Mandy Harris, Associate Editorial Production Director
How did you make your day memorable and enjoyable for your guests? We really, really love good food, as do all of our friends and loved ones. Our wedding venue was also a Michelin-starred restaurant, so we had an amazing cocktail hour with beautiful bubbly Sofia sparkling wine and delicious appetizers, and then a sit-down, three-course meal with wine pairings. People are still talking about their meals five years later, so we consider it a success!
How did you incorporate personal touches in your wedding? We didn't do a ton of DIY projects or décor for our wedding — the venue was so pretty, we decided we didn't really need to — but the whole day still felt incredibly personal. Two of our closest friends were our photographers, so they captured some great moments and we never felt like strangers were intruding on our day. We also chose wedding attire that felt very much like us; we got all our dresses and suits at J.Crew, and they were all comfortable and super affordable. Plus, we got married in wine country, which is special to us: my sister has lived there for 15 years and we visit all the time, plus, we love wine! Our favors were special to us as well — we have a cup of tea together almost every night before bed, and we found this delicious "wedding tea" in these adorable tins that perfectly matched our décor.
What was your most memorable moment of the wedding? My most memorable moment was a few minutes before the ceremony started, when I peeked out of the bridal suite and saw all our friends and family settling into their seats and thought, "This is really happening." I was so excited and happy, and SO nervous all at the same time.
Photo by Kristyn Stroble