In our junior year of high school, after a night out with the girls, we went over to Denny’s for a late-night snack. We wound up talking to 3 guys at the booth behind us, who I later learned were Jamie and his friends. They invited us to meet them at a rave party the next night which ironically, we were already planning on going to! My friends and I met up with the guys at the rave and it was there that I met my husband! After 9 years of dating, in October of 2016, he took me on a beautiful cruise to Mexico and planned the surprise of a lifetime… as the ship set sail at sunset, he got down on one knee and popped the question! He had a photographer hiding in the background to catch this perfect moment that we will look back on forever! I said YES!!
My husband and I grew up in South Florida and currently live in Las Vegas. We decided to get married in Florida as it was the most personal and significant destination to represent us as a couple. Our wedding inspiration was “modern romantic” and the wedding venue we chose, the Addison, was just that… romantic and simply breathtaking. Large, beautiful, banyan trees surrounded the courtyard area where our ceremony and cocktail hour took place and also where our guests had the luxury to mingle and dance during the reception. The atmosphere totally symbolized the intimacy we share as a couple and we wanted our wedding to have the same feel. The colors we chose were black and white with a touch of silver. We had a Jewish wedding and were married by a Rabbi under a breathtaking, rose covered Chuppah. For the fact that neither of us is religious by nature, we wanted a more spiritual twist on the ceremony to make it more personal to us.
I felt that our wedding was personalized in every way possible. We found an amazing calligrapher and had her write out everything for our wedding to match. We had her do the calligraphy on our invitations, coasters, lighting logo for the dance floor, menus, logo for our photo booth, and all the mirror signs we had at our wedding! I even had her do the weekend schedules, bags, and water bottles for the out of state guests! I had black flip flops for all the ladies to change into with our hashtag, #kamjam2018 printed on them in white, black suede yarmulkes with our same hashtag embossed in silver on the inside, and the blue lighting was to go with my husbands company. I had a garter made also in blue, with a charm of his company logo on it for the ultimate surprise during the garter removal! It was EPIC!
For as long as I could remember, I had always wanted a strapless, sweetheart neckline lace dress. I had pictures saved on Pinterest of the dress I envisioned before I even got engaged! 🙂 I was very fortunate to have gone to only one store in South Florida, the day after our engagement party with my mom and some of my bridesmaids. Although I tried on about 20 different dresses, when I tried on my Marina Liana dress, it was 100% THE ONE!! It was just so perfect with an extra long train, pearls down the back, and so much detail… 7 layers of lace to be exact! I chose an ivory, rolled edge, cathedral length circle veil with a blusher and I had a handmade pearl and crystal hair pin underneath. I chose Jimmy Choo pumps with pearls and crystals for the ceremony and then changed into my Adidas Yeezy Boost’s for the reception. I wore a double row pearl bracelet and diamond drop earrings that were my moms, my something old. Jamie was in an all black Calvin Klein tuxedo with a white traditional point collar shirt with a plain front. He had on black patent leather Calvin Klein shoes to match. The bridesmaids all wore Hayley Paige black chiffon floor length dresses. Each had their own choice of a top that was most flattering on them, with the same bottom. The flower girls’ dresses were custom made. The top of their ivory dresses were matching lace to my dress and the bottoms were chiffon, matching my bridesmaids. The groomsmen all rented black peak lapel tuxedos with patent leather shoes from The Black Tux. The ring bearer rented a black tuxedo, matching the men, from Men’s Warehouse. Last but not least, our English Bulldog, Piper, was in on the action too! She wore a white dress with a lace top and a tulle poofy bottom, made by Woofs and Ruffles on Etsy. She was so cute strutting her stuff down the aisle!!
The most special moment of the day was our first look at one another. It was definitely emotional but absolutely, without a doubt, the greatest emotions I’d ever felt!! Right before I left the bridal suite to meet my fiancé for the last time, I was literally shaking from head to toe. I just could not wait any longer!! As soon as I saw him, all of my bottled up nerves had instantly disappeared and I just knew that it was going to be the best day ever! It was at that point when I realized that all of my planning, down to every last detail, was set in place and I was finally going to see my visions and dreams become reality. It was so clearly obvious to me why I was marrying this amazing man. The way I felt was incomparable to any feelings I had ever felt before. He is definitely the yin to my yang!
The advice that I would like to share is, through all the planning, remember what is important and why this day is happening. It is extremely stressful to say the least, as every bride wants everything to be perfect, but as important as all the little details are, unexpected things are bound to happen beyond your control. Nobody else will notice, so just go with the flow! No matter what, if you are in love and you’re surrounded by all the people you love and who love you, nothing else will matter.
My husband and I took an 18 day honeymoon immediately following our wedding. We traveled to all the large islands in Hawaii! It was 100% magical! We started out in Kauai, where we went on a door-less helicopter tour of Waimea Canyon and the coast. In Honolulu, we went horseback riding on the beach and ate our way through the island, trying some of the most famous and delicious restaurants in all of Hawaii. It was amazing! We drove on the Road to Hana, went to an awesome luau and enjoyed a romantic dinner with a cotton candy sunset at Mama’s Fish House. We can’t wait to go back!
Best Part Of The Planning Process
It’s very hard to pick a favorite part of the wedding planning process because I loved planning every last detail!! I would probably have to say that the cake tasting with my fiancé was my favorite part. I was eating healthy and working out really hard throughout the entire planning process so getting to taste all the different kinds of cakes was extremely exciting for me, as you could imagine! All of the different flavors were so delicious that I ended up serving a surprise groomsmen cake at the rehearsal dinner the night before our wedding!! The cake was a replica of all the groom’s favorite things displayed on the coffee table in his man cave. It came out absolutely perfect…banana cake with Oreo mousse filling, which Jamie described as the best thing he had ever tasted. For the wedding cake, we chose a vanilla cake with Oreo mousse filling, which I personally thought was incredible and have dreamed of eating it every day since! Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait until our 1st Anniversary and just #enjoythejourney till then!