Photographer: Sarah Rominger Photography
Ceremony Venue: Gaither Chapel in Montreat
Cake: Hey Hey Cupcake
Cinematography: Jason Garris
DJ: A Bride's DJ
Dress Designer: Oleg Cassini
Flowers: Occasions by Emily
Groom's Attire: Alfani
Jewelry: John Laughter Jewelry & family pearls
Shoe Designer: J.Crew
Veil or Hair Accessories: David's Bridal
Prop or Furniture Rentals: A Darling Day
Event Designer: AllieMarie Councell (bride) | Hair & Makeup: Crystal Harrell | Reception Venue & Caterer: The Wild Hare | Officiant: Rev. Edward Brower
Read on to get some fabulous advice from AllieMarie!
If I wrote a letter to my bride-self and could give her stress-eliminating, time-cutting, sanity-keeping advice I'd tell her this:
1.) When people offer help, take them up on it! Don't let your perfectionism get in the way of letting people craft with you. In the end, every set of extra supporting hands means one less project to stress you out.
2.) Don't let Pinterest steal your soul! You can't do every single crafty thing you see. Pick out your absolute favorite ideas and set a limit on how many tasks you'll take on. Then tweak them to make them quick and simple and YOU. There just isn't enough time and money to do every tiny detail.
3.) There are stages of wedding planning: ecstatic excitement --> blog/pinterest mania --> "this is so fun, I'm a bride!" craft/supply shopping --> "did I really just spend 125 hours making save-the-dates?" --> "I don't think I'll ever craft again!" --> "Honey... I think we should just forget the planning and elope...". When you get to this stage stop right here. Take a deep breath, go out with your girlfriends and make a point NOT to talk about anything wedding related, go love on your soon-to-be, and return refreshed. All the stress and planning is definitely worth it come the wedding day, so don't let yourself become a bridezilla-hormonal-emotional mess when you hit the "forget planning, let's just elope" stage.Â
4.) Remember that the wedding is about you and your future husband, NOT your guests. This is the most essential thing to always remember. The guests are your loved ones, so yes, they are important. But almost everything you do in your planning is for the guests, and it will become deeply overwhelming if you obsess over pleasing them. Your guests are there for YOU and your GROOM.Â
5.) Get comfortable shoes! Whether gorgeous heels or spunky flats, you have to be in them ALL day and/or ALL night. Happy feet = Happy Bride.
6.) Relish your bridehood. It doesn't last forever and its such a beautiful and special time in your life. It can be stressful, yes, but its a stress that strengthens you as a woman before your new journey into marriage.