Monday, August 1, 2011

anna + andre

I'm so excited to get to share this real "lovebird" wedding with you! I met Anna and Andre through my community group at Reality LA and it has been such a blessing to see both their love for each other and love for God grow. 

They got married on a beautiful summer day at Hartley Botanica, a beautiful garden venue located in Simi Valley.  Her inspiration for the bird theme came from Matthew 10:29 --

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father."

With the wedding being in a garden she knew she wanted to incorporate that verse and her love for birds.  Most of her inspiration came from Etsy (an excellent resource), nature, and her husband's New Zealand heritage.  For example, the candy in the favor bags were from New Zealand.

I loved the hanging flowers in mason jars during the ceremony, such a beautiful backdrop for their wedding.  Here are some pictures from their wedding!

Favorite moment of the day: Our first kiss ever!

Any planning advice for future brides? Don't be afraid to ask friends for help (one friend sang, another did my makeup, and another made the invites and seating chart).  Also, don't be super picky about little details - it will keep things more relaxed.

I hear it again and again, that it's not so much about the wedding as it is about the marriage.  Keep that in mind when things start to feel a little (or really) stressful or hectic.  The wedding is a celebration of your marriage, so let it be a memory that you can look back on with joy -- as a time spent growing in your relationship with your fiance.