These high school sweethearts are still like a couple of teenagers in love. “This past year, the question that we have been asked the most is ‘How’s married life?’” Brittney says. “Our answer has continually been the same. Married life is exactly like the past 10 years of our lives. Our relationship grows stronger everyday, but now we do it as husband and wife.”
Brittney met Andrew during her freshman year of high school, when he was in a punk band with her neighbor. “When we met, he had a bright green mohawk and wore skin tight pants—a big leap from what you’ll find him in today: a hat, construction pants and a pair of boots!” During the early years, their relationship consisted of movies, late-night phone calls and teenage shyness, Andrew says. “If there is anything that brought us closer at that time, it’s the fact that most days didn’t pass without me seeing Brittney,” he says. “I knew Brittney was the one because every thought of the future had her in it.”
On the sixth anniversary of the night they shared their first kiss, Andrew proposed. “I took Brittney to the place where we had first kissed just before midnight on New Year’s Eve. As soon as fireworks went off, I knelt down and Brittney turned around shocked,” he says.
The couple waited a little more than a year to start planning, as Brittney was in the middle of earning two bachelor’s degrees. For Brittney, the vision was “fall antique”; for Andrew, he just wanted a smiling bride. “Our wedding was beautiful!” Brittney remembers. “It was the best night of my life! I just wished the day had lasted longer. Honestly, it was over and done with before I could believe it. Andrew and I looked at each other at the end of the night when everybody finally left, and said ‘That was fast.’” According to Andrew, it was like a dream come true. “Like any good dream, it’s over before you know it and it couldn’t have gone better,” the groom shares.
The dinner featured barbecued tri-tip and chicken with salad, potatoes and rice, followed by marble cake with chocolate fudge frosting. “Everything was delicious!” she says. “Though, I will have to say, we didn’t really have a whole piece of our wedding cake until the next day.”
They didn’t follow too many traditions, except the ones that Brittney’s mom suggested, one being including something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue—all in her bouquet, thanks to different brooches she borrowed from family members.
For Andrew, nothing mattered that day except for seeing his wife-to-be. “I was extremely excited as soon as I saw her walking down the aisle.”
The most memorable moments for Brittney are filled with emotion.
“I remember watching him out the window that morning, and I smiled thinking that in a couple of hours we would be married,” she says.
“I remember seeing his face light up as he saw me at the top of the aisle, and how speechless he left me when he read the vows he’d written. We had our own individual small notebooks, and they made great keepsakes for both of us.”
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Marble cake with chocolate fudge frosting.
The bouquet was left completely in the hands of Dottie and she came up with an elaborate bouquet filled with some personal favorites (orange roses, green mums) and some other assorted hand-chosen gems.
Favors were mini pumpkins bought from a local store, and a small bag of pumpkin seeds with instructions on how to grow your own pumpkin. Inspired by the couples first garden plant grown together. They were all put together by the bride, groom and family.
Everything about our wedding was so amazing! We loved all of our vendors, but the two that went above and beyond were Dottie our florist, and Ryan our photographer. However, none of it would have been possible without the wonderful people at The Coloma Country Inn. We spent the whole weekend up there with our family and it was priceless.
Don't take anything too seriously! If you can't afford it, make it. A lot of our wedding was created by my family and it made everything so much more special to us.
Absolutely nothing. Everything was beyond Amazing, and we couldn't have asked for more.