I can’t speak for all, but I can speak for myself and a few other planners I’ve met along the way that it seems at times the wedding industry has taken a turn for the worst. Sometimes I wonder where it all got lost in the shuffle and where we confused a symbol and celebration of true love and lifelong commitment with money and status. Now don’t get me wrong I am ALL for all the pretty things when it comes to getting married, but only if the root of the day comes down to the couple and the whole reason they are celebrating, to honor their lifelong commitment, devotion and love to each other for eternity and beyond.
All of these qualities truly encapsulated Ainslee and Eric’s relationship. When I first met this couple in the winter of 2017, instantly I knew we would click. Finding out Eric grew up just one town over from me as a child only made it that more reassuring that these clients were going to be the greatest. Ainslee and I both shared a love for blue (she had me at velvet) and brought that throughout their wedding design with just a touch of blush. Throughout the entire planning process from the beginning, where we created their wedding day design boards to the very end and final details and execution the 3 of us established such a bond. It’s a bittersweet day when the wedding is over and everything is cleaned up. Not just because all the pretty velvet had been packed away but also because it felt like you were “breaking up” with your clients. Although we may not be working together anymore to create their wedding day, I get to watch them have the happiest marriage as a friend and know I had just a small part in that day makes my heart smile.
Getting this wedding gallery back from the Lovely Laura rose, made me re-live this day all over. My heart was filled with so much joy getting to see the true and genuine love between Eric and Ainslee in these photos! It was truly a blessing to have been by their sides through the entire process from the engagement ring to the wedding band. I’m so excited to share these photos with you all because I know you’ll feel the same way!
Happy (almost) 2 months of marriage for the Barnum’s, enjoy!