You’re in for a treat today! Today we have a fabulous submission from Dana of Dana Grant Photography. Dana Grant Photography is one of our preferred vendors and sponsors of GSS! So please join us in giving Dana a great BIG warm welcome to GSS!!! Dana Grant Photography is based out of California.
Jaymi and Andy were married in Simi Valley, California at Tuscan Villa Estate on December 11, 2010 (how FUN- 12.11.10!). Jaymi was a complete DIY bride and did an AH-MAZING job!!! Kudos to you, Jaymi! You are so super talented! Jaymi was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:
How did you and Andy meet? Andy and I met online…which we are both still so shocked about. I never would have met him because we definitely ran in different circles, but one day I posted an ad on Craigslist (YES, craigslist!!!!) and didn’t even put a picture. I received about 1,000 emails (that’s no exaggeration) and whittled it down to 2 dates, one of which was Andy!!!
How long have you been together? We have been together now for nearly 6 years.
How did Andy propose? While on a long business trip to New York, I was feeling upset that my plane was delayed by two hours. and I was desperately missing my darling boyfriend, Andy. I arrived at the airport and was expecting my assistant to be picking me up…lo and behold, I caught sight of the pretty red mustang that signified that Andy was picking me up instead. He sensed that I was starving (the plane had run out of food!) and whisked me off to one of my favorite restaurants. While at dinner, he said that we were going to go home for a quiet night of snuggling and movies. That sounded perfect after the week I had!
When we got to our house, he opened the door and to my utter surprise, there were about 200 candles lit and a pathway from our front door of rose petals. The pathway led to a little “stage”, with a huge vase of gorgeous long stem roses… There he told me all of the things he loves about me and about us together. He got down on his knee and said my full name when asking me to be his wife…to which I screamed YES about 40 times. I hadn’t even looked at the ring yet because I was so focused on him, but when I did…I nearly woke up the neighborhood! Finally, after many minutes of kissing and hugging, I started thinking…”how did he DO this???” I asked him precisely that, to which he responded “I have one more surprise” and walked over and turned on the light to our adjoining dining room, where my 3 dearest friends jumped out!!! I screamed again!!! I never get to see these girls because our lives have all become so busy. It was a dream come true to have them there to witness one of the most amazing moments of my life. They brought out the champagne and treats they had prepared for the night and we all sat around talking about how wonderful and exciting the night was. Best of all, I have 3 different videos of the proposal!!! That is an absolutely priceless memory to have on video!!! It was the perfect proposal and showed me just how well Andy knows me and knows what I would want.
What sold you on your wedding venue? It was a beautiful home…and I could make it anything I wanted. They were open to any idea and put no rules and regulations on who did the catering, where the ceremony was or what time the wedding had to end. I loved that we got to stay there for five days with our wedding party and we held the rehearsal dinner in the same gazebo where our cocktails were held on the night of the wedding. I considered it a Home Destination wedding…which was exactly what we were looking for.
Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? Oh, I LOVE my dress. It’s “Billie” from Sottero & Midgeley, I got it at a little Bridal shop near my home called Karoza in Glendale. It was the first dress I tried on!!! When my Mom, Matron of Honor, future Mom in law all saw me in it…they all knew it was the one, too. But, just to be sure, I tried on 28 more dresses over the next two months and always came back to that dress. I absolutely felt like I had never put on a garment that fit me so well!! I loved my dress so much that I even decided to have a Wedding themed birthday party about 2 months after our wedding just so I could wear it again!!! It was a great idea because I got to really enjoy it again before I had it cleaned!
What song did you dance to for your first dance? Andy and I share a love of dancing, so for our first dance, we choreographed a foxtrot that had a surprise in the middle… he rips off my long skirt to reveal a sexy little number underneath…and we did a salsa dance. We cut together our own song of “Lucky” by Jason Mraz for the foxtrot and then “Butterfly” by Jason Mraz for the salsa dance, using my basic programs on my Mac.
What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? My something old was a handkerchief that was my grandmothers from the 40’s, something new was the dress, something borrowed was the bracelet I wore which I borrowed from my future step-mom-in-law, something blue was my adorable underwear that said “I do.”
How did you choose your wedding color palette? I wanted to choose something that was classic and wouldn’t go out of style. Black and White is timeless and it really worked with the theme of Hollywood Modern Romance that I was going for. Then, Andy and I have a true love for all things red…so I added the little pop of red to suit us both…and to add a touch of romance.
Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process? Don’t labor over every little detail. Focus on the big important tasks and then realize that no matter what, some things won’t be perfect, and that is ok. Being a bridezilla just isn’t cute and it’s really not necessary… remember that all the people helping you and supporting you are there because they love you so much but they still have lives of their own to deal with. After the wedding, you will look back and realize that the most important moments were the shared moments leading up to the day with your best friends, family and most of all… fiance.
What was your favorite part of your big day? After we did our first dance, Andy surprised me by serenading me with our song “Calling You” by Blue October. He had his little sister learn it on the guitar and absolutely stunned me by SURPRISING me… I couldn’t believe he pulled something like that off without me knowing about it. It was one of the most romantic moments of my life.
Cake: Dorie Kinney, The most amazing cake I have ever tasted…REALLY. She only does a certain amount a year! 818-240-8454
Floral: Belle of the Ball, 818.415.5541 & 805.660.2947
Linens: I made them myself!! 😀
Catering: Command Performance Catering, I worked with Annette and she was darling.
DJ/Band: Spencer Sutherland
Videographer: I had a friend do the main one and hired a guy off of craiglist to do a super 8 vintage video! Here is a short reel of the super 8 footage, I LOVE it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNvZFR07jrY
Invitations/Wedding Stationery: I designed them, but I had them expertly printed and collaborated with Teresa at Occasion to Celebrate
Event Planner: Myself! I hand made all of the details… the feather boutonnieres, the bridesmaid dresses, my second dance dress, the graphic details/signs, the lace linens, the broadway musical table numbers, etc.
Thank you so much, Dana, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by her website and show her some love! And thank you, Jaymi, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you and Andy a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!
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