Here Comes The Bride

The Proposal: Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas

Along with graduating optometry school, starting my career, and running two half marathons, I was planning a wedding! Bryan proposed August 26, 2011 in Las Vegas. From that moment we were full throttle. We had the date, venue, and photographer selected soon after we arrived home from Vegas.

My running was put on the back burner. We didn’t have an official wedding planner. We were doing this all on our own, with of course a little help from our families and friends. My days consisted of work and wedding planning for the two months leading up to the wedding. Hot yoga helped me de-stress and kept me sane.

Wedding planning can be stressful, I think Bryan and I fought more during the year we planned our wedding than the the three previous years we were together combined. Bryan wasn’t one of those sit back and let the bride-to-be plan everything. He was very hands on due to him being  part of an event company that puts on large scale events. It made everything more meaningful that we planned our wedding together.

Engagement Photos: Indy Canal
Engagement Photos by MandyKae Blair Photography

We wanted our wedding to represent us. We didn’t want to be traditional, we wanted to make it our own. We didn’t get married in a church with a minister, but instead had our ceremony at the canal downtown. We had two “ministers.” The first being our dear friend Rodney, and one of Bryan’s partners at Image First starting things off with introductions, a prayer, and a few verses from the Bible. Next we had two of my best male friends, Alex and Peter, speak about their ten rules of marriage. Lastly, to make it legal, my other dear friend and lawyer, Matt Light, did the promise & dedication, wedding vows, exchange of rings, and declaration of marriage. Yes we did traditional vows, but having our friends marry us meant so much more than a minister that we hardly knew. Now when we look back at our marriage license, we see four of our close friends’ signatures as the minister and witnesses.

Mr. & Mrs. Schmidt
Photo by Natbees Photography
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Photo by Kirsten Wray Photography

Like the ceremony, the reception was a mirror of Bryan and I. We opted for a fast song for our first dance, and instead of the bride & groom, father/daughter, mother/son dance as separate songs, we did a mash-up of each song and dance for one minute leading into the next song. Bryan & I danced to Calvin Harris – Feel So Close, father/daughter was Queen – My Best Friend, mother/son was Van Morrison – These Are the Days, and finally when Benny Benassi – Cinema came on at the end of the mix, the entire wedding party joined in…..with bunny ears. We even had a song for our cake cutting, Kaskade – One Heart.

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Wedding dance mash-up

We didn’t have a stuffy sit down dinner with assigned seating and designated tables. We had passed and stationary hors d’oeuvres, cocktail tables for guests to eat and drink as they pleased and an EDM DJ, our friend, DJ Fred Lockstar. We wanted our reception to be ultra lounge-ish. We wanted everyone to have fun and party! And party we did with shutter shade sunglasses as party favors. We probably could of had the speeches a little earlier in the evening since they got a little crazy. Yes, Cassie (my sister) that’s a shout out to you…haha.

Our wedding was the most amazing time and it was perfect. I wouldn’t change anything about it.  Despite the stress of planning a wedding and the mishaps along the way, it was worth every second of it. It definitely brought us closer together, and if we can get through planning a wedding together, we can get through anything. July 14th, 2012 will always be the best day of my life…the day I married the love of my life.

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Photo by Kirsten Wray Photography
Wedding gift eye chart! Thank you to my girlfriend Leslie & Mike!

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