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!
Explain to us how you found Wear Your Love?
I'm a wedding photographer and actually shot a wedding where the bride had the Zoey dress. I remember as soon as I saw her in it, that was my dress. I wasn't even engaged at the time haha. But I just knew that was the one I would want.
My husband and I decided to meet my parents in Panama and explore the country together. On the third day, we decided to do a coffee tour in a beautiful town called Boquete. We learned how the coffee was processed from the bean to coffee grounds. At the end of the tour, we had the chance to make and drink our own coffee. After several shots of espresso, we decided to go up a hill and take a picture with the mountains behinds us. Before I knew it, he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Second best day of my life apart from my wedding day!!
I can't remember how I first discovered Wear Your Love. I fell into a few Pinterest and Instagram rabbit holes while wedding planning. Once I discovered Wear Your Love, I knew they had exactly the type of dress I was looking for. I fell in love with the elegant simplicity of each of their gowns.