If you haven't read the story of Rachel & Matt's engagement yet, you can find her first "With This Ring" post with all the sweet details and photos, here!
After the excitement of our engagement had settled, Matt and I began to discuss what we envisioned for our wedding celebration. It was simple for us to decide upon a relative time frame that would work best for us as a couple. On track to begin my Ph.D. immediately following my Masters, I made a general estimate as to where I would be in my education timeline in the coming years. We selected our year based upon that prediction, planning for a time that would not involve a thesis or dissertation of any sort. In addition, we knew in advance that we would be paying for the wedding ourselves, meaning that we also needed time to save enough funds.
With a starting point defined, we moved on to establishing a season, which in my mind, really initiated our wedding planning (yay!). My biggest fear in the whole process was that the day would stereotypically become ‘all about the bride’ and only represent what I wanted. I never understood why weddings have always been framed in that way. Isn’t a marriage a union of two people, after all? Shouldn’t the celebration of a couple then be what both the bride and groom want? I wanted to ensure that ours reflected Matt and I both as individuals, and as a couple. He is often just as interested in talking about our wedding as I am, allowing us to decide together what we want the day to entail.
Fortunately for our season discussion, we both vocalized that we wanted a winter event. We both love the colder temperatures and weather, as well as the idea of how stunning our pictures would be if it actually snowed on our wedding day! More specifically, we wanted to capture the feeling you experience when you just come in from the cold. The warmth, the coziness, the glow. To us, there is nothing better!
Ultimately, we decided that January of 2017 would be our best window. I suppose we can begin our countdown as two years (ish) to go!
Next on our agenda was settling on a wedding color. I’ll admit we waited a few weeks to continue our conversation (anyone who knows us personally can attest to our procrastination efforts). This time around, we did not agree on the first try. We each suggested colors that the other would not approve until it seemed we had exhausted the color wheel. Slightly frustrated, I began searching for winter weddings online to see if anything struck our fancy. Perhaps a different shade was all we needed to find something we both loved. Sure enough, I came across bridesmaid dresses in a lovely shade of emerald (Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year for all you design-lovers out there!). We both were convinced right then and there that emerald, with gold accents, would be our theme! Interestingly enough, weeks later we realized the significance of these tones; green and gold were the class colors of our high school where we met for the first time. It doesn’t get more meaningful than that!
Once we were in agreement, I browsed Pinterest for inspiration. Below is the concept board that I put together of our vision. I absolutely cannot wait to share some of our more developed ideas with you all!