Katie and Cameron are two of the sweetest people we have ever known. They are passionate, smart and kind... such a perfect pair! We are so exited to share a little about their DIY wedding today for our Weddings We Love Series. Their special day was focused on the love they have for each other and sharing that love with their friends and family, we can't think of a better theme than that. With the help of friends and family, Katie and Cameron put together one marvelous bash!
First things first, tell us a little bit about your Mr. (or Mrs.)!
Cameron and I met in college when we were just 19 years old (babies!). I was instantly attracted to his intelligence, sense of humor, drive, and intense passion for the things he loved. (Of course I found him easy on the eyes, too. ;-) I also knew he would make the BEST father some day, and I was right! Each day, I love him more and more as I watch him love our daughter, Elliot. He is so kind and gentle, and always finds a way to make us laugh, even on our worst days. We are very thankful he's ours!
How did the "big moment" happen? What's the first thing that popped into your head after he popped the question?
We were a little unconventional when it came to a proposal. Though I do find proposals to be very romantic, I actually preferred that we skip a traditional proposal. It's tough to explain why, but it just didn't "fit" us. We both knew we wanted to get married; it was just a matter of when. Together, we picked a special day to celebrate the beginning of our engagement/when we would start planning our wedding together. We spent the whole day together and ended it by making our favorite dinner together in our tiny apartment and drinking wine on our balcony, just enjoying each other's company. We are pretty simple people. :-)
Tell us a little bit about your wedding style.
I would describe our wedding style as DIY/vintage/country. It was an outdoor, summer wedding with a barn reception that we tried to keep simple, personal, and relaxed all on a very tight budget.
What was the most exciting part of the wedding planning process (save the wedding itself!)?
The most exciting part of the wedding planning process was checking off items on our list, lol! But honestly, we loved all the get-togethers and parties leading up to the wedding. It was such an incredible feeling seeing our friends and family come together like that for us and share our excitement.
Describe your wedding in one word.
What was the most challenging part of the wedding planning process? If you could change anything about your wedding or the planning process, what would it be?
The most challenging part of the wedding process was doing everything ourselves. If I could go back in time, I would have hired a wedding planner and some kind of cleanup help. During our reception, my family was so busy cleaning up so we would be out of the venue in time, they didn't get to really enjoy the party. It makes me sad to think they missed out on so much because they were worried about taking care of everything themselves. Hiring extra help would have certainly been worth any extra cost but we were a little too focused on dollar-amounts at the time.
Finish this sentence - In 25 years, the thing I'll remember most about my wedding day is...
In 25 years, the thing I'll remember most about my wedding day was the overwhelming feeling of LOVE and support from our friends and family. It's hard to describe how it felt seeing everyone there just for US. We were both so excited and READY to marry each other and begin the rest of our lives together, and sharing that excitement with our loved ones was something I'll never forget.
Katie and Cameron's Vendors:
Photographer: Ashley McKenney (Katie's sister-in-law) with Ashley Rita Photography
Cake/Catering: Phil Oberlin (step-uncle)
Dress: David's Bridal
Florals: Julie Haan
Invitations: Justin Marsh (family friend)
Decorations made by Katie's mother, sisters, mother-in-law and sister-in-law: What an amazing group of women!