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Deanna + Cass

(October 19, 2019 at Barrister Winery)

This blog post is about a couple's vision for their wedding and how it went on the day-of. The couple wanted their wedding to be romantic and intimate and to reflect their personalities rather than being bound by tradition. They chose a fall wedding because it is their favorite time of year, and they picked a venue that they could personalize to fit their vision. They relied on friends and family to help with decorating and chose vendors they liked as people. On the day of the wedding, it rained, but the couple focused on the love and support around them. The couple's #1 tip for future brides is to do what matters to them and to rely on great people to help them.

Deanna looked absolutely stunning in our Tabatha gown from our Honest in Ivory Private Collection. This dove satin ballgown is all things classic and timeless. It features a flattering drop waist, a sweetheart neckline, and a stunning train. And did we mention this ballgown has pockets?!

By our real bride, Deanna:

What was the vision for your wedding?

We really wanted our wedding to feel like us. We are not a traditional couple and did not want to do anything just because tradition dictated we should. Everyone and everything at our wedding was there because it had been chosen by us. Overall, we wanted a romantic, intimate wedding where we could feel surrounded by love and support. A fall wedding was perfect for us because it is one of our favorite times of the year. The venue we choose we fell in love with almost immediately because it is so beautiful without any decorations and we knew we could personalize it to fit us, also who doesn't want to get married at a place that makes delicious wine?! We ended up DIYing quite a bit and relying on our friends and family to help decorate and it just made our day feel so much more special. Along with that every vendor we picked we met with first and made sure we really liked them as people so that it felt like they were just additional guests at our wedding.

How did it go the day-of?

IT POURED! We did not get the beautiful crisp fall day we hoped for, but I hear rain is good luck anyway so that's what we focused on! Otherwise, my sister and maid of honor led the charge in getting the place decorated and ready. We just focused on getting ready with our parties and when we came up from our first look everything was beautiful and perfect. The day was packed with so much love. My brother in law married us, my dad (who recently underwent spinal surgery) was able to walk me down the aisle, my wife's uncle walked her down the aisle, and we each split our special dance to include multiple family members. I'm sure some things went wrong, but we did not notice or care as everything just felt so special and beautiful that day.

What is your #1 tip to future brides?

Do what matters to you guys. We did not care to do a garter toss or toss the bouquet so we skipped it. My wife had a mixed gender bridal party and it looked awesome. We drove to our getting ready rooms together that morning before separating and getting ready. We decided pretty last minute to write our own vows and ended up making all of our guests cry. My favorite thing about our wedding was that it felt like it was completely for us- not like we were putting on a show or going through the motions. Otherwise, rely on some great people to help you. My sister did so much for our wedding, along with so many of our other family members and it let us just focus on getting married the day of!

Dress: Tabatha by Honest in Ivory Private Collection

Venue: Barrister Winery 

Planning/Catering: Beacon Hill

Photographer: Hannah Brooke Photography

DJ: Rick from New Beginnings DJs

Rings: Brilliant Earth (engagement ring), Kay Jewelers (wedding band), Etsy (black band)

Hair: Danielle Nishiyama from Craft Studio

Bridesmaid dresses: David's Bridal 

Suits: The Black Tux 

Florals: Costco