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Chances are, you may be one of the many brides that dreamed of her wedding ever since she was a little girl. You fantasized about the long, flowy white dress and floor length veil, your giant diamond ring and the perfect wedding colors...it was all perfect and completely magical. A fairy tale, really.
Ultimately, every little girl's fairy tale wedding will evolve and change to accomodate those not-so-fun "real world" details like budget, location and maybe even your groom's personal taste (hehe). Today's real wedding, however, really is a little girl's dream come true. It's the beautiful fairy tale, complete with a towering castle fit for royalty. The couple's engagement, however, was not quite the fairy tale! It's actually a pretty crazy story as told by the bride, Anna:
Jeremy proposed about 5 and a half years into our relationship, [and it] was actually a total nightmare. One night, Jeremy went out to walk the dog. He came back without the dog, and of course, I asked where he was. His response was, "He is gone." Immediately, I start freaking out because I think he was ran over by a car or something. Jeremy then tells me that our dog is with our friend Dave, but he won't tell me why. Finally, Jeremy told me...we were going snowboarding in Mammoth, and he had booked a flight for the short trip. The next morning, after waiting a few hours at the airport, we hear that it is snowing too hard in Mammoth and...the plane[could] possibly reroute us to San Jose, which is MUCH farther than we already were from Mammoth. Jeremy tells me he has booked a bunch of non-refundable things for us in Mammoth, so we decide to...rent a 4x4 and drive the 5 hours (in pouring rain) up north. We..[try to] get our bags back, but the airline tells us that our plane has alrady left with our bags, and will have to meet us in Mammoth. So we rush off to rent a car, of which they have no 4x4s, which we needed for the snow. Instead, we take a cab home and take my own car, which has chains. I WAS SO UPSET at this point because I had no idea what was up with this whole excursion in the first place.
Eventually, we find out that our bags were re-routed to San Jose (at least we didn't get on that plane!), so now we have no clothes or anything, really. We had to stop and purchase the essentials...and new snow clothes. The rest of the weekend was amazing. We went snowboarding, and on one of the runs, Jeremy pretends to fall. I go over to him, and he is gasping for breath and says, "I think I'm going to have a heart attack." I start looking around frantically, and then he continues with, "..if you won't marry me." And pulls out the ring. I was SO MAD that he tricked me into thinking he was having a heart attack, but I said "YES!" It was truly a wonderful weekend from that point on. Then, when we were about a two hour drive away from home, my car axel broke and we had to get a tow truck to get home. All I can say is that if it had gone perfectly, the weekend wouldn't have been so memorable!
So nuts, huh?! I had to include that story, because now when you see the wedding, it'll seem even more like a fairy tale! This past Spring, Anna and Jeremy had an intimate, modern wedding with just over 50 guests at the Lobo Castle in Agoura Hills, California. The event was pulled off by Theresa Shlimanoff of Hustle & Bustle, along with the many DIY projects that the bride took on herself. Anna had quite a to-do list leading up to hers and Jeremy's big day, including flag banners, hanging paper fans and garlands, napkin rings, place settings, escort card holders and boutonnieres. She actually still has some of her handmade decorations, including the flag banner, large paper flowers (crafted by her mom) and paper fans on sale in her Etsy shop, Honeysuckle Handmades. All of the flowers, vines and tree branches were purchased at a flower mart in Los Angeles the day before the wedding, where Anna, family and friends gathered dozens of pink and purple flowers, including the bride's favorite flower, Ranunculus, for her own bouquet.
The morning before the wedding, Anna and Jeremy each wrote their vows while in bed together (keeping them a secret from one another, of course), one of Anna's favorite memories from the day. Anna and Jeremy chose not to have a wedding party; however, they asked their guests to wear purple and grey to the wedding, which resulted in some great wedding photos, all expertly shot by Sophie Jacobson of Love Bucket Photo. The bride wore a delicate banded and floral headpiece created by whichgoose, and a pretty bracelet that Jeremy had custommade for her featuring tiny labradorite pieces, which matched the dream-like ambiance of the outdoor ceremony perfectly.
Immediately after the ceremony, Anna and Jeremy took some alone time together to catch their breath and exchange small gifts before rejoining their guests at the indoor reception. It was also of Anna's favorite moments of the day - "We were so overwhelmed with the whole thing that we just sat and hugged and cried for like 5 minutes!"
The modern wedding reception that followed that evening was decorated in rich purple linens and floral arrangements, as well as the handmade flag banners and paper fans that I mentioned earlier, which decorated the bar and sweets table area outside on the patio. The handmade card box was particularly adorable! It was a little house made by Door Country Woodworks, which had Anna and Jeremy's wedding date engraved above the door. It actually came with two different roofs, as well - one with a slot to collect the gift envelopes that night, and one without a slot for them to use later as a birdhouse. The couple also had a vintage-style photo booth at their wedding, where guests could pose with props for their photo guest book. The purple scrolled "Just Married" banners that Anna and Jeremy posed with outside of the castle venue was designed by Ready Go. Lastly, one of my favorite details of the day...the wedding cake! A light purple, three tiered cake made by Gigi Bobb Bakery, topped and surrounded with bright green and purple flowers, along with a cute "love birds" nest and miniature flag banner!
Modern Fairy Tale Wedding - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: Sophie Jacobson, Love Bucket Photo
Event Planner: Theresa Shlimanoff, Hustle & Bustle
Reception Venue: Lobo Castle
Cake Designer: Gigi Bobb Bakery
Band/Entertainment: Harry and the Hitmen
Officiant: J.P. Reynolds
Transportation: Gemstar Limousine Service
The couple purchased their card box from Door Country Woodworks, Anna's headpiece from whichgoose and purple scroll "Just Married" banner from Ready Go.