Jamie + Chris’ Karma Vineyards Wedding was intentional and I felt that within every decision and detail. Their love story was woven into their celebration and Amber of A Renee Events – KILLED it with bringing their love story into the guests’ experience – PLUS the styling was truly stunning. Jamie + Chris’ wedding day was magical and I love that J+C crafted an experience that felt authentic. Basically – it’s what you dream of when you envision a breathtaking more intimate wedding in a beautiful winery with your dearest loved ones.
I love stories!
Simply put, I love stories and I love sharing stories. I truly believe I can document a couple and their love in a more complete and authentic way, if I have the opportunity to truly get to know the couple and their love story. Therefore, Each couple that I have the great blessing to work with, receives a questionnaire. These questions allow me to learn more about them and connect on a deeper level. I’ve sprinkled in a few of my favorite Q & A’s throughout the blog!
Q: Tell me three things about your fiance? (groom)
A: “She’s (usually) right, she lives to make others happy, and our dog Wally is the center of her world”
Q: Tell me three things about your fiance ? (bride)
A: “He’s popsicle-stick funny and keeps the mood light, he’s very considerate and logical in making decisions (which is why it takes him forever to make a decision, but when he does – I trust it) and loyal (he loves his peeps unconditionally).”
Q: Describe a favorite memory from your wedding
A: “During our first look we shared private vows with each other. When I thought about writing my own vows, I was so nervous about sharing such personal thoughts and feelings in a real, raw and “us” way. I kept thinking of the audience- our friends and family- and what they would want to hear and how they absorb my words to Chris. With every backstory or context for an inside joke, I was worried that the message I wanted to share with Chris on our wedding day would be muddied while trying translate it to others…”
Favorite first look memory
“So during our first look, we shared private vows with each other. It was real and raw and it felt like us. We wrote our vows in the leather-bound journal that we’ve had for years (since 2011!) and when we were long distance we used to send the book back and forth to each other (full story in the survey). Even after reuniting, this is where we write messages to each other on birthdays, anniversaries and Valentine’s Day. Our vows became yet another chapter in this story of us.”
Q: Which is your favorite wedding photo and why?
A: “It’s hands-down the photos of the private vow reading! Those photos show exactly what we were feeling at that time. I love the one where I’m wiping the tear from Chris’ cheek as he is reading his vows (and you can see grandma’s ring!) as I remember this moment so vividly and the picture captures exactly what I was feeling on the inside. Also, I honestly don’t even remember taking any of those photos as I was so caught up in the moment.”
Q: What do you think is unique about you as a couple?
A: “A lot has shifted during these last 10 years and we’ve experienced many of life’s milestones together (dating through college, graduations,
long-distance, first jobs, a cross- country move, second jobs, third jobs, engagement, puppy, wedding, home purchase, etc.). People grow
and change during these phases of their lives, and we’ve both changed a ton but we’ve always grown together.”
Q: When you can do anything you want to do, like a typical Friday night, what would you do?
A: “Pop open a bottle of WA wine, sit on our deck, watch the sunset with some catchy tunes playing and our dog Wally right beside us.”
Q: Do you have any advice for couples planning their wedding?
A: “Don’t be afraid to nix wedding traditions if they don’t feel like you. We tweaked or eliminated many wedding traditions to make the celebration feel more like “us”. The father of the groom gave the welcome toast instead of the father of the bride, we had the mother/groom and father/bride dances as the same time, our vows were shared privately before the ceremony, we didn’t make a big deal of the cake cutting and we asked the band not to play Black Eyed Peas songs.”
Authentic to your style
“Every relationship has its own style and the day is all about celebrating your unique and special love in the most authentic way. It’s okay if your style doesn’t fit into the traditional mold because your wedding should feel like YOUR wedding, not a wedding.”