Mr. & Mrs. Brown
Looking back on this Wedding almost a whole year ago, it still gives me chills. I hope you enjoy reading Rachel's own words and responses to a few questions I had for her as she reflected over the day and the planning process!
Ken and I were engaged for a year and a half. We wanted to take our time and enjoy the process. Ken and I love to travel and take on new adventures together. When we first started dating we made it a priority to take a few trips a year, even if it was just an hour away! Our most favorite trip was when we went to Sanibel and Captiva Island for a relaxing beach getaway. We ended up stumbling upon a beach as we toured the small island, and took a long walk collected shells, etc. We just spent all afternoon there and fell more in love. It became our special beach. we took a trip back to our little private beach, and when we took the drive there I just knew he was going to propose. I remember saying to myself to take deep breaths act calm, but my heart was pounding and I was so nervous. We walked onto the beach and underneath the first palm tree coming from the walkway to the beach, Ken kneeled down and asked me to marry him. It was such a special moment, the sun was shining, the waves were calm and everything felt right.
There are so many choices, so many options, many vendors, and venues, food choices etc. Personally, I wanted advice from the best to limit my selections and point me in the right direction for the vision I wanted for the day. Knowing my Wedding Planner has been doing this for years, and is a true professional I relied on her for her expertise in this category. She gave me a variety of choices and then from there I spoke with Ken and my family to make the best choice for us from the already awesome (and smaller!) group of vendors.
I chose vendors who I felt comfortable with, who I felt truly cared and treated me as a unique and special bride. I would definitely meet with each vendor before you sign any contracts and make sure you all are on the same page, and the vendor understands your expectations and you understand theres.
I found my gown at Solutions Bridal in Orlando and it was designed by: Jim Hjelm by Hailey Paige, I also added a removable tule skirt for my walk down the aisle designed by, Rita Vinieres. I wore a hairpiece by Maria Elena Headpieces and Earings.
My advice I would give to brides is not to compare yourself to any other bride, or any other wedding. At times, I felt a lot of pressure to make my wedding the most unique, the most romantic, have the most creative ideas for guest favors, you get the picture. But what is most important is what YOU love, what makes your heart flutter and get filled with butterflies and what makes you smile. In the end, it is really you and your fiancé’s day to celebrate your love, try not to forget the real meaning of the day!