The Couple: Karen & Josh
Wedding Date: June 20, 2015
Tell us a little about you and your beloved: Josh and I met in 1995 right after high school and started dating in 1997 and in 2010 we welcomed our daughter. Then in September 2014, Josh proposed in a quiet setting at our home.
What was the most amazing part of your day? The excitement of our daughter to take part in the ceremony as we presented her with a necklace before we exchanged rings.
What else would you like to share about your big day? Besides making sure we included our daughter in the ceremony, we also skipped the traditional bouquet toss and opted to present the mother of the bride with the bouquet after the father daughter dance.
Ceremony and Reception Site: Foresthill Veteran’s Memorial Hall
Ceremony Musicians: Thousand Years at Sea
Officiant: Brother of the Groom
Photographer: Kurtis Ostrom Photography
Wedding Planner, Flowers, Signage and Décor Rentals: Graceful Gatherings
Caterer: A Taste to Dine For
Cake/Desserts: Two Slices Pie Co.
Favors: Graceful Gatherings and The Succulent Source
Bridal Attire: Tradsey
Bridesmaids’ Attire: David’s Bridal
Jewelry: Style Avenue Studios
Hair and Make-up: Taylor Gordon from Salon 3G
Invitations: Custom Invitations by Lola
DJ/Entertainment/Band and Lighting: DJ Barnett Entertainment
Furniture Rentals: Grant’s Hardware
Honeymoon Location: McKinleyville, CA
First Dance Song: “Forever Young” by Rhiannon Giddens and Iron & Wine
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? A wedding planner can make all the difference in the world.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? I would have hired a videographer. I nixed the video to save money, but now I wish I had the opportunity to go back and watch it. The day goes by so fast and I feel like I missed a lot of it. I would have also skipped the Pinterest tree guest book and stuck with something more traditional. It was definitely a Pinterest Fail.
Photos courtesy of Kurtis Ostrom Photography.
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