I have a feeling that you're either going to LOVE this wedding, or maybe not so much. Mostly because it isn't a traditional wedding in the sense that it doesn't showcase a lot of hooplah, flowers and decor. There's no five-tier wedding cake, large wedding party, fancy catering, or a grand venue. However, I fell in love with how sweet and genuine it was for the couple, Nicole and John, and I just loved the spirit behind the entire day. I think it's important to showcase weddings like this on APP sometimes, because I want you guys to know that there is no "right" way to have a wedding. The closest thing to a perfect wedding, in my opinion, is one that you and your groom are completely comfortable, happy and satisfied with. Try your best to remember that there are no rules or high standards to live up to, and you should try to go with what is best suited for the two of you. At the end of the day, that's all that really matters.
Before I get to Nicole and John's wedding, I thought I'd quickly share their adorable engagement story. John decided he was going to propose to Nicole while they were down in Mexico for Spring Break (the bride is a teacher, and groom is Recreation Director for the city). They had just spent their first day of vacation on the beach swimming, surfing, reading books and relaxing. They returned to their casita and sat on the porch overlooking the beach, enjoying drinks, chips and guacamole, when John came out of the casita with an extra avocado to add to the guacamole. Only instead of a pit inside the avocado, the ring was placed in the center, and the groom got down on one knee and proposed!
That summer, Nicole and John's wedding day started out with breakfast and a family hike through the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. The couple brought along their two dogs, their photographer, Dev Khalsa and five of their closest friends and family on their wedding day hike to a beautiful lake. The group charged their way up the mountains until they reached the lake, where they swam and enjoyed a picnic lunch together. Upon their return, the bride and groom seperated to get ready for their outdoor ceremony at 5 p.m. Nicole's sister and her two dogs helped walk her down the aisle, and the couple was married in the presence of their closest friends and family and their two dogs, surrounded by the Idaho mountains that they both know so well. After the ceremony, the family enjoyed cocktails and appetizers, dinner and a yummy homemade carrot cake, baked by Nicole and John together early that morning.
Nicole and John had a larger wedding reception a few months later with the memories from their sweet and intimate wedding day still fresh in their minds. They later honeymooned in Nicaragua.
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