From the bride, Morgan:
Love at first sight doesn’t quite apply to us. We met while both being collegiate athletes. After me being persistent in pursuing him it took him a while to warm up to me. We dated for three and a half years before we got engaged. During that time we experienced highs and lows, the challenges we faced brought us closer together and for that we wouldn’t change a thing. God has been so faithful to us over the years, and were so grateful for this journey of life we have been able to embark on.
I don’t what you would call my style or where I got my inspiration from. I knew I wanted something sweet and romantic but with a unique twist. Robert was set on having blue suits for the men and I was set on the bridesmaid dresses I had found, so after we established that the rest fell into place. I would have to say overall we wanted it to have a traditional feel.
One special detail I was set on was having the tart bar at the reception. After the stress of figuring it all out I was so pleased with the end result! I wanted to have another kind of dessert besides wedding cake, I have a big sweet tooth! But I also didn’t want the candy bar or popcorn machine (My husband really wanted popcorn, luckily we had some made for the rehearsal dinner, comprise from before day 1:))
My favorite moment of the day was being up at the alter with my husband. I had so many emotions that were running through me the morning of, But once the doors of the church opened and my dad handed me off the rest was wonderful. I was lost in the moment with him and it truly felt like it was just us. It felt like the world had paused, and God was just showering us with blessings.
Advice: Do the least amount of DIY projects as possible! Trust me…I know what it is like to get lost in Pintrest! I did my best to keep my projects to a minimum and even so it felt like there still so much for me to do. I didn’t want to overwhelm myself with tasks I couldn’t take on. I do have one other piece of advice…on the wedding night, when it is finally time to get some sleep, don’t forget your zzzquil! It was impossible to go to sleep, we just kept laughing and thinking about all the fun our reception was and how neat it was to see all our family!
Music was one of the hardest things for us to decide on! We love all kinds of music, which definitely did not help, but after a while it became so overwhelming! For the processional we had Divine Romance, by Phil Wickham and the Bridal entrance was Canon in D. We had two worship songs that were sung during the service they were 10,000 Reasons and Amazing Grace. Our recessional was Best of My Love, by the Emotions. And our first dance was Forever Like That, acoustic version by Ben Rector.
There were so many photos I loved! One of my favorites was when Robert and I saw each other for the first time. He had no idea what my dress or veil looked like. I love the picture where he is holding my veil and we’re laughing and smiling about how amazing it was to be all dressed up in that moment. My other favorite picture of he and I was taken right after the ceremony, we walked down the isle and headed right into the ready room. There was a picture taken of me hugging the matron of honor and Robert hugging the best man. It is the perfect picture to capture the emotion between the two of us, but more importantly it captured how amazing it was to share that moment with the people who are closest to us.
Ceremony Venue: First Pres Fresno | Reception Venue: The Downtown Club in Fresno, California | Catering: Clovis Catering | Florist: Simply Flowers