the day i said i do
Three years ago today my handsome husband got down on one knee and popped the question. It’s crazy to look back and think that was three years ago, I can remember the day like it was yesterday. By the way, I totally knew he was proposing that day! He was NOT sly about it whatsoever! He had been weird a couple weeks leading up to and I had been catching him in little white lies that absolutely was giving it away. I went along with it and never said a thing but definitely made sure I had a cute outfit for the day!!
Okay so a little something about us…Breakfast is definitely our thing, it’s our favorite meal of the day. One random Saturday morning he suggested us going out to breakfast, which is weird in itself because he NEVER makes plans, I usually plan out everything; plus we had already had plans that weekend for his dads birthday. He took me to one of our favorite restaurants in Laguna Beach, The Rooftop, the view is incredible & their drinks are delicious. The whole breakfast was kind of comical looking back because he was so weird & fidgety. He also kept getting up to go to the bathroom…later he let me know he kept checking to make sure the ring was still there! He had the ring in his pocket wrapped in tissue paper! He didn’t want to leave it in the box because I would notice it in his pocket.
After we finished our yummy breakfast & drinks, he asked me if I wanted to take a walk on the beach…again WEIRD, totally not like him! I, of course, said yes and we strolled the sand barefoot. We ended up walking through this beautiful rock cave and landed on these huge rocks that went out into the ocean. He wanted to walk out the furthest rock, later finding out he was trying to get away from other people because he didn’t want a crowd. Out there in the middle of the peaceful ocean, just the two of us, he dropped down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. It was the most magical and surreal moment.
Now on to the wedding…
I couldn’t wait to start planing! My mom and I planned and coordinated the entire wedding, down to each and every detail. I had a day of coordinator because the venue required us to and I also wanted to enjoy my day but literally until 4pm the day before it was all me and my mom. By the way…there were pros and cons that came with that. The amount of stress! Oh my gosh. I never thought it would have been as intense as it was to plan a wedding, well and we are both guilty of being perfectionist so there’s that. The amount of time, energy and money we spent was a little crazy but I don’t regret a thing!
Being a wardrobe stylist, stepping outside the box and having something different than everyone around me was very important when planning my wedding. My Husband and I were both set on having a fall wedding, so that was an easy decision. Picking the venue was the next thing to tackle. Brendan and I both knew we wanted a mini destination wedding, and Palm Springs holds a special place in our heart, as we always escape out there. Living in Orange County, it was just close enough for our family and friends to make it but far enough to get that weekend getaway. We wanted to create a vacation feeling where our guests could relax and soak it all in for a couple of days. With that being said, we didn’t want the typical “ACE or The Parker wedding”. Don’t get me wrong, we absolutely LOVE both of them and spend time there often, but we felt it was overdone and just wasn’t right for our wedding. We spent some time out there going to places that weren’t usually in our hotspot routine. We come across Colony Palms Hotel and immediately fell in love! It is kind of hidden and has this very intimate feeling; which is exactly what we wanted. It has the Palm Springs vibe we love, with a little splash of old Hollywood. We stopped looking and booked it right away! Once the venue was dialed in, it was on to the dress!
Naturally, fashion is apart of me so this was the part I was really excited for. Going into it, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted and I was wrong! Well sort of… I knew, hands down, I wanted long sleeves. There’s something so unique about a long sleeve wedding dress and I knew I didn’t want to veer away from that. I initially wanted more of a boho feel, but again kept seeing it everywhere and it made me want to run in the opposite direction. I came across this amazingly elegant yet simple Houghton Gown and I was OBSESSED!! I tried on some more dresses just to be sure but when I couldn’t get this one out of my head, I knew it was meant to be and it was a done deal!
A lot of my inspiration stemmed from my dress. My dress was very modern with clean lined, so I wanted to keep that throughout each detail. Burgundy is one of my favorite colors and since it was going to be a fall wedding, I thought it was perfect to incorporate. The copper accents stemmed from something else that was a personal love to us… Moscow mules are mine & my husband’s favorite cocktail, so of course we had to have them! The copper mugs inspired us to incorporate copper details. Keeping the consistency and esthetic throughout each detail was very important to me.
If I had any advice to give to future brides and grooms out there, it would be to stick to your gut! This is yours and your significant others day, don’t let others dictate. Of course you will have so many opinions, and that’s okay to listen and take in, but at the end of the day, it’s about YOU AND YOUR LOVE.
Our wedding was seriously the most magical day of our lives & I wouldn’t change a thing. My vendors did a beautiful job at making my vision come alive, I couldn’t imagine it without each and every one of them. I want to inspire others out there to be different and unique to yourself. Stay true to who you are but step outside the box if you want. Have fun with it! Be in the moment and cherish this time. It’s all over in a blink of an eye.
Photography: Lauren Scotti
Venue: Colony Palms Hotel
Florals: The Bloomin Gypsy
DJ/ Photobooth- DJ Chris Paul
Donuts: Sidecar Doughnuts
Chairs: Planks and Patina
Calligrapher: The Cozy Gnome
Invitations/Menus: Michael Laser
Gluten Free Wedding Cake: Mother of the Bride
Hair: Courtney Laser
Brides Dress: Houghton
Brides Shoes: Phillip Lim 3.1
Brides / Bridesmaids Jewelry: La Weez
Bridesmaid Dresses: Reformation & Zara
Grooms Suit: West End
Grooms Shoes: Cole Hann
Brides reception leather jacket: Scout Folks
Brides reception dress: Nightcap
Brides lingerie: La Perla
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