This is how we got engaged..
After all that madness, Jesse and I just wanted an intimate, laid-back, budget-friendly wedding so we could celebrate this wonderful day with all of our loved ones. Achieving this wasn’t easy planning from America with the language barrier, time change and budget all in the way. In hindsight a wedding planner would have been pretty helpful, but that wasn't in the budget. Plus, we didn't really care too much about the little details of the wedding day, so we just went with the flow of things as they happened and it turned out pretty well! We enjoyed a (nearly) stress-free, picturesque celebration of no more than 60 guests- a dream.
We DIYed a lot to bring some personal elements to the rustic venue. And didn't use any vendors, except for the florist, which was sourced by my helpful sister's- in- law, who also played tour guide for the rowdy bunch of Americans who made the trip. It took a village to do the rest! My sisters were my glam squad for my hair and make-up, my aunt made our delicious and beautiful wedding cake, my brothers acted as DJ for our reception, our best-man lent his vintage Mercedez to us for our getaway, my mom and aunts decorated and styled the entire venue the day of the wedding, my brother-in-law of a musician strummed beautiful acoustic tunes during the processional, my dad officiated the entire ceremony, Jesse's grandpa hand crafted a gift box for our wedding cards, my photographer Craig Obrist, who I second-shot weddings with in Atlanta, was gracious enough to fly in from the states to shoot our wedding, I did the calligraphy on the signage, my sweet husband built our altar with his own two hands (and the help of two other pairs of hands) and my family folded the thousand cranes that swayed in the wind on the altar. True labors of love. I am still in awe at how these amazing people generously gave their talents and gifts to bless us so abundantly on our wedding day. Not to mention they saved us hundreds and thousands (Hey-oo! Use what you got people!)
So with all of these talents combined, we pulled it off and got married on a beautiful, sunny September day at the sweetest little vineyard on top of Vienna called Weingut Am Reisenberg (side note: it was the most beautiful venue, but the management and ownership was sketchy and I would advise about whether or not you want to do business with them). Anyway, the wedding was on a Thursday, so you know the people who came really love us and for that we are forever grateful.
This day was so much more than I ever dreamed possible. It is a dream that I will never stop thanking Jesus for and one that I will relive every time I glance at these amazing pictures by Craig. Seriously, he outdid himself and I am forever grateful! It still wrecks my heart to think about how much love and sheer joy I felt on that day surrounded by all of my people. And to think, the wedding was just the beginning.