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Erica + Kevin

(June 2019 in Colbert, WA)

Love knows no bounds, and when it comes to weddings, every bride has a vision of what her big day will look like. From the venue to the d├ęcor to the color scheme, it's all carefully planned out to create the perfect setting for the most special day of her life. For one bride, her dream wedding took on a whole new meaning as she found herself adjusting her plans to accommodate her father's battle with liver cancer. Despite the challenges, the wedding day turned out to be a beautiful celebration of love, family, and the precious moments that make life so special. In this blog post, we'll share her story and offer some tips for other brides facing unexpected challenges on their wedding day.

Erica looked absolutely stunning in our Skylar gown by Wtoo. This gorgeous ballgown has lovely exposed boning, a sweetheart neckline, and a dainty belt to accentuate the waist. The skirt has beautiful tiered layers of pleated tulle complete with a horsehair trim for the ultimate volume.

By our real bride, Erica:

What was the vision for your wedding? 

My vision was a calm summer wedding with shades of blue and lots of flowers, and the wedding was exactly that. I chose my vendors specifically because I have worked with them in the past and loved them and their work or because I had only heard good things about them and wanted the wedding to run as smoothly as possible.

How did it go the day-of?

My wedding story is a little different than most. My amazing father was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma (liver cancer) this past year and he was given a timeline of 12 months. As the days with him got shorter, we realized we didnt have much time left so we kept moving the wedding date up. It went from September to August, to June, and finally, we rushed and did it in April on the day of my parents anniversary. My dad, as I had dreamed, walked me down the aisle and two weeks later peacefully passed. The second wedding in June went perfectly, just like I had planned. The food was incredible, the flowers were breathtaking, and the venue was more than a girl could dream of. My mom walked beside me that day and we all honored my dad throughout the day. I will never forget marrying the man of my dreams for the SECOND time and the memories of that day.

What is your #1 tip to future brides?

Let the little things go. Planning a wedding and being the bride is not easy but keep in mind the more you worry, the less you will focus on the good. Stay calm and enjoy every single minute.

Gown: Skylar by Wtoo

Photos: Rachel and Josh Photography

Florals: Bloom and Design Flowers

Catering: Red Rock Catering

Cupcakes: Hello Sugar

Cake: Happy Cakes

Venue: Belles on the Bluff

Makeup: The Beauty Baes Artistry

Hair: Jordan Williams