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The Couple: Jacie & Eric

Wedding Date: June 25, 2016

Photography by Photography For A Reason

Tell us a little about you and your beloved: Eric and I met in high school during our freshman year in health class. We were 15 years old. We dated throughout high school and college, and finally got engaged on our 10 year anniversary. We had planned a trip through Santa Cruz, Monterrey, and Big Sur, California. We spent the day driving along the coast and exploring beaches. Then, Eric proposed to me in front of a waterfall on a hike to McWay Falls in Big Sur. It was absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t be happier to get to spend the rest of my life with my first love and best friend.

Once we started planning the wedding, I took the lead. Our style was simple and rustic, very much pinterest inspired – chalkboard signs, crates, and mason jar centerpieces with burlap, lace, and daises. We also had yard games and a photo booth with super hero themed props. We snuck in batman cufflinks for the guys too! The vibe we were going for was relaxed and fun. Most important to us was that our family and friends enjoyed themselves!

What was the most amazing part of your day? Our favorite moment during our wedding day was finally joining each other at the alter. We have been together a long time and we were so excited to take this step together. When we went through our rehearsal, Eric could barely wait for the cue to take my hand from my dad. Eric’s favorite memory was watching me walk down the aisle. We were all smiles. My favorite memory was gazing up at Eric as he shared his vows with me. Eric usually likes to crack jokes with me so I was expecting some teasing, but his vows were so sincere and heartfelt.

What else would you like to share about your big day? Some of our favorite wedding details were the family traditions we incorporated. I carried our family bible down the aisle. My grandma first carried this bible down the aisle when she got married in 1952. Since then, all the women in my family have carried the bible down the aisle and signed it afterward. This was such a special tradition for me to be a part of.

We were also excited to include some family traditions in our wedding favors. Eric’s dad makes an amazing salsa and my grandma makes the most delicious apple jelly. It was fun to be able to share these homemade treats with all our family and friends.

Ceremony and Reception Site; and Caterer: The Pavilion at Haggin Oaks

Officiant: Pastor Clark Barnard, One Great Wedding

Photographer: Photography For A Reason

Cake: Safeway

Desserts: Jenna Martin

Flowers: DIY from Strelitzia Flower Company. I have to give a big thanks to my amazing mom and bridesmaids for making all the bouquets with me the day of!

Favors: Mason Jars with Homemade Salsa and Apple Jelly.

Bridal and Bridesmaids’ Attire: David’s Bridal

Hair and Make-up: DIY

Invitations: Michael’s

Signage: DIY

Yard Games: Giant Jenga, Ladder Golf, and Corn Hole. A big shout out goes to my brother, Jeff, for handcrafting our corn hole boards.

DJ/Entertainment: Function 45

Photo Booth: DIY with Superhero Masks made by my bridesmaid, Christina.

Honeymoon Location: Maui, Hawaii

First Dance Song: “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Remember that DIY means you have to actually do it yourself! Lol. Make sure to get a crew together to help you with all the last minute details. Your family and friends will feel special to have played a part in your big day. On another note, don’t let the stress of planning a wedding take away from the fun in your relationship. Learn when to put the wedding planning talk on pause and just enjoy your time together.

Photos courtesy of Photography For A Reason.

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Social Media Maven, Aimee Carroll.

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