The night after my love, Chris, proposed, we met our best friends (aka the couple who introduced us) for drinks and dinner. My friend Kaelin (who shares my love for weddings) asked what color scheme I was considering, and I knew I was in trouble. “Slate blue! No, blush pink is so soft and sweet. But should we include butter yellow? Yellow’s my favorite color, after all. And the neutral we go with changes everything.”
It wasn’t that I hadn’t considered her question yet. It was that I had been thinking about it for what seemed like forever (yes, before I was engaged). My mind was racing with ideas: breathtaking photos, countless magazine spreads, touching ceremonies, clever DIY projects. Details I loved. Details I hated. For a creative type like me, how could I sort through it all? Plus, now every great idea I found had to go through a reality-check-filter: our budget. One thing I knew for sure was that I wanted the overall feel of the day to be real and romantic. I forced myself to keep this in mind with every decision along the way.
And when Pinterest, launched, mid-wedding-planning, it helped Chris to keep my crazy wedding-brain in check…like for the five seconds I though a flower-bearing donkey (or perhaps a different animal) would be cute for photos (See above). Um, no.
The first decision we made was our cake. I was a food editor at the time, so taste was most important. I think the worst offender in the world of yucky wedding cakes is, without a doubt, gummy, tasteless (or overly sweet!) frosting. Smooth fondant is pretty as can be, but I knew vanilla buttercream was the only choice for us. The icing job on this cake from Martha Stewart Weddings served as inspiration for our own spackledy cake. The flavors: almond—Chris’s favorite flavor—with lemon filling, chocolate with raspberry filling, red velvet with chocolate cream filling. Crowned with an Etsy cake-topper, it was perfection!
When it came to colors, I knew a couple things. Although we were getting married on October 15, 2011, I didn’t want to go with a typical orange, red, yellow autumn color scheme. I also didn’t want to go too girly. It wasn’t just my wedding after all—I had a fiancé to consider. We settled on navy blue (my second favorite hue), with pops of coral, green, and gray. The flowers brought it all together, and the striped ribbon around the bridesmaids’ bouquets was perhaps my favorite little detail of the day.
Besides our anything-but-smooth cake frosting, I wanted our wedding to be filled with lots of other tactile finishes. We aren’t shiny, glossy people, so you can see lots of lace, brick, and wood in the photos our amazing photographer, Bethany Fritz, captured of the day.
So, back to my overall vision for our wedding…Was it real? Check. Romantic? Check! Marrying Chris was the happiest moment of my life.