Krystal and Dylan met in 2008 when they both began working together. “We dated briefly on and off, nothing too serious,” shares Krystal. “But the timing was always off.” After the couple reconnected a year later, they gave it another shot and have been together for over a decade.
The couple traveled to Las Vegas for Dylan’s work with some of their best friends. “Our friends ended up buying tickets for all of us to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower,” says Krystal. “Once we got up there, I was walking toward the other side when I heard Dylan say my full name, which I thought was weird. When I turned around he was on one knee!”
While planning the wedding, the pair didn’t have many expectations or deep desires. “Dylan and I had been together so long, I was just excited to get married and share that moment with our closest friends and family,” shares the bride. “My favorite part was getting extra time with my mom and the bridal party. Life gets so busy that it was nice to have extra time with them as they helped me prepare for my perfect day.”
When the big day arrived, one of Krystal’s favorite moments was the first look. “It was a truly intimate moment between just the two of us, while we were all fresh and not melted from heat,” she remembers. “We aren’t the dressing up type, and usually stick to jeans and Converse, so it was pretty special to see each other all dolled up. A moment to just breathe with one another before all the beautiful chaos consumed us.”
The ceremony was truly a family affair. Krystal’s uncle officiated the ceremony, and her brothers took the honor of walking her down the aisle, as her father had passed away. “I also made sure to have a sign in the first chair on my side, just for him that said, ‘reserved for the father of the bride who celebrated with us in heaven.’” She also placed a boutonnière on the chair for him. All three of the couple’s children also participated as flower girl and ring bearers. “Our vows were very heartfelt and had most everyone in tears, including our two oldest children,” says the bride. This reception followed, decked with greenery and flowers, lights and draping crystals. “Our first dance was one of my favorite parts of the reception,” says Krystal, “And finally getting to mingle with all the guests as much as possible. Also, my matron of honor’s speech was epic.”
First Dance Song
“Perfect” by Ed Sheeran
Mother/Son Dance Song
“Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Details about the cake
We had a 4-tier cake, top 2 tiers were Funfetti (both of our favorites), then Mocha latte with chocolate espresso cream filling, and Champagne with strawberry whipped cream filling. All tiers had Vanilla buttercream.
Our baker coordinated with our florist and used real matching flowers to cascade down the cake.
Details about the flowers
Bouquets and Ceremony Arch – Eucalyptus greenery, Roses, Lisianthus, Dahlias, thistle and succulents. Blush and burgundy colors with navy thistle.
Corsages were burgundy Dahlias.
Groom’s Boutonniere was white ranunculus with blush, burgundy and navy accents.
Groomsmen/FOG/Ring bearers- burgundy ranunculus
Anything else you’d like to share about your wedding?
I feel like our venue was a hidden gem: it’s breathtaking all on its own, full of greenery and flowers, and draping crystal chandeliers. Tiffany and her team have worked together for so many years and they work very hard to make your day perfect. Finding this venue really eased a lot of my stress and decision-making. They have tables, chairs, linens, many table decor options, and faux flowers. They provided an excellent list of vendors they have worked with many times and have great relationships with. We used a majority of the vendors that came recommended by them. Set up, take down, clean up was all taken care of by them; we just showed up and enjoyed all the hard work they did to make our wedding everything we could have wanted. When we came back the next day to pick up our stuff, they had it all together and boxed up nicely for us.
When this venue was sent to me by my MOH, I fell in love and sent it to my fiance. Turns out his mom and stepdad were married at this exact location over 20 years ago. Made it that more special to us!
My Dad passed away 13 years ago, so I asked my brothers to walk me down the aisle. They are only 14 and 15 years old but it was a beautiful thing to have them by my side
Dylan and I kind of did things backwards, non-conventional you could say. We had been together almost 10 years before we were married. We have two boys together and he has a daughter from a previous relationship. It was very special to include our kids in our special day.
Any tips you’d give brides and grooms planning their wedding today?
Let people help you, delegate small tasks to bridal party members if they ask. Don’t sweat the small stuff; in the end, no one will notice or care. Try not to stress and fully enjoy every moment, it goes by so fast! Try to make a list of all pictures you really want; in the moment I felt like we were taking so many pictures but in the end, there are so many more I wish I had thought of.
The Heirloom Inn Officiant:
Rev. Darnell Mills, Bride's uncle Photographer:
Danielle Alysse Photography Wedding Planner:
Tiffany Johnson, Day-of, from The Heirloom Inn Reception Site:
The Heirloom Inn Bridal Hair:
Elizabeth Doutherd of Blow Me Away Bridal Make-up:
Elizabeth Doutherd of Blow Me Away Bridal Attire:
Miosa Bride Bridal Veil:
Miosa Bride Bridesmaids' Attire:
David's Bridal Flowergirl Attire:
David's Bridal Groom’s Attire:
Tuxedo Den Groomsmen's Attire:
Tuxedo Den Ringbearer Attire:
Tuxedo Den Bride's Rings Jeweler:
Shop Arte Papery Thank You Cards:
Bailey and Beau Paper Company Wedding Party Flowers:
Morningside Florist Ceremony Flowers:
Morningside Florist Reception Flowers:
Morningside Florist Caterer:
MotherLode Deli and Catering Bar Service:
Purchased own; venue provided 2 bartenders Cake:
Sugar Sweetery DJ/Entertainment:
Epic Events Decor Signage:
Big Day Prints! Decor Signage:
The Dusty Windmill
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