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"Know that I love you,

that I have always loved you,

in ways that go without saying,

in seasons that tease you

to give up,

at your worst, at my worst,

I love you,

I have never needed a reason.

Simply your existence

is reason enough."

-Christopher Poindexter

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Real Wedding
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A Sweet Green & Purple Soirée

Tell us your love story!

Ely: We met through a mutual friend in middle school who brought Nikki to have lunch with the set “crew” on the first day of school. It was hardly love at first sight- disdain might be a better word. I was all goth and grease and hair dye and Nikki radiated sunshine and puppies. Strangely, we became fast friends and were quickly inseparable. Just over a year later, our relationship was the world's worst kept secret. Dating at such a young age was sweet, if emotional, but the immaturity also led to an undercurrent of jealousy and a swift and awkward end two years in. But wait- if we broke up at 15, how'd we end up happily married? Well, we were two stubborn people very dedicated to lying to ourselves, and over the years, as our friendship grew more and more intense, we kept falling back into each other and it kept getting harder and harder to explain our relationship to outsiders. There just wasn't a simple word for the fireworks in my heart every time Nikki smiled, or the warmth that flowed over me when our hands slipped together. Finally, about two years ago, we dropped labels altogether and just let the extraordinary bond between us do it's thing.

What about the proposal?

Nikki: The topic of marriage came up a lot the past year and we already knew we would be spending the rest of our lives together. One night I got a message that said, “Hey, do you wanna get a marriage license tomorrow?”

When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?

E: I knew when we were 14 years old. We'd been together maybe a year and I had never been interested in the whole marriage and kids, house and future thing, but looking into her eyes, even at that age I knew she was it for me.

N: A few years ago, when we first decided to move away together, I could see everything falling into place, even after plans had changed the thing that stayed the same was that we were together.

Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?

N: We knew we wanted a small wedding, not too many guests.

E: And we definitely knew we were going to need gluten-free food, because our very good friend has celiac disease.

What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?

N: How giving all of our friends and family are! So many people were willing to give so much of their time to make our big day special and ended up saving us a lot of money. I think the most difficult part was actually just figuring out what kind of food we wanted. Ely wanted dino nuggets.

E: I was surprised by how easy it was to find a vegan, gluten-free caterer, to be completely honest! Angela was amazing and so accommodating and I could not be more grateful for having found her, since we really needed those dietary needs met for medical reasons. For me, it caught me off guard how difficult it was to just find a place to get a cake. Because of the rush of the wedding planning, we didn't have time to order months in advance, and that was a challenge in finding our centerpiece dessert.

Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?

E: I wish I'd known that people would be happy to spend so much on gifts, because I ended up being so overwhelmed! We made a registry and I expected to get maybe a couple items off it, but it was pretty much cleared and I still get flustered about it.

Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?

N: Don't plan your wedding in two months. We'd definitely extend our timeline if we did it again. Other than that, it was perfect!

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

N: The reception, seeing all our friends and family together having a good time, being able to relax after the stress of planning.

E: Honestly, my favorite part was after the ceremony when Nikki and I went to In & Out with our maids of honor and got food while the reception was set up. I was still riding high from the thrill of finally saying “I do” and we were back in our familiar haunt doing what we always do, just looking a whole lot fancier. It was really nice.  

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Sneak Peek
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Karen Title_key Ally

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Yorkshire Brides

Tell us your love story!

We met on our first date at Roundhay Park in Leeds. It had been snowing, so we went sledding on the big fields and topped it off with a drink at the local pub.

What about the proposal?

Although we both probably would have proposed, Ally beat me to it whilst on on beach in Ilha Grande, an island off Brazil, with a plastic ring whose ring box cost more! We were having a lovely picnic!

When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?

When I went to Australia for 6 months (pre-planned before I met Ally) – I knew I needed to come back.

Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?

Definitely personal, relaxed and chilled – there was very little stress on the day.

· Not outdoors – and quite rightly too – it chucked it down!

· A great band to dance to, and great food with all your friends and family.

What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?

Once the main bits like venue, DJ and food are sorted , the rest is lots of fun. Its not that hard to put a personal touch on your wedding but it definitely takes more time!

Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?

Book a hairdresser early! Its a lot to ask with two brides. Thankfully ours was amazing when we found her and did a wonderful job.

Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?

Try and enjoy it! Get your family to give you a hand decorating the venue and put them up the night before so there's no stress about where everyone is on the day (if you are staying at your venue).

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

Seeing each other in our dresses and having all your friends in one place – amazing. I also enjoyed my wife dancing with my dog on the dance floor!    

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Weekend Snapshot
gallery Dec 8 2017
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