Erika & Alex's Backyard Everson Wedding.
How did you guys meet?
We were friends in high school (me a freshman and Alex a senior) and we grew up in the same small town. After he graduate he joined the Air Force and we kind of lost touch. In 2013, his sister got married and we were both at the wedding. At the time I was working at a golf course so while leaving the his sister's wedding I had invited Alex to stop by the course the next day when I would be working. And guess what?! He showed up to play a round of golf. I bought him a beer. And the rest is history.
How did you get engaged?
Alex and I were heading to his parents shop to work on some Christmas gifts. I walked in to the room and the lights were off. I couldn't find the light switch and all of a sudden the lights came on and up on the wall Alex had spelled out "Will You Marry Me" in wire on the wall. I turned around and he was on his knee, ring in hand. I naturally cried and said yes of course! (see the pictures)
What inspired you while planning your wedding?
Family and traditions are really important to both Alex and myself. Both of our parents have successful marriages. Getting married in the same church my parents got married in was special to me. We wanted our families, however big they are, to be apart of our day which is why we did a backyard themed reception. We loved having our siblings be in the wedding party as well as our nieces and nephews. Also incorporating my father who is no longer with us into the wedding was so incredible.
What were some of your favorite wedding day details?
I loved my bouquet with my dad's badge on it. I loved our best man and best woman speeches and my father daughter dance was unforgettable.
Did you have any DIY details? If so, please describe some of your favorites
My husband made our dance floor and our cake/cupcake stand. He is very handy and it made the day special knowing he put so much hard work into make our day perfect for us.
What were some of your favorite moments from your wedding day?
Seeing Alex for the first time (first look was full of every emotion possible). Walking down the aisle to my future husband. Our best man/best woman speeches. Our first dance. Father-daughter dance was magical. Alex's favorite moment was when I started walking down the aisle toward him. Getting ready with my bridesmaids was also a blast.
What advice would you give future brides?
Don't sweat the little stuff. At the end of the day you are still going to be married to your best friend.