Real Wedding Wednesday ~ What to Expect When You're Expecting... A Wedding

I am so completely in love with all of the glitz and glam of this beautiful wedding! Brittany, the bride, envisioned a very lovely, completely timeless and classy affair... And you know what? She pulled it off beautifully! "Putting on the Ritz" style baby! Brittany and Aubin's wedding day was on Jan 4th, and it was important for them to keep the holiday vibe going with glitter, the many shades of champagne, silver and gold, and a lot of candles to create a sexy and fun ambiance.

Seriously, how cool is it that they had two different bands? Right? The layout of the venue was such that it lent itself well to the two bands, one a jazz 1920's style band, Miss Rose and her Percolators, which played upstairs during the dinner, and Van Eps rocked it downstairs in the "speakeasy lounge".

But... I must say, although I have heard it before, I am always surprised when a bride compares the intensity of her wedding plans to the intensity of of planning for a baby... She mentions this twice! Hmmm... leads me to wonder... Following the honeymoon, does baby make three? Only Brittany can answer that one! 

Enjoy this fabulous wedding!

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

I had joined a putt putt golf league, and two of my teammates worked with Aubin. We ended up meeting through those friend's gatherings.

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

Two years... Seemed like a lifetime for some reason. 

(Right before the ceremony, Aubin had a surprise gift delivered to Brittany...)

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

One year... Actually, a good friend of mine pointed out that you have more time to plan for a wedding than you do for a child. Granted we weren't 'trying' to get pregnant, but it's definitely a crazy thought... 

4. Where did your wedding take place?

The ceremony was at our church, Holy Rosary, and the reception at Sanctuary at Admiral West Seattle, WA. 

(Brittany and Aubin didn't want to see each other before the ceremony, so the photographers blind folded him...)

5. If you don't mind my asking, what was your budget, and where did you choose to spend most of it?

Our budget was approximately $22,000 and we did have some help from our parents (so grateful!). The majority of the budget was spent on the catering and the photographer, and both were worth every penny!

(The couple had their adorable dog Ivan present for the reception. He even made his way to the photo booth!)

(The wedding cake made by Lady Yum was a hit! It was a coconut Italian meringue cake, adorned with edible glitter covered fruit.)

6. 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?

Personally I hated wedding planning. I'd give it a four, not because of my vendors, but just in general I'd rather work at my job and have others handle everything else. Even with a wedding coordinator, there were so many things that only I could take care of… (Side note - my planner was fabulous! She put the cherry on top of the wedding and was so kind every step of the way!)

(Brittany made her escort cards, and the snowy display.)

(Aubin's mother (the groom) is an art teacher, and she put her students to work by creating the silver glitter ball ornaments that were on each guest's place setting.)

(Brittany and her MOH made the card box.)

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

Dress shopping was my favorite, and my least favorite was trying to lose weight or stay fit for my post holiday wedding.

8. Did anything go wrong (that you were aware of) at your wedding? If so, we’d love to hear about it.

My brother shared a not so flattering bathroom humor story during his toast. Word to the wise... Have someone manning the mic audio feed and have a hand signal if things start to go south. 

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

Completing the tasks associated with each vendor also initially I hadn't shared my 'true vision ' of the wedding with my then fiancé. We finally had a big blow up fight, and after that, we went through all the things I had in mind for the wedding start to finish (and he took notes). I was able to share the work-load with my fiancé. Divide and conquer!  

(The grand entrance was classic! The couple made an appearance from the upstairs balcony so everyone could see!)

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

I wish I had read a book to help me with what to expect during the wedding planning. The book name seriously could have been, " What to Expect When you are Expecting... A Wedding! " 

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

Not a damn thing! 

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

We learned that when we were having troubles, or some sort of drama reared its ugly head, we needed to stop and ask ourselves what WE really wanted, and be sure to keep OUR goals in line... A lesson that should be applied to our marriage as well!


Industry Peeps: 

Ceremony Venue: Holy Rosary
Reception Venue: Sanctuary at Admiral
Catering: Foodz Catering
Wedding Planner: Simply by Tamara Nicole
Photographer: Blue Rose Photography
Florist: Flower Lab
Bands: Miss Rose & Her Rhythm Percolators & Van Eps
Wedding Cake: Lady Yum
Wedding Dress: Princess Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom