As Zane and I celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary, we are still breathless from the day of 08.08.16. Although that day was, at one time, a reality… it still lives on in my dreams and acts as a everyday reminder of the blessings that lay upon us, as a couple, and the conquering love we share. It was a day full of magic, that I don’t think can ever fully be explained… and even if it could, could never fully be understood. However, the question that we get asked the most is how much was it???? For some, they think the wedding may have been over the top and for others, a wedding of dreams. However, I can tell you that our wedding was perfect and of course will never compare to any other…. and the goal for every bride and groom, is to feel the exact same way about their day. You make your wedding about you, AS A COUPLE…. whatever that may entail and look like. Own it, embrace it and forever be in love with your day.
Although, we will NEVER talk about financials and say the total cost of our wedding… we will, however, ALWAYS talk about ALL the individuals that were responsible for making that day, the day of our dreams… and never left us to regret anything spent; time, money, frustration, stress and the choices made.
So, with all this being said, the purpose of this blog is to not only celebrate Zane and I, but to celebrate all of our creative partners that deserve every bit of recognition given… because without all of you, this day would have never been as AMAZING as it was.
Love always, @thedesiredgurl
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***all wedding photos by AltF Photography , unless otherwise noted
The very first person we hired was our wedding planner. Although most of you feel like you already know her… because of the endless support we show each other through social media, Andrea is, by far, the most important piece of all of this. She was our planner, our supporter, our cheerleader, our shoulder to cry on, our lunch buddy, and most of all, she is, and forever will be, our friend. For some, hiring a wedding planner may not seem feasible or needed. However, I will tell you, that hiring Andrea was the best decision we made, financially and intellectually. Andrea knew who we were and what we wanted immediately. She was able to use her experience, take what she knew about us and create a world, if only for one day, that was reflective of who we are and what we represent, when it comes to our love and style. I wholeheartedly believe that our wedding would absolutely NOT be what it was, without her… and we will always be grateful to her, for this. Click here to visit Andrea’s Website.
Andrea also published our very own personalized magazine through her company, Wedding Editorialist. A great addition to have in your collection of memorabilia!! Click here to view the magazine!!
Destinations by Design (dbd)
When Andrea introduced us to dbd, it was an instant connection. Most of the time when individuals are looking for vendors, also known as creative partners, I believe, they are more focused on whether that vendor is reasonably priced, and rightfully so! Everyone should…. and I say “should” have a budget and select a vendor that fits within that budget. However, when the vendor just “gets you” and knows, just after one meeting, what you want, costs, to me, can always be worked out… either between you and the vendor or you and your significant other, through budgeting. Like with Andrea, we found “the one” when it came to the very people that will design our wedding. They created an absolutely romantic and elegant space, full of candles, flowers, sparkle, and with the help of LED Unplugged, CHANDELIERS! Designing it on paper is one thing, but when you see that design come to life, “just for you,” flawlessly, money is no object. That is one thing that I will absolutely stay firm on…. I will never regret the money we spent on our design, however, I will regret not being able to spend more…. although Zane sees it differently …. lol!!!! Sorry Zane…. Click here to visit dbd’s website.
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
The Four Seasons was not even on our list of venues to visit at first. We originally wanted to stay off the Las Vegas strip because of Zane always working on the strip. However, after speaking with Andrea on what we wanted, she insisted that we would immediately fall in love with the venue because it simply just represented “us” and what we wanted. Of course, Andrea was right! When Zane and I first walked in the Four Seasons, looking at the property, for the first time, through the eyes of a future bride and groom… WE FELL IMMEDIATELY IN LOVE! Not only was the venue chic, timeless, romantic and classy, but the true and endless hospitality is what really won us over…. PLUS their pastry chef helped create the cake of our dreams!!! Everyone we worked with during the wedding process was amazing, and some have become our friends. Click here to visit the Four Seasons’ Website.
Photography is such an important element in ANY wedding! So seeking out a BADASS PHOTOGRAPHER should be one of the first on your list “to dos” in wedding planning! We were introduced to John and Dalisa by Andrea very early on in the wedding planning process. One of the things I requested…. having a wedding that was DIFFERENT, and photography was for sure one of those elements I wanted to be different in. John caught my attention with his edgy and raw photos and his talent with lighting was absolutely AMAZING! I didn’t want my wedding photos looking traditional or what is seen time and time again in magazines, and I think John and Dalisa 100% delivered on “different!” I am sure you will agree after looking at all the photos at the end of this blog! John and Dalisa are considered our friends… and I am looking forward to working with them again soon! Click here to visit AltF’s Website.
Videography, I believe, is one of the most important elements in a wedding. Like photography, videography is a recording of your day. Better yet, videography allows you to actually experience your day, each and every time you watch your wedding video, by making you feel like you’re there again. It gives you the sounds, the movement and scenes of your wedding that you may have missed! Bottom line… photography and videography are the two things you don’t want to sacrifice because of costs. These are lifetime keepsakes. With that being said, Andrea also introduced us to Something New very early on in the wedding planning process. In fact, we had a meeting with them and AltF at the same time. Both of their presentations, linked together, were amazing, and only proved to us how well the two companies worked together. Something New has also done the wedding videos of a couple of friends of ours and did an amazing job…. so, picking Something New was a “no brainer.” Sandi and Jimi Falin are both fun, loving people and love what they do. We keep up with each other on Facebook always, supporting each other along the way in life. Click here or the photo below to watch our wedding highlight video by Something New!
Paper and Home
A friend of mine posted her wedding stationary from Paper and Home a few months before I even got engaged. Loving how elegant her stationary was, I knew Paper and Home would be a great fit on what we wanted. When expressing my interest in Paper and Home to Andrea, she quickly set up our first meeting together… so much fun looking through all the colors of paper and patterns! Brooke and Micheal are fun, loving people and they want nothing more than their team at Paper and Home to satisfy and deliver exactly what their clients want… and deliver they did! We had so many compliments on our save the dates and invitations. Our paper, throughout, was nothing less than classy, elegant and a true reflection on who we are. With the help of Andrea, we even had a custom made menu created for our tables that doubled as a thank you note, photo booth photo holder and keepsake. We loved them!!! I would absolutely use Paper and Home for any future invitation needs. Click here to visit Paper and Home’s website.
DJ BREEZE aka Thomas Calabrese, made our wedding experience for all our guests that much more memorable. From an unforgettable playlist during our cocktail and reception hours, to keeping our guests hyped-up and on the dance floor, dancing the night away. He helped create an unbelievable, energized and unforgettable night! He truly cares about his couples and wants nothing more than for everyone to have an amazing time! He is today considered a friend and will always be recommended to any future bride that asks for DJ suggestions. Click here to visit DJ Breeze’s website.
Ceremony Dress bought at Mon Amie Bridal Salon – Los Angeles, CA
Photo taken by my friend Lauren
***first photo taken by my friend Lauren
Reception dress bought at Couture Bride – Las Vegas, NV
Suit custom made and fitted by b.spoke – Costa Mesa, CA
Wedding Photos by AltF Photography