Tell us your love story!
Out at the bar one night, Sabrina casually mentioned to her friend Tracy that she thought a girl across the room was cute. Tracy grabbed Sabrina and forced an introduction between Sabrina and said girl (Erica) meanwhile Tracy disappeared, leaving just the two. We were inseparable the rest of the night, chatting and getting to know each other. We exchanged phone numbers and the rest is history!
What about the proposal?
Erica proposed in the apple orchard at Aamodt's Apple Farm on Oct 15th, 2016. After the proposal Erica had secretly gathered friends and family (several flew in from out of state!) who were waiting nearby to celebrate!
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
Erica: I knew right away. Even the night we met and then on the first date, I was like “Yep, that’s the one”
Sabrina: I knew right away too!
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We wanted an outdoor venue, perhaps a barn. We originally thought about the north shore, but due to logistics, we decided against it. We then did a showing at Creekside Farm and we fell in love with it right away. Erica also knew that she wanted me to walk down the aisle to her. We knew that we wanted to do something different for the garter toss, so we incorporated the football toss into our wedding.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
Once we started planning, it would get easy, but when we took a break from it, getting back into that mindset was hard. The seating chart was hard to make. (Having to think about where everyone was going to sit and try not to split people up). We knew our colors right away.
The dresses were surprisingly easy to pick out. Having lost my mother, I thought that it would be difficult, but I had a ton of friends with me and they made it a fun experience. You let yourself get into it, I tried on a TON of dresses. Erica had her mom and her aunt with her when they went dress shopping. Erica hates shopping and usually gets instantly crabby, but she also, had a ton of fun! She actually went with the first dress she picked out. I got lost in Pinterest, which is great for research, but also overwhelming. We didn’t plan based on budget or what our family told us to do, we planned on what we wanted and what we liked and it turned out perfectly.
Our wedding was straight up, us!
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
Never think that you are starting too early. I always felt like we had time, but time really sneaks up on you.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
Have a day of wedding coordinator. There are little things that pop up during day that, it’s better to have the coordinator tackle, so you can enjoy your day! Build in pauses during your day, so you will have moments to remember.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Erica: The amount of love received through the whole day! We invited the people we wanted to and so it was easy to feel the love. Playing football with the wedding party. It was so great to see everyone goof around and get along and have fun. The first look was also a big moment for me. I could feel my heart pounding through my chest.
Sabrina: All the dancing! During the ceremony, after one of the songs, there was a small pause that gave us a minute to really appreciate the moment, take a deep breath and think about what the hell we are about to get into to haha!