Last year, I had the pleasure of working with this very special couple. Ken, the sweet Groom, and I graduated from High School together. He was such a great guy back then, all-star football player, goofball, and a friend to pretty much everyone he met. Rachel and I got to know each other better during College. She was such an incredible supporter of Dairing Events from the beginning and I got to return the favor as she began the process of opening and running Pure Barre in Tapestry Park located off Southside in Jacksonville, Florida. Rachel is an incredible woman, wife, boss babe, and entrepreneur who has now opened her second Pure Barre studio in the Julington Creek area. When she asked me to be a part of their forever story, I couldn’t contain my excitement.
Looking back on this Wedding almost a whole year ago, it still gives me chills. I hope you enjoy reading Rachel’s own words and responses to a few questions I had for her as she reflected over the day and the planning process!
My favorite part of the planning process was the chance to sit down with my wedding planner and come up with my theme and the vibe of my wedding. I was nervous that I would not be able to focus on getting all my ideas sorted! However, after I sat down with Adair, we walked through everything one step at a time, and took it down to a simple Inspiration Board. Once things were on the board, and I saw the actual concept instead of the ideas floating around in my head it made everything so much clearer and I felt a lot more prepared to take on the rest of the planning with my set direction.
The most important planning elements to me were not only making sure to have Wedding Planner (or at least a Day of Coordinator), as well as keeping up with your guest count! Your guest count is everything. It keeps your budget in line, determines your venue, your seating, and the list goes on. Having a firm plan with your fiancé from the beginning on your list of people who HAVE to be there (A list) and then B list, people you would like to be there but if push comes to shove you could wake up the next morning after your wedding and be okay they were not there. You and your fiancé need to be on the same page with this, and making a decision and keeping consistent through the process will be the best way, in the end, to keep your wedding from 100 to 350- remember each person is another plus in the food budget which may mean a minus somewhere else. To touch on a Wedding Planner and their importance…they are the professionals, and in my opinion are the best resource for you! Having a Wedding Planner and or a Day of Coordinator, is the best way to stay organized, keep you focused, and have someone to lead you through the day so you don’t have to worry about anything except letting the day soak in!
The best part of my day was taking our vows. It was the most special moment, and to make that promise to love someone for the rest of your life is the most amazing thing, I believe, two people can ever promise one another. The first look though was a very close second. 🙂