Cupid’s arrow strikes at the most interesting times in the most unexpected ways. Sarah and Roberto knew each other for years before they dated. Being that Roberto is the older brother of one of Sarah’s closest friends, they had practically grown up together. Yet, when they ended up at the same college, they had a chance to get to know each other better, which is when sparks began to fly.
When it came time to propose, Roberto pulled out all the stops, planning a spectacular proposal during their travels through Europe. After a romantic dinner, with the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower illuminating their evening, Roberto got down on one knee and asked Sarah to be his wife. She recalls, “It truly was the most intimate proposal. No one around, no photographer, nothing. Just the two of us. I said yes, and the rest is history.”
In the same way the couple did not rush their relationship, they took time with their engagement. As the time came to buckle down on the planning, Sarah turned to Jenn from Jenn Robirds Events to help her streamline the planning process. She says, “Jenn found a few options of what she thought was best for my theme, and all I had to do was choose. It was so amazing.” Sarah found that handing over the logistics gave her the opportunity to enjoy the creative side of the planning process even more. “I participated in quite a bit of the planning but ultimately left everything up to Jenn and her amazing team,” she says.
Sarah and Roberto wanted traditional elements to their wedding but were not interested in going completely by the book. Making choices that are outside of the box can cause a strain between family members. “As a bride, there was a lot of pressure from my family to have our wedding a specific way or to include certain traditional or expected aspects,” Sarah says, but she knew if she focused on the experience for everyone she would achieve the best outcome. “I wanted our wedding to be memorable for our guests and a great party. I think this was definitely achieved as we created the perfect setting for friends and family.”
Weddings are always a whirlwind, but the memories the couple have will carry their love through a lifetime. While Sarah cherishes the moments she and Roberto shared between one another that day, one touching moment that stands out for her is the toast her father made.
The romance of their wedding day is something that remains prominent in Roberto’s memories. “The most memorable moment of the wedding was looking at my wife-to-be for the first time. I still remember standing on the dock of the lake, I was tapped on the shoulder, and, when I turned around, I saw the most beautiful girl.”
First Dance Song
“You Are the Reason” by Calum Scott
Father/Daughter Dance Song
“My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
Mother/Son Dance Song
“Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers (the entire family danced to this)
Cake Cutting Song
“You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall and Oats
Bouquet Toss Song
“Man! I Feel Like a Woman” by Shania Twain
Garter Toss Song
“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell
Details about the cake
We had a two tier cake, lemon squares and triple chocolate brownies on our dessert table. The cake was vanilla with Oreo cream filling and vanilla with ganache and vanilla custard. The cake was a “barely naked” cake with fresh flower in between the two tiers.
Details about the flowers
Jenn from Jenn Robirds Events picked all of our florals; they consisted of white peonies, white moonstone roses, white O’Haras, dusty pink quicksand roses, white anemone, white tulips, burgundy ranunculus, burgundy chocolate lace, three different kinds of eucalyptus, olive branches, bay leaf, Italian ruscus, brake fern, jasmine vine, lemon leaf tips and so much more.
Details about the favors
We had custom designed sports bottles for guests to drink out of when on the dance floor so no glass could be broken and limiting drink spillage. They had “Sarah & Roberto” on them with a silhouette of a bride and a groom kissing. These were ordered through an online bulk supplier.
My bridesmaids and I also created “wedding emergency kits” for each guest to have in their room for Friday night, Saturday, or Sunday. In a black bag with a “thank you” tag tied with a green leaf ribbon, each guest had two water bottles, something salty, something sweet, Band-Aid’s, and Advil. These were placed in the guests rooms prior to their arrival.
Anything else you’d like to share about your wedding?
Jenn from Jenn Robirds Events was THE BEST to work with. If you want more details about the wedding, please ask her. She knows everything. She took so much stress away in the months leading up to the wedding. It was an amazing feeling to give her a basic idea of what I wanted and then letting her run with it. I would highly recommend a partial wedding planner to anyone who is working full-time and just may not be able to decide every little detail.
Our photographers and videographers, Brooke and Tanner from We the Wild, were also one of the best decisions we made for our wedding day. From doing our engagement shoot with them, we felt so at ease the day-of that they knew what we wanted to capture. They also went above and beyond and arrived a day early to scout out the grounds and find the best spots for pictures. Once they were done working, we also invited them to stay and enjoy the party with us, and they sure did!!
Any tips you’d give brides and grooms planning their wedding today?
To couples planning their wedding today, although it seems tedious and a lot of detail, it is all worth it in the end. After all the months and months of planning, to see all the details come to life, is just a magical feeling. My whole wedding day we felt as if we were floating, it truly was magical.
Also, following budget is very important but if it is something you truly want, a few hundred dollars more may not break the bank but it could make your wedding day have that extra something.
Also, enjoy the day with your significant other. Nothing else matters that day but the two of you promising yourselves to each other. Spend every moment with him or her and just be.
What would you have done differently if you had the chance?
If I had the chance, I probably would not have done anything different! I would definitely want to go back and re-live the entire day. I also had a little too much to drink at the rehearsal dinner and welcome reception at the brewery on Friday so I would probably go back and not do that ☺
I also recommend to other brides, to really let go of the stress and enjoy the day. Many people told me this and though I tried to heed their advice, I found it hard to enjoy the actual party part of the wedding. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my wedding day and enjoyed every part of it but I feel as if I didn’t really relax until most the guests left the tent and it was just a few friends and family left dancing to end out the night (granted this was at 1:30am).
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