It’s extra romantic when two high school sweethearts tie the knot! After dating for nearly a decade, Aubrey and Andy started planning their big day. The fact that the two opted for an October wedding didn’t stop the bride from choosing a pastel color scheme. The look was soft, classic, and pretty – a winning combination. Francine Smith of TimeSmart Images was there to document all of the best details, including:
- A color palette of blush, gold, and ivory that is timeless, romantic, and feminine. It also looked amazing at the Circuit Center and was complimented nicely by pink uplighting.
- That dress! The beaded belt and layered tulle bottom are to die for and it fits Aubrey like a freaking glove!
- The bride opted for a first look session not with her groom, but instead with both her bridesmaids and her dad. The looks on their faces when they see her all dolled up are priceless!
- The cutest flower girls and ring bearer ever! The little ladies were decked out in tulle tutus and the little guy wore his sunglasses like a rock star!
- At the reception, the couple used a mix of round and long tables that add variety and dimension to the look of the room.
From the sunny weather to the stunning bridal party to the tearful father/daughter and mother/son dances, Aubrey and Andy had a day full of beautiful details and meaningful moments! Congrats you two!
From the bride…
When and how did you two meet?
Andy and I met in 10th grade, almost 12 years ago! We were both sophomores at different high schools. I went to Baldwin and he went to Brentwood. Only a few miles separated us and we first met each other at a local carnival. I remember when I saw him – 6’2″, blonde hair, blue eyes, dressed head to toe in a blue Michael Jordan sweat outfit. I couldn’t stop thinking about how cute I thought he was. We were introduced later on in the night and we connected instantly. It’s funny because he told me he remembers seeing me before that night at a Baldwin basketball game but couldn’t get the nerve up to talk to me. We went to our sophomore semi-formals and junior and senior proms together, and we dated through college and new jobs.
Juicy details on the proposal, please! Where, when, how?
When Andy asked me to marry him, we had been dating for about 10 years. We decided to book a trip to Riviera Maya with our two best friends, who were going to be celebrating their third wedding anniversary while we were in Mexico. It was the perfect trip because we ended up getting engaged! The second day we were there, we all spent the day on the beach. Late afternoon, I decided I was ready to go back to the room and relax before dinner that night. We started filling up the jacuzzi on our balcony overlooking the beach when Andy snuck off into the room. He returned moments later and got down on one knee and said my name. I turned around and there he was. Tears!!! So many tears that I couldn’t speak; I was so overwhelmed that he had asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes! We spent the rest of the week celebrating. It was so amazing to have our best friends there with us to share such a special moment in our lives.
Describe the wedding. The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
From the beginning, I knew I wanted everything to be really simple and romantic. I picked a color palette – blush and gold – that is probably unusual for a fall wedding, but I didn’t let the season get in the way of what I wanted. We had pink uplighting at the Circuit Center, simple, ivory linens, the same white flowers for all of the bridal party, and I topped the bridesmaids’ dresses off with a statement earring. They received so many compliments on their jewelry because it was a bit out of the norm but really sparkled. The flower girls wore the cutest gold tutus decorated with champagne ribbon. We had two different centerpieces – tall, skinny vases filled with willow branches that were sprayed gold and had crystals hanging from them and short vases filled with white roses and ranunculus.
What inspired your vision?
I wasn’t inspired by anything specific. I just wanted the feel to be romantic and I thought the pale pinks and soft colors would give off that vibe.
Bride to Bride
What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
My advice to other brides is to try to stay calm! Things are going to happen during the planning. Our church music director quit days before the wedding, then our honeymoon had to be canceled 10 days before because of a hurricane. We then had to book a new trip even though we couldn’t get refunded for the original one for 10 days…and lots of other little things along the way. Just stay calm and everything will work out!
Any must haves, must dos, or can’t live withouts? Anything you would do differently?
My major must haves – 1.) GET A VIDEOGRAPHER! We got back from our honeymoon and our DVD was ready, so we had our parents over to watch it. We got over two hours of coverage and it was so amazing and fun to relive it! Truthfully, the day goes by so quickly, and there are things that you miss. So it was so much fun to watch it all again! Of course, you will have your pictures to look back on but with a video, we can hear ourselves exchange our vows years from now. 2.) GET INSURANCE FOR YOUR HONEYMOON! It costs a little extra but it is so worth it. We did, thankfully. Because of the hurricane that hit Cabo, we would have lost our entire trip had we not purchased the insurance. Our travel agent helped us find a new destination and we were able to get all of our money back! There isn’t one thing I would change about our wedding. I can honestly say everything was exactly what I’ve always dreamed of.
Bride’s Dress: Bridal Beginning | Bride’s Accessories: Belt: MillieIcaro; Earrings & Bracelet: Kate Spade | Bride’s Shoes: Rampage | Bridesmaids’ Makeup: Mac at South Hills Village | Cake: Signature Desserts | Caterer: The Fluted Mushroom | Ceremony Location: St. Elizabeth of Hungary | DJ: Tom Weber of 3-D Sound Productions | Flowers: Posy Flower Design | Hair: A Peace of Eden | Linens and Uplighting: Provided by the Circuit Center | Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse | Photo Booth: Photographs by Danelle | Photography: TimeSmart Images | Reception Venue: Circuit Center | Stationery: Jack + Bean | Transportation: Quality Limousine | Videographer: DeAngelis Video Creation