** Meet my good friend Chelsea! I was a bridesmaid and my hubby was a groomsman in her wedding last March!
Our wedding was March 20, 2010 at Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, CA 1. What was your favorite part of the planning process? My favorite part of the planning process was choosing the location. I knew I wanted a beautiful ranch setting and we were so blessed to actually find one that was perfect for our wedding. We also loved using a place that has such great history. 2. What was the most stressful or frustrating part of the planning process? The most frustrating part of the wedding planning process was finding the bridesmaid dresses. I didn't want the ladies to have to spend a fortune and I even wanted something that would go with cowboy boots. I decided not to do cowboy boots because I would have wanted them to be matching and that would have been a huge cost for my bridesmaids. I also had a specific color blue in mind that I could not find anywhere so I ended up using a dress in watermelon that I loved so much I got one for myself and I have worn it on a few occasions. Call me crazy but I hold to the statement that they can wear it again! 3. What is your favorite memory from your wedding day? My favorite wedding day memory is waiting in the bridal cottage right by the garden we got married in, all by myself, nervous as I'll get out waiting for my Dad to come get me. I was peeking out at my soon to be husband who was talking to the wedding coordinator about how happy he was. 4. How did your wedding reflect you two as a couple? A lot of the wedding details had more to do with me than they had to do with Jonathan, but he had a huge part in the planning process. Everything we had went through him first and if he didn't like it we didn't have it. Jonathan and I designed a brand for ourselves and future family that consisted of our monogram letters nestled in a cross. My mom got a stamp that we embossed on a number of details and my dad welded a metal duplicate that he branded a few things with that were set out as decoration. We have the brand still although it is a bit big (1 foot tall)! Another detail that we did that reflected us and set us apart was that we had pies in addition to the traditional wedding cake. 5. What one resource (person, magazine, website, etc?) was the most helpful in planning your wedding? My parents were my most helpful resource in the planning process. Not only did they pay for it all, my mom did so much work whether it be finding ideas on the internet or in magazines, making the place cards or sewing the table runners and my dad who made a number of wooden and metal pieces for the centerpieces and more decorations throughout the wedding. I love my parents, they are so giving and so talented and they did so much to make our wedding day a great success!