A few months ago, a lovely bride named Anna contacted me for her upcoming June wedding. Her and her man chose a killer venue, a great team of creative professionals (Birdhouse Productions + Maggpie Vintage Rentals = sweetness) and I couldn’t be more excited to be working with her. So far, she has not only been a complete JOY to work with, but I’ve definitely gained a great friend in the process. And when I say so far, I have no doubts in my mind that she will only get cooler as they next months come and go.
On our journey of working together, I asked Anna to share some of her insights with me on how her adventures have been going so far and she happily obliged. I didn’t even have to twist her arm… that hard.
an adorns (yep, I said it) engagement photo by Sara Renee of Anna and her self-proclaimed lovah, Matthew
“My name is Anna and I’m getting married in four months,” is often my mirror self-affirmation in the mornings. I have to say it everyday to even believe it’s true! My lovah, Matthew, and I have been engaged for 14 months, but it feels like 14 days. How has so much time passed?! It’s truly been a wild ride (with lots of ups and downs), but it’s been the most interesting and exciting 14 months of our lives.
Planning a wedding takes a lot of work and creativity (and blood and sweat and tears). Gearing up for our wedding has been especially interesting since we’ve graduated from Penn State, gotten new jobs, and bought a house all in the span of one year! On top of all of these incredible life-changes, planning a wedding tends to get stressful. Generally, though, I try to keep it as light and fun as possible. Some of my favorite parts of planning are the moments I get to spend with Matthew talking about our ceremony and envisioning our reception. For instance, we like to read Bible verses aloud in hopes that one will capture our ceremony perfectly. We also like to go to the flea market together to search for vintage tea cups, and it ends up making every one a special piece of our wedding day. I’m so excited to see all of the little details come together and know that we worked so hard to bring it to life.
photo from Maggpie Vintage Rentals, Anna’s vintage rental company of choice (and mine!)
And while I’m SO happy that vintage DIY weddings are all the rage right now (because you’ve never met a 22-year-old who is so granny-chic), it’s really collecting and constructing things that make it all so ideal for us. Our wedding day will be a perfect reflection of who we are: a mix of old and new, created and collected, rust and chrome, etc, etc. That’s really the best part of weddings, isn’t it? Looking around and knowing that the bride and groom chose everything by hand for the people who love them the most, to celebrate their beautiful union. That’s going to be my favorite part of our wedding, for sure.
Planning our big day has strengthened our relationship in ways that I did not foresee. Working toward a common goal is such an incredible way to start a marriage and I’m so grateful I have the opportunity to share this experience with such a wonderful man. A wedding isn’t about things; it’s about a union. Remember my chant? It was “…and I’m getting married in four months,” not “…and I’m having a wedding in four months.” Sometimes it’s easy to forget, but as long as I keep my motivation in check, I know our wedding day will be absolutely perfect.
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Check out all of the killer engagement shots taken by Sara Renee down in good ole’ Tennessee of Anna and Matthew.
And stay tuned for more adventures