Vincent and Amanda were high school sweetheart and they always dreamed of a magical wedding in a beautiful castle. From Amanda “Eleven long years later our fairytale dreams finally came true”.
I always dreamed of a magical, fairytale wedding in a castle – like something out of a Disney movie. Oheka castle was the first venue we visited and we knew it was perfect. Our color palette was ivory, blush, and navy blue.
I love branching flowers so cherry blossom branches were a big part of the decorations. I think the branches gave a magical feel to the castle. We also used a lot of ivory and pale pink flowers. I specifically asked for as little green as possible. The lack of green made the bouquets and centerpieces beautifully elegant and just looked so perfect in the castle.
I was given full reign to plan the wedding except for one aspect – my husband wanted to pick the band. The Nerds, a rock band who wears shorts and thick rimmed glasses, was not at all what anyone expected in our fairy tale venue, but they were even better than I could have ever imagined.
I’ve known since I was a kid I wanted a wedding dress that looked like Sleeping Beauty’s gown – corset top with off-the-shoulder sleeves and a big dramatic skirt. When I first saw my dress on the hanger, even before trying it on, I knew it was the one.
We met in high school. It was a snow day and we met up with mutual friends at a park to go sledding. We sat on my big, red toboggan and started talking and we just never stopped talking. He proposed on our 10 year dating anniversary. He took us to a lake in central park, which is where one of our first dates was. My sisters and cousins were secretly hidden in some bushes to take pictures. Apparently I never actually said yes after he proposed, I just yelled “SHUT UP” and kissed him! There were two failed proposal attempts before the actual proposal. A couple months earlier he had planned to surprise me during a photoshoot I had, but I wound up canceling because I was in the hospital for two days with noro virus. Then a few weeks later he planned on doing it on the mountain after a day of skiing, but I fell and broke my leg. He said I had one more chance before he just proposed in a hospital!
Our vows were really special. We wrote them ourselves and they were adorable. Also our first dance was magical. We practiced for weeks and it payed off!