We always look forward to seeing photos of our David Tutera for Mon Cheri Brides and getting to hear a little about their wedding story. Kristin was a beautiful bride in her pink wedding dress and was simply glowing. Read Kristin’s story to hear all about the ups and downs she had during her planning process and what surprise came out of it all at the end.
“David and I first met in the summer of 2011. He attempted to make us an official couple for months with no success until I finally gave in on September 7th, 2011 and agreed to be his girlfriend, and I’m so glad that I did. We fell in love very quickly and it only took him seven months to ask me to be his wife, on April 20th, 2012 he proposed, and I said yes! I was so excited and started planning that same night, and began by choosing the date, we were going to have our wedding seventeen months later on September 7th, 2013 (the same day that we first started dating two years prior).
Four days later, we fell in love with a gorgeous venue in our hometown of Pasadena, MD called Celebrations at the Bay. It was the first and last place that we went to. It had everything that we needed all in one location, and the thought of this took a lot of stress off of us. The view was breathtaking, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay with miles of open water. They included all of our food, top shelf bar, a wedding planning team, linens customized to my theme, they even included my wedding cake, and much, much more! We saved our date with them that day and the majority of the wedding planning checklist was taken care of right there.
Next, I had to find my dress. Everyone told me that I should wait on this one because the wedding was still over a year a way, and that was a long time for a dress to be hanging in my closet without me spilling the beans or changing my mind about it. I didn’t listen to them, and began my hunt. I wasn’t quite sure where to start, so I had my mom help me with this. She loves David Tutera, and had just heard that he had a bridal gown collection, so that is where she started. I love pink, so doing an Internet search for “pink wedding gowns” is where I started. My hunt was cut short when my mom got on David Tutera for Mon Cheri’s website and the Milena gown was on the first page. We both knew it was the one.
I found the only shop in my state that carried the gown and made that my next stop. One day, I gathered my mom, dad, my mother in law, sister in law, and my cousin, and we took a trip to Pizazz Bridal Boutique in Aberdeen, MD. Everyone immediately began gathering gowns that they wanted me to try on. I had previously made arrangements for the shop to pull the Milena gown aside for me. While everyone was rummaging through the racks, I slipped away and put my gown on. The doors opened up in front of me, everyone turned to look at what I had chose to put on, and dropped every gown that they had in their hands. They all knew that this was the one as well! My gown was purchased with fourteen long months until my wedding day.
Shortly after this, due to unfortunate circumstances, the income for my wedding fund was no longer available. Luckily, Catering By Uptown gave me a grace period to hold my date for me while we figured out how we were going to pay to have our wedding. My mom, who is a government worker, decided to take matters into her own hands and signed up to take a six-month deployment overseas. Now, this is a lady who only travels when she has a Margarita in her hand on beach in Mexico, so this was a huge surprise to everyone!
Between the time that my Mom decided to take this trip and the time that she made it home ten days before the wedding, we lost two very special people in our lives. A few days after Christmas, one of our groomsmen unexpectedly passed away. He was one of my husband’s closest friends, so this was devastating. We struggled through the loss and decided that he would not be forgotten at our wedding, and we would place a picture of him with his boutonniere up in line with the rest of the groomsmen! The second person was my Grandmother. She had dementia and breast cancer that metastasized to her bones. So although she couldn’t remember that she was sick sometimes, I knew, and I worked so hard to take care of her after my mom left, we would often practice how we would dance together on my wedding day. She loved to dance! After years of struggling with the disease, we lost her just two months before the wedding. She would be remembered as well, along with her remembrance picture and corsage, I would wear her wedding rings as my “something old.”
My mom went away with one mission, and that was to help her only baby have the wedding of her dreams. Ten days before the wedding, I picked her up from the airport, and we got into Bridezilla mode. We had the bachelorette party, a week later the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, and then it came time for the big day!
September 7th was a day filled with many emotions. While we were getting ready, we laughed, danced, anything that would keep me from bursting into tears and ruining my makeup. The tears were not because I was sad, but so happy to be marrying my Mr. Wright and amazed at the road that we took to get to our wedding day! My bridesmaids and I eventually made our way to Celebrations and got the party started. We hung out in my bridal suite, drank champagne, took lots of pictures, and then, I put on that dress that I had bought so long ago! I tried so hard not to cry in that magical moment, it was so beautiful every time that I tried it on before by myself, but this time took the cake, and I think we all cried. Soon, it was time for the girls to walk, and they made their way out one by one. And then, it was my turn to walk with my Dad. We made our way out, and as everyone was looking at me in awe, I was looking at my soon to be husband who was so handsome (this guy needs to dress up more often J) We had our gorgeous waterfront ceremony, and in the next 30 minutes, became Mr. and Mrs. David Wright!
The rest of the night went absolutely perfect as well. Cocktail hour was filled with delicious hors douvres being passed around by butlers, lots of champagne and wine, and a cute slideshow with all of our baby pictures. The reception was even more phenomenal! We kicked it off with the entrance of our bridal party and a “falling in love documentary” before we made our big entrance for the first time in public. The ballroom was filled with all of our family and loved ones dancing , eating, drinking, laughing, and everyone having the best time of their life.
I absolutely loved being a bride, and I knew planning weddings was my “thing.” Three days after I came back from my honeymoon, I was offered a job at Catering By Uptown. I now work at the same company that gave me the wedding of my dreams and made my life so easy when it came to planning. I never have to be sad that I don’t have a wedding to plan anymore, because now I get to help all of the brides that choose our company! And my wedding planning journey continues…..”
Photos by Sarah Michele Photography