Yes, these are unprecedented times! Sarah and Ron’s wedding had to be pushed back a couple of months before tying the knot. With everything going on, it was nearly impossible to keep the focus on their wedding. However, they managed to not only have a beautiful wedding but showcase their personalities as well! Read along to find out Sarah’s dream dress and wedding details that made it so special!
Tell us about your proposal…
We vacationed in Edinburgh, Scotland, and it was three days after the anniversary of our first date. Ron asked me to put on a nice dress because we were going to a nice dinner to celebrate our anniversary. However, he did not tell me was that we were going to take a detour through a park that Edinburgh Castle overlooks. I thought Ron was crazy because of the rain, but we got an umbrella from a souvenir shop, and it the location turned out to be gorgeous. He brought me to a stunningly ornate fountain, with the castle in the background, and there was a woman nearby taking photographs. He asked the woman if she would mind taking our photo, and she agreed. Ron handed her his phone and then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him in the rain. The woman quickly whipped out her professional camera and took pictorial evidence that the fairytale proposal was real. I obviously said “Yes!” right away!
What Made Your Dress the One?
Growing up my dream dress was the one that my grandmother wore on her wedding day. It had long sleeves, a full skirt and was stunning in its simplicity. It reminded me of a dress that Audrey Hepburn would wear, and I have always loved the classic and minimalistic style of the 50s and 60s. Unfortunately, the dress was preserved incorrectly, so it was not an option. When I saw my dress at StarDust Celebrations (it was the first one that Marianne showed me), I immediately knew that it was the modern version of my grandmother’s dress! It had the beauty of simplicity, with a modern and sexy twist! As cliché as it sounds, I felt like a princess from the moment I walked out of the dressing room and saw myself in the mirror. It also helped that it made my mother cry every time I tried it on.
What was your dress shopping experience like at StarDust Celebrations?
Fantastic does not even begin to describe my experience shopping for dresses at StarDust Celebrations. Marianne pretty much took one look at me, asked a few questions, and immediately knew what dress I would love and look fabulous wearing. She was my real-life fairy godmother. She made me feel taken care of, very special, and made the process a breeze! I was afraid I would spend months looking for my dress, and within minutes of our appointment, Marianne found the perfect dress for me! Also, the alterations staff were amazing, detailed, and gifted at their craft.
What was your theme on your wedding day?
Our theme was “Nerdy Romantic!” Ron and I are huge self-proclaimed nerds, and we spent our first date talking about all our different fandoms, trading The Simpsons quotes, and ranking Harry Potter books and the Star Wars movies. We knew our wedding had to reflect us while still holding on to the classical romance of the day, of course.
What was special about your big day?
I have two answers to this! The first is finally getting to say, “I do!” Our wedding got postponed for two months due to the pandemic, and we were just so excited to finally get married. My other answer is the first look Ron, and I did. It was so nice to have a private moment together before the ceremony, spend a few minutes chatting, and seeing each other with barely anyone there since the rest of the day was a whirlwind. I also love the stunned look on his face when he saw me in my dress for the first time!
What personalized details went into your wedding?
We personalized our wedding by adding small, subtle nerdy details throughout our reception. Each table had a specific fandom couple associated with it and small decorations to match, such as Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter, Han and Leia from Star Wars, and Luke and Lorelai from Gilmore Girls. We also had a wall-hanging guest book shaped like the Millennium Falcon where guests could write their name on a heart and drop it in. The best, however, was the Groom’s cake, carved to be Chewbacca wearing the Sorting Hat.
Photo: Emily Chappell Photography
Venue: The Windsor at Hebron Park
Bakery: Butterfly Cakery
Florist: Mayfield Events
Rentals: Mayfield Events
Photographer: Emily Chappell Photography
Makeup & Hair: Jones Beauty and Co
Music: LeForce Entertainment
Wedding Salon: StarDust Celebrations