This is a very special Bride Unveiled post for me because not only is Pamela a great bride–to-be….she is also my mom!
Words can’t express how much I love my mom and how happy I am for her that she and Paul are engaged. I’ve been fortunate enough to watch their love story from the beginning and it is truly amazing to see them so at home with each other. Paul is a wonderful addition to our family; he is a kind, funny, and most of all he makes my mom happier than I have ever seen her. I feel so lucky to be able to help her and Paul plan their wedding day! I’m so excited to be there as she walks down the aisle, stand next to her as her maid of honor, and celebrate their marriage with friends and family!
So with out further ado, I am thrilled to introduce our next Bride Unveiled, my mama: Pamela
When did you get engaged?
Saturday, April 3, 2010
How did he pop the question?
We’d gone away for a weekend trip to Mendocino County and found a beautiful Bed & Breakfast there. The weather had been very rainy, but Saturday was absolutely gorgeous! We’d gone hiking in the headlands, flew kites at the beach, and decided to take a trip along the coast to the little town of Elk. We found a spot at the beach to watch the sunset and talk about how wonderful the past three years together have been. Just before the sun set over the crashing waves Paul said, “There is only one thing that will make our lives more perfect….Will you marry me sweetheart?” Of course I said, “YES!” He then presented me with the most gorgeous diamond ring I have ever seen.
How would you describe your personal style?
I love boutiques, and classic styling. I get excited about funky, unique, and colorful designs… (think Anthropologie with the clean lines of Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein). I could spend all day shopping in out-of-the-way places.
The groom’s personal style?
Paul is a mixed bag of modern, and vintage. He’s an engineer by trade who collects vintage cars, and spends a lot of time outdoors. I’d say he’s ‘Lumberjack Chic’.
How do you plan to incorporate your styles into your wedding day?
Paul and I love to throw a party, but we’re not fussy. People come to our home for dinner and know they are in for a culinary treat in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Paul is 100% Croatian, which is to say great food and wine are very important, and if I could choose a different profession, I would own a bakery filled with homemade goodies. That being said, we’ll definitely incorporate family recipes into our menu, and a dessert table of baked goods is a must. We also want our wedding to be fun and light-hearted. After saying our “I dos”, we look forward to celebrating with whimsical ideas that are playful and unexpected.
What are your favorite wedding resources? Blogs? Magazines?
I like things to be tangible, so a book or magazine works best for me. I’ve been gathering ideas and filing them in categories like flowers, attire, food, drinks, table décor, entertainment ideas… etc. Blogs are really fantastic, and a great resource for DIY. Some of the blogs I’ve been collecting ideas from are,Green Wedding Shoes, Etsy, Martha Stewart Weddings, Style Me Pretty…and of course BUSTLE!
Describe your relationship in 5 words.
Kind, Loving, Understanding, Comfortable, and Natural.
What’s the best part about being a Bride-to-Be?
Knowing that I will have the greatest husband in the world to share the rest of my life with is the best part. There is something else however, I consider myself very fortunate to have wonderful children who are grown and successful people. My daughter, Amy is a wedding coordinator and works with the talented ladies of Liz Beck Events. She is also my DOH (daughter of honor) and will stand by my side as I say my vows. Having Amy be a huge part of my day really makes this wedding memorable and special. My daughter-in-law, Lynn is a floral designer in Chicago. I look forward to having her incredible vision and input. My sons Michael, Tyson, and my son-in-law, Chris are some of the sweetest, funniest and most handsome guys I’ve ever seen. I’m very lucky to have them walking me down the aisle. Our day truly will be a family affair full of love, happiness, and laughs, lots and lots of laughs.
If you had one piece of advice for other brides what would it be?
Be yourself. Don’t waver. Know what you want and go for it. Keep the wedding about you and your future husband. This is about you two and celebrating your unique love for each other.
What are you most excited about for your wedding day?
Celebrating the ultimate display of love and commitment to Paul with our families and closest friends. I cannot imagine beginning this phase of our lives without everyone we love beside us.
Thanks for sharing Mama! I love you always and always!