Me and my boo, on official engagement business in China- without my knowledge. A story for another time.
I must admit, I’ve always had a soft spot for weddings. Perhaps it was due to unfulfilled childhood fantasies of being a flower girl, but they have always been something of a magical mystery, something that happens to other people- rich, hot people with family estates in Connecticut and unlimited funds earmarked for violinists and waiters wearing coattails. But growing up, I always kept little snippets of those fantasies intact when imagining my future nuptials. I didn’t have a full-on crazy bride binder or anything, but only because the internet and desktop folders made that unnecessary. I imagined the gowns, flowers, elegant food, and of course, a handsome groom with an English accent and a deep love of the Clash.
But of course, the years slipped by in a Lion King Hakuna Matata-style time lapse, and I found myself leveling up from a childhood in Wisconsin to art school in Brooklyn. A couple years in, I met a guy who did NOT have an English accent or a particular affinity for ’70’s punk, but was cute, brilliant, and talented, so I went for it. 5 more years passed (in the blink of an eye, I might add), and what began as a flirtation in a studio class turned into something much more.
On March 1, 2014, we joined the ranks of the officially engaged. And suddenly we were planning a wedding, and I wasn’t nearly as rich and successful as I imagined I’d be at this point. By New York standards, I was still practically a child bride. But we made it work, and since we both design things for a living, we (and I mean mostly I) did nearly all of it ourselves- from paper goods to dresses to ties; even a bit of catering.
On June 27. 2015, we got married- and although our wedding journey is over, our DIYs, our adventures, and our lives are just beginning. Stick around, won’t you?
Just saw your “how he asked” proposal and I’m totally in love!!!! I’m a wedding videographer and part of what makes us different is that we film our couples love stories. My website is above, check it out! I would love!!!!! To film your wedding!!!!
Thanks for stopping by, Kaila! I love the idea of context in a wedding video- sometimes too much emphasis is just on a pretty-looking video of a day, when it SHOULD be about how we all got there, too! We got married 3 months ago, but I hope some other brides see your comment and check you out!
Sending love from a fellow anti-bridezilla in Minneapolis, mn. Not even engaged or anything but your aesthetic is everything to me. I’m obsessed with your page and DIY-over-everything beautifully attitude. What’s your Instagram? The links seem to be broken for me.
Thanks, Kat! Your comment makes my night. I’ve been having a whole host of issues with wordpress lately (hence the lack of posts) and am in the process of switching my page to a different server- probably contributing to some broken links. But my IG name is collectededition- hope to see you on there!