The Couple: Taylor & Kris

Wedding Date: June 15, 2018

Photography by Dee and Kris Photography

Tell us a little about you and your beloved: We met in San Francisco while we were both attending graduate school (in different programs) at SFSU. More school and work moved us back to Sacramento (where Taylor is originally from) and we have been loving and living here with our pup Chester for going on 5 years.

Kris proposed in South Lake Tahoe in December of 2016. We knew we wanted to get married in early summer, but wanted a longer engagement to allow time for planning. With the help of family and friends, including our coordinator Lela (who is also Taylor’s aunt), we had a pretty smooth wedding planning process. We tried to make the day as personal as possible, including family anywhere we could so that it felt like the day was truly ours.

What was the most amazing part of your day? Having the chance to celebrate with all of our loved ones and having the day feel especially made for us.

Ceremony and Reception Site; and Caterer: The Firehouse Restaurant

Officiant: Derrick Harrison Jr. (Bride’s Brother)

Photographer: Dee and Kris Photography

Wedding Planner: Lela Carter

Cake/Desserts: Freeport Bakery

Flowers: Accents by Sage Floral Design

Bridal Attire: Bride to Be Couture

Bridesmaids’ Attire: Weddington Way

Make-up: Weekend Gurl MUA

Invitations: Minted

DJ/Entertainment/Band: DJ Eli Freshmode

Photo Booth: Temple Photography & Photo Booth

Décor Rentals: Simple Country Weddings

Honeymoon Location: South East Asia (Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam)

Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out that we missed in the above questions? Randy Bowling (Special Events Director) at The Firehouse Restaurant is a national treasure! He made everything so darn easy, from our first meeting to the day of. He and our coordinator Lela Carter made a fabulous team.

First Dance Song: “Powerful Love” Chuck and Mac

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Pick a couple of things you care about a lot, don’t stress over what others think you should have. For us the most important things were photography, food, music and family. So we spent our energy and money around those things. When you are reading blogs, on pinterest, talking to friends, etc. it is easy to feel like you have to do EVERYTHING but none of it really matters at the end of the day. Just focus on what will actually make you happy.

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? Nope, everything happens for a reason. Some of the things that went wrong are actually our favorite to look back on and laugh about. We wouldn’t change a thing.

Photography by Dee and Kris Photography.

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