Happy Monday!  I’m back from vacation but taking a few more days because we have some events for my husband’s job this week that are keeping us busy, so I have a few more great guest posts coming your way.  But first, another installment of Behind the Veil, featuring the lovely Brit from Landlocked Bride!

As a wedding blogger, what is your favorite part of other people’s weddings?

I absolutely love a couple’s story and how their story translates into the details of their wedding.  As a wedding stylist, I work with my couples to understand how to take a vision they have for their big day and infuse personality into it.  It’s so important to me that a wedding be a reflection of the couple, their marriage and their style.  And, as a blogger, the weddings that have a heart-warming story and details to match are what catch my eye the most. 

What was your favorite part of your wedding?

I can’t pick just one.  I remember so much of our wedding as if it was yesterday. The first look, our ceremony, the ferris wheel ride, partying with our friends and family. So much of it contributed to creating this one cohesive memory that is my favorite part. It’s the culmination of how the day unfolded that made it so special to me.  BUT, to answer your question, probably the ferris wheel ride.  It was 25 minutes of time alone with my new husband, a view of downtown St. Louis, a cool breeze and the mist of a gentle rain.  The laughter.  It was the first time we had quiet time to ourselves as husband and wife.  While our photographers and videographer were not too far away capturing these moments, I never noticed.  It gave us time to reflect on the day and remember why we fell in love in the first place.

What was the first piece of wedding planning you did (booked venue, bought dress, etc.)?

The first thing we did was book our ceremony and reception venues so we could set a date.  With almost two years to plan our wedding, we wanted to make sure we had our first pick for venues.

In your opinion, what is one vendor no wedding can be without?

Photographer.  Even without the regular hoopla of a traditional wedding, you still want an archivist there to capture every detail. The kiss, the vows, the rings.  Those are where the memories are – not in the dress or the food or the flowers.

In your opinion, what is one thing or vendor that you think brides can do without (or at least do sparingly)?

Ahh, this is so tough.  It really depends on what is most important to a bride and groom.  For many, it’s videography.  As long as they have a photographer, that’s usually enough.  But, I’m a sucker for a great video (and had a videographer myself).  Honestly, every vendor has a crucial part in the grand scheme of things.  My best advice is for couples to decide what is most important to them (pick their top three) and focus resources there by scaling back on the other details and vendors that maybe are not as important in their opinion.

What was your favorite source of inspiration for your own wedding?

Fashion magazines.  I strayed away from wedding blogs because the trend that was popping up during my planning was the onset of “vintage” and the use of peacocks.  While both pretty and fabulous, they are not a reflection of my personal style or my husband’s.  I was on the hunt for bold uses of color, and the fashion world is full of it.

Do you do an inspiration board?  
I did do an inspiration board. It was the foundation from where all of our other ideas were created.

Your favorite wedding memory?

Our wedding ceremony and reading our vows.  We had written our entire ceremony ourselves since we had my aunt officiate.  Every ounce of that ceremony was personal.  And, at the end, there was not a dry eye in the house – even my boss teared up.

Your favorite wedding detail?

Fred Bird.  He’s the mascot for the St. Louis Cardinals (2011 World Series Champions).  My friends and family have a deep love of the Cardinals.  So, as a surprise, I hired him to come party at our reception for an hour.  Of our 200 guests, only two people knew (me and my husband).  We told our photographer and the venue, and that was it.  So at 9 p.m., Fred Bird comes rolling in and everyone’s faces light up.  We have seen so many photos from our wedding of our guests with him.

Were you a DIY bride?  If so, what did you DIY?  
I’m the opposite of a DIY bride. I vowed to only design our invitations since I have a design and creative background, but that was the extent of it.  Until I came across yarn balls.  I opted to not do floral centerpieces, mostly because I could not find a style or arrangement that really fit our style for the reception.  So, I created yarn balls to place on 1/3 of our tables.

Describe your wedding style.

Definitely modern. I love color. Love it.  That’s not to say I don’t love a good mason jar or bolt of burlap, because I do.  My heart just sings at the site of clean lines, minimalism and pops of color.

If you could offer one piece of advice to planning brides, what would it be?

Just one? Oh, that’s tough.  At the end of the day it’s your wedding. While you may have a hurdle or two to jump (thanks to a small budget or an opinionated mom), your wedding should 100% be a reflection of you.  There are no rules when it comes to wedding planning, so it’s okay to buck tradition or follow it.  When you start to listen to everyone, get caught up in minute (unimportant details), let too many magazines sway you, that’s when you’ll get stressed out.  This entire experience should be relatively stress-free.  If it’s not, then re-think your approach.

And, if I can add one more – establish a budget and stick with it. Know who is contributing, and what your top priorities are (food, photography, etc.).  If you set parameters and priorities, you’ll know where you should focus on spending your money and where you can cut back.

{photos by Lisa Hessel}

How did you make your wedding YOU?

Every aspect of our wedding was 100% a reflection of our personal style.  We were incredibly blessed to have family who gave us the freedom to make decisions based on the experience we wanted to have during wedding planning.  This allowed us to opt for a bolder color palette, hire Fred Bird, serve pretzels and a nacho cheese fountain as a late night snack, and hire an out of state videographer who specializes in Super 8 film.  It was our goal for our wedding to be fun not just for us, but more importantly, for our guests.  We knew that if we infused so much of ourselves into the wedding, everyone would have a great time.

I love Brit’s advice and how she and her hubs went on a ferris wheel ride for some alone time!  What a sweet and fun idea, you know, if you have a ferris wheel around 🙂  Thanks so much Brit!  xx