You guys. It’s the wedding that you’ve all been waiting for. You’ve seen enough of my blubbering about Adam and Adrienne for the absolute longest time…. you saw Adrienne’s Bridal Shower, that was beyond beautiful! In August you learned the story of their nine year relationship as it was one month until their big wedding day. You’ve even seen photos of their engagement and wedding day as highlights in other posts, on Instagram and more. And now, we have their wedding day!
Over Labor Day weekend, friends and family gathered at the Riverview Country Club (on what seemed as if it was the hottest day of the year) for a stunning outdoor ceremony. Adam’s grandma, Nona, officiated their marriage and Adrienne’s cousins Sami and Joe sang a custom arranged song of All for Love by Bryan Adams and Home by Philip Phillips. Adam’s cousin also gave a reading on everything we needed to know about love we learned in kindergarten. The night continued with a Rocky introduction of the couple, a rap-toast from the maid of honor and a surprise dance from Adam during the garter removal! Check out their day, as captured by Repash Studio. Oh, and there’s some insight from Adam and Adrienne, too!
Who and what helped you the most during the planning process?
Timelines (thanks to Steph and Ann) especially in the beginning of the planning process. I didn’t know how to prioritize what was important to get done first, so having a timeline was very helpful. Closer to my wedding date I then made my own personalized timeline specific to the things I had to get done for our wedding and what days
My mom was there for me the whole day, and her (along with Steph and my bridesmaids) were good at dealing with my small bridezilla moments. She always knew what I wanted when I described it and did a wonderful job making the whole venue beautiful. She also always told me not to stress, that the most important thing was I was about to marry my best friend :)
While my mom took care of the decor, Steph and Joe helped take care of almost everything else. From making sure our whole day was planned out (to the minute) to helping with all the added secrets and events of the night, to keeping the bridal party in line, running our rehearsal, arranging practicing and singing the most beautiful song during our ceremony, and running around like crazies the day of our wedding to set up and get everything in order. All of our ideas and dreams for our wedding were able to come to life because of the work they helped put in to it and we are so thankful they helped give us everything we hoped for!!
We payed great honor to our parents and grandparents who were examples of true love and successful relationships. My grandma, Nona, officiated our marriage ceremony. (She got ordained just for our wedding and it was a really easy process!) Having Nona involved in the ceremony added so many more personal touches than anyone else could have. During Sami and Joe’s song, we presented roses to our mother-in-laws as a recognition for welcoming us into their family.
Adrienne, what was your favorite memory of the day?
So hard to pick just one, can I pick the whole day?? I’d have to say our first dance. At that point it was just Adam and me…I totally forgot about everything else crazy going on that day along with the 160 guests in the room. We had so much fun during that three minutes I will hold on to that feeling I had forever.
Adam’s favorite memory was also their first dance! (And he’s convinced he can’t come up with a better explanation than Adrienne’s).
What advice would you give to other couples planning their wedding?
Do as much as you can early on in the wedding planning process. Just doing a few things each week (even if your wedding is still 1 year away) really helps you enjoy the times leading up to the wedding and the last few weeks before married life! Also, do your research – ask around and look at reviews of your vendors. And don’t be afraid to bargain with them and their prices/packages (just don’t let that be the first thing you ask them!)
Everyone told Adam and I to make sure we took time to just take it all in at our wedding (after all we just spent a year planning it!) During the hours leading up to the wedding I felt stressed and kind of bridezilla-ish, which I guess is normal and unpredictable with all the emotions. But seriously (this sounds so cliche) from the moment I saw Adam that day, I really don’t think I could stop smiling for the whole night. (Okay maybe during pictures when I was getting really hot) but I enjoyed every moment and had so much FUN!!
Is there anything you regret or wish you would have done differently?
The biggest thing I’d change is putting my hair up, what was I thinking, it was hot!! Lucky for me my hair dresser is Adam’s aunt so I had her on site to throw up that sweaty mess after pictures (Thanks Aunt Kara!)
In my eyes, there may be just a few minor things I’d change but it was the best day of my life and I think everything that day happened for a reason. It was perfect and I have been trying to relive it ever since through pictures and the video!!