The story of Liz and Keith’s wedding day is told by me in vivid, detailed images. The story of how they met and their proposal, however, will have to be paraphrased from their wedding website. It goes something like this…
Keith recalled that the first time he laid eyes on Liz, she was onstage at The Acting Company’s show “Into the Woods”. Liz played the role of Cinderella, and Keith remembered wondering, “Wow. Who’s that?” A few months later, Keith was given the opportunity to find out. It turns out that the pair were cast opposite each other in The Acting Company’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors”. In Keith’s own words: “The first day she arrived at the playhouse, I was outside the front entrance with friends. She rolled in on her favorite cruiser bicycle, her brilliant smile flashing. Her beautiful, kind eyes fell on mine and my heart fell completely for hers.”
Wow, Keith. Making a few girls jealous right about now, I’m sure!
Again, I am going to quote this sweet groom’s words about his proposal to Liz:
“By the beginning of March, 2010 (Liz and I had been dating just over six months), I was sure of two things regarding Liz: One, I’m spending the rest of my life with this woman. And two, the day the big question is uncorked will be a day neither of us would forget… On the eve of her twenty sixth birthday, I took her down to the foot of ‘the eighth wonder of the world’, Burney Falls, and, after she had opened her first two presents, I opted to open the last. The ring was wrapped, and safely hidden inside a gift bag so there would be no clues to ruin this moment I had worked so hard for. I knelt to one knee (’cause I’m a true sap at heart), recited my rehearsed line, and let the question fly…
… And, with the sun peaking over the top of the ridge to cast a few moments of sunset for my stage, she smiled. And laughed. And cried. And she said, ‘Yes!’”
As an extended family member of Keith’s, this couple and their special day meant a lot for me. I watched Keith change after meeting Liz, and I loved the person he had chosen. This bride has a beautiful soul to go along with those gorgeous eyes and the brilliant smile Keith referred to in his story. I loved watching Liz’s excitement as she witnessed all of her planning and hard work come together. Even on a tight budget, the details complimented each other so perfectly. Liz splurged where it was important and cut back where necessary. She is the ultimate Do-It-Yourself bride on a budget, and proved to all of us that an amazing wedding can truly be pulled off with enough inspiration and help from friends and family.
On to part one of Elizabeth and Keith’s day…
Liz and Keith opted for a first look in order to make the best use of their time during the tight wedding day schedule. I want to take this opportunity to point out that typically, the schedule would allow us to spend more time with the groom as he is getting ready. Unfortunately, it did not work out that way during this event.
It is very important that I first give credit to Aimee Fredy of White Daisy Photography for all her support on this day. Without Aimee, many of the above images would not exist or even be possible.
I am sure that Liz would like to thank quite a few people, but I will do my best to mention a few. I know that Foster McManus, Sharon Wonder, Dianna DeLashmutt, Paul McManus, Jeff and Joe (in charge of music in the next post) and SO MANY OTHERS contributed to making this day happen. Other than that, here are the basics:
Ceremony and reception location: Crawford’s Barn, Sacramento, California
Cake and dessert bar: DIY – Liz, family and friends
Centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres: DIY – Liz, family and friends
DJ: Playlist designed by Liz and Keith, played by friends Jeff and Joe
Bridal Dress: The Collective Bride, Yuba City
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Chosen individually by each bridesmaid
Hair: Ashleigh at Details Salon in Sacramento
Makeup: Mandie Jackson
Tuxes: Keith’s suit purchased at indochino.com, groomsmen provided suits of their own
Officiant: Liz’s father, Mike