We were originally planning on having a bigger wedding. We wanted it to be in the redwoods, surrounded by the giants. The smell of the redwoods along Californias coast is my favorite smell in the entire world probably. He even proposed on the beach right next to fern canyon.
I was soon overwhelmed at the cost of a wedding and just the planning process in general. All my family was on the other side of the country, so it was gonna end up being small anyways due to the cost of travel. We looked at several beautiful redwood venues, and eventually found a perfect spot for the ceremony that was actually really cheap… but the whole planning of setting up, tearing down, having a different reception space… it was all just so much.
In hind sight I wish I had reached out to a wedding planner. They would have been able to take my dream wedding and make it happen. We opted for a quick courthouse wedding though. And then had a good friend, Melea Zistel, do these pictures months later up in Bend, Oregon. She still made dreams come true with these pictures and I will forever treasure them. I will never regret getting pictures done. and I still believe that they shoudl’ve been in a magazine. <3
someday we will make a dream ceremony and reception happen, it’ll be a vow renewal, a celebration of continued love… just haven’t decided when.