The Couple: Karen & Josh

Wedding Date: June 20, 2015

Photography by Kurtis Ostrom Photography

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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