection of our love and relationship, everyone truly enjoyed themselves and couldn't stop talking about how beautiful it was!

11. Bridey, please provide the most valuable lesson you learned while planning your wedding.

Most valuable lesson - you can have a stunning wedding without taking out a second mortgage! We planned ahead so that we could budget, picked up our fall decorations after they went on super sale since we were engaged in the fall, and then I chose a couple things that I really wanted to spend substantial money on so that they would be what I wanted (photography and cake). As a result, I had a beautiful wedding, didn't put my parents into debt and was completely satisfied with every aspect of the wedding!


Industry Folk (AKA Vendors):

Venue: Elks Lodge
DJ: iPod!!!