David & Hannah
We went to college together! There was one night where our college put on a stargazing event. We both went and met through mutual friends. After that night, we began talking more and more frequently, studying together, having meals together, we established a really solid friendship before we started dating. We dated for a little over a year before we got engaged. Our dating relationship was really hectic, we finished out college, went to Europe for three months after graduation, he moved to Kauai while I stayed in California for about three months after our trip to Europe. I finally made the move to Kauai at the end of 2018 and he proposed a month later.
There was a day in spring 2018 where David picked me up from my dorm with a bouquet of daisies, took me to a picnic he had set up, and told me that he loved me! It was the dreamiest date ever and without a doubt, I told him he had my heart.
David had two brothers who lived on Kauai with their wives, I lived with one of his brother/sisters-in-law and the other was about to move back to California. The sister-in-law that was about to move was a photographer and I had asked her to do some couple photos before she left, David had acted like he didn't want to do the photos so the last thing I thought he was going to do was propose. At the very end of the photoshoot, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. It was beautiful, lightly raining, with a beautiful canyon in the background.
I was getting married in California where I grew up but was planning the wedding from Kauai. Kauai doesn't have many options for wedding dresses, so I either had the option of flying to Oahu to shop or order something online. My sister-in-law, who I was living with at the time, told me she bought her dress off Etsy. So, I decided to look on Etsy. I came across Wear Your Love's Etsy account and followed them on Instagram.
Wear Your Love posted a picture of the Tabitha dress and it was exactly what I wanted--a dress that was simple but had a beautiful detailing in the lace, with a perfect sized train, and a low back. It was more than perfect.
I was so nervous. I had no idea how it was going to fit or if it was going to look as good as it did on the model. I had a lot of comfort in knowing I could return it if I didn't like it--but I ended up loving it.
I wanted to go as simple as possible with my wedding, especially since my venue was this beautiful garden that spoke for itself. My colors were white and greenery with a dusty rose accent. My perfect wedding.
My venue was called The Gardens at Sutter Creek. Lynn is the owner and she was so easy to work with. I ended up going with this venue for two reasons. First, I loved how beautiful and green it was, it felt like we were in an enchanted garden, we said our vows in front of a beautiful waterfall. Secondly, I loved the freedom I had with the venue, they allowed food trucks and allowed me to be as creative as I wanted. I ran into a lot of issues with venues requiring so many things like only being able to use certain caterers or being required to rent out space that we didn't need, things that would have caused us to spend unnecessary money.
I walked down to the song" La Vie En Rose by Daniela Andrade" it was so dreamy and fit the atmosphere so perfectly. We danced to "Come Away With Me by Norah Jones" because that was the first song we ever danced to together, which took place in Tennessee on one of our close friend's property by a bonfire under the starry sky. As for the rest of the playlists we had a lot of James Bay, John Mayer, and the occasional old love songs (Frank Sinatra, etc).
There were two favorite moments. The first was during our first look. We did traditional vows during our ceremony, but during our first look, we wrote vows to one another and did them privately. It was so special and if I could relive that moment a million more times, I would. The second was the reception. Celebrating our marriage with all our friends and family was a little taste of Heaven! We were overjoyed with just becoming husband and wife, but it made it 10x more wonderful having all our favorite people with us, saying hi, dancing, etc.
Photographers: Morales Creative @_livwebb Hair and Make-up: Brittany Sabio @beautybybrittsabio Videographer: Bekah Wilkinson @freckledgrace Caterer: Chandos Tacos @chandostacos Florist: Katie Brown @perkyposies
Don't let it stress you out! You think planning is so stressful, but once it's your wedding day, the only thing you care about is successfully getting down the aisle and celebrating! And if something does go wrong, most of the time the guests are going with the flow because they're attending in order to support you guys!
5 out of 5 stars
Congratulations David & Hannah!
May the years ahead be filled with lasting joy for you two.
Hannah is wearing the Tabitha dress, white lace, Ivory lining, and a full 20-inch train.
How did you come across Wear Your Love?
Pinterest! Years before Dylan and I were even engaged. I had pinned the Ellora dress and it had stolen my heart from the beginning. After getting engaged I spent months trying on gowns, enduring the uncomfortable moments of trying on dresses that everyone else wanted me to try on. I just couldn’t shake the Ellora from my mind, and I knew I had to have it.
When did you know that this person had stolen your heart?
The very first time we spoke. I can honestly say I knew I would marry him from the moment I met him. His soul spoke to mine.
Tell us about the proposal ...
Both of us could tell this was a once in a lifetime love. But I knew Ben would put too much pressure on the perfection of something like a proposal. So after a quick check with his friends and family, and most importantly with my girls, I decided to propose to him! I got a special t-shirt made, and wrote my proposal on a softball. Just before the start of his Friday night game Ben's brother and the umpire helped get Ben over to home plate so we could scoot out to the pitcher's mound and pitch him the ball. I am an incredibly shy person for speaking in front of crowds, so I was really nervous... but it was (almost) perfect, and he said yes! I had gotten his whole family there, including a few that never attend his games, so I am pretty sure he knew something was up. I do know he was still surprised though, not a lot of guys get their own special proposal!