Kirby & Gib: A Fairytale Granville Wedding
I was so thrilled to meet Kirby & Gib and to share such a beautiful day with them. From beginning to end it was nothing short of a fairytale wedding! Walking into Kirby's room at the Granville Inn I immediately started to swoon! Everything from her dress to her Badgley Mischka shoes were absolutely stunning. And she thought ahead and went with a wedge so she wouldn't spend her wedding day aerating the lawn ;) And those flowers! So perfect.
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I absolutely love every wedding and learn so much from each couple! I love hearing how they met to how he proposed... To hearing all of the planning details! I want to pass that information along to maybe make your planning process a little easier... Or at least to inspire your journey!
C: How did you meet?
K: Gib organized a summer softball team (& proudly dubbed himself Captain) a friend asked me to sub in one game because they were short players. Catching soaring 16" softballs with no glove isn't my idea of fun but I agreed to go for the free beer. Captain introduced himself and the rest is history...
C: How did he propose?
K: At home. It was quiet. It was us. It was perfect.
C: What was your favorite part of the planning process?
K: Seeing a years worth of planning really come to life in the final month. In those last 30 days I was receiving multiple packages a day of beautiful commissioned work, candles, vases, personalized napkins, linens, gifts for our dearest, the list goes on- my poor UPS man! It all began to feel very real! Also, working with extremely talented vendors who blew any expectation we had out of the water. It was a joy to work with each and every one and truly made my job as bride and "wedding planner" easy!
C: What was your least favorite part of the planning process?
K: Least favorite part? Oh man, pleasing people while trying to please myself and plan the wedding I wanted. I would be willing to bet all brides have felt this at some point of the planning process. Whether it's settling on a wedding date, budget, bridesmaid dresses, guest list- remember, this is your day. This is about the love between you and your fiancée. Don't let anyone steal your joy.
C: Planning a wedding can be daunting (to say the least!) What planning advice can you pass on to brides that may help them in their journey to wedding success/awesomeness?
K: If you have a wedding Planner, no planner, DIY wedding, totally hate planning events are maybe wedding planning is totally your cup of tea- really try to enjoy the entire wedding planning process. After all you only do it once, right ;) The week leading up to the wedding can be extremely stressful and emotionally draining. Stay calm and have fun, it all goes wayyyy to fast to be so stressed.
Take engagement pictures with your photographer. I know many couples currently planning their wedding who are questioning paying for engagements photos (if it isn't in their wedding package). I know it may seem like an unnecessary additional cost but it really gives you the chance to "practice." Taking lovey dovey photos doesn't come natural to all and this is a great opportunity to get to know you photographer and get it right for the big day. Practice makes perfect!
Great advice I was given (and regretfully didn't take) was to write cards to loved ones in advance. I wrote a few a couple weeks before the wedding but waited on most. Come wedding weekend, my mind was mush and I couldn't put my thoughts on paper.
Consider hiring a videographer. I think this is the first "luxury" most couples rule out when planning the budget because it can be really expensive but, trust me, so so worth it.
C: What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
K: Pin pointing my favorite part of the wedding day is nearly impossible. The ceremony was extremely special. My mom gave me away and my stepdad married us. Gib and I wrote the entire ceremony and our own vows and hearing his vows was by far my favorite moment. Gib and I left immediately after the ceremony for a few more pictures with our photographers (and to cool off in the car- helloooo 90 degree day), it was amazing to have a moment of privacy to let it all soak in.. We also took some of my favorite photos at this time- the lighting was pure magic. And the obvious, the reception. All my favorite people in one place dancing to Benny and the jets. Need I say more?
C: What you wish you could go back and change (if anything)
K: I would consider having a reception dress. As much as I absolutely loved my dress, it was covered in pearls with very little ventilation. It was a record breaking September day and we were all melting... a short little number would've been much more comfortable. Oh, and Mowgli. I would definitely have my puppy there.
C: Anything else you can think of that you'd like to share ;)
K: Know this. You might be sad after the wedding. Like really sad. Post wedding blues are a legit thing- the internet confirmed this so you know it has to be true. I remember sitting in the airport with my new husband, headed to Greece for our 2 week honeymoon and I could not stop crying. I cried when I ordered a glass of champagne, I cried seeing the new bling on his finger, I cried reading sweet text messages from family and friends. If you want to scare the Sh*! out of your new husband- do all the above. Kidding. Bless his heart, he was such a good sport and knew they were tears of joy.. and that I was just really emotional ;) Eventually the tears dry up but you still might feel a little sad. The whats next feeling.. How will I ever have literally every single one of my favorite people in one place? Who will I endlessly harass with constant emails? (Sorry vendors!) Its normal. So so normal. And its even ok. And better yet, they will go away. Life goes on and you will get over it. To those who felt pure bliss and relief after your wedding- You're lucky.