My romance with Jimmy was not instant. We met our first day of high school and even defaulted to attending Homecoming together when each of our first choices was unavailable! We became close friends, seeing a lot of each other between classes, through mutual friends, and becoming skiing buddies. In retrospect, having built a foundation on being best friends is the reason our relationship survived dating for eight years through high school, college, study abroad programs, internships, and work.
We held true to our “Guys in Ties, Girls in Pearls” theme beginning with our large wedding party: our bridesmaids wore cornflower blue formal gowns with small bow details and pearl accessories, while the groomsmen wore formal tuxedos with sear-sucker bowties and cummerbund sets from Collared Greens.
I found a gown I was absolutely crazy about from Theia. The alluring silhouette with a full skirt and long train was perfectly crafted in a stunning, English netting. I had my new monogram embroidered onto the base of my mantilla-style veil for a special detail I would always cherish.
Our ceremony was held at St. John's Catholic Cathedral in Boise, Idaho, the church I have attended my entire life. My father walking me down the aisle as the organ played “Trumpet Voluntary”, surrounded by all of the people we love, and seeing my groom at the other end, is one of my most favorite memories from our wedding!
he ceremony was nothing short of perfect, especially when Jimmy and I kissed to the thunderous applause of our three hundred guests. We felt the absolute support of each of our witnesses and knew that they were ready to party!
The reception was held at a family friend's private estate on esteemed Warm Springs Avenue, where my two sisters and I each celebrated our bridal showers. The garden itself is a work of art, having been designed by the same firm who created New York’s Central Park.
Seeing umbrella-donned tables draped with bold, blue patterns and golf-style trivia cards, I knew the event could not have been more suited to our personalities! It was the perfect venue for the preppy, country-club meets Kentucky Derby garden party that Jimmy and I had envisioned.
absolutely loved the idea of the "Bow-Tie Bar”, which allowed guests to deck themselves out in costume pearls and bow ties, fitting again into our theme. We even had a preppy photo booth, complete with themed props like croquet mallets and Derby style hats, which was a huge hit with our guests.
Grand centerpieces of delicate, white flowers and lounge areas scattered throughout the grounds helped with the garden party feel. Custom made pillows complimented the patterned table linens made especially for the day. Our tailored bride and groom chairs even embraced our theme, with a tulle skirt/ pearls and hand-tied bow tie.
ou would never have known that just ten days earlier, Bliss, my family, and I were in hyper-drive securing a new caterer, bar service, pastry chef, and adapting the rentals and decor due to an unexpected change of the reception site. Miraculously, all three hundred guests were successfully notified of the venue change via custom postcards. As guests entered the gardens and gasped in disbelief, we knew the perfection I had strived for from the beginning was achieved.
Just three weeks before our wedding, we were informed that Jimmy was being relocated for work to Helsinki, Finland, due to begin just ten days after our wedding! All of the sudden, our special day was going to mean so much more because it would function as a reunion, celebration, and going-away party.
With the expert dedication and vision from Bliss, combined with the diligence and decisiveness of my mother, Jimmy and I were able to put our focus toward moving arrangements. Even with a major venue change just a week and a half before our wedding day, Bliss Events seamlessly produced the single, most beautiful wedding and reception, true to our original vision!
We had the most spectacular time, dancing into the night beneath a giant tree and suspended chandelier. It was the happiest, most fantastic day I have ever had, made complete by every little detail. It was the perfect send off for us as we would begin our next great adventure abroad!