Forstrom Wedding / by Kendall Whiteley

We are so excited to share this wedding with you guys. We have our own client, the beautiful bride Samantha, guest-blogging this perfect day! Here is real bride Samantha's wonderful insight on HER BEST.DAY.EVER.

As a brand new fiancée, I wanted everything to be perfect and to have it all figured it out. I realized it’s okay to not have all the answers or not know what you want just yet. I learned a lot about the planning process by struggling. I was forced to ask myself, “okay why are you really getting married?” Once I realized that I was getting married to be with the love of my life all day everyday, I was a brand new person. My priorities completely changed and Lucas got really involved. It was OUR wedding and we wanted to plan it together. Our focus was the experience. We didn’t compromise on what we wanted and we were so happy with everything. Our constant smiles and happiness showed, and that made our families happy.We wanted our guest to be a part of something they had never experienced before. Our goal was to have our guest saying “wow! We have never been to a wedding like that!!!” The inspiration for our vision was each other's lives. I come from a Mexican Catholic background, but mine and Lucas’ upbringing  happened in Knoxville/Oak Ridge. We wanted to incorporate that as much as we could. Even better, it was all bilingual! I felt this was especially important to us, because we didn’t want anyone to feel left out! We were all one big happy family! I can’t put into words how much love I felt that day.

The most important thing to us while planning was making sure we stayed true to ourselves. It’s so easy to get caught up in bridal world, yes it’s a place. Magical, but slightly terrifying. We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of our love, relationship, and personalities. We really wanted to include our culture as well as our upbringing. I wanted a traditional mexican catholic wedding, but add some 90s R&B, and country music in the mix, along with as Lucas likes to say “bangerz”! Because that’s us. Our wedding was the perfect mix of Lucas and I. I couldn’t believe that our love brought so many people together. Everywhere I looked that day, I saw happy tears! it was seriously the most perfect day! On our wedding we have 30 states, and 7 different countries represented. How special is that?

VENDORS- Ceremony //  Sacred Heart Cathedral | Reception // Capitol Theater | Coordinator // Peggy with Heels & Veils | Florist // Melissa Timms Designs | Hair // Meaghan Emig | Makeup // Katie Hill Makeup | Cake // Art of Cakes | Videographer // Something Goode | Caterer // Portrillos | Wedding Dress // WLP & Gilded Gown // Bridesmaids Dresses // White Lace & Promises | Shoes //Antonio Melani | Tuxedos // Mens Warehouse | Paper Goods // Brent Rohen | DJ // Capitol Theater | Drinks // Pour Guys