The Couple: Stacy and Christopher
The Wedding: The O'Donnell House, Palms Springs, CA
We all know how stressful weddings can be. Tell us a little about the things that stressed you out while you were planning your wedding.
The first big hurdle (as in almost all weddings) was finding the perfect venue. Our families live at opposite ends of the country, so we went back and forth for a couple months trying to find the perfect place to appease everyone. For a little while it felt like we would never find a venue, but eventually we put out foot down, and picked the place that we were in love with instead of trying to make everyone else happy.
Also, I took on a lot of creating the look and feel of the wedding and sourcing the decor (literally I created directives for my wedding planner, ha, which in hindsight I may have stretched myself a little thin.) We had a big vision and wouldn't settle for less than perfection so my husband and I found ourselves sewing a million table runners & napkins ties, and completing other little projects pretty much all the way up to the day of.
If you could go back and redo anything, what would you change?
Literally nothing! Actually I would have made it last longer! All the tears, frustration, long nights planning and money spent came together to make our day perfect!
What did not go according to plan on your wedding day?
The biggest shocker was while my girls were helping me into my gown. As they went to attach the hook into the thread eye it snapped. The photographer managed to capture this exact moment. Luckily one of my bridesmaids was handy with a needle and thread and sewed me in.
How did you deal with the things that went wrong?
It was so great to appoint a point person within my group of girls to handle any small issues or questions that may have come up with the coordinator. She is a dear friend and was with me during the whole planning process so she really understood my vision and I trusted her to handle any situation…you just have to have good people on your side.
Also, the day was so amazing and filled with love and happiness and good times it was easy to brush little things off and take the very few things that did arise in stride.
What advice would you like to give to future brides?
I know it gets said over and over again; but your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life, and you should make it exactly how you want it to be! Don't give into things you don't want just to please others or let yourself be talked out of things.
Don't stick to traditions you don't want just because they are traditions that everyone else does. Make your own tradition and statement at your wedding!
Is there anything else you think our readers would benefit from?
The biggest help for us in getting exactly what we wanted and having our vision executed perfectly with our coordinator and vendors was to provide them with as many detailed examples as possible.
Websites like Pinterest gave us all the inspiration needed, and I created directives or “inspiration” boards to pass off to my vendors so they knew exactly what we expected.
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Laura Goldenberger
The Venue: The O'Donnell House (A historic Spanish Hacienda style estate set on the side of mountain overlooking all of the Palm Springs valley. It was such an amazing find…one of the oldest homes in Palm Springs, which has hosted people like Cary Grant and Albert Einstein)
Coordinator: The Events Department
Florist: Carrie Piccolini
Event Design: The Bride! Stacy!
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