We featured Leah and Jonathan’s wedding in one of our Real Wedding Decoration Posts < https://ccwedblog.wordpress.com/2011/09/28/real-wedding-decorations-smith-wedding/> and are excited to expand on their special day with their personal wedding story featured below.
We were delighted to have Leah and Jonathan’s ceremony and reception at Menifee Lakes Country Club on Saturday, September 24, 2011. Leah was a wonderful bride to work with and was over the moon to get married to Jonathan. We throughly enjoyed the wedding countdown she posted on her Facebook leading up to her wedding date. We were thrilled to have such an excited bride, a group of wonderful vendors to pull it together, and Imagery Concepts to capture it all. Leah submitted a wedding story detailing her wedding process and included a few behind the scenes tid bits. Enjoy!
Leah and Jonathan Smith’s Wedding Story
Once Upon a Time….
How did you meet?
Jonathan and I went to the same high school and had the same friends but never met until the day he found me on MySpace in 2007. We talked for about a month over the phone and through the internet. We then decided to go with some friends to the beach, unfortunately all of our friends bailed out, but that gave us even more time to hang out and get to know each other. Friendship to me was the key and after a month of talking and hanging out he asked me to be his girlfriend and the rest is history.
Describe the proposal…..
Jonathan and I went on vacation to Las Vegas, Nevada for our 2 year anniversary. On the day of our anniversary, we were walking the strip and came across the Bellagio fountains. As the music played in the background we sat and watched. Once the fountain show was over, I was ready to go across the street to the Eiffel Tower but Jon kept telling me to wait a second. All of the sudden he grabbed my hand looked at me went down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Being me, my first response was, ” Did you talk to my parents?” He of course said yes, and then I said, ” Of course I will marry you!”
Your Fairytale Come True….
What personal touches did you incorporate in you wedding?
My family played a huge part in making my special day come to life from the invitations, to the centerpieces at the reception, it was truly a dream come true. We were able to incorporate our favorite color, blue, throughout the whole entire wedding process. We were able to make one of a kind invitations, wedding favors, and centerpieces that incorporated our personalities and our favorite candy. On the day of the wedding my mother also made Jonathan’s favorite cookies, snicker doodles, to put beside the cake.
What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?
That is easy, walking down the aisle with my dad, looking straight ahead, and seeing the man of my dreams standing and waiting for me. It was truly magical to know that as soon as I saw him nothing else mattered.
What menu did you choose?
We decided to go with the Italian menu because it fit our budget and you can never go wrong with Italian cuisine. Plus it was super yummy!!!
Describe your cake?
When I was finally in the midst of planning my wedding, I knew that I had to have Michelle’s bakery in Redlands. They make the most yummy and beautiful cakes. Since I was not able to decide on a flavor, my cake had 3 tiers with a different flavor at each tier. My bottom tier was a vanilla raspberry, middle tier was a chocolate toffee, and the top-tier was a triple chocolate, it was all topped with a rich and yummy butter cream frosting. The decoration on the cake was simple, elegant, and went perfect with the atmosphere and our personalities.
What flowers did you use?
Details and Bloom made the bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres. They were all made with white and yellow roses tied with blue and gold around the stems. My family and myself made the centerpieces and décor in the ceremony. Centerpieces were made with white Chinese mum’s, daisy’s, and yellow babies breaths followed by blue gems that filled the bottom. The ceremony flowers were made with Hydrangeas, daisy’s and tea leafs.
What was your something blue, borrowed, old, and new?
My something blue was my garter, borrowed was my bracelet and necklace, old was my earrings, and new was my veil and dress.
Describe your shoes?
My shoes were classic white satin that went absolutely perfect with my dress and were super comfortable and easy to walk in.
What accessories did you wear?
I wore earrings, a necklace, a bracelet, and of course my absolutely stunning veil.
Describe your dress?
My dress was simply elegant and was absolutely my dream wedding gown. The brooch in the center was just enough décor followed by the corset back and the crystals that flowed down.
What were the highlights of your ceremony?
Thank you Menifee Lakes for making a dream wedding come to life!!!!
Jonathan and Leah Smith