bride and groom holding hands in field at sunset

Read below for Andrea's thoughts on wedding planning and her tips for staying stress-free on your wedding day. Thank you to Powers Photography Studios for sharing this lovely afternoon with us!

light pink patent leather Mary Jane shoes with tiny bows
bridal party of bridesmaids in pink dresses and man in gray suit and pink vest
groom in pale powder blue tie buttoning blue suit jacket
groom in light blue tie with bride during first look moment
co-ed wedding party standing under row of trees
bride with braid in hair holding calla lily bouquet and resting head on groom's shoulder
groom with groomsmen in light gray suits and a female attendant in a strapless gray dress
ring bearer chases flower girl during wedding party portraits
simple welcome table with light up trees and mirror behind table
white hydrangea arrangement and ampersand holding wedding programs on welcome table
couple getting married in barn with high rafters, string lights, and sheer fabric
view from above large rafters at barn wedding with string lights
bride holds large lily bouquet and kisses groom after barn wedding ceremony
wooden monogram on welcome table and pink and white tissue paper poms hanging from ceiling
traditional reception table with navy runner and simple floral arrangement
floral arrangement with roses and lilies and Mason jar with votive candle
bridesmaid bouquet with red and pink roses, white hydrangea, and calla lilies
buttercream wedding cake decorated with white and pink roses
flower girl playing with other children at wedding
bride with long curly hair looks over shoulder at sunset
groom and bride in ruffled dress share first dance under large golden chandelier at barn wedding
guest filling paper cone with crushed herbs for couple's exit from reception
bride and groom exit barn wedding while guests throw crushed herbs

What was most important for you to include in your wedding?

My biggest priority was remaining stress-free so I could enjoy the day with my guests, which is why I hired the on-site wedding coordinator. I felt completely at ease knowing I didn’t have to deal with any of the day-of stresses. I was glad I was able to enjoy visiting with my friends and family, because many of them had traveled a great distance to be there.

What was your favorite detail?

I have two favorite details. First, my dad built the arbor that we stood under for the ceremony, which was very special. He put a lot of time and effort into it, and I loved every detail from the pillars to the crystals he strung together.

Second, I had the same bouquet as my mom and my nana did for their weddings. The big calla lilies in my bouquet came from my mom’s garden.

What was your wedding theme or style? How did you choose your theme?

It was always hard for me to put our “theme” into words. I really just wanted it to be simple and classy/elegant. I didn’t really know how to choose a theme, so I picked the things I liked, hoping they would blend together.

Five words (or less) that describe the two of you and your wedding:

Excited, Emotional, Thankful

Your first dance song and why you chose it:

Michael Buble's cover of “The Way You Look Tonight."  We both enjoyed Michael Buble’s music while we were daring and even attended one of his concerts together, so I knew I wanted to dance to one of his songs. “The Way You Look Tonight” has perfect lyrics for a wedding day, and I’ve always loved the song.

What is your advice to couples who are planning weddings now?

Get as much done as early as possible. There are always going to be things you didn’t think of the week or weekend of, so it’s going to be stressful. Not procrastinating on the big stuff helps to alleviate some of that inevitable stress.

Photography: Powers Photography Studios   |   Venue & Rentals: Green Villa Barn   |   Event Coordinator: Ginger Lushenko   |   Wedding dress: Brides for a Cause   |   Accessories: David’s Bridal   |   Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse   |   Catering: Willaby’s Catering   |   Cake: Myriad Cake Design   |   Officiant: Pastor Greg Brothers   |   Music: DJ Oscar Garcia , Cory from Music Express