My wish is that your wedding is not just a party where you get to show off your pretty dress or drink really good wine. Instead, my wish is that your wedding day is a genuine expression and reflection of the love and devotion that you have for one another; that it's a celebration of the unique and beautiful journey that has brought you to this moment; and that when you look back on your wedding day, your remember how it felt to be surrounded by your community, reading your promises of commitment and devotion out loud, and holding your loved one as close as you possibly could.
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When Sharon asked if she could wear a jean jacket for photos on her wedding day, obviously the only answer was yes. Jean jacket, flower crown, hiking boots, barefeet... you do you! (are people still saying that?)
I hope you choose to honour whatever it was that brought you to this moment. For Mackenzie + Steven, their parents played a huge part in getting them to this day. I loved how they chose to honour them by reading letters to each of their parents at the beginning of their ceremony - thanking them for raising them in a home full of love, supporting them, and for showing them what marriage truly looks like.
Whether it's on top of a mountain, beside the ocean or underneath the apple tree in your childhood home, when it comes to choosing a space for your ceremony the sky is the limit. There's so many options to choose from as all you need is space to hold you, your partner and whoever you've chosen to celebrate with you. Don't be afraid to think outside the box - choose a location that inspires you, that has significant meaning to you and your future spouse, or a space that's just really freaking cool. Even if it hasn't been done before (all the better!), there's absolutely no harm in asking the appropriate people. You'd be surprised at the willingness of people to support your vision for your wedding.
What's the coolest ceremony space you've seen? Let me know below!
Need some inspiration? Check out this list of Unique Wedding Venues from The Knot
For this week’s #theintentionalbride I’m sharing a way to be intentional even after your wedding. As soon as you can, I encourage you to sit down and write down everything you can remember that happened on your day. And before you say “but I’m not a writer” know that this isn’t for anyone but you. It doesn’t have to be an elegantly written piece - even bullet points will work. Chances are in 10, 20, or 30 years, you’re not going to remember every little detail of the day, like how quickly your flower girl ran down the isle or how your Dad broke out dance moves you’d never seen before. It’s one thing to have photos to look back on, but there’s something special about reliving the day through your own perspective. I’m coming up on my first year anniversary this weekend and can’t wait to sit down with Eric and reminisce about our day. So as silly as it sounds or feels, I promise your future self will thank you!
Past brides: did you do anything special to remember your day? Let me and other future brides know below in the comments!
Psst… don’t forget to relax and have some fun on your wedding day.
K&G decided to go out for beers with their bridal party after portraits - I thought it was an awesome way to not only spend some extra time with their closest friends, but to show them their gratitude for agreeing to stand up with them on their day.
Past brides, how did you choose to incorporate a little fun on your wedding day? Let me and other brides know below!
For part 2 of #theintentionalbride, I’m staying within the same theme of slowing down on your day and making time for what matters.
When planning out the schedule for your day, I encourage you to set aside time for you and your partner to simply be alone together. After our first look photos, Eric and I drove together to our ceremony - just the two of us - and it was so great getting that time alone to talk about our mornings, share what we were most excited about for our day, and repeatedly tell one another "I can't believe we're getting married today". I can't stress this enough: making time for yourselves is SO important - it allows you to slow down, relish the excitement of the day, and really appreciate everything that brought you to this moment.
So whether you want to get ready together, share a meal, or go for a walk after your ceremony, I promise you will not regret scheduling that time to simply be.
One of my favourite parts of a wedding day is the morning - there’s so much emotion and anticipation for the day ahead. And while it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of it all, I believe how you start your morning will determine how the rest of your day will unfold. The last thing you want is to start your day stressed because you’re running behind schedule, so give yourself PLENTY of time to get ready in the morning. Make time to SLOW DOWN: eat a proper breakfast, do yoga, write in your journal, read a letter from your future spouse, hydrate, hang out with your girls (or groom if you're getting ready together!), and enjoy a moment of quiet before the day begins.
I’m SO excited to be kicking off a new blog series tomorrow that will include all sorts of helpful tips and advice on how to plan your wedding intentionally and thoughtfully.
This series is for you if:
- you're tired of hearing what you “should” or “shouldn’t” do on your day - you care more about what your wedding feels like, instead of what it looks like
- you’re simply excited to share a day with your friends and family celebrating the unique journey that has brought you and your partner to this moment
Coming to you every Thursday, you can follow along by searching #theintentionalbride on instagram, or find them all here!