When Julia reached out to me several months ago to discuss the possibility of working together on planning her wedding, I was super excited. Even during our initial communications via email, I could tell we were going to be a great fit for each other...and I knew she had style. And then when we met at Starbucks, it's almost as if we had already met. To say I'm excited about this girl's upcoming April wedding is an understatement. So without further ado, I'm thrilled to introduce you to Julia! (Sidenote: I had a REALLY hard time choosing which photos to feature here. These engagement photos by Sophie Brendle are ah-mazing.)
How did you and Daniel meet? How long have you known each other? We actually met at a wedding in Florida! He was the photographer and flew in from Seattle, while I was a bridesmaid and from South Carolina. We hardly spoke to each other the entire day, but Daniel can recall every single moment we ever interacted during the two days I was in town.
This upcoming March will be two years!
Where do guys like to go on your dates? So, we were long distance for most of our dating season, which makes actual dates a little more challenging! We both love going on day trips whether it's a scenic mountain drive or to a nearby city. We usually pick up a few snacks, good coffee, and spend the day driving and taking fun stops along the way!
What is your favorite restaurant or type of food? We have the opposite taste in most food, but will always agree on brunch any given time of day.
Complete this sentence: We go together like _______.: cheese and crackers.
When did you know he was "the one"? Did he know before you knew? I knew he was the one when I would think about the future and couldn't picture it without him. I had always prayed for my future husband, the qualities I hoped he would have, his character, that he would love the Lord. Daniel is all of those answered prayers and more.
Daniel says it was love at first sight for him! So, he definitely knew before I did. It didn't take much longer for me to feel the same way. I did wait for him to say it first and made him wait to say it in person!
How did he propose? Were you surprised? So, we had hardly seen each other the past summer, and we spent our one year anniversary apart. I was out of the country for the month of July, and we agreed that he would come to visit me in August. It was the last day of August, He said he would come in AUGUST, and I was expecting him to show up at 4 am at this point. We hardly spoke that day because he was "busy" at a photography retreat, little did I know he was in town, planning and organizing the proposal with my siblings and a few close friends.
He got everyone in on it to throw me off and ended up proposing at one of our spots that I had taken him to the first time he came to visit. I was completely taken off guard and froze up when I saw him! Poor Daniel had to come and walk me over to the exact spot he had set up. It was incredible, and he wrote down what he said, that way I would never forget. I carry it around in my wallet and read it often because it's so sweet.
I WAS TOTALLY SURPRISED.
When and where are you two getting married? What made you decide to get married here? We are getting married April 6th at the Lionsgate Manor in Spartanburg. We both knew we wanted to have an evening outdoor wedding. The venue is beautiful, and I can't even imagine how much more beautiful it will be in the spring! Plus there's going to be a waterfall; who doesn't want to get married with a waterfall at their venue?
What colors are you using for your wedding? We are going to have rich berry shades, cream, and dusty blue.
Describe your wedding in three words. Dreamy, Intimate, and moody.
How would you describe the style of your wedding? I would describe our wedding style as romantic with a touch of classic.
What are your top 3 must-haves for your wedding? I knew I had to have beautiful flowers and a dreamy gown, those were both a must for me! I would also say great food, we both agree on that one.
What have you loved most about planning your wedding? I love how it brings together friends and family. I feel like most girls spend years daydreaming and planning dream weddings with their close friends and family. It's exciting to be able to actually bring those ideas to life and know that soon enough, everyone will be here to celebrate the day with us.
Are you guys going on a honeymoon? Where? Why did you choose this location? What are you going to do? We are planning our honeymoon in Greece and Italy. We both love to travel and neither of us have been to either of those places! We definitely plan on eating a lot of incredible food and taking amazing pictures.
What are you most excited about in your marriage? I feel like we both are most excited about just being together and starting our life together. We spent so much time apart when we dated, that all the daily little routines and things are exciting to us. I know Daniel is excited about doing laundry, and I'm excited to go grocery shopping together. We may change our minds half a year later, but its still going to be wonderful to do daily life together.
If you could give any future bride one piece of advice, what would you tell her? My one piece of advice would be to find your people, whether it be your bridesmaids, your parents, or siblings. They help reassure you when you doubt your choices because you found something else on Pinterest, or they take over Google research because you can't handle looking up anything else that day. It's just good to know who you can turn to when you're stressed and to have that support every step of the way!