0The Couple: Karen and Steven

Wedding Date: August 3, 2012

Photography by Fiorillo Photography

Tells a little about you and your beloved: We met at work, and quickly realized that we were meant to be together.

We were brought together through our love of the outdoors, animals, and both of our willingness to be a little ‘geeky’.

Every chance we get we go to the river to go on a walk, bike ride, fish, or have a picnic.

There was no question about our compatibility, both of our families considered us married long before our big day!

What was the most amazing part of your day? My favorite part of the day was the first glimpse of my husband as I walked down the aisle.

Right at that same moment all my family and friends stood up, and the string quartet started to play. It was all I could do to not tear up.

What else would you like to share about your big day? We over did it on the guest list, it kept growing…and growing…but we would not have changed it!

It was great to have everyone there to celebrate with us. It was well worth it to spend a little extra to have a very complete guest list.

Our voices were dubbed over the intro melody to our first dance, we were reading a letter that we had written each other, that was a really nice touch that everyone loved.

We also stayed at Lake Natoma Inn the night before the wedding, and the night of the wedding. That made life so much easier on the wedding day!

Ceremony and Reception Site, and Caterer: Lake Natoma Inn

Photographer: Fiorillo Photography

Cake: Karen’s Bakery

Flowers: The Posh Posey

Favors: DIY

Bridal Attire: Paper’s and Petals

Bridesmaids’ Attire: Nordstrom’s

Hair and Make-up: Deb VDesign

Invitations: DIY

DJ/Entertainment/Band: Family friend

Honeymoon Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out? Millington Strings, String Quartet

First Dance Song: “Lost in This Moment” by Big and Rich

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? When things don’t go as planned, don’t freak out! Our venue shut down 5 months before the wedding! We had to scramble and find a new venue and date, but all of our current vendors and our new venue helped us to get our day back on track. After the stressball of finding a new venue on short notice we took every opportunity to make our lives easier on our wedding day (i.e professional hair and makeup, someone to take care of the ceremony area, set up/take down the reception site.). The pros are there to help you, take advantage of their knowledge to make your life easier on your big day!

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? I would have hired a professional videographer. Thinking back, I would really like to have it professionally recorded.

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Photos courtesy of and copyright Fiorillo Photography.

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