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Macie + Zac

(July 30, 2021 in Coeur dAlene, ID)

Are you getting ready to plan your dream wedding? If so, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. One of the most important aspects of planning a wedding is having a clear vision of what you want the day to look like. This can be a daunting task, especially when you are dealing with unexpected challenges like Covid-19. However, with a little creativity and flexibility, you can still achieve your wedding goals. In this blog post, we'll take a look at one bride's vision for her elegant and timeless wedding and how it all came together. From choosing vendors that fit within her budget to incorporating non-traditional elements into her ceremony, this bride's wedding was a true reflection of her and her partner's personalities. So, whether you're planning a traditional wedding or something a little more unique, keep reading for some inspiration and tips to help make your big day unforgettable!

Our real bride Macie looked absolutely GORGEOUS in our Kinsley gown by Essense of Australia. This sheath-fit gown is made of the most comfortable crepe material. Beaded floral appliques cascade down from the bodice into the sides of the skirt to frame the hips and create a show-stopping train. The low scoop-back on the bodice with a beaded edge adds just the right amount of detail to this stunning gown.

By our real bride, Macie:

What was the vision for your wedding?

My vision for our wedding was elegant and timeless. We ended up changing our color scheme three times and even had to start from scratch with venue and date and everything 6 months before the wedding due to Covid! Our colors were black, ivory and champagne/gold with lots of greenery!
When choosing our vendors we just did a lot of research online and through social media accounts. We wanted to find people or companies that would fit perfectly with our day but also fit within our budget.

How did it go the day-of?

We did a pretty good mixture of traditional and non-traditional elements throughout our wedding. I had my mom help me get ready and into my dress and then did a first full look with all of my bridesmaids! I also did a first look with the groomsmen before as well, which was awesome because they were all the best hype men! Zac and I hadnt talked or seen each other since the rehearsal dinner so we wrote morning-of letters to each other. We read them to one another, still without seeing each other. And Zac made me go first because he could barely get out two words without crying! After that we finally did our first look, and at that point I didnt have anymore nerves. I saw him and his reaction and I felt at peace and just calm knowing I was about to marry my best friend and the love of my life in just a few minutes.

This is what he posted about our first look: I remember feeling anxious, nervous and excited all at once before I was able to see you for the first time on our wedding day. When I first saw you, words couldnt describe how beautiful you were, and the love that came over me was overwhelming! Its crazy how fast the first month of being married to you has gone by, and how much we were able to do. I cant wait for more stormy walks on the beaches of Mexico, and all the other places we are going to see! For now and forever, I love you Mrs. Smith.

For our ceremony we kept it very short (15 min) and non-traditional! We had our best friend Liz marry us and that was the best decision we made. Having someone so close to us as a couple and individuals made the ceremony just that more special. Zac and I also wrote our entire ceremony ourselves just by doing research online of other scripts and molded it to be perfect for us. We also read personal vows and again Zac just blamed the tears in his eyes and the lump in this throat on the smoke from those summer fires. But we figured short and sweet and to the point was the best, especially for being outdoor and in 102 degree weather! Sorry to the groomsmen for putting them in a three piece all black suit my bad!

We then did family pictures immediately following the ceremony and then did our grand entrance, preceded by our wedding party. I told all of them to do something fun or funny for their entrance and oh boy did they deliver! We even had one couple completely switch outfits! We honestly had the most fun wedding party you could ask for!

After that we had dinner, which was delicious, and did speeches. We had our MOH and best man, Zacs dad, and my mom all give speeches. Backstory, my mom raised me by herself and my dad has never been in the picture. So I had her walk me down the aisle and give a speech. I even surprised her and we had our own mother-daughter dance just us, and half way through Zac danced with her and I danced with his dad! It was such a special moment.

We did a cake cutting with our cheese cake that was for us, and the rest of the guest just got a bite-sized assortment of desserts. After all the dances we opened up the dance floor and it became a party! Side note: we decided not to do an open bar and do cash bar only to save money, but that honestly didnt stop anyone from drinking and having a good time. We danced the night away with all of our closest friends and family and it was so much fun!

After the last call everyone went to get ready for our sparkler send off and we stayed behind to have one last private dance just us to really soak every moment in of that day. We ran through a sparkler tunnel and then he picked me up and sat me on the back of a convertible that our friend drove us away in! I barely cried all day and by the time we got back to our hotel and all of the emotions settled in, I couldnt hold back a flood of tears that this all really happened and it wasnt a dream. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have such an amazing life partner!

What is your #1 tip to future brides?

You always hear from past brides to try and enjoy every moment of the day because it goes by so fast and you barely spend any time with your spouse or even sitting down to eat. When I created our day of timeline I made sure there was time in there for us! I put when we would be able to eat dinner, we snuck away from the guests and did sunset pictures and just spent some time together. But I also made a decision before the day even started to not let any of the littles things get in the way of enjoying our special day. At each step along the way I took a deep breath and looked around just to soak in everything that was happening around me! You really have to be selfish at this point because this day is all about you and your spouse. I may not have talked to or taken a picture with each and every guest, but I promise you people understand. If they are really there for you and happy for you, they will just enjoy celebrating with you and not focus on how much time you spent talking to them individually. So just relax and enjoy the beginning of your forever with the love of your life!

gown: Kinsley by Essense of Australia

veil: Elizabeth by Sara Gabriel Designs

Photographer: Tiffani Given

Venue, catering, & dj: Elk Point Events

Videographer: Courtney Evans - Gingersnap Productions

Hair: Abby Arthur - Cole Taylor Salon

Makeup & Lash extensions: Marianne Hall - Canvas by Marianne

Dessert: Sweet Frostings

Rings: Jewelry Design Center

Jewelry: Olive and Piper

Bridesmaid dresses: Davids Bridal

Tuxes: Tuxedo Gallery

Florals: artificial arrangements by a family friend

All decorations (arbor, table decor, calligraphy, etc.): made by myself and husband