MD_1176The Couple:  Meredith & Andrew

Wedding Date:  July 7

Photography by Lyndsay Undseth Photography

Tell us a little about you and your beloved:  We met during high school through mutual friends and became best friends.  We both went off to college, Drew went to SDSU and I went to CSULB.  We kept in touch and during our last year we both revealed to each other that we had been in love with one another for some time, but had not told each other in fear of wrecking our friendship.  Each of us were beyond thrilled to hear that our feelings were reciprocated and began to date.  Three years later, Drew proposed to me during the count down to midnight on New Year’s Eve with some of our close friends.  It has been magical ever since!

What was the most amazing part of your day?  Our ceremony.  We had our close friend, Nick, officiate — which made it incredibly special since he knew us so well.

What else would you like to share about your big day?  When it came to the decor, I was in awe when I saw The Firehouse completely dressed up with the stringed lights and lanterns across the patio.  The lighting completed the venue!

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Ceremony Site & Reception Site, and Caterer:  The Firehouse Restaurant

Photographer:  Lyndsay Undseth Photography

Wedding Planner:  Cain Event Planning

Hair and Make-up:  Makeup by Jenifer Haupt/I Make Beautiful

Bridal Attire:  Dress — Priscilla of Boston, Veil — Miosa Bride

Bridesmaids’ Attire:  J. Crew

Invitations: Paper + Cup Design

Flowers:  In Full Bloom by MJL

Cake:  Sweet Cakes by Rebecca

DJ/Entertainment/Band:  JD Productions

Favors:   DIY — We did a candy bar!

Honeymoon Location:  Paris, France; Nice, France; Bellagio, Italy; and Venice, Italy

First Dance Song:  “By Your Side”  by Sade

Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out? Lighting — Avenue Illuminations

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now?  Time flies by very fast! Make sure you keep all of your deadlines written down.  I had an excel doc with payments, deadlines and a box to mark the date when paid.  I also kept an excel document for the guests where I could track if I sent the save the date, invite, food selection, gift and if a thank you card was sent.  It helped keep me sane!  Also, do not be afraid to check out many vendors.  I found that the first vendor visits were typically not the company I went with.  It is worth it to take the time to find the right vendor for you.

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance?   I would try to take a few days off of work instead of just one before the wedding.  With 115 guests attending, there are a lot of last minute details that occur during those last two weeks.  Also, the packing for the honeymoon takes time.  I wish I would have taken a moment to relax beforehand.

Photos courtesy of and copyright Lyndesy Undseth Photography.

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