Hi Friends! Today we continue celebrating Siobhan + Anou’s wedding anniversary. Earlier this week we saw a behind the scenes look at Siobhan + Anou’s wedding planning process. Today we feature an intimate interview with our former bride as well as images from their big day. As an added bonus, there is a highlight video below!
Why did you hire a wedding planner/GLWE?
Anou is in the military; he was away for 6 months in South Korea while I would be prepping for the wedding. Not having one half of the couple around for quite awhile meant I would need some backup. On top of that, we were going to be moving to England six months before the wedding (with the wedding being back home in VA), so we were going to need to have lots of the planning completed before the big move. My parents were very sympathetic to the situation and decided that having a wedding planner would make everything run more smoothly and help ease the dreaded wedding stress. My Dad and I interviewed a couple different planners, but after meeting with Geomyra, I absolutely knew that I had to choose her.
What is your most memorable moment of your wedding day? A moment that gave us chills was at the end of the night at the reception, when all of our guests formed a huge circle, singing and swaying along to “Tonight We Are Young” by Fun and we were dancing in the center, feeling the radiating love from our all family and friends.
What was favorite part of the planning process? Making the DIY decorations and invitations. We made the invitations together and it was fun bonding experience for us as a couple – it made us see that we work really well as a team and also made us forget all the wedding stress while we were focusing on making things look just right. Also, it meant a lot to us when my bridesmaids, girl friends and even groomsmen helped us with the DIY decorations at the last minute – it showed us how amazing our friends truly are.
What was the most difficult aspect of planning your wedding? Managing the guest list was difficult. We were originally going to have a wedding of 200+ but it ended up being 135 people. We had lots of international and out-of-town guests that we invited and also fairly large families. The guest list fluctuated up and down a couple times along the way. It worked out in the end that our guest list was smaller, because we could use our funds on other aspects of the wedding we wanted to enhance.
With an unlimited budget, what would you do differently? We wouldn’t change anything about the day but we wished we had the venue for longer so that we could dance longer and get more time to talk to each of our guests. What are you most looking forward to in your marriage? Since we are new residents to England, we are looking forward to traveling around Europe together and making lots of new memories together.
What advice do you have for couples planning their big day? We recommend using Postable.com for organizing mailing addresses. Also, using online RSVPs helped us in gathering all the information about our guests, especially for those who lived out-of-town or out-of-country. We used Google Docs (http://docs.google.com/) and were able to ask our guests more questions (i.e. dietary concerns, children’s ages) than would fit on an RSVP card. You can even customize the Google Docs forms to match one’s wedding theme! Also, make sure you take time to breathe and take everything in because the day goes by REALLY fast.
Thank you again Siobhan + Anou for trusting me with your big day!
Vendor Dream Team:
Wedding Coordination: Geomyra Lewis Weddings and Events
Photographer: Rachel May Photography
Ceremony & Reception Location: Westin Alexandria
Officiant: Jeff Maszel
Catering: Westin Alexandria
Cake: Sweet Creations Cakes
Ceremony Music: Palladio Strings
DJ: Crow Entertainment-DJ Kenny
Photobooth Rental: Red Eye Photobooths
Hair& Makeup: Dawn Newsome Makeup Artistry
Rehearsal Dinner: Indigo Landing
Highlight Video Edit & Color Correction: Amrita Pradhan