On April 19, 2014 Kara and Eric pledged their love at Chateau on the Creek. Dressed in Enzoani and surrounded by pink, Kara described her vision, “We are both pretty laid back and didn’t want anything too over the top, so we tried to make everything simple but elegant.”
Debra Gulbas captured the sweetest moments, such as, the bridesmaids’ expressions when Kara put on her wedding dress and her first look with her father. Even the sillier side of the couple during the portrait session was endearing, as they made faces at each other and relaxed together.
“The total cost of our wedding was right around $18,000 including everything but the rehearsal dinner.”
Best use of budget?
- “Photographer – it’s worth every penny to have an amazing photographer!”
- “Flowers – we didn’t spend as much on flowers as I had planned, but it ended up looking amazing. I was disappointed that we wouldn’t have ‘premium’ flowers and large centerpieces at some of the tables, but once it was all put together, I felt like anything more would have been excessive. At least for the look we were going for!”
Is there anything that didn’t go as planned?
“The main thing I remember is when I put my dress on at the venue, we noticed one button was missing and another was about to fall off my dress, which is something I should have checked for when I picked it up from alterations. We had to quickly find a sewing kit and one of my bridesmaids moved the loose button and sewed it on to make it look like I wasn’t missing any. Other things happened throughout the course of the day that weren’t planned – you just have to go with the flow!”
Advice for future brides?
“Your wedding is one of the only times in your life when all of your friends and loved ones (from both sides) are together in one place. Don’t get so caught up in the details of your wedding that you stress yourself out and can’t enjoy the big picture of what you’re celebrating. When the music stops and everyone has gone home, all that remains are your memories (and hopefully some amazing pictures!). But even in those pictures, what matters most isn’t all of the little details you spent so much time stressing over; it’s seeing the joy on people’s faces as they are celebrating the marriage of you and your husband.”
“I love and cherish every moment of our wedding. From getting ready with my girlfriends, to walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing my husband waiting for me, and celebrating with everyone during the reception. But my absolute favorite moment was at the end of the night. We had everyone leave the building to prepare for our exit (our wedding party passed out sparklers and lined them up), while we stayed inside for one last dance. It was the most special moment for my husband and me to dance together in the empty reception hall after everything was said and done. It was our moment to soak in all the events of the day and realize that the ceremony and reception were ending, but now we get to spend the rest of our lives together! We danced to ‘Wonderful Tonight’ as we looked around and saw all of the empty plates, bottles, and wine glasses – evidence of the celebration that just occurred. Words can’t even express how special of a moment that was!”