The Couple: Julianne & Walker
Wedding Date: October 24, 2014
Photography by Eleakis and Elder Photography
Tell us a little about you and your beloved: We met in 2011 in an adult kickball league here in Sacramento. We were put on the same team and instantly became friends. We didn’t realize we liked each other until about 6 months later, when we both signed up for an upcoming race and started running/training together. We’ve been together ever since!
What was the most amazing part of your day? So many things! The day went really smooth and we simply had fun. Between the intimate ceremony, the great food, hearing “Turn Down for What” pipe through the speakers during the dance party, there really isn’t any word to describe this day other than the absolute BEST. Having everyone you love under one roof is a powerful thing, I hope everyone gets that on their wedding day.
What else would you like to share about your big day? We tried our best to incorporate things that were special to us. For instance, we both have really talented friends, so we asked them to perform Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” during the ceremony. The first time the three of them had met was at the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. That was also the first time they had practiced the song together. We should have been a ball of nerves but we couldn’t help but laugh. We trusted them to make it awesome and they did!
Ceremony and Reception Site: Old Sugar Mill
Ceremony Musicians: Luke Hawkins (family friend, vocals), Cole Dutcher (groomsmen, vocals/guitarist) and Rick Randall (best man, bongo player).
Officiant: Pastor Glen Brooks
Photographer: Eleakis and Elder Photography
Wedding Planner: Dayna Linderman Event Coordinating
Caterer: Crisp Catering
Cake/Desserts: Tiering Up
Flowers: Angie Zimmerman Floral Designs
Favors: The Mother of the Bride made the favors (little glass vases with succulents)
Bridal Attire: De La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedos
Bridesmaids’ Attire: David’s Bridal
Hair and Make-up: Candice Campbell from Salon San Severo
Invitations: DIY by the Mother of the bride
DJ/Entertainment/Band: SJ’s Disc Jockey
Transportation: Neumann Enterprises
Honeymoon Location: Costa Rica
Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out that we missed in the above questions? We also had Vic’s ice cream cater for two hours after dinner.
First Dance Song: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons complete with a choreographed dance.
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? From the date of our engagement to the date of our wedding, it was exactly 8 months. Compared to friends’ weddings, this is a very short engagement. However, we had a lot of help both financially and logistically (the mother of the bride did all of the decor and favors) and we didn’t want to spend over a year planning this thing. We wanted it to be beautiful and memorable, but we knew it would be over in a day and we didn’t want to become obsessed. So we made decisions fast and didn’t dilly-dally with an endless list of options. By the end, you are so ready to tie the knot! Don’t be afraid to crank it out in less than a year if you can. The best part is afterwards… remember that!
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? We went back and forth on hiring a videographer because they are so expensive. However, we would love to go back and watch the dance battle between the groom and father of the bride…plus the speeches! If you think you’ll regret not having that kind of footage, just splurge and go for it.
Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Social Media Maven, Aimee Carroll.
Photos courtesy of Eleakis and Elder Photography.
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