Today marks exactly two years since the day Dan dropped to one knee and asked me to be his wife (and tomorrow marks our ninth anniversary as a couple).
How apropos, then, that today is also the day our wedding is featured on my favorite wedding website, Style Me Pretty! Perfect timing, right?
To be featured on Style Me Pretty is a surreal moment for me. It feels like my entire wedding planning has come full circle. When I first started working in the wedding industry after college, I spent countless hours on Style Me Pretty sifting through hundreds of real weddings to research trends, create marketing ideas, and craft collages. I never tired of getting an inside look at those couples’ weddings.
When it came time to plan my own wedding, I was naturally drawn to Style Me Pretty for inspiration. Each wedding featured is the embodiment of romance, elegance, and style — and each looks like it has the six-figure budget and boutique event planner to match. I didn’t have either. What I did have was high expectations for my wedding day, especially after years fawning over the features on Style Me Pretty, and I was determined prove that an every-girl like me can achieve an elegant, high-end, and editorial-worthy wedding without a huge budget or extra help. I put my heart and soul into planning our wedding. It was trying at times to oversee every aspect myself, but it was ultimately such the best reward to watch the day unfold perfectly just as I’d envisioned and to witness all our family and friends have a great time. It was the best day of my life. That was enough for me. Now this feature is just the cherry on top.
I feel such pride to see my efforts recognized by a brand I respect and love so much. How surreal that my wedding may now serve as inspiration to another bride, the way so many past features inspired me. I can’t stop smiling! It wouldn’t have been possible without our wedding photographers, Laura and Dominic, of Laura Ann Miller Photography. I’m so grateful to them for capturing our wedding day so beautifully.
Now that the wedding has been published, I’m excited to share more of the day here on my blog, including all the DIY planning tips and tricks I picked up along the way. Please bookmark, subscribe, or follow my blog for upcoming posts on all things wedding planning.
View the Style Me Pretty post here: A Classic Lake Michigan Wedding Anchored in Tradition