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Real Wedding: Annie & Gabe

Classic Rustic Wedding

Real weddings are so inspiring! To get you in the mood to plan, we asked real brides to spill the details on everything from getting engaged to finding their wedding dresses to the special touches and surprising moments that made their celebrations completely one-of-a-kind. Today’s real wedding is full of romantic elements & rustic decor! From the homespun touches to the delicate lace to the delicious donut treats, Annie & Gabe’s classic rustic wedding has us swooning for days!

Briefly tell us how you and your fiancé met!

The first time we met was when we were 15, on the first day of driver’s ed during our sophomore year of high school. We were in the same friend group all throughout high school but didn’t start dating until our senior year when I asked Gabe on a date.

How did you know that he was the one?

One day we were taking a walk talking & laughing when it just hit me, I couldn’t picture my life without him.

bride and groom embracing

How did you both decide on your wedding day look?

Just like most do, I have had a Pinterest wedding board since I was 13 dreaming about the big day. I knew a lot of what I wanted.

Do you have any shopping advice for future brides?

Don’t be afraid to try different styles. You might have one dress in mind, but you know what will look & feel the best on.

bride in wedding dress

What was your favorite detail about your look?

I bought a hair crown, it was absolutely beautiful, I felt like a princess. I also loved how well my dress flattered my body.

How did you feel when you knew that you #foundtheone?

I was so excited. Every time I went back in for a fitting/alterations appointment, I grew more and more excited to wear the dress and fell in love with it even more.

Tell us about your wedding day!

We were sealed and married in the Ogden Utah Temple, it was a beautiful day, with so many smiles and so much happiness. After the ceremony, we drove to our luncheon and finished off the night with a beautiful reception. We served all sorts of doughnuts (they’re my absolute favorite)!

Was there a highlight or most memorable moment of the day?

This wasn’t on our wedding day, but instead a couple of weeks before. We had a first look for just the two of us. It was such a special moment when he saw me in my dress. I have never felt more beautiful. On our wedding day, we were able to be sealed and married in the temple and the moment we walked out of the temple, we had our families cheering us on. It was a time of pure joy.

Did anything funny or unexpected happen?

When Gabe went to throw the garter, ALL of the boys ran away from it!

Is there something you wish you had known before the big day/while you were planning the wedding?

Don’t stress over the small things! The day goes by so fast, you should try to enjoy things while they are happening. Relax and have fun!

Did you have to make any changes to your wedding plans because of Covid?

We chose to have a backyard wedding. The wide-open space allowed our friends & family to feel safe and take extra precautions if they desired to.

What was your favorite DIY or personal touch?

I created the layout of my cake. We had a TON of donuts on the bottom of the stand and the cake on top.

What did you do to stay stress-free on your wedding day?

I tried to remember the reason we were doing all of this. It wasn’t really about the food, or all the people there, or the pretty dress, it was about me & Gabe. All that mattered was that we were together!

What’s your best wedding planning advice?

Don’t waste money on things you can do yourself! You can do a lot of DIYs with your family & friends.

bride and groom walking hand in hand at classic rustic wedding

More Details:

Date: May 15th, 2021

Wedding Cake Flavor: Strawberry & Vanilla

Wedding Song: “Best Shot” by Jimmie Allen

Dress Style: Illusion Sleeve Plunging Ball Gown Wedding Dress

Photographer: Annie Eyring

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