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Sierra + Carter

(September 24, 2022 in Spokane, WA)

In this blog post, our real bride shares her experience of her dream wedding that took place at the Historic Flight Foundation in September 2022. The bride describes her vision for a classic and timeless wedding, which was brought to life with the help of her vendors and her husband's involvement in the planning process. She also shares details about her day, including getting ready with her bridal party, the first look with her husband, the personalized ceremony, and the lively reception. The bride's top tip for future brides is to involve their fiancé in the planning process and to consider having a day-of coordinator. The blog post includes a list of all the vendors who made the wedding possible.

By our real bride, Sierra:

What was the vision for your wedding?

 The vision for our wedding was classic and timeless, which was an exact match for my Pinterest board. I think it ended up being exactly what I had always wanted and imagined it would be. I knew for a long time what I always wanted for my wedding and was very happy when my husband agreed and shared a similar vision. I have always had a love for history and the Historic Flight Foundation not only holds so much history itself, but both my husband and I grew up a mile away from the venue and have a personal history with the venue, so it was very important to me that we got married there. Thankfully, my dad had booked the venue months before we were even engaged just to make sure that I could have my dream. For our other vendors, everyone came recommended by friends or family!

How did it go the day-of?

The day was an absolute dream! I woke up with a huge sense of peace and calmness and was surrounded by the most important people to me for the entire day. The bridal party got ready at one of the bridesmaid's houses, just down the road from my parents' house and our venue. It was so special to be in a familiar environment, blasting music, drinking mimosas, and laughing our heads off! The groom and groomsmen were just a few miles down the road at my in-law's house. Carter's cousin is a barber, so she came and gave them all haircuts and got them all styled up for the day. I'm sure they were blasting music and practicing their dance moves for the reception!

We all got to the venue around 12 pm and finished getting ready while the staff and family were setting everything up. It was so fun watching from the board room literally seeing my visions come to life. Once the photographer and videographer got there it finally started to feel real and I had a little bit of nerves. Both Carter and I did a first look, him with his mom and me with my dad, before our first look. Our first look was the most nervous I felt all day, but it really was a dream. We went right into our personal vows, and I loved having that moment just us it was so special. I could not have asked for better weather, it was sunny and warm with no clouds in the sky.

We lined up for the ceremony and right as my dad and I got to the end of the aisle, a plane took off! It was SO cool, everyone looked up and watched. The ceremony was short and sweet which was exactly what we wanted. Our officiant was a close family friend and put so much effort into asking personal questions about each other that was incorporated throughout the entire ceremony which just made it that much more personal and special. Once it was over the whole wedding party went back upstairs to the boardroom for a group tequila shot to start off the reception! The reception was nothing short of a party, the dance floor was never empty! One of my favorite parts was my father-daughter dance. My dad and I did a super fun choreographed dance that I don't think anyone was expecting, we were worried because the DJ sent us the audio the day before, so we only got to practice with music twice, but it was perfect! My parents also surprised us with a choreographed flash mob during my dad's speech which was so cute, using my favorite Disney songs from when I was a kid.

As the party started to wrap, Carter and I did a private last dance while our guests set up for the exit, I quickly changed into a party dress after our last dance for one last surprise. We rented a yellow school bus for the after-party that took a whole group of us out to a few local bars, and it was so fun! I could not have asked for a more perfect day!

What is your #1 tip for future brides?

I think my #1 tip for future brides is to include your fiancé as much as possible in the planning process! Carter is naturally a "whatever you want" kind of guy, but I really asked him for his opinions and things that he wanted, and not only did it make the wedding planning process easier, but I also think it made him a lot more excited for the day since he knew what was going on and felt involved!

Also, if you can have a day-of coordinator, do it. I was able to pass off everything to her, who I trusted and it relieved so much stress on the wedding day!