Ever seen the movie 16 Dresses? The whole always a bridesmaid, never a bride thing? Marilyn was that girl (and by that girl I mean one amazing woman who surrounded herself with so many friends they all needed her to be a bridesmaid at their weddings). After eleven bridesmaid dresses, it was this role that landed Marilyn her very own white dress. Marilyn was a bridesmaid at her best friend’s wedding, when she met Nathan, the brother and groomsman to the groom. She thought he had a girlfriend and he spent the entire weekend trying to talk to her. Nathan was stationed in Washington while Marilyn was finishing school in Kansas. The distance wasn’t enough to sway Nathan. He called everyday until Marilyn agreed to come and see him. Fast forward many months, thousands of miles, and millions of minutes spent talking on the phone and Nathan proposed. Since they both love running, Nathan carried the ring with him on the Color Run and after they both crossed the finish line, Nathan dropped to one knee and asked her to be his wife. Marilyn and Nathan’s February wedding at the Hawthorne House in Kansas City was the perfect start to their life together. A combination of timeless details, treasured friends, and a lovely family coming together to celebrate love (sorry if that’s corny, but I think corny is good).
Favorite Moment of the Day: I have a really hard time picking one moment. But, there were two moments that really stand out when I think back on the day. The first is our first dance. Nathan picked the perfect song, (“It Was Me” by George Strait). As we danced, he leaned in and sang the words to me. I still tear up thinking about that. It is a moment where I literally thought that we might be the only two people in the world. I am usually very articulate, but I can’t describe that moment. It was simply beautiful and wonderful.
The other moment that came right to mind was later in the reception. I looked up from the floor and saw my parents, who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary the next day, standing alone on the balcony looking out over the crowd. They saw their parents, their kids, grandkids, old friends, new friends, kid’s friends. They looked so fulfilled. I am honestly honored to have been a part of that moment in their lives.
Inspiration for the wedding: We wanted a warm, inviting celebration with good company. Our goal was to get the people we love together, the people who made us who we are, and celebrate.
Advice to brides planning in the future: Pick a few things that matter to you and focus on those. The people are what matters, not so much the details. But the details are fun, too! Let people help you! I wasn’t so good with this one. Love every moment of the day because even if it doesn’t turn out right, it turns into a great story. I have been a bridesmaid 11 times, so I think I knew more about what not to do than I knew what to do. But maybe that was the better approach!
Credit for the amazing wedding professionals who helped make the day perfect:
Venue: The Hawthorne House
DJ: Jeff Holmes, Holmes Music World
Dress: Maggie Sottero, Ocone’s Bridal, Fort Worth, TX (yes, I went to Texas just to get my dress!)
Hair & Make-up: Sole Salon & Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff, Ocone’s Bridal
Tuxedos/Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Flowers & Event Design: Shana Vaugn Designs
Cake: Cyndie’s Cakes
Favors: Aggressive Threads