We ate cupcakes. We clinked our champagne glasses. And we all left the “Homestretch” meeting feeling giddy and so ready for their Venue 311 wedding on April 11, 2020. Then…the world shut down. And Lauren + David had to reschedule. We were SO close!!! Month-out emails had been sent to vendors, final details confirmed and the “omg this is really happening” energy was ever so present. We all knew rescheduling was the best decision, and quite frankly we didn’t have a choice, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t a major bummer. Crisis communication mode=engaged! “After the wedding got cancelled originally, I remember calling you in tears and you helped me take a step back and realize that the situation we were in was tough, but you were going to help us get through it. Your support was and is so extremely appreciated,” said Lauren. And we got through it!!! And it was beautiful!!!
You know it was a good gift when it makes your bride laugh AND cry! Well done, David! Well done. Also, I can’t not mention how radiating Lauren’s smile is!! It’s contagious and I’m so so thankful I got to work with such a kind, caring bride!
Emergency kit MVPs |
Did I major in fashion design? Sure as heck didn’t! But when the zipper on bridesmaid Zoe’s dress broke, I put on my fashion designer hat and got to work! You’ll have to trust my word for it because I didn’t get a picture! Thanks to some fashion tape, safety pins and my mini sewing kit, the dress had a brand new back design and Zoe was wedding ready!
Bridesmaid couldn’t fit in a mani or pedi? No problem. There’s always a neutral, light pink nail polish in the kit!
And when the hungry ring bearer decides to snack on juicy, red strawberries in his white shirt 20 minutes before the ceremony, Tide-to-Go pens at your service!
Lauren + David’s big day at Venue 311 was full of personal, meaningful touches. Some may see a bottle of luxury perfume, but to Lauren it’s a reminder of her late mom – whose maiden name was “Bloom.” Her mom’s mom/Lauren’s Grandma Ruth joined her dad in walking her down the aisle, which was just the sweetest. And Karsten, Lauren’s brother, made his officiant debut to marry his little sister. He knocked it out of the park by the way!
David was also missing an important family member on his big day. He honored and remembered his little sister, who passed tragically in 2011, with a custom pin featuring her photo. Weddings are so special because of all the people you get to share it with, but gosh, weddings can also be an emotional reminder of who isn’t able to be there. Finding ways to honor passed loved ones may not always been the easiest, but as a bride who did the same, it does offer a special kind of peace in knowing that they’re there + remembered.
Lauren said, “I was very simple in my vision for the wedding and didn’t want to do or purchase things that we didn’t feel necessary. You understood that vision and did not push me to splurge on certain things that some may find necessary for a wedding.” At the end of the day, the only things necessary for a wedding is two people who love each other and understand the promises being made and someone who can legally marry them. And my bias may have to add a planner in there too 😉 Lauren + David kept things simple and relied on Venue 311’s bright white French country interior, timber beams, oversized windows and classic charm to do most of the talking. She incorporated hints of icy blues and classic whites with greenery accents.
Lauren looked like a real-life princess and David looked at her all day as such. There were tears. There were smiles. And there were so many laughs. I was so happy to see Lauren + David finally get to celebrate!!! It was definitely worth the wait.
Grand entrance: Marry You by Bruno Mars
First dance: Yours by Russel Dickerson
Father/daughter: My Little Girl by Tim McGraw
Mother/son: Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Have you ever seen a better worm hype crew?! I love seeing my couples’ personalities come out on the dance floor. I like to think I get to know my couples pretty well before wedding day. It’s actually something I pride myself on, but there’s just another layer I don’t get to see until wedding day and it’s always a fun surprise!
Dream team |
Venue | Venue 311
Photographer | Sarah Marie Photography
Caterer | Porky’s Belly BBQ
Bar | Exquisite Taste Mobile Bartending
Cake | Melissa Neumann
Hair + Makeup | Exquisite Reflections
DJ | Daulong’s Mobile Music
Linens | One Stop Party Store
Dress | Princess Bridal “Off the Rack”
Bridesmaids | David’s Bridal
Menswear | Men’s Wearhouse
Love note |
“Where to start?! Erin’s title of wedding planner/coordinator is so limited when it comes to all that she does behind the scenes and on the day of. Deciding to hire Erin was the best decision we made during our wedding planning process. Due to cancellations caused by COVID-19, we were forced to push our wedding back. When our original date was cancelled, I was so overwhelmed, to say the least, and Erin was a great person to turn to during this time. She coordinated with all of my vendors by sending emails, updates, date change info, etc. She was literally our saving grace during all the madness. Fast forward to wedding day – from setting up decorations exactly how I wanted, making sure we were able to eat during the reception, fixing broken zippers and shimmying a broken dress to look brand new, she completely exceeded all of our expectations. We couldn’t have asked for a better coordinator during this crazy wedding planning process. She will literally go above and beyond for her clients and I would and continue to strongly recommend her to all future brides! Extra bonus – she knows all the best coffee shops and bakeries around for your check-ins/meetings!!”
From beginning to end – your planner, doer and friend. Rooting for you always, Mr. & Mrs. Ostrander!!! P.S. Can’t wait to meet little Miss. Ostrander!!!
Dotted & Crossed,