Next to me and The Candyman, I swear this is one of the most handsome couples I’ve ever featured here on The Thirty-Something Bride. I’m certain that this couple is a ton more humble than we are! Hope you enjoy this wedding as much as I do!
Welcome to the Unfake Wedding of Trisha & Robert!
The most important question: wedding night…did you or didn’t you?
Please take the time to tell me all the vendors you used.
Photographer: Courtney Bowlden
DJ/Band: John Coyne from Melody Music
Reception Venue: Meridian Valley Country Club
Ceremony Venue: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Planner (if you used one): N/A
Transportation: We rode from the church to the reception in my uncle’s restored hotrod.
Guest Hotel: No specific hotel was used.
Flowers: Laura from Marine View Florist
Accessories: Badgley Mischka shoes
Hair/Make-Up: I did my own hair and make-up.
Tuxedos: Groom had his suit custom made.
Catering: Meridian Valley Country Club
Extras: Chocolates and caramels provided from Sweet Necessities.
Who was your favorite vendor and why?
Everyone was wonderful and easy to work with, but probably David Burch, the manager of the country club. He served as a planner and since we were planning from out of state. His help was greatly appreciated.
Was there a “method to your madness” in choosing your vendors?
The reception site was local and where my grandparents are members. The florist and DJ were recommended from the reception site. The photographer was found from my husband doing many hours of research online. The cake was made by my sister’s best friend who works as a pastry chef in Seattle, WA.
How long did you take to plan your wedding?
About 10 months.
How many guests did you invite versus how many came?
140 were invited, about 125-130 were in attendance.
What was your budget?
Did you include rings and/or the honeymoon in your budget?
Rings, but not honeymoon!
Were you over or under budget? By how much?
Within the budget
How large was your bridal party?
3 bridesmaids, 3 groomsmen and 2 ring bearers.
Did you have favors for your guests? If so, what were they? How much did you spend?
Match boxes ($150), caramels and chocolates…not sure on cost.
Did you include any special family traditions?
What was your biggest day-of crisis and how did you handle it (or rather, not handle?)?
No big crisis, probably just that some family wasn’t quite on time, which impacted the pictures before the ceremony.
What was your biggest wedding planning crisis and how did you handle it (or rather, not handle?)?
No huge wedding planning crisis, but a big crisis during the rehearsal dinner. The dinner was at a nice restaurant/hotel in Seattle, it was the hotel that was planned for the wedding night. When at the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding, Robert went to check on the next night’s reservation. It was said that the reservation was cancelled (which was not the case, it was in fact confirmed the week before). Through MUCH discussion and confusion the general manager came and explained the exact suite was now occupied and she would try and get the room cleared before the next day. It created frustration and headaches and unfortunately didn’t allow the dinner to go as planned, took up the time for speeches and toasts. On the day of the wedding we were notified that the suite was cleared and after the reception we checked in as planned.
Who was the biggest pain in the ass on your wedding day?
Surprisingly everyone got along and was easy going…honestly!
What was the biggest waste of money that you loved?
The wedding dress, after purchasing and alterations it was more than I’d like to spend but so beautiful.
What was the biggest waste of money that you wish you’d passed on?
What did you love that was also the cheapest?
The cake, since it was a friend she only charged for ingredients but it was beautiful and very delicious.
What was the most unexpected thing that happened (not necessarily a bad thing, just a surprise)?
During the reception Robert serenaded me! It was so good everyone thought it was planned!
What was the funniest thing that happened?
Probably the choreographed dance with the father of the bride and bride. It started with a classic dance to Frank Sinatra then jumped to the Blues Brothers.
What was the most ooey-gooey, tear-jerking moment?
When one of the groomsmen sang an amazing rendition of the Lord’s Prayer during the ceremony.
Did you DIY? What parts?
Yes, we made our own invitations, programs, centerpieces, hair and make-up.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Thailand! We’re going in 2 months.
If you could do it all over again, what would you change, if anything?
The only thing would be to take more time for family pictures, and to take more pictures with our friends.
Congratulations to Trisha & Robert!