Tell us about the happy couple! How did you two meet? How did he propose?
Spencer and I met on a then super hip dating app called tinder 9 years ago. I hear this app isn’t used in the same way anymore lol.
On December 5th In the middle of the pandemic my now husband and I planned a trip to Joshua Tree for his B-day. We packed up the car with our dog and went camping in the cold but beautiful desert. We hung out during the day and at sunset while I was up on the rocks he pretended to set up the camera for a photo of us (he’s a photographer so this isn’t uncommon) he counted down the photo and then got on his knees (we got the whole thing on video). He proposed with a super unique ring with a few diamonds from my grandmother's ring, which was so incredible of him.
He brought a projector and tried to play the first movie we ever saw in theaters together, Her. Our neighbors were super loud so we couldn’t hear much but it was the cutest gesture. Because we were in the desert we couldn't tell anyone until we left so we really just got to bask in the special moment with no distractions.
How long did you have to plan?
What was the process like saying yes to your dress at Whimsy + Row?
I tried on a few dresses at other bridal shops, but ultimately decided the Whimsy and Row dress was the most me. The experience was incredible. We were able to bring in our own snacks and champagne (even though they provide champagne for all dress try-ons). I felt very at home and confident. After 3 other bridal appointments I said yes to the Whimsy dress!
You DIY’d a bunch of your wedding. How was that? Any tips?
I never imagined my wedding any other way. We were on a tight budget and we also wanted it to feel very us. I highly recommend buying your alcohol from Costco (we saved big time). If you’re looking to cut your floral cost down by 90% I highly suggest going to your local wholesale flower market and having your friends help you put together the florals the days leading up to the wedding. Our Dj for the day was a dear friend and our other friend’s band performed beautiful covers during dinner time. If you have friends who are artistic and want to help in anyway they can, let them! You can return the favor for their big day.
Yes and no. I did everything extremely budget friendly but wish I would have done a few extra things to make the decor pop a bit more. I also wish I would have ordered the right size tablecloths, but I don't think many people noticed luckily. I rented them a size too small (oops)!
The above butterfly decor was made by The Canyon Collective. The Cocktail Signage below was made by Dena's niece, Madison.
What was your favorite memory from the day?
What do you plan to do with your Wedding Dress now?
I’d like to go on a big anniversary trip with my husband and kids one day where I can alter my wedding dress to be a bit more casual for the photos. That or save them for our kids.
What did your bridesmaids wear?
Advice for future brides?
Stop stressing! As long as you have good music, yummy food, and lots of alcohol everyone is going to have fun and absolutely no one notices the small things that you think went wrong.
Thank you so much Dena for sharing your day with us! We are so thrilled that you were our very first Whimsy Bride. We wish you + Spencer all the love and happiness.
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In loving memory of Porter