The Couple:  Heather & TJ DeGrace
Wedding Date:  May 29, 2011
Photography by Grandeur Photography
Tell us a little about you and your beloved:  TJ and I are best friends! We got together in August of 2002. We were both 14 years old and in high school, and have been together ever since…high school sweethearts to be exact!
We both say we knew right from the beginning that we were meant for one another. We were “so in love!” We had big dreams. Who would have thought that nine years later we’d actually be married? It is the best feeling ever!
To have and to hold, to cherish and to love your best friend and boyfriend/girlfriend since you were young is something that not many people get to say now days. We feel so blessed to have one another, and we are beyond excited for the many wonderful years to come!
What was the most amazing part of your day?  The entire day was wonderful! We could not really say any moment was any better than another, but it was truly amazing to be able to share such a meaningful and special event with all of the people who have loved and supported us since day one.
The smiles and tears of joy meant so much to us! Seeing each other, and seeing our friends and family, having a great time was just breathtaking! We will never forget that feeling. We have some of the best friends and family anyone could ever wish for!
What else would you like to share about your big day?  The entire day was just beautiful! It was everything we had ever dreamed of and more! Thanks Mom! Love you! xoxo

Ceremony & Reception Site:  The Dante Club
Photographer:  Grandeur Photography
Cake:  Rick’s Dessert Diner-Yum! The best cake we have ever had (besides my mom’s). We had four different flavors because it too hard to choose!
Flowers:  The Blossom Shop. Our flowers were just beautiful! Everyone loved them and still talk about how gorgeous they were. That says a lot!
Favors:  We had a candy table theme “Love is Sweet” with bags that said “All You Need is Love…And Candy”
Wedding Dress:  David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses:  David’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup:  Bri from the Atrium Salon in Granite Bay. She did a fabulous job and has a ton of experience!
Invitations:  The American Wedding Album
DJ/Entertainment/Band:  Music & More Entertainment. Bryan was awesome and totally had it covered. We did not have to say a word!
Photo Booth:  Annie’s Photo Booth. It came with a scrapbook and all. Loved it!
Honeymoon location:  Maui. We had a blast! I would recommend this as a honeymoon spot to anyone!
Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out?  We had “Save-the-Date” magnets made and they were great! We ordered them from Magnet Queen.
First Dance Song:  “I Thought I Loved You Then” by Brad Paisley
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now?  Don’t sweat the small stuff! Assign large tasks to only a couple of close friends or relatives who will work together with you to get the job done the way you would like.
Also, be up front and let your vendors know exactly what you want and how you want things to be done. Always remember it is your one big day, but at the same time stay true to who you are and don’t get caught in the “Bridezilla” shoes! Smile and don’t look down when you walk down the aisle. This will be the best day of your life!!!
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance?  If I could have done anything differently, I would have shortened the length of the songs for the one-on-one dances. They are very important and a wonderful tradition, but you can only watch someone dance for so long. If we would have done this, we would have had more time for dancing, celebrating and partying with our guests. That’s it!
Photos courtesy of Grandeur Photography.

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