Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!! You’re all in for a treat today!!! Man, our submissions just keep getting better and better!!! Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Amber Strickler of Zasey Photography, a Houston, Texas based photographer. Amber has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.
Jeanne and Chris were married on April 15, 2012 at Sugarman Estate in MAUI, HAWAII!! Wow, what an location! Jeanne was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:
Note from Jeanne about her beautiful brooch bouquet (Seen above): I made my brooch bouquet from scratch. I took me about six months and is a mixture of brooches that have been in my family for a long time as well as new ones. I wrapped stem in silk ribbon topped with a pearl strand and two diamond letters “J” for Jeanne and “C” for Chris. I love this bouquet because I will have it forever because it will never die.
How did you and Chris meet? We met in a small town named Danbury, Texas. I was visiting my sister (she married a man from Danbury also) and Chris was good friends with him. Chris is also from Danbury. Anyways, we were just hanging out and riding four-wheelers playing in the mud. We’ve been together ever since.
How long have you been together? 5 years
How did your husband propose? I came home after a long 12 hour shift at the hospital (I am a nurse), and he surprised me when I got home. It was totally unexpected.
Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? It is a Paloma Blanca dress I purchased at a store in River Oaks called Mia Bridal Couture. I LOVE my dress. I knew it was the one because I didn’t want to take it off.
What persuaded you to have a destination wedding? Chris did not want a huge wedding here at home. Next best thing…..Hawaii!!!!
What sold you on your wedding venue? My wedding coordinator, Tori Rogers, gave me so many options. Sugarman Estate aka Honua Kai Lani was the one we chose and immediately we could tell there was something different about this location. It was very private and basically was a blank canvas for us to plan our perfect wedding.
What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? I had family brooches in my bouquet that I made as well as new ones. I borrowed a handkerchief from my mom because I knew I was going to cry when I was about to walk aisle and my garter was blue. (I didn’t really put much thought into this tradition.)
What song did you dance to for your first dance? We love Texas country and one of our favorite songs is by Wade Bowen called “Who I am” the acoustic version.
How did you choose your wedding color palette? I originally had chosen pastel colors, but everything was looking so monotone and we were having a sunset wedding outside in Hawaii so we decided that a brighter color was needed. Tangerine is the color of the year it seems.
Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process? Having a wedding coordinator is key. Especially a destination wedding- It is already stressful enough and a good one is essential. I don’t think my wedding would have turned out as great without mine.
What was your favorite part of your big day? Everything. Not a single thing went wrong. If I had to pick one thing, it would be our private Polynesian Revue. It really ended things perfectly for the night.
Dress: Paloma Blanca
Cake: Maui wedding cakes
Linens: Pacific Event Group
Catering: Aloha Events Catering
DJ/Band: We had a Hawaiian trio
Ceremony Music: Maui Harps
Videographer: Surefire Production
Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Memories of Today
Event Planner: Hawaii Weddings by Tori Rogers
Thank you so much, Amber, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by her website and her blog and show her some love! And thank you, Jeanne, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you and Chris a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!
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