Brenna and Blake met on OkCupid, like the young kids do. Their first date almost didn't happen because it was the same day Brenna adopted her kittens (Tea & Shade) but her best friend told her she was too young to stay home on a Saturday night with her cats. She went on the date, grilled Blake and concluded at the end of the date that she "didn't hate him."
Blake proposed to Brenna at his parents house over winter break in front of some family and a few close friends. Brenna was awkward and made horrible noises the entire time that he was saying nice things.
Brenna and Blake love to watch trash reality tv, take their corgi Bennie to the dog park, get coffee and bagels on the weekends and go to the beach.
What Inspired Your Wedding Choices
Our wedding was inspired by our personalities, who we are as a couple and knowing what we didn't want. Neither of us are traditional or wanted to do the traditional wedding things. We wanted our day to be colorful, feel like us and be fun! We had an open bar, taco buffet for dinner and fancy donuts instead of cake.
Our priorities were booze, music, food and aesthetics.
I couldn't say if there was a favorite part of the day because everything was so perfect and fun. We included a number of special details or "easter eggs" for ourselves.
The centerpieces included some of Blake's favorite books (Harry Potter, Ender's Game, LOTR, etc.), crystal skulls (which combine Brenna's love of crystals and spookiness), the floral arrangements had succulents (Brenna and Blake are both California natives), our cake topper was the word "Always" a la Harry Potter and Blake's ring has a Star Wars battle scene on it.
We used a pinata as our card box, pinatas with candy instead of the garter/bouquet toss and we had the whole wedding do the cupid shuffle with us instead of doing family dances.
I made signs for all the tables/stations on Canva because I couldn't find what I wanted on Etsy or anyplace else.
I DIY'd the bridal belt and shoes (14+ hours of rhinestoning on those shoes). The tissue balls and decor took forever to "poof" but were well worth it. We also had a tremendous amount of generosity as friends made the individually personalized doilies for every place setting and the paper flower backdrop. While Brenna planned and organized her tush off (packing each table's worth of decor/supplies in their own box for ease day of) but Blake and a few groomsmen did all the decorating day of!!
What was totally worth it?
All the time spent planning, organizing and preparing was worth it. So was pipe and drape and finding vendors that vibed with us was also worth it.
What was not worth it?
All the crying and worrying about the guest list and the seating chart!
What did you throw in the Fuck-It Bucket?
We threw traditions in the FIB!! Also favors!
How did Bridechilla help you plan your wedding?
Bridechilla kept me focus on what was important, gave me insight into what the dat would be like and gave me a sounding board for all the drama no one tells you about when you get engaged! Aleisha and the Chillas kept me sane and on track!
What advice do you have for other couples planning their weddings?
Don't get bogged down in the details. Some things I fretted about during planning I didn't even think about on the day (we never actually used our cake topper that I spent countless hours comparing on Etsy and we also didn't use our custom snapchat geofilter, woops!)
Venue Lake Forest Beach and Tennis Club email@example.com
Rentals Esmeralda www.Linensbycelina.com
Photo Tracy Rhineheart http://pineandsea.com/
Video Alexander Hoggard https://www.achweddingfilms.com/
Floral Jenny Proppe http://www.floralsbyjenny.com/
Food Petra https://www.yelp.com/biz/tacos-san-jose-santa-ana
Dessert Donnutery http://www.thedonutteryhb.com/
Staff Hostess Helpers http://www.hostesshelpersoc.com/
Officiant Dominique Woods firstname.lastname@example.org
DJ Deon Aumaier +17143175889 http://www.djdeon.info/profile/LL
Hair/Make up Julie Stoddard https://www.yelp.com/biz/julie-stoddard-hair-and-makeup-costa-mesa
Coordinator Jenny Monge