From the bride:
Simply traditional with a touch of elegance. There was no specific type
of theme such as vintage, modern, etc. it's just about our story, 'the
2nd time around'. The venue set the tone and atmosphere on it's own.
Colors were fuchsia, plum, & white/ivory.
We are opposites, truth of the saying they do
attract. Blending our cultures and families make us unique in itself.
Being the 2nd time around, we have the opportunity to reconnect of love
that clearly was never lost, going into this being older & wiser.
We met 17 years ago, coming into each other's lives with toddlers. Then
we found out our families knew one another through earlier generations
was a plus. We were engaged after 4 months and married the following
year in 1999. We had a son in 2000, but unfortunately separated/divorced
after 8 years. However after 8 years of continued up/down friendship
and a co-parent relationship, we reconnected in 2014, engaged after a
week and we got married less than a year later in 2015.
We are in the mist of getting a new home. We would love more children,
but looks like we will look forward to Grandchildren one day. We are
truly just enjoying having our entire family back together, although our
children are older we still manage to go on family vacations, Sunday
dinners and continue to make family memories as though there was never a
8 year break.
We see in the future just growing, exploring, and living in the moments,
now. We were given this 2nd time around together and it's been better
than we ever could have imagined. It feels like the happiest we have
ever been and who would've thought being divorced brought us back to a
much better place in life together than when we first got married.
There was one special touch that was more personal to the bride. I had a
special charm attached on my bouquet to have my Dad in spirit walk me
down the aisle, he passed away in 2013. However, 2 of my son's walked me
down the aisle. We decided to do traditional and read our own vows
which in turn learned something about one another, the true feelings we
felt. It was truly a special moment. We had a '2nd' dance that
included 2 of our sons, that was special. Also, had a small memorial
acknowledging groom's grandfather's and bride's Dad.
I would have to say to be realistic with your budget and expectations.
It's easy to say you have a budget and then in the mist of planning you
start agreeing to add this or pay more for that. Stick to the budget,
you will be so glad you did and not having to then stress about paying
off the debt during your first years of marriage over one day.
Try not to let too many people question your decisions or let negativity
expressed take you away of what you & your fiancé vision is for
YOUR wedding. Someone will always have something to say about your
wedding, don't take it person and again it's about YOU TWO. Don't loose
sight of the bigger picture, which is you and your fiancé new life
together. It's more than just the wedding day, it's a life you are going
to share as husband and wife.
Lastly it's so important to communicate through the process, with the
stress and so much to plan it can start to pull you apart. Always,
always fit in time for dates and use that time "not" to talk about the
wedding planning and just be together. It will bring you back to reality
so to speak. :)
Venue: Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa California
Location: 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, California 94558.