“Chris’ fraternity and my sorority at Indiana University were right next to each other,” says Becca. “However, during our time at IU, we never met. We met back in Fort Wayne after college. We were both at a 90s concert at Headwaters Park. From there, his group of friends asked a few of my friends to be on their outdoor volleyball team. We weren’t exactly the sportiest girls, (well, I definitely wasn’t) but when a group of cute guys asks you to play volleyball…you play volleyball. During volleyball, he asked me out to dinner and we started dating.”
Chris and Becca had been dating for a little over two years. It was Christmas Eve and, after church with family, Chris took Becca to see the lights downtown. “He said it was his family tradition. I had never heard of this tradition, so I proceeded to ask a million questions. When we got out to look at the lights on the AEP building, he got down on one knee, and I was shocked. I said, ‘What are you doing?' and he said, 'What do you think I’m doing?!’”
After getting engaged, the couple’s first priorities were choosing a venue and a photographer. Becca says, “I knew that I wanted it to be simple and classy. We had been to six or seven weddings that year alone, so we were taking notes. We talked about which aspects of the weddings that we liked and what we didn’t. I tried to think about the guests' experience…That was important to me.”
In addition to Becca’s notes, Pinterest proved helpful but also overwhelming. She says, “I think Instagram is really taking off as a way to get ideas for weddings. So many vendors are using it, so it’s easy to get lost in the inspiration on there.”
The couple loved the timeless look of the Embassy. Becca says, “It reminded me of Beauty and the Beast. It could hold the number of guests that we needed. I thought it was beautiful on its own, so adding decorations would only make it more beautiful.”
Becca says, “Our photographer, Vilma (of GEM Photography), was fantastic at recommending people. She said over and over again if you had a group of vendors that were familiar with each other, they make the night run smoothly. She was spot on. All of our vendors worked together seamlessly. When you have great vendors, you don’t need a wedding planner. I can’t say enough about how wonderful each and every one of our vendors were.”
Becca says, “I bought my dress at One Fine Day Bridal. It was an amazing experience. They were so kind and helpful. Unlike most future brides, I wasn’t thrilled about looking for a wedding dress. I don’t like to be the center of attention, and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to decide. I ended up choosing the first dress that I tried on. Now, I did try on many different dresses and styles prior to choosing. There were so many beautiful dresses but, I just kept going back to that first dress. I felt comfortable in it. It was simple and it was me. I chose a Blush by Hayley Paige dress called “Apollo.”
Advice From the Bride
This #LifetimeWARRENty bride says, “Someone told me once to take a minute and look around at all of your loved ones being together in one room. That was special. I would say, too, that everyone tells you that it’s the best day of your life. It truly is. Try and keep that in mind when things get stressful.”
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