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Laura + Brandon

(September 19, 2020 in Harrison, ID)

In todays blog post, we hear about our real bride Laura's experience planning a wedding during the pandemic and how her original wedding vision had to change due to Covid-19. Her dream wedding was to be married outside by a body of water with a rustic building, but she had to change the venue two months before the wedding. Despite the challenges, the wedding day went well, and the bride advises future brides to do what they and their fiancé want, not to let anyone influence their decisions, and to make time for each other on their special day.

Laura looked like a DREAM in our Bea gown by Blush by Hayley Paige. This fit and flare dress is fully beaded with the most beautiful pattern. The bodice features a sweetheart neckline and dainty straps. The back of the gown has a stunning train and a gorgeous scoop back. The gowns defined waist helps accentuate curves and the luxurious cashmere lining ensures comfort all night.

By our real bride, Laura:

What was the vision for your wedding? 

My dream wedding was always to be married outside by some body of water with a rustic older building. When we originally chose the flour mill I was so excited and was sure it was perfect. Two months before our wedding we had to change our date and venue. Due to covid. We wanted to keep our original guest list and wanted our guests to feel safe. We were so lucky to find the lake venue on such short notice. It is such a beautiful location and the day was a million times better than what we had originally planned. We were even able to keep all of our vendors. Which was so important to us. We are so lucky to have so many great and unique vendors here in the Spokane/ Idaho area. So that made it really easy when picking our vendors.

How did it go the day-of?  

Planning a wedding during this pandemic is beyond challenging. We had so many problems to overcome. Including hazardous air conditions from the surrounding wildfires. There were days we considered canceling altogether and eloping. But we stuck through it and are so glad we did. The morning of my wedding day I woke up to beautiful fresh air from the rain from the night before. The smoke had cleared and I was so relieved. We didnt worry about our wedding being traditional or nontraditional. We just wanted to do what we wanted to do and for our wedding to just reflect us and our love. And I think we nailed it! Not giving up our guest list was one of the best decisions we made. Celebrating with the friends and family who have been there throughout your whole relationship is such an indescribable feeling that I will never forget. The love we felt from them was overwhelming and is what really made our wedding so amazing.

What is your #1 tip to future brides? 

Do what you and your fiancé want. Dont let anyone influence, you or feel like you have to please anyone. If it is important to you speak up and dont let anyone make you feel bad, or that its not a good idea. And make time during the day to have some alone time with your groom. The day flies by and its over before you know it. So spend some quality time together enjoying your special day.

Dress: Bea by Blush By Hayley Page

Veil: Erica by Sara Gabriel

Photographer: Cassie Trottier

Wedding Planner: Nikki Gradoville

Florals: Rose and Blossom

Makeup: Jamie Summers

Hair: Stephanie Goldsmith

Venue: By The Lake

Cake: Mi Flavour

Catering: Malvagios

DJ: Happily Ever After Events