Andrea & Tom
#dreamskirt & #florencedress
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I love travel, volunteering, art, and nature. Fun facts about me: I'm an environmental engineer, I speak swahili, I have a black belt in martial arts, I play the violin, and I really love to sing karaoke.
How did you choose your wedding dress and what made it “you"?
I knew I needed a dress that I could have a great time dancing in--that was my top priority. I wanted to swish my skirt and feel comfortable all night. At the same time, I was sure I wanted an all-lace, fitted gown. So after lots of shopping, I found Lace and Liberty and it was my perfect solution. I got the most perfect, flowy, soft tule skirt that felt ethereal and free spirited, but also classic and bridal. I paired it with the little lace dress, which added the detail I wanted with a beautiful open back and shear lace in the elegant straps. Plus, I was able to wear my little lace dress on its own at my after-party and at my second, smaller reception in California. Also, it wasn't too expensive--even just on principal, I was not willing to spend thousands on a wedding dress, and this dress left me with a good budget for wedding hair and accessories.
Tell us a little about you and your partner’s story?
Tom and I met in college in Michigan and we were friends for over two years before we started dating. He's wonderfully patient, kind and generous. For our engagement, Tom surprised me with the ring right after dancing with me in the Sangeet of our friend's wedding in India. I loved it not just because it was a Bollywood-style romantic moment, but because he totally went out of his comfort zone to learn and perform a choreographed dance with me.
What was your wedding like and what was a most memorable moment?
Our wedding was amazing! We wanted all our friends and family there with us, so we had about 270 guests. Since my dad has 17 siblings (yup!), we had the wedding in Michigan where most of them live. It was held in a large indoor atrium with lots of trees and plants. I had so many favorite moments. I thought I might cry right before going into the wedding (happy tears) so my sister intervened to help me out and made me crack up laughing by serenading me with Celine Dion songs before we walked in. My dad, who is an electrical engineer, hand-made fake fireflies from LEDs and set them around the room among the plants. They softly flickered on and off--some guests thought they were real! Our ceremony was memorable with acoustic music played by my family and friends. My now-husband and I had so much fun dancing with each other and all our guests late into the night.
What was the most challenging part of your wedding planning process and any advice for future L&L brides?
I mostly enjoyed planning my wedding because my mom and I have similar taste and she's super organized, so we tackled it together and that made it fun. Of course, sometimes it was a bit much--it can be hard to predict what you will be glad you did (or spent) and what you might regret. I just made sure on the day of the wedding to let everything go and enjoy it. My advice: Get at least a little bit of video (even if it's just asking your friend to record on your phone). Do a first-look and take photos before the ceremony so that you can spend all your time after the ceremony with your guests.
Hairpiece: The Honeycomb
Veil: MelindaRose Design
Venue: Westin Hotel atrium in Southfield, MI.