I’m always so thrilled when I find special couples who allow me to feature their wedding day on my blog. Your wedding day is so personable and it’s beautiful when you want to showcase it to perfect strangers. My fellow “Her Camous” networking blogger Raewyn is doing just that. Thank you for being my real wedding feature today. Raewyn and Iman have such a fun style and although I have not personally met them, I can just tell they are a fun couple as well. I asked Raewyn to give us all a further look into who they are and their special day…
“We met when I was a freshman in high school. He was a sophomore and he was dating a friend of mine. We discovered we had a lot in common and became best friends. Over the years we spent some holidays together. It wasn’t until my senior year when we had our first kiss – I asked him to Winter Formal. It was the best night I had in high school. Both of us had too much going on in our lives to date, but we always kept in contact. Then in 2011, I finally let him take me on a first date. We haven’t looked back.”
“Iman was hinting at an upcoming engagement for the few months before our one year anniversary. We had been living together for a few months, and one day he surprised me with ring shopping. He put a down payment on the ring (omgosh, as I sat at the counter in the Jewelry District in LA, he stepped outside to make a call. I thought he was calling his best friend — but really, he was on the phone with my dad.) For the following month he convinced me he wasn’t going to have enough money to purchase the ring for a few months, especially since we were going to Big Bear Mountain for our anniversary, November 19, 2012. We drove up and stayed at a Timeshare of his Grandma’s. It was so much fun and relaxing. We decided to go on a hike the morning after we arrived. I complained the whole way up, but Iman kept telling me it would be worth it. I knew the view would be gorgeous, so I trekked on. When we reached the top we could see all of Big Bear Valley and the whole lake. We sat in awe and took pictures. After some time he said, “Ready?” I, of course, thought he meant to hike back down so I turned to grab our jackets. As I turned back toward him, my heart skipped a beat. My 6’4″ man was not standing at his full height. Me being me, I thought he was falling down the mountain and panicked, only to tune into his words – asking me to spend my life with him. Istead of saying yes right away, I told him he was cute, squealed and then said yes, of course! I could not believe how he tricked me!”
The Wedding Planning process- “I loved the parts that Iman and I did together – specifically when we made our giant string heart! It was so fun to have him do a craft with me. He really put his whole heart into making it look perfect.”
“The guest list was definitely the most stressful part of our wedding. We paid for our venue and the food so it was extremely tough to make sure we didn’t invite too many people, without excluding anyone. There were so many times that someone (a parent or grandparent) who would ask if I had invited a family member I didn’t know existed and I’d have to rush send an invitation. Other people would assume they had a plus one, when I clearly wrote “we have reserved 1 seat for you.” In the end, it worked out because our venue didn’t charge us the extra 25 guests who attended.”
Raewyn was a DIY bride!!! Yay!! “I made our save the dates, invitations, wedding decorations, signs and centerpieces. My mom made my wedding dress. My grandmother made my money purse. My husband’s cousin did all of the flowers for me. Anything that I had to buy, I tried to purchase through Etsy so it would have a handmade touch to it!”
Wedding theme: 1950s Vintage.
When I first saw Raewyn’s photos, I immediately thought how amazing their photographer was to bring their personalities into their photos. It’s something you don’t see often and makes their day so much more special and unique from the norm– “I feel like our wedding had more of a sense of community. We tried to include as many family members and friends in the planning process. Some people might find it stressfull, but we have many talented people in our families who contributed. On top of that, I think we chose to do things differently (instead of table numbers, we had moustaches that you matched to your table). Unlike other weddings I attended, there was no separation of sides or family members. Everyone was together, dancing and getting to know each other. It felt like a family reunion, even though some people had never met.”
“Don’t stress out about any of the people involved. Everyone is going to have an opinion; your bridesmaids might not make every event or be as supportive as you hoped; but that’s all okay. Do everything with love and surround yourself with gratitude. Things will always find a way – even if its because someone canceled last minute. Oh, and hire a day of coordinator!!”
A big thank you again to Raewyn and her husband Iman for being on the blog today. Please be sure to head over to Raewyn’s blog http://www.beawarriorqueen.com where she has tons of more beautiful photos from her wedding day!!!
As always thank you for reading!