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The Couple: Brittany & Scott

Wedding Date: May 19, 2018

Photography by Lixxim Photography

Tell us a little about you and your beloved: I met my husband when we were both working at Taco Bell. Scott had worked there for a couple years and I was a month into the job when I finally met him. I was shy, so to get to know me quicker he decided to help me close the lobby that night. Normally only one person sweeps and mops, but I was naive in my first job and thought nothing of the fact that he offered to help me.

We went on a date to the movies about a week later and we will be celebrating our 9 year anniversary this November. The proposal is a funny story in a romantic place. We went on a family trip to Italy with his family in the summer of 2013. The furthest I had ever traveled before was about 500 miles so flying across the country was already super exciting. The first night in Rome (after a bit of wine) my husband let something slip. “We better save money if we are going get a ring in Florence.” Well he didn’t remember sharing that little tidbit of information with me, so he was confused about the comments I was making over the next few days. Finally I mentioned something specifically about getting the ring in Florence and he says, “Who told you!?” I informed him that it was in fact him who ruined the secret of the proposal the very first night in Italy! LOL.

Long story short we arrived at the Ponte Veccio in Florence, a bridge lined with jewelry shops on either side of the street, and he told me to pick out a ring. I spotted one in a window that was beautiful and unlike any ring I had seen. After looking in all the other shop windows (I had to make sure it was truly the one) we circled back to purchase the ring. We met his family in a cafe that overlooked the Ponte Veccio where they had been waiting as we shopped. We had barely sat down when he looked around the room, said, “Well I might as well do it now,” got down on one knee, and popped the question.

Since we were so young still and were both in school, we decided to have a long engagement and get married after we were finished with school. We started planning the wedding at the beginning of 2017 since we both would be graduating that year. Planning the wedding was fun, although stressful at times, but all in all it was a once in a lifetime process that my husband and I were able to navigate through together. And we think we did a pretty good job!

What was the most amazing part of your day? The ceremony was the most amazing part. Walking down the aisle, standing in front of friends and family, and feeling so much love was incredible. We wrote our own vows and I had no idea what to expect from my husband. He had everyone laughing and crying; it was just perfect and beautiful and amazing.

What else would you like to share about your big day? The wedding was so much fun and we were so happy, which is exactly what we wanted. We told each other that no matter what happens, the only thing that matters is that we get married and that we have fun. Mission accomplished! Thanks to the help of family our wedding was beautiful and went perfectly (minus some accent lights not working and a slight music malfunction). Those were very minor issues in the grand scheme of things and we couldn’t have asked for a better night!

Ceremony and Reception Site: Private Property

Officiant: Ken Birks

Photographer: Lixxim Photography

Caterer: Flour Dust Pizza

Cake/Desserts: Etorre’s Bakery & Cafe

Flowers: Heaven Scent

Favors: DIY Treasure Boxes from Michael’s

Bridal Attire: Alma’s Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids’ Attire: Nordstrom’s and Alma’s Bridal Boutique

Hair: Atosa at Sola Salon

Make-up: Jessi Jewel

Invitations: DIY from Smilebox

Signage: DIY

Lighting: Purchased on Amazon

Rentals: Celebrations! Party Rentals & Tents

Honeymoon Location: Original plan- San Sebastian, Spain; Bordeaux, France; and London, England. Actual Honeymoon due to canceled flight- Edinburgh, Scotland & London, England.

Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out that we missed in the above questions? Dance with Sarah for dance lessons.

First Dance Song: “I Will Follow You into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? I have a few pieces of advice. First, I would advise that you enjoy the planning process. Don’t stress over little details; just embrace the once in a lifetime process that you get to go through with your significant other and remember that the most important aspect of the day is you two, not the tablecloths.

Second, make lists. Task lists, item lists, responsibilities, you name it; just list it.

Third, and I know everyone gives this advice but maybe there’s a reason for that, remember to slow down and enjoy the day. So much planning and preparation goes into this day and it flies by. Whenever you can, remember to stop for a second and embrace the moment and everything it has to offer because in a blink of an eye it will only be a memory.

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? We definitely would have hired a D.J. and we would have made sure the ceremony and first dances were caught on video. I also wish I had prepared more the night before in regards to making sure everything was organized and double checking all my lists.

Photos courtesy of Lixxim Photography.

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