Written by: Tami

I can’t believe it has almost been three months since Phil and my big day … Where has the time gone!? I feel so fortunate to have this platform to be able to speak about all of the special details we put in to making it happen and have done so on our ceremony, reception, and dessert lounge posts along with gorgeous photos taken by Britt of The Argus Image. Phil, Lauren, and I planned this wedding to a “T”, and when we met with our photographer to discuss details of the day we already had many photo opportunities in mind that we wanted her to capture (not just of the decor). However, working with other creative individuals is really important to us and we encouraged Britt to pull out all of the stops and take some truly editorial shots. All we had left to do was to make sure all of the wedding party looked the part.

I have broken this post down into three sections for your enjoyment … Bride / Groom, Bridal Party, and the Kids. This will help to explain our vision and to show some of our favorite shots from the actual wedding day!


A girl dreams all her life about getting married! Who will he be? What will she wear? Although I am definitely a girl who dreams (I hate to admit this), but I never really pictured myself in a traditional wedding dress. When it came time to start my search I found that what I wanted was to make a statement and that I have extremely expensive taste. This board shows my inspiration for a glamorous look including really special shoes. It also incorporates how I wanted my bouquet to look, a way to mix styles in order for my wedding band to be unique, and some photos that were really important to me with my oldest niece / Flower Girl.


On my wedding day, I wore something old, something new, something borrowed, and something CHOO!




I cannot thank my cousin Taryn of Face You Beauty enough for her dedication to making me feel as beautiful as possible on my wedding day. She took my make-up to a whole new level (especially the extra long lashes I requested). I also would like to give a huge shout out to Koby B Hair Salon for these effortless waves. It turned out perfect!


Can you believe that Lauren and I each gifted each other these silk robes without knowing the other had planned to do so? We must be twins after all!





This stunning dress was everything I ever wanted to be married in! It was just enough different with it’s gold lace top and higher than high slit, but still said Bride. I will never regret my decision to ditch the bridal shops and visit one of my favorite designers instead. Thank you Aida of Nicole Bakti for helping me to walk down the aisle in style!






My handsome Groom could not have looked more polished in his custom tux on our wedding day!



The boys definitely had more fun getting ready than we did! Cheers!





A first look is an extremely magical moment between a Bride and Groom. I am pretty sure Phil was shocked with what he saw when he finally turned around. No wonder these are some of my favorite photos!






A few more of my favs including the ones taken in the Grand Ballroom hallway at the Sheraton Universal (Those chandeliers are truly the reason we chose this venue), a stairs shot featuring the train of my dress, and a fun one taken in the hotel’s pool cabana.


For our wedding party, Phil and I had a very clear vision which Lauren (queen of creating inspiration boards) helped us to fine tune. I wanted my Maid of Honor to be as dramatic as myself in a long slinky gown and for the Bridesmaids to match the gold sequin theme while staying true to their own unique styles. Phil was very adamant about his guys looking sharp in modern slim cut black tuxedos.





Phil got his wish when we found The Black Tux! What an easy and affordable way for all of your Groomsmen to dress the part. My girls were given three rules to follow when selecting their attire: 1. Be yourself 2. Feel amazing 3. Wear gold sequins! Of course, I also mentioned that their dresses should be short so Lauren could stand out as my Maid of Honor and to wear nude shoes. That’s it! Each of my sisters and my two best friends really took these requests seriously … Whether they took the Rent the Runway route or bought their dress retail, each of my Bridesmaids looked amazing!


Lauren looked exactly how I envisioned her! Ready to walk the runway … I mean aisle! Can you believe she just had twins!?! These gorgeous bouquets as well as the ones held by the other Bridesmaids and the Groomsmen’s boutonnieres were made by none other than our favorite florist (Kayla of House of Magnolias)!


Phil and I are so lucky to have three nieces and two nephews that we love very much! We would not have imagined our wedding any other way than with all five of them in it! Which also meant that we got to choose some awesome kids clothes. The youngest, our little Solomon, would look super handsome in a tuxedo onesie like the one above. We were so excited when we happened to find this exact one on Etsy and bought it right away. Gideon (the two year old) needed something even more sharp than his baby brother as he had a very important job to do … deliver the rings! He wore a tuxedo minus the jacket (but with suspenders) and a pair of leather Chucks! The boy’s parents choose not to share photos online so you will have to use your imagination, but they both turned out super cute! For the girls, a little glitz and glamour was in order. Ava requested a “pink party dress” and a pink party dress she did wear! Cara and Sienna did too! I also wanted to incorporate flower crowns like the one I wore in our engagement shoot for all three girls.


As much as you can plan out exactly what photos you want to take, sometimes you just have to take advantage of moments that come your way. Ava could not contain herself when she saw us for the first time all dressed up and came running down the hallway. She stepped right out of her adorable gold flats and tripped … Luckily the Groom was there to catch her! Such a Cinderella moment!



Cara and Sienna won’t remember this special day, but at least we will have plenty of cute photos like these ones to show them.


Family photos are super important! I love that we were able to capture one whole side of my family all together including the kids …


… and just in case you were wondering, I got that photo I wanted so badly of myself and my little princess!

This post concludes our Garden Glam series. From start to finish it has been an honor to share all of the details with you from the moment he popped the question until we both said “I do”. A special thanks goes out to all of our vendors for the heart and soul they put into bringing our vision to reality; Hair by Koby B, Make-up by Taryn of Face You Beauty, Signature Party Rentals, Music and Photo Booth by DJFX, Flowers by House of Magnolias, Desserts by Sweet and Saucy Shop, Groomsmen Styling by The Black Tux, Bridal Gown from Nicole Bakti by Aida, and Invitations and Save the Dates by Minted. With Event Planning and Coordination by Side by Side Design (of course) … What a great team!

All photographs taken by The Argus Image.


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