My good friend, Kristina, got married this month. I want to share her story and amazing photos with you. Kristina and hubby Traian celebrated their wedding at the Paper Factory in Long Island City. This modern and chic space was the perfect setting for this fun loving couple. Kristina wanted a beautiful but simple afternoon wedding. She shares her wedding story with us today.
Kristina, what surprised you most about the process of wedding planning?
The level of detail involved, especially the day-of! You need to not only prepare for the day itself but also prepare for all the things that could potentially go wrong. There are a LOT of moving pieces coming together that day. Coordinating all of that plus setting up safety nets for yourself makes for a very long to-do list!
What would you have done differently in your planning process?
I think it's normal to get a bit overwhelmed when making guest lists and figuring out your head count. Since my wedding was on the small side (and I have a very large family) some of the cuts I made felt brutal. I agonized a lot over that and I wish I didn't. In the end, the guest list really did work itself out and most friends I couldn't include were totally understanding.
What did you learn about yourself in this process?
It is impossible to do everything yourself as a bride. I needed to allow myself to lean on friends, family and my now-husband, especially on the days leading up to the wedding. That was uncomfortable for me! I learned both how much I hate accepting help and how much I absolutely need to.
Who was your favorite vendor?
My photographer. He made us feel comfortable, was extremely organized, prompt to respond and took absolutely stunning photos.
What was your favorite wedding moment?
My favorite moment was dancing to one of the traditional Greek wedding songs at our reception. This song is danced in a circle. Holding my husband's hand, leading the dance and being literally surrounded by friends and family on the dance floor was such a beautiful moment.
What did you enjoy most about the wedding day?
I really enjoyed dancing and watching our guests dance. Nothing beats a fun crowd and the shared happiness of enjoying good music.
What did you enjoy the least?
I think what I enjoyed least was being frequently pulled aside for cellphone photos. This is totally unavoidable but there is a Mickey Mouse-at-Disney-World aspect of being a bride that can be a bit unnerving.
(I'm pretty sure this is what she meant...that's me and my sister and Kristina for a cellphone selfie, ha!)
Any wedding day regrets?
I wish I tried my dress on again two days before the wedding. I tried it on six days before the wedding and it looked great. What I didn't anticipate was that I would lose almost seven pounds in those six days (thank you pre-wedding jitters). My good friend had to help me pin my dress a bit tighter after the ceremony and I spent a lot of time feeling like it would fall off while dancing--definitely not ideal!
Would you have done anything differently in retrospect?
Other than a last-minute fitting for my dress, I'm pretty pleased with how things turned out. With the help of family and friends (can't emphasize that enough) the day was truly a success.
Kristina's wedding was gorgeous, and I'm so glad I was able to be a guest. If you're a bride feeling the pressure of all those details like she did, get in touch! I'd love to sit down with you for a free consultation to help show you how a wedding coordinator can remove the stress from your big day.
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