Sandy came to us looking to pull together and execute her detailed and comprehensive vision for her wedding day. She is a designer by trait so it could only be expected that her wedding be tailored from beginning to end.
Sandy and John are not just connected with a ring. They also work together. I love that they chose to use their professional photographs rather than what we would generally expect to see. It has been great getting to know them throughout the planning process and I am excited to share them with you.
How would you describe your personal style?
My everyday style is tailored yet casual—jeans and cotton tops and sweaters. I would describe my going out style as elegant.
The groom’s personal style?
I wanted a man with style and I got one. At work, john dresses in Armani shirts and nice dress pants Going out, he dresses in Lucky brand jeans, black ostrich cowboy boots and Robert Graham shirts.
How do you plan on incorporating your styles into your wedding day?
Our wedding style is more a reflection of our environment than of our style of dress. We will be married under a black, Texas-style gazebo on a downtown San Diego terrace on a beautiful summer night. Our reception is in the Don room at the El Cortez. There will be lots of roses and orchids and candlelight inside and out.
When did you get engaged? How did he pop the question?
I live in San Diego. John lives in Texas. One time, after I picked him up from the airport and brought him home, I noticed him fumbling in his bag. He seemed agitated. He took me by the hand and told me to sit on the couch. He threw one of my dogs next to me and put the other one in my lap. I thought he was mad at me for some reason. He was just nervous. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. He knew how important my dogs are to me and said he was marrying the whole family which is why he wanted them to be a part of it. Needless to say, I was surprised and I said YES!
What are your favorite wedding resources? Blogs? Magazines?
My iPad is my greatest wedding planning tool. The web is full of ideas and inspiration. I use a cork board program called Corqulous to save photos I like from different websites including theknot.com. I have cork boards for every aspect of the wedding. Over time, you can see the things that go together and the things that don’t. With a tool like this, it’s easy to see what you resonate with and what you don’t. Over time you will know if an idea you had three months ago still works with the things you now like. You should love everything in your wedding but also allow for some surprises.
What is the thing you learned along the way that surprised you?
First, your vendors want to do beautiful things for you. Show them what you like and let them do what they do best. In the end, you will have a way better wedding than you could imagine. Second, your vendors enjoy variety too. Be original and you will inspire them.
Describe your relationship in 5 words
Committed, connected, loving, meant-to-be, fun.
What is the best part about being a bride-to-be?
It’s your day and you get to do what you want.
If you had one piece of advice for other bride’s what would it be?
You get what you focus on. Don’t spend one minute worrying about what could go wrong. Think only about what makes you happy and how perfect things will be and they WILL be perfect!
What are you most excited about for your wedding day?
Marrying my groom. Seeing his reaction as I walk down the aisle. Being our guest’s reason for having such a great time.