"We didn't dive too deep into any specific theme for the wedding, though design-wise I would say we were going for bold and bright colors with a little bit of a rustic charm. We had a lot of guests, so we tried to make it feel as intimate and inclusive as possible. I think having a venue where everything happened on site really helped facilitate that. And of course, we wanted to throw a really fun party after the ceremony. As we planned the wedding, we kept coming back to the question: 'What kind of party would we want to go to?' and that is pretty much how we came up with our vision."
The couple gave sunglasses and koozies as wedding favors. Says Stacy: "The phrase 'ride together, die together' became a big part of our wedding. Basically, it's something Ari and I have said to each other for years. We naturally had to incorporate that into our wedding, and our officiant made sure to tell the story when she married us so all our guests were in on the joke, too."
"I had been so nervous all day. We decided to do our first look before the wedding, and I was incredibly thankful for it (I was actually shaking leading up to it!). When I saw Ari, though, all my stress just melted away and I felt completely calm. Of course I had some more nerves during the day (like for our vows and the first dance), but I will never forget that moment of just complete calm and quiet before the madness continued."
"I had so much fun planning my wedding, but I'd be lying if I said it didn't have its stressful moments. Between myself, my husband, both sets of parents, and others, everyone has an opinion! If you find yourself in a position where you want one thing and someone else wants another, think about who this decision matters more to before making a final decision.
Try to steal a couple moments away if you can. The day flies by and it's hard to remember everything that happens, as well as actually spend time together. It's a good time to take a step back and see everyone there to celebrate your love and really just soak it all in. The few moments we stole away truly are ones that I remember and cherish."
- Venue/catering: Dawn Ranch Lodge
- Wedding planner: Jackie Jones Wilson
- Band: The Cheeseballs
- Hair/makeup: The Powder Room
- Florist: Stems
- Invitations and paper goods: Kim Roth
- Bridesmaids dresses: J.Crew
- Wedding dress: Enzoani
- Groom & Groomsmen suits: Calvin Klein from Men's Warehouse
- Cake/desserts: Sift