St. Louis Brides
We met in September of 2015, we had a friendship that turned into a whirlwind romance. She would write me these amazing love notes before we were even together. She would tell me we would get married one day. She just knew it! I, on the other hand, had to quit fighting it.
We had tickets to see Mumford and Sons, just as friends... but Maggie had other plans. We were bickering about something silly and, just like a scene from a movie, Maggie threw me up against the wall and kissed me. That was it. The whole world stopped for a few moments and our friendship would never be the same again. The feelings grew and so did our relationship.
What about the proposal?
The proposal, well Maggie had this grand plan to bring in some fortune cookie and have this big gesture. But after she picked up my ring, she just couldn't contain her excitement. She came home from work, still in her white painter clothes and got down on one knee and asked me to be her wife. I was in shock and asked if she was serious and then happily said YES! Honestly, it couldn't have been more perfect.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
Hmmmm I'm pretty sure Maggie knew before I did. I was in denial. Haha! She was my best friend first and we became close really fast. Maggie was moving into a condo in December of 2015. She was painting and I volunteered to clean for her. While watching her work hard and us working together, I think that's when I knew for sure. I didn't act on anything. I knew, though, that we were meant to be.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
Maggie's dad passed in October of 2016. He has a "Secret Garden" in his backyard, we knew that's where we wanted to have our ceremony. I was lucky enough to ask her dad's permission before he passed. He was so excited. That was all we knew for sure, that getting married in the "Secret Garden" was a must.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
Easy part of wedding planning? That's a funny one! Just kidding...kind of. I really don't know that any of it was easy, but some aspects are more fun than others. I loved going to wedding shows, looking at reception venues, trying on wedding dresses and looking for bridesmaids dresses...the inspiration stage of planning.
The hard part would have to be the last 6-8 weeks leading up to the wedding. It's like you do all of the big stuff so far in advance, like picking a photographer and finding your venue. Then you have this gap of not having much to do, then all of the sudden it’s crunch time and things get crazy – all the little details, final touches, and seating charts. I can say however, that it's all totally worth it when it's all said and done.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
Going into planning our wedding, we wish we’d been prepared for the fact that everyone would have an opinion. Don't get me wrong; we are well aware people have opinions... But we weren’t prepared for our friends and family to give as much “input” as they did... And their opinions made it hard at times, to remember that this day wasn’t about pleasing everyone; it was about our promise to each other and celebrating that promise of love.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now?
Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add? I think if we had to go back and do it again we would have eloped or had a beach wedding. We wouldn't have worried so much about other people's wants/wishes/feelings. Plus, it was just tough to narrow down our guest list.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
My favorite part of our wedding day had to be the first look, or seeing Maggie waiting at the end of the aisle for me. She has my heart... and on that day it was extra full. ❤
- Photography By Sara Reed Studios
- Reception & Ceremony Venue By The Randall Gallery
- Florals By Soulard Florist
- Paper Goods By Vistaprint
- Catering By Bleu Events
- Desserts By Cose Dolci Bakery
- Music By Elite Pro DJ
- Hair By Reyna Hair Studio
- Makeup By Makeup By Theresa
- Bridal Attire, Wedding Party Attire & Jewelry By David's Bridal
- Photobooth By Capture It STL