Laura and Brian’s Mansion at Natirar wedding is the perfect year end story. As the year comes to a close, I decided I would love to share yet another beautiful 2020 wedding. I won’t say it again, but I will say anyone reading this knows how challenging wedding plans were this year and might continue to be in 2021. So let this be another beautiful inspiration for those still waiting to vow their love to each other and can chose to do so during these times.
I’ll start by sharing an answer I proposed to the couple about their wedding: Any advice for future engaged couples?
“Roll with the punches and let go of anything you thought your wedding will or should look like. No matter what your day looks like it will be special and perfect. Figure out what the most important things are to you and make sure those things happen regardless of how your wedding looks in this crazy world. Surround yourself with supportive people and remember to lean on each other through the stressful and happy times.”
That statement could not be more true! Honestly, I think it applies to life in general as well! Yes, Laura and Brian changed many of their original plans, including the fact that the Mansion at Natirar was not their original wedding venue. However, here is the funny thing about their answer to my question, every wedding does not run as absolutely perfectly as planned. Okay, maybe there is a pair of newlyweds out there who think that theirs did, but I promise there were things “behind the scenes” that had hiccups they don’t know about.
It’s just the law of life and time. Twelve hours of a day (and more) cannot be pre-planned to perfection. Although a global pandemic can make glitches in a plan more obvious, executed as perfectly as planned and being the perfect day are two separate things. The lesson here is that the perfect day will be what you make it no matter what.
Laura and Brian changed their plans around from date, to venue, to guest count, but the amount of support and love their friends and family gave them throughout the process and on the wedding day, can never be diminished. They have described their Mansion at Natirar wedding as “a dream wedding and location they found when all the stars aligned for them”. What a feeling, what a story, what a memory!
I asked them to look back at their wedding and describe the “Peach” and “Pit”.
Their answer was just like couples before 2020. How is that? The pandemic does not even effect their answer.
Pit: The worst part of my day was the last hour of us getting ready in the morning. Everything was calm and went smoothly all morning then it was time for everyone to get dressed and it was hectic! It left me a little stressed until we got to the ceremony on time, then I relaxed.
Peach: The best part of my wedding day was our first dance. We were so focused on each other as if we were the only two people in the room. We had no idea what was going on around us- in that moment it was just us two.
Think about a wedding proposal. You know that feeling you had during the actual proposal/engagement? The flutters, the tunnel vision, the rush of joy? That’s what Laura and Brian felt all over again during their first dance and that is what matters. So here’s a little story of hope and love to end the year and say, “cheers to the next 365 days, we’re ready for you!”
Vendors & Links:
Dress: Justin Alexander
Bridal Store: I do…I do
Bride Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie
Florist: From Peonies to Paint Chips
Hair: Luli Sela
Makeup: Samantha at La Belle Visage
Venue: The Mansion at Natirar
Second Photographer: Lauren Spinelli