Real Weddings


Today’s bride described her wedding as sweet, natural and fun. Three words that truly embody what a wedding should be. If you don’t have fun at your wedding, something wasn’t done right. It’s meant to be a party for you to enjoy ALONG with everyone else. Check out this fun wedding that I so wish I could have been at.

Vanessa + Jason

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How did the two of you meet? On Tinder Describe your engagement: He wanted to take me to where our first date was (on the canal) but it was storming, he bought an umbrella and took me anyways, we were the only ones outside, we found a tree to take cover in and it was like our own private engagement. He asked then I asked him if he was sure then I made him ask me again so I could say yes. Personal or handmade details: 1. My friend at Pillar Box Studio made our invitations complete with doing the lining, creating return address labels, and the hand written addresses. 2. Unbeknownst to us, his aunt and uncle gifted us personalized wedding favors (candies & mini champagne bottles) that they’d made using our photos for the logos and other personal information to adorn the goodies in the bags. 3. My bouquet, the mothers corsages, and boutonnieres were made from a friends wedding dress (she got married in 1968). The beads and other accents were pieces from the flower girls dress and my mother-in- law’s jewelry. 4. We arranged the ceremony chairs in a semi-circle so people could see us walking down the aisle as well as the ceremony. Describe your wedding flowers: We chose to use flowers from a local flower farm so whatever they had in season is what we used. Each floral arrangement was different and had an organic feel. The centerpieces themselves were all ones that I’d collected so they ranged from vintage metal containers to Fenton fingerprint glass vases; all were different which matched the feel of the florals. We kept the centerpiece on our table but gave the remaining ones away as prizes during the middle of the reception. We placed post-its under one chair at each table and had people look under them to see if they were the winner. Memories and Stories about the Day: The day went by so quickly I don’t remember much sentimental introspection the day of but what I do remember us talking about was that we made a point to eat dinner with our guests and we both feel that was a great decision because that was probably the most down time we had. I loved how serious he looked when the officiant was talking and how it was making people cry. I loved that he wasn’t nervous one bit, he told me he’d been looking for me so our wedding day was exactly what he wanted. We didn’t rent transportation, my best friend drove us home and we got to fall asleep as a married couple in our own bed (we were living together prior to getting married). My 5 year old nephew was the ring bearer and for months he’d been telling people he has a very important job at the wedding so it was cute to watch him practice the day of because he wanted to get it right. Your first dance song: 500 miles covered by Sleeping At Last. It’s a great slow version that carries more of the sentimental weight of the song (you should listen to it). [OMG, this was so good! I had never heard it but I decided to take a listen and literally got chills listening to it] Check it out below! We actually called all the couples up to dance with us during our first dance. The thing that we would have done differently is? I would have created more of a specific list for the photographer of what photos I wanted. I made a general list but there were a number of things missing that I wished I had. I guess I just assumed those things were going to be standard. With that said, I would remind myself to not worry about every little thing. Our favorite detail of the wedding was: My favorite detail was the floral tablecloths and vintage votive cups in the candlesticks. Your advice for other plus size brides: Don’t compare yourself or your wedding to anybody else’s. Our neighbor was getting married around the same time and I was admittedly lusting over her and her wedding. Without a doubt, she had a gorgeous pinterest worthy wedding, she even waxed her underarms for her event. I don’t think I even remembered to shave my legs that day and I did my makeup in the car; but our wedding was us, the feel, the décor, the sentiment was very much my own. I remember my friends telling me they felt the wedding felt like a natural extension of who Jason and I were. Three adjectives that describe the day: Sweet, Natural, Fun What has surprised you most during the first few months of marriage? How loving, comfortable, and safe being in love with my husband would feel. I’ve always been very independent and was excited but nervous to get married, for fear that I would lose that sense of independence, but it was nothing like that. I gained a partner that still allows me to be who I was before him…but with him I am a much better version of my self.

Vendor Love – Photographer: Peerless Photography | Wedding Planner: Self | Caterer: Dream Events and Catering | Florist: Madison Creek Farms | Bridal Bouquet, Corsages, & Boutenieres: Couture Keepsakes | Cake: Homestyle Bakery | Invitations & Calligraphy: Pillar Box Studio | Jewelry: Engagement ring-Brilliant Earth, Womens Wedding Band-M & M Jewelers, Mens wedding band-Rogue River Jewelry  | Bride’s Attire: Allure 8919 from Glitz BridalBridesmaids Dress: They picked their own black dresses | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Gray Suit from Street Tuxedo | Ceremony and Reception Location: Noah Liff Opera Center | Music/Entertainment: Russell Wolff | Rentals and Décor: Music City Tents and Events | Officiate/ Minister: Russell Wolff

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Shafonne Myers is a certified wedding and event planner who longed for bridal inspiration that looked like her. She has created a website and magazine that brings bridal inspiration to plus size brides. She does speaking engagements educating the world about plus size brides and self confidence.
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