Jordan + Lauren | Louland Falls Wedding

October 26, 2015  •  Leave a Comment


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Lauren, what was your biggest fear and how did it play out?

 Rain.  I feared it would rain and ruin all of our plans.  And it did rain that day, almost all day.  It cleared up before the ceremony and allowed us to have our ceremony outside as planned.  In the middle of the ceremony, I can remember the exact words our officiant was saying as I felt the sun break through the clouds and shine on us.  Little did I know that it caused a rainbow to form over our ceremony.  At the end of it, in all of our overwhelming joy - our photographer took our photo & then told us to look behind us and that's when we saw the rainbow.  Unbelievable!  It truly felt like a gift from our loved ones above.
The rain did come back afterwards and so a lot of people ended up eating under umbrellas or inside.  It did change our plans but it then forced everyone to get together inside, party & dance!  The rain created quite a memorable affair for us all!  After all that worrying, I am grateful that it rained!
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How did you meet?
We met at The Gorge Amphitheater in Washington state.  We had both traveled there to see Dave Matthews Band (our favorite band).  We met the first night there but we barely spoke and didn't exchange info.  A week later we met again while tailgating for another Dave Matthews Band concert in San Diego, CA (where I lived at the time).  We were both in the pit for the show and stood literally feet away both dancing the whole time on our own, to shy to make any moves but stealing glances at one another.  We at least managed to say more than a few words to one another this time & got enough info to connect again later.  It wasn't long after that for our long-distance romance to begin!
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How did he propose?
We went back to The Gorge for another weekend of DMB a year after meeting there.  The views at the amphitheater are amazing so we were getting our photos taken together when he turned to me and told me how much he loved me. Then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!
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What was your favorite part of the day?

I have so many wonderful memories from our day but I'd have to say our first look was my favorite part.  We did our first look before the ceremony.  I was a ball of stress and worry prior to it.  Once I saw him & vice-versa, my worries melted away.  In that moment, it felt like it was just us (never mind that there were 2 photographers there).  It was the best being able to see his gigantic smile and kiss and hug and have a few quiet moments together before the whirlwind ceremony & reception!
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Is there anything you would do different or do you have advise for someone planning a wedding?  

Hm, I'm not sure if I would do anything differently.  I think it's important to remember that throughout the planning that the wedding is not "all about you."  We thought of our wedding as a celebration of us but also of all those who have loved and supported us throughout our lives. So, we really wanted it to be as much of a day for them as it was for us. For all they've given us over the years, it was very important to give our loved ones the most wonderful & memorable evening that we could give.

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Venue: Louland Falls

Catering: Cosmopolitan Catering

Floral: Brown Floral

Cake: Granite Bakery

Live Music: The Joe Muscolino Band

Wedding Gown:  Fantasy Bridal

Hair and Makeup: Heather Donahue at Lunatic Fringe

Bride's Shoes: ModCloth

Photographers: Brian Smyer and Jason Simpson







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