Maryland couple Angelique and Taylor describe their wedding day that took place on their 11th anniversary.
First off, congrats! What is your most memorable moment from the wedding?
Taylor’s grandfather performed the ceremony and started without me! It was perfectly imperfect! It got everyone to laugh and was so us.
What were the colors of your wedding?
Burgundy and Gray. The bridesmaids’ dresses were a gradual change to burgundy. There were also pops of yellow!
What do you think worked really well at your wedding that you would recommend every couple to do?
I would say there were two things. The first is that we did not have favors. I was stressing about those but we did a thank you card at each place setting instead. It saved money and no one noticed or commented that we did not have favors! I used the money we saved there to go towards a videographer. Hiring a videographer was the best decision I made for the wedding. The day goes by so fast and I now have something I can go back a watch to relive that day over and over again.
Would you have done anything differently—splurge on a pricier dress, nix the favors, go for that extra passed appetizer?
I don’t think we would have done anything differently, everything fell into place and all my vendors were amazing. We probably would have tried harder to hit every table to say hello and get pictures but other than that no everything was amazing.
What tips do you have for other Joy couples still in the midst of wedding planning?
It is easier said than done, but do not stress about the small details! The only person that will know about those is you. I stressed about small things and then decided not to do them and no one noticed. My other advice is that this wedding is for you and your soon-to-be spouse. Do not stress about making other people happy or worry about impressing anyone. You should enjoy your wedding and it should represent both of you. Family and friends are there because they love you and know you! We even had pizza as a food option because we love pizza, it wasn’t traditional, but who cares! Just be you!
What were your favorite features of Joy?
I loved that everything was in one place for our guests. We had a lot of out of town people and it helped to have the links for the hotel, airport, and registries right there for them.
At Joy we believe that although a wedding lasts one day, joy lasts forever. What does that mean to you and your partner?
We both believe in living in the moment. Truly stopping and taking things in to remember that feeling. Memories fade but feelings are remembered. Joy to us is family. We both said that we are looking forward to having everyone in one place. With friends and family everywhere it was nice to just be in the moment with all of them. We also spent the majority of our relationship long-distance, so being able to be in the moment and together is what I will remember the most. We can look back on our day and say that it was truly perfect because we had everyone around.
We were high school sweethearts and now are finally living in the same zip code! Our wedding took place on our 11th anniversary. We spent six of our eleven years long distance, it was hard but we would not change it for the world. Our wedding allowed everyone from all the stages of our lives to be in one place. It was truly the purest form of happiness that I have ever felt. We cannot wait to continue our journey!
Wedding Venue: Pond View Farm
Not only is the venue beautiful but the team they have is amazing. I can say nothing but great things about Nick. He was so responsive and helped make the day of run as smoothly as possible. The food was amazing and the staff was so attentive. We could not imagine our big day anywhere else especially since they allowed our dog Apollo to be apart of everything.
Photographer: Dae Jeong
Dae is fantastic! He is so responsive and was up for anything! I reached out to Dae because my original photographer was unable to shoot the wedding. He got right back to me and I could not be happier with the photos. The are beautiful! He is so fun to work with and I would recommend him to anyone!
Videographer: Shawn Wehland
I can’t say enough great things about Shawn! Truly an amazing person and vendor to work with. He is so responsive and easy to get along with. I can’t recommend him enough!! Him and his wife are a great team and are up for anything! They listen to ideas and are fun to be around. I could not be happier with my choice!
Terri is amazing! She made my vision come to life. She is easy to work with and so responsive. She made all the bouquets, the pins for the guys, wristlets for the moms and centerpieces. I can not recommend her enough!
Caterer: Pond View Farm
Pond View is amazing! They worked with me and answered all my questions! They allowed me to have pizza as a dinner option!
Baker: Jennifer Martin
Jennifer is amazing! We have been friends for years and was amazing at making my vision come to life. She made a marble cake for the first time and was delicious! Her cupcakes were so good!!
Bartender: Annette Abridge
Annette is amazing! I truly could not have asked for a better bartender. Her and her son ran the bar like bosses. Our guests can drink and they kept them happy even if there was a wait. They have great personalities and I heard nothing but great things from our guests about them!
DJ: Billy Kavalos
Billy was great! He brought lights and meet with us multiple times to help out with a timeline. Also, what other DJ will help carry the Ring Barrier to the aisle when he lost his way..haha Can’t say enough great things about him!
Hair & Makeup: Image Is..Salon
The Hair and Make up team was amazing! From the first meeting to the trail to the day of! Re did my hair if I wasn’t loving it and listened to everything I said. I don’t usually wear make up and the air brush was so light and Kait did an amazing job at making me look natural. Highly recommend.
Simones’ was amazing. They were very accommodating, I could only come up on the weekends for dress fittings and even though the seamstress did not work on the weekends. The consultants cried with my family when I found my dress! Overall an amazing experience with them!
Thoroughbred was very responsive, affordable and amazing to work with. They extended wait times and shuttled multiply times. I would recommend them to anyone!