Joe & Kelli O'Brien
We sort of knew each other through friends in college, and after we graduated, we were at the same party, and we hit it off, but we lived a few hours away from each other, and the timing just wasn't right. We would occasionally see each other at parties after that, and after some time I realized I was completely falling for him.
When I knew he would be in town for a friend's Christmas party and I was literally counting down the days until I would see him
We were at an orchard apple picking! It was a gorgeous day and just a private moment between the two of us. He knows me well enough to know that I wouldn't have wanted an audience.
I'm not a big fan of the super traditional wedding dresses, so I was looking on Etsy for more bohemian styles. I came across Wear Your Love and was completely in love with every style of dress you make!
I'm very methodical about my purchases (to a fault) and spent hours upon hours doing research! (Not a very free-spirited answer, I know.) There were a few other dresses I liked, but I just kept coming back to the Madelyn 2.0. I stalked your entire Instagram account to find more real brides wearing the dress, and I even reached out to 2 of them! They were so kind and helpful -- one even shared more photos and a trailer of her wedding video with me! They both assured me that they were also nervous to buy a dress online, but said they absolutely LOVED wearing it on their wedding day.
Pure joy and excitement! It felt so soft and luxurious, and the lace detail was so intricate and beautiful. Of course, I was nervous it might not fit, but it was absolutely perfect! No alterations needed, which is pretty extraordinary for a wedding dress.
It was a combination of rustic and boho, with some classic elements.
Steppingstone Farm Museum http://www.steppingstonemuseum.org in Havre de Grace, Maryland. We chose it because: 1) It was a beautiful outdoor venue, but also a blank slate, so we could transform it to be whatever we wanted. It's so versatile; the various weddings they've had there tend to be very different from each other! 2) It was also a good halfway point for our families. Most of my family is in Virginia, and his is in Pennsylvania.
Aisle: -Groom & groomsmen: T.I. - Bring Em Out -Parents & grandparents: Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross - Endless Love -Bridesmaids: Israel Kamakawiwoʻole - Over the Rainbow -Bride: Twenty One Pilots - Can’t Help Falling in Love Recessional: The Beatles - All You Need is Love First Dance: Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat - Lucky
It's hard to pick just one, but if I have to, then it would probably be reading our vows to each other. I'm usually pretty terrified of public speaking, but reading my vows was different since they really came straight from my heart. I was overcome with happiness and proud to be standing there in that moment with the person who was minutes away from becoming my husband.
Photographer: Kyle Willis
Caterer: Sunny Day Cafe @SunnyDayCafe Mobile Bar: Get Hitched Mobile Bar @gethitchedmobilebar This is actually our business! My husband, his family and I built this ourselves for the wedding and are now renting it out for other weddings and private events. Cake & Day-of Coordination: Lena Kang, a very talented friend of the family Farm tables: Freedom Farm Tables @freedomtables Flowers: purchased from @fiftyflowers & @bloominous; arranged by me! Bridesmaids dresses: Show Me Your Mumu @showmeyourmumu Hair: My sister & Maid of Honor! Kristi Lyman IG: @kristi.lyman; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/k.limey Make-up: myself Planning & design: myself, with help from my mother-in-law Jeanette Beauchamp Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeanette.beauchamp.77, and we put the entire bridal party and all immediate family to work setting up that morning. We are very grateful for all of them!
Stay true to yourself. Everyone has their own idea of what a wedding should look like, and while you can definitely be open-minded and consider other ideas, that day should really be about you and your future partner. If you try to individually cater to every single guest (or potential guest) at your wedding, you will drive yourself crazy! It's not possible, because people don't all think the same way or want the same thing.
5 out of 5 stars
Congratulations Joe & Kelli!
So happy and excited for the shared life you’ve got ahead. Congratulations and best wedding wishes!
There wasn't exactly a 'moment' but eventually, I realized that I didn't want to experience life without him in it. We are an amazing team and always make it a point to make our life FUN. He is the most kind hearted, caring, hardworking and hilarious person I've ever known and I'm so grateful to have him in my life!
When did you know you had found your perfect dress?
I never really did the traditional bridal shop experience - I just knew this was the dress and the kind of company I wanted to work with.
I was excited but so nervous to put it on. Chris took my measurements for me and we sent them in. I was scared that it wouldn't fit so I actually waited a day or so to put it on. (Silly I know) But I put it on and OH MY GOSH! It fit PERFECTLY! The length of the skirt and the sleeves, the loose fabric but still tight enough to hug my curves. It was a dream! Aside from my wedding, I wore it a year later for bridals, and just did a sexy anniversary photoshoot wearing the top! It has been better than I could have expected.