And Mare You Have It: Our Wedding Day

We’re married!!!! Okay, I’m 6 months late on this post, but how the hell did 6 months already fly by. Looking through all these pictures again has me reliving quite honestly the best day of my life. I know it’s cliché, but it’s so true. The love we felt from all our family and friends was tangible. And we couldn’t be more appreciative of all the support we received. 

Everything turned out exactly the way I had hoped. Our planner, Michele Spring, from Mia Bella Weddings and Events was an absolute saint. And fine, there were some mishaps along the way, but she handled it all with grace and I hardly knew anything was going on at all. 

From the start, I knew pretty much exactly what I wanted. Natural outdoor setting with elegant gold decor. But finding the venue was our biggest challenge. I wanted tons of trees everywhere, but didn’t want it to feel too rustic. We looked at 15 different venues, before I stumbled upon Walnut Grove on a desperate Pinterest search. And it was everything I hoped it would be. The ceremony was lined with full Walnut trees and the reception area had these market lights that brought out my whole vibe. The best part was they were so willing to work with my vision. 

It is so important to find vendors that just get your vision and vibe with you. I can’t tell you how many times I called different vendors explaining what I wanted and just felt like they weren’t listening to me and trying to push me in another direction. It often felt more like a sales call than it did planning my dream wedding day. All the vendors we used were incredible at making me feel like they truly cared about turning my vision into reality. I now have so much respect for wedding vendors. Making sure that every single couple they work with feels like they are their number one priority must be exhausting!

The entire planning process was such a learning experience for us. It was challenging to say the least, but seeing it all come together the day of made me more emotional than I ever thought I would be. I legitimately cried the entire walk down the aisle. And not a cute single glistening tear, it was an ugly tears-non-stop-still-trying-to-smile kind of cry. Sorry, not posting any of those pictures ever! The night before the wedding I really tried to settle my nerves and relax and take in everything that was happening around us. Not that I was nervous about getting married, more so just nervous about the logistics of it all and making sure everyone was happy. But right before I was set to walk down the aisle, all the emotions came to me in a flood and then seeing Tim at the end of the aisle also crying pushed me over the edge. It was like at that exact moment all the stress from planning was relieved and we were finally at the moment we waited so long for.

And now 6 months later, it’s finally time to start planning our honeymoon to really soak up all our newly wedded bliss.

I still have tons of wedding posts I’m planning, but let me know in the comments below if there’s any particular topic you want me to cover. And if you’re looking for vendors, I would recommend everyone we used! If you contact them, tell them I sent you.

Wedding Venue Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Farms
Coordinator Mia Bella Weddings & Events by Michele Spring
Photography Katie Jackson Photography
Videography La Luna Weddings
DJ & Photo Booth Vox DJs
Rentals A Rental Connection
Florals Belle of the Ball Designs
Catering Command Performance Catering
Alcohol & Drinks Liquid Catering
Cake & Dessert MJB Cakes
Invitations & Custom Menus Invitation Design Studio
Invitation Belly Bands Honey and Hold
Custom Signs Happily Ever Etched
Table Numbers Gauge NYC
Assorted Candles Quick Candles
Wedding Dress Ashley & Justin  from Mon Amie Bridal Salon
Wedding Shoes Sophia Webster
Veil Mon Amie Bridal Salon
Jewelry Crislu
Reception Dress Stone Cold Fox
Reception Shoes Sam Edelman
Alterations Fit & Style
Makeup Aly Barr Makeup
Hair Jess Hair Design
Bridesmaid Dresses Katie May from The White Dress
Bridesmaid Getting Ready Tunics Show Me Your Mumu
Groomsmen Suits The Black Tux

my heart is, and always will be, yours.

– Jane Austen


Alyssa Ren

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    Karen Yeh

    I cant handle it i love this post so much!! And wow, what a stunning couple! I love the looK on your face walking into the reception

    • avatar
      Alyssa Ren

      Thanks for being my most loyal reader! I can’t wait for your wedding to Parker. It’s going to be beautiful.

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