Down a country dirt road having fun with friends…in the same small town that we live in today.
Tell us about the engagement.
During the weekend of June 29th, 2019 Kris planned the most incredible weekend in Lake Tahoe, one of our favorite places on earth. We walked up the waterfall at Emerald Bay with our dog, Bo. He asked a stranger to take a picture of us but instead that person ended just recording the whole thing. Kris got down on one knee! He was so nervous. It was like a dream. My cheeks hurt from smiling thinking about it. It was there we had our very first adventure together eight years earlier.
While planning the wedding, was there anything in particular you knew you wanted for the day? Did you have expectations?
All Kris wanted was to finally marry each other! And to finally have this moment and day that we worked so hard for. I wanted my great grandfather’s 1937 Dodge Brothers delivery truck and to be driven towards the aisle in that all-original beauty! Kris was able to find a local mechanic to fix the brakes and motor before the wedding. We also knew we wanted to stay as true to us as possible. We wanted to dress up, express and proclaim our love in front of our loved ones, and drink and be in the moment with each other. We did want our beehive boxes in our wedding, no bees in them of course. Every corner you looked at our wedding was a little piece of us. We are also advocates for smoking marijuana so we had an open smoking lounge area outside where our guests could relax with a joint that Kris had prepared.
Any memorable moments from your wedding?
Spending the best day of our lives with our best friend, Josh Hammons. Just a short three weeks after our wedding, our brother passed away after fighting injuries after a motorcycle accident. We love him so very much. We saw him every day and are thankful he got to be there with us.
Looking back, what do you think your guests will remember most about your wedding?
Not having a white wedding with the classic pastels. And possibly the joints being passed around!
First Dance Song
“Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica. We also were welcomed out into the barn to “Enter Sandman” by Metallica, we made sure all of our music choices were with us that day!
Father/Daughter Dance Song
“Father Daughter” by Johnny Cash
Mother/Son Dance Song
“Sweet Child of Mine” by Sheryl Crow
Money Dance Song
We didn’t do this….instead we had bride and groom cake smash jars. Whoever collected the most cash was able to smash cake in the other’s face. Naturally the bride won!
Cake Cutting Song
“Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard
Bouquet Toss Song
“Single Ladies” by Beyonce
Garter Toss Song
“Let’s Get it On” by Marvin Gaye
We were able to, just the two of us, go upstairs in the barn in front of the large doors and look down upon our guests while Kris danced around me. Lifting my dress but not having too much of a great time, slipping that belt. The boys (men who I just call boys) were down below hooting and hollering.
Last Dance Song
“Today was a Good Day” by Ice Cube. One of our favorite songs together.
Theresa: The first look. The butterflies in my stomach, the anticipation building…I was almost going to burst. When I saw the true happiness in his eyes, nothing else mattered or existed in that moment. Ok, well, I have a second one too…also taking pictures in the back field with those smoke bombs was so freaking cool! Exactly what I wanted to capture.
Carrie Ayn came to our rescue! She worked with us at such a short notice of meeting. And, she captured everything we wanted in such a unique way.
Jackie is all around a goddess. She has such a way with plants and knick knacks, and that is exactly up our alley. Our look was different from what she was used to but she totally nailed it.
And of course, the venue worked so hard for us and with us to make our day finally happen, and exactly how we wanted it, with accommodations of course. Tracey and Jennifer are the best people.
Any tips you’d give brides and grooms planning their wedding today?
That one day you stress and stress about really does go by in a blink of an eye. stop at any moment while you can alone together to be in the moment. Make it your own, you don’t have to have the same wedding as your mom or your friend. You can step out of the box, because it is YOUR day, nobody else’s.
What would you have done differently if you had the chance?
Absolutely nothing. It really was our dream wedding! We had everything we wanted.
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