The Couple: Kersti and Steve Smith
Wedding Date: January 1, 2011
Tell us a little about you and your beloved: Steve and I met at a Christian gathering and hit it off right away. He lived in Fresno, and I lived in San Jose, so we soon began making weekly trips to visit each other. Our similar interests and hobbies, as well as our connection through God, bound us instantly together!
After dating for about a year, Steve proposed to me on my rooftop (the same place he had first asked me to be his girlfriend, kissed me, and told me he loved me). Of course I said yes! We got married after a six month engagement and couldn’t be any happier! He’s my best friend, my confidant and my forever love.
What was the most amazing part of your day? Getting married!! We were married by a close family friend who also married my parents 25 years ago. We chose to write our own vows and finally hearing each other say those words was such a blessing to us both.
What else would you like to share about your big day? We had SO much help by our wonderful family and friends! We never could have pulled it off without all of them. I think the fact that so many people contributed to our day made it that much more special for us and for everyone in attendance.
Ceremony & Reception Site: Palmdale Estates
Photographer: Lexigraphics Photography
Videographer: Nick Nichols
Caterer: Lisa Blackburn (She was incredible! She saved SO much money and totally took control and made it all happen — and happen wonderfully and deliciously!)
Cake: Cakes by Angie (She can do anything, I promise you. Totally amazing, beautiful, and the best cake you’ve ever eaten!)
Flowers: Fiore (Rachel Watson went above and beyond what I ever could have dreamed. She is so talented with flowers, and has wonderful ideas. Couldn’t have done it without her, and that is the truth!)
Favors: DIY (shout out to my bridesmaids!)
Wedding Dress: Bay Area Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal. I had a pregnant bridesmaid, so these were perfect and flattering on everyone.
Hair: Candy Valencia, a family friend
Invitations: 123Print (plus a lot of DIY to embellish)
DJ/Entertainment/Band: Entertainment: Friends and family (Dani Hansen, Weston Everett, Kurt Dehut, Bryan Malone, bridesmaids, groomsmen)
DJ: Miles Davis
Honeymoon location: Maui, Hawaii
Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out? Not “vendors” exactly, but great friends who did BIG things for us! Gay Beville, Miles Davis, Reagan Ward, Greg Zeroun, Christine Akhtar, Jay and Katie Simmons, Beckie Barnes, Debbie Marlowe, Lori Gager, Bihn Ly, Rob Malone, Paula McCollum, Teri Bethell, Sherry Moncrief, Debbie Main
First Dance Song: “The Moment We Fell in Love” by Michelle Featherstone
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Be as organized as you can — I wasn’t very good at this! Also, start early. It gets really overwhelming the closer you get, so get as much done as you can right away.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? Get more than two hours of sleep the night before the wedding!
Photos courtesy of Lexigraphics Photography.