hair • Mireya Garcia, MDG Salons
florist • The Empty Vase
videographer • Your Dream Filmworks
ceremony & reception venue • The Scottish Rite Cathedral
band • The Endless Summer Band
cake • Cake Connection
dress • House of White Bridal Boutique
dress manufacturer • Tara Keely
bridesmaid dresses • Essense designs’ Sorella Vita Metallic Bridesmaid Dresses
tuxedo manufacturer • The Black Tux
processional • “Home” -Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
recessional • “The Bridal March”
ceremony • “Moon River” -Katie’s Dad
bridal party introductions • “With a Little Help From my Friends” -The Beatles
first dance • “Buckets of Rain” -Bob Dylan
father/daughter • “My Girl” -The Temptations
mother/son • “Tuesdays Gone” -Lynyrd Skynyrd
What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Katie: My favorite moment of the day/my life was during the ceremony–that split second right before I started my walk down the aisle. Both on either side of me, my mom and dad held my hand. I saw a sea of Matt and I’s family and friends’ faces smiling back at me, and then the BEST part: at the end of the aisle, Matt’s beautifully ecstatic gaze met mine. It was the loveliest and most touching moment I’ve ever had.
Matt: The reception was my favorite part of the day: Great food, drinks and even better company. But if I had to choose a specific moment, it was during the speeches. It was a touching moment filled with so many laughs and toasts that Katie and I shared, listening to the humorous, yet heartwarming, speeches that Katie’s Dad, Sister and My Best Men, Chip and Andrew, gave.
Any advice for future bride/grooms?
Katie: My best advice to future brides: just CHILL :). The morning of our wedding, countless little hiccups occurred (AHEM, like Matt not having cuff-links, to name one haha), and though those bumps in the road stressed-out others, I made a conscious effort to just shrug it off my shoulders and stay calm. Because, ultimately, absolutely no one will know what’s gone wrong but will notice a very tense and worried-looking bride. Plus, focussing on the only reason I was there in the first place–to marry Matt–gave me the ability to soak up every moment AND enjoy it!
Matt: Advice to future grooms: Whatever your future wife asks of you, do it. So when she says to go get cuff links, you should go get them.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Katie: My bridesmaid Lauren (“LaLa”) diving under my dress on the dance floor….and seemed as if she knocked herself unconscious because she wasn’t moving for a second…she was fine, just couldn’t figure out how to escape the tulle entrapment.
Matt: My Father-in-Law’s Carnac the Magnificent (Johnny Carson Show) half-item show during the reception. He has a great sense of humor and his comedic performance did not disappoint.
If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
Nothing–it was perfect.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Panama (Playa Bonita, just outside of Panama City, Panama)
Much love friends!