The Couple: Lisa and Jeff Even
Wedding Date: October 2, 2010
Tell us a little about you and your beloved: Often tough to admit, Jeff and I are a product of eHarmony! We met just about five years ago and were both in graduate school at UC Davis at the time; and have been inseparable ever since.
I know having “balance” is one thing that makes a very strong relationship and that definitely would describe ours. Jeff has a background in accounting and business, and my background is in science so from the very beginning we knew we were on opposite ends of the spectrum! Though our opinions can often differ, we wouldn’t have it any other way because we keep each other grounded. We are both excited to start our new life together and to see where this journey will take us.
What was the most amazing part of your day? The most amazing part of the whole day was being surrounded by our closest friends and family and having them all share in our special day.
A few other things that stand out in my mind are seeing my husband for the first time prior to the ceremony (great idea), the photo booth that was available during the reception (guests had a blast taking part in this) and getting up on the dance floor with my childhood friends and performing the dance we used to do as kids (which was totally impromptu after my friend requested the song from the DJ).
Overall, it was a fantastic day, and we were so lucky to have had the absolute best photographer, make-up artist and hair stylists that all of Sacramento has to offer. These ladies were all absolutely amazing and a blast to work with. I would highly recommend all of them!
What else would you like to share about your big day? During the planning stages, everyone warned me the wedding day would go by so fast that it would be a giant blur. I brushed this off because I couldn’t image how a year’s worth of planning could really be over with so quickly. Little did I know they were all right!
Once hair and make-up were complete and pictures started, it seemed like the day was over as quickly as it began. Definitely take the time to step back and take everything in because it really does go by as quickly as everyone says it does.
Ceremony and Reception Site: Orchard Creek Lodge, Sun City Lincoln Hills
Photographer: Capture Photography
Caterer: Orchard Creek Lodge, Sun City Lincoln Hills
Cake: Cakemonger in San Francisco
Flowers: Blossoms & Balloons Florist
Wedding Dress: Dreamnette Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Hair: Aveda Willo Salon
Makeup: Brenda Azevedo, Just B Cosmetics
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
DJ/Entertainment/Band: Platinum Productions
Photo Booth: Capture Photography
Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out? One of our most favorite wedding details was our custom made cake topper. It was made in Canada by a company called Magic Mud. They do absolutely amazing mini sculptures with clay!
First Dance Song: “I Melt” by Rascal Flatts
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? One piece of advice I would share is to spend lots of time going through magazines and inspirations boards to get ideas on everything wedding related. Wedding planning can be overwhelming because of the endless possibilities but looking at examples really helps to fine tune your own details.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? The one thing I definitely regret was not having a videographer. The entire day goes by so fast and everything becomes such a blur. It would have been so nice to have had a DVD of the day to re-live the experience and to see the wedding from the perspective of the audience watching my bridesmaids lead my Dad walking me down the aisle to Rascal Flatts’ “Broken Road.” I was so focused on getting down the aisle to Jeff that it’s almost like everything else was muted, and I didn’t even hear the song play. I would encourage every bride to seriously consider a videographer!
Photos courtesy of Capture Photography