All you need is LOVE...and a DOG.

All you need is LOVE...and a DOG.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Handmade Wedding: Part 1

It's been a while since my last blog post...and for good reason. On June 19th, 2013 I married my best friend Alex in a small ceremony in beautiful South Lake Tahoe. For the past 2 months I have been crafting & planning our wedding and I wanted to share our "Handmade Wedding" journey. 


{How We Met}
We have been together for almost 6 years this July and engaged for almost 4 years. Most people don't know that we met in a high school art class. I had a major crush on him and used to check out the bathroom pass so I could go to his class and talk to him. Things didn't work out between us back then and we both moved on with our lives.

Fast forward to 2007 we were both getting out of relationships and reconnected on Facebook. I know it's so cliche...but it's the honest truth. A few months later I came back to California to visit him and within a year I moved from Texas to be with him.


{The Engagement}
In the winter of 2010 he proposed on Christmas Eve and I have never been so surprised in my life. We had talked about getting married, but hadn't even looked at rings. He asked me what I liked and I told him, but that was as far as it went. Alex never does anything simple and he proposed to me with 3 rings, but he messed up the order and actually had me open the engagement ring 2nd instead of 3rd because he was so nervous. I was in total shock and in awe of not one ring...but three rings.
My engagement ring was a beautiful Princess cut Blue Topaz. Most people were surprised that it wasn't a diamond, but I loved it...it was unique and different just like me. Alex & I laughed because about a year later there was a huge trend in precious stone engagement/wedding rings. I told him he was way ahead of the curve.

We talked about getting married in a year or so, but we were in no rush to set a date. A year or so went by and still no wedding date. We kept going back in forth about finances etc. and then I stopped working and that made paying for a wedding even more challenging. It seemed like our wedding day dreams were moving further and further away.

{The Light Bulb Moment}
Earlier this year in April of 2013 I was on Pinterest and I came across this beautiful photo of this couple on a mountain top getting married and a couple getting married with their dog. A light bulb went off and something inside me said that's what I want to do. 

This picture was from a website called Let's Elope of a Lake Tahoe Cliff Elopement. 


This picture was from a wedding blog I follow Ruffled of a Big Sur Elopement.


I was so inspired by the beauty of the setting and the simplicity of the ceremony that I showed Alex and   asked him what he thought about us eloping. At first we were both worried about our families reaction, but at the same time we were both ready in our hearts to be married and had been for a long time. We did however make a promise to each other that in a few years we would like to have some kind of recommitment ceremony and invite all our friends & family to that and have a huge blow out party in celebration. I realized that after looking at these photos we could still have a special wedding just for us without the hefty price tag.

{The Master Plan}
After we both agreed this is what we wanted to do, I immediately started planning. We decided to get married in Tahoe...just like the couple in the picture because it is the place where Alex took me on one of our first dates and it's gorgeous! We also set a wedding date in June while Alex was on summer break from his classes. We went back in fourth about inviting one or two close friends, but in the end we decided to keep it simple and just have us and our dog Bentley.

I decided that I would make my own fabric flower bouquet, Alex's boutonniere and anything else that I could to save money. We hired a friend of ours who is a photographer and Alex had a pastor friend who could marry us. It was so funny how as soon as we made the decision to do this everything fell into place effortlessly.


This is the end of Part 1 of our "Handmade Wedding"...check back for Part 2. I plan on doing several posts sharing all of the fun, super easy and best of all inexpensive things you can to do to make your wedding day special.