Every bride wants to be Cinderella on her wedding day, so when Brittne found her prince charming in Greg, they celebrated their I Do’s with a touch of Disney magic.
The couple—who met through a mutual friend in 2005—even got engaged at Disneyland; in December of 2011, Greg proposed to Brittne in front of the Main Street Christmas tree. “There was a Disney cast member taking photos and she caught the moment perfectly,” Brittne says.
After a 17-month engagement, the couple married in a Catholic ceremony at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento, which is the same church where the groom’s parents married years earlier. When Brittne and Greg locked eyes as she walked down the aisle, Greg says he lost his breath and “shed a tear,” explaining: “She was the most beautiful woman I have ever seen.” Brittne’s focus was on her groom: “The moment our eyes met, I smiled so big and [was] so excited that he was all mine!”
The biggest wedding challenge for Greg and Brittne? Long-distance planning, since they live in southern California. “We are only about six hours away, but it was difficult because we couldn’t just go to our vendors anytime. We scheduled a few weekends to come up and plan throughout our engagement,” the bride explains. “My mom helped us out so much and ran everywhere for us. Props to [her], because without her help our wedding would definitely not have looked or been the same.”
The wedding was exactly what Brittne envisioned, including a “soft vintage” theme featuring ivory, blush pink, light gold and soft taupe. With a wedding party of 18 and a total of 185 guests, the wedding was packed with fun. Many out-of-town guests attended too, including those from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Missouri, Texas, San Diego and Idaho.
The dancing—including Greek dancing to honor the bride’s family—was one of Brittne’s favorite parts of the day. “Everyone had so much fun on the dance floor and danced until the lights came on,” she says. “We had glow sticks and glasses that our guests wore and just had so much fun.” The couple’s first dance, which included bubbles and fog, was also memorable because the DJ played Brittne and Greg’s vows during the song.
“The whole day was my favorite and a memory that will last a lifetime!” remembers the bride.
Remember the couple’s love of Disney? Their four-tiered wedding cake was topped with a blown-glass castle (purchased at Disneyland), and a Lenox Cinderella and Prince Charming dancing figurine. Simply magical.
Brittne & Greg's Wedding Resources
- Hotel Palladium Palace in Rome, Italy
- Hotel San Zulian in Venice, Italy
Forever Young by Rod Stewart
I Cross My Heart by George Strait
My Girl by the Temptations
Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks
L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole
All the Single Ladies by Beyonce
Oh Yeah by Yello
We had three flavors: red velvet with cream cheese, chocolate with raspberry, and vanilla with strawberry; all with a vanilla butter cream frosting.
White & blush roses, stephanotis w/ crystal center, phalaenopsis, orchids, hydrangea, lisianthus spray roses, stock, ranunculus.
We designed a candy bar as our favor table. We printed little thank you cards and tied them on each candy bag and allowed our guests to serve themselves.
We played a special version of the song Don't Stop Believin by Journey towards the end of the reception. Our DJ played our recorded vows over the intro of the song as all the guests circled around Brittne and I in the middle. Once the vows were over, everyone joined in the dance.
We also had fog and bubbles during our first dance, which added a great dramatic effect and looks great in our pictures.
Just be patient and take one step at a time. Start early as well. That helps alleviate a lot of stress. We started planning our wedding almost exactly one year in advance and we could have used a little more time too.
Nothing, it was perfect!