It's no secret that we love a gorgeous wedding (and an equally gorgeous couple)! Thankfully, our Weddings We Love Series allows us to do that with some of our favorite pre-ALD couples! This week, we are thrilled to feature our friends, Sarah + Pierson. Funny enough, Emma met S+P in high school (long before she knew Kaitlynn) and Kaitlynn met S + P at MSU (long before she knew Emma) - and we're so glad that our lives crossed paths because it gave us the opportunity to meet this wonderful duo! Narrowing Sarah and Pierson's stunning photographs to just a few was a tough feat but we managed to do it. Their day was full of happiness, light and so much joy and we are so happy to share it with you. Enjoy!
First things first, tell us a little bit about your Mr. or (Mrs.)!
Freshman year of high school I couldn't wait to tell all my friends about the cute older guy I sat by in Spanish class with the funny name I couldn't remember. By the end of sophomore year he asked me to prom. Since then, we've made it through college, law school, and moving across the country. There's no one I'd rather share my life adventure with.
How did the "big moment" happen? What's the first thing that popped into your head after he popped the question?
We decided to take a road trip to Yellowstone National Park before we started law school and stopped at all the famous landmarks along the way. Everyone knew he was going to propose on this trip (except me of course!) We called home every night to let our parents know where we stopped, and they sounded a little too excited each time. Then I finally found out why. He carried the ring in his pocket for almost a week before he found the perfect spot in front of Lower Yellowstone Falls. The first words out of my mouth were "Are you kidding?!"
Tell us a little bit about your wedding style.
Once we decided to get married at the Grand Hotel, the venue and Mackinac Island became our theme. You can't compete with the style the Grand has. We really wanted it to be simple and elegant, while showcasing the beauty of the island that we both love.
What was the most exciting part of the wedding planning process (save the wedding itself!)?
Instead of having a rehearsal dinner, we wanted to greet everyone the night they arrived on the island with a big party. We rented a ferry and rode around the island and under the Mackinac Bridge at sunset. It was great because our families could meet and mingle while enjoying the views in a less stuffy atmosphere than a normal rehearsal dinner.
Describe your wedding in one word.
What was the most challenging part of the wedding planning process?
Three things made planning challenging. First, we booked the venue in October, for a May wedding - that's only 8 months to plan everything! Second, we were planning from a distance, so we were choosing vendors based mostly on who was available that weekend and understood Mackinac weddings. Third, we were also finishing law school and planning to move to Colorado. Looking back, I'm still really impressed everything turned out so well.
If you could change anything about your wedding or the planning process, what would it be?
I wish I would have learned much earlier that we couldn't control whether everyone would be happy with all our planning decisions, but we could make sure we were happy with our choices.
Finish this sentence - In 25 years, the thing I'll remember most about my wedding day is...
As I walked down the porch it really hit me how lucky I was to be marrying my best friend where I had dreamed of getting married since I was a little girl. It all felt like a dream come true!
Sarah and Pierson's Vendors:
Photography: Andrejka Photography
Cake & Catering: The Grand Hotel
Ceremony: West Porch at The Grand Hotel
Reception: Cupola Bar at The Grand Hotel
Dress: David's Bridal
Guy's Tux - Mackinac Island Tuxedo
Invitations - Vistaprint
Ferry & Sunset Cruise - Star Line
Carriage - Gough Carriages