Rainy Day Nuptials
Tell us your love story!
Two vegan lesbians walked into a bar and the rest is history. Never had we felt a connection so deep to another being. Jean walked into the bar and literally said," I am going to marry that girl." Little did we know how much we would have in common. We hit it off right away and couldn't wait to begin our lives together.
What about the proposal?
We're both really active people. Jean does Crossfit and outrigger paddling. Randyn is a dancer and Pilates instructor. I suppose it was only fitting that the proposal would take place during some form of exercise haha. Jean had Randyn's whole family in on it. We were on a lake trip with Randyn's family. Jean always makes me wakeboard first and I did NOT want to go that day. Thank goodness I did! As soon as I got up behind the boat my two nieces and nephew held up the "will you marry me signs" and I was in so much shock I didn't know what to do! So I crashed into the water and swam back into the boat where everyone was laughing and crying and Jean was waiting for me with the most beautiful ring! It was the best day!
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
Going into the wedding we definitely knew we wanted a 100% vegan, unique outdoor ceremony on the Central Coast of California. Unfortunately, we dealt with some pretty rude people at a few locations. Unbelievable! The owners at Tiber Canyon Ranch were so nice and welcoming. We knew we had found our special spot.
What surprised you during planning?
We were surprised at how much we could get for the money we spent. We had everything we wanted and didn't spend what the current average is for most California weddings. It was phenomenal to be able to have friends and family help out as much as they did. If we could have changed anything we would have liked to invite more people. The guest list was tough since Randyn has a big family.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now?
People aren't exaggerating when they say how fast the wedding day goes by. We tried our best to enjoy every moment. Even the rain! The rain was the best part! The best advice I received was for right before heading down the aisle. A friend told me to take a deep breath, feel the ground under your feet, and be present. You're in such a hurry all morning you forget to stay in the moment. We tried to take in every second!
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Honestly, the best part of the wedding was the rain. The owner of our venue insured us that they had never had rain in 20 years! Well, lucky us! We put away all of the chairs and had everyone bring umbrellas which made the ceremony really intimate. Luckily we were able to find tents last minute. Not what we pictured but they looked amazing! Just had to roll with it!