GLL: Congratulations on your recent wedding, you looked stunning! Tell us how and why you chose your GLL gown?
I first saw the infamous Hollie dress on Pinterest before I was engaged. Once my husband proposed, I used the Hollie gown as a base of the style I was looking for in a dress. Without any luck on my internet searches, I finally found the Grace Loves Lace website! I was swooning over the dresses, wondering if there was a way to try one on (I searched for USA retailers of GLL), understanding that GLL is based in Australia, and I’m in Southern California. In November, I saw GLL post an Instagram that announced the LA Concierge event. I was so stoked. I quickly applied for the appointment and once I got the appointment confirmation, I was beside myself. I attended my appointment in LA, and tried on the Hollie, Sia, and Jasmine. My now mother-in-law and my maid of honor decided that the Jasmine was a no-brainer. It fit me perfectly! Not to mention, it fit in my low budget! It was just the perfect situation. The Jasmine was the first dress I tried on too. Not too many brides can say that they bought the first dress they tried on!
GLL: So tell us, how did you both meet?
Trent and I met in high school. Although he was the captain of the football team while I was a cheerleader, we hadn’t met until the day we ran into each other in our high school parking lot. We noticed one commonality: we both drove Jeeps and we were in the same (large) high school club. We began talking, and quickly realized how compatible we were. And the rest is history!
GLL: Was it love at first sight or was it a slow burn kinda situation?
Some of our friends would say that it was love at first sight (mainly because you were a fool not to have a crush on Trent Matthews), but I say that it was a slower process of getting to know each other before we actually fell in love. It was a sweet process.
GLL: What first attracted you to your partner?
His stature! And his eyes, of course. Trent carried himself in an extremely mature way in high school. He definitely stood out among the other dudes at our school. He was always known as the nice guy. I first noticed him when he lead the team prayer after the football games.
GLL: And the proposal? How did that go down?
It was my 20th birthday. I knew Trent was going to propose before the year ended, but I wasn’t sure when. The day began with me finding a sweet birthday note and a beautiful bouquet lying on my doorstep. Along with a sweet birthday message, the note instructed me to wear something nice because we were going on a fancy dinner date. As I await his arrival at my home, he calls me and tells me that the restaurant pushed our reservations back. So he picks me up and I notice a picnic basket in the back seat. I was confused as to why we were now going on a picnic instead of dinner. I mean, I dressed up and everything! Trent takes me to the most beautiful park in the city, and leads me down a trail (despite the fact that I’m wearing heels) to a beautiful set-up in the middle of the forest. He had our friends set up this super trendy and whimsical picnic spot complete with extra greenery, decorative tapestry, mixed metal décor, and flowers. He read me a note that explained his commitment and desires for me. Everything just froze as he got down on one knee. At first I thought he was joking! After he asked me again since I was in shock, I said yes. Both of our families and all of our friends came out from their hiding spots and showered us with love and excitement. It was the sweetest time.
GLL: How did you feel on your day and how did you style your GLL look?
I felt extremely relaxed and excited at the same time. All of my friends were all in the same place at the same time, and everything was so joyful and serene. My style was very natural and real. I did my own makeup. I also may or may not have jumped in the ocean the day before the wedding just so I could have beach hair. Worth it.
GLL: Where did you get inspiration from for your wedding?
My inspiration came from a number of places. It stemmed from my motivation of a simple, natural, and practical wedding. I wanted to have things at my wedding that I would want to use to decorate my home. And so the Pinterest searches began. I got much of my inspiration from various Instagram accounts that featured interior design as well as styled shoots. My style also seemed to line up well with GLL style, conveniently!
GLL: Describe your wedding in 3 words…
Ethereal, Joyful, and Relaxed.
GLL: What was your most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment of the day was actually the morning I spent with my bridesmaids as we all sat together and ate breakfast. There was something so peaceful and satisfying about being able to spend quality time with all of my girl friends together at one table before I became a married woman. I cherish my friends and their loving hearts.
GLL: What was your wedding song / playlist?
The groomsmen walked down to “All The Time” by Bahamas, and the bridesmaids and I walked down to “Tall Cedars” by Austin Stone Worship. My father and I danced to “Once Upon A Dream” by Emile Pandolfi. This song is special because I would watch Sleeping Beauty everyday after school when I was little, and my father and I would dance during the credits, which was when that song would play. Our first dance was to “Heaven’s Knife” by Josh Garrels. Trent and his mother danced to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts, and then transitioned to “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea as a light-hearted, coordinated mother-son dance. Everyone was laughing, and still talk about how awesome their dance was!
GLL: And where are you honeymooning?
We honeymooned in Maui, HI! It was the dreamiest. We went on so many adventures. But we also spent some time at the beach since we’ll always be beach bums.
GLL: What did you find the easiest and hardest thing about planning a wedding?
The easiest thing about planning a wedding is choosing the overall style. For me, my chosen style was basically how I wanted to decorate my home but with a little extra elegance. The hardest part about planning a wedding is realizing that you’re spending however many months planning a 5-hour event! It seems unnecessary, but time is invaluable when planning a wedding, I realized.
GLL: Any top tips or advice you can give fellow GLL brides (beauty, health & wellness, planning etc)?
Although wedding planning can be ultra stressful, in the end, all that matters are the days after the wedding: your actual marriage. Invest your energy in your relationship with your fiancé instead of constantly worrying about the fact that your rental company doesn’t have the right napkins. It’s so worth it.
GLL: Describe your GLL experience…
I had the best experience with Grace Loves Lace. The LA Concierge made me want to work for this company! All of the girls were so sweet and helpful. Every time I emailed a question to customer service, there was a super quick response, and it was obvious that I was valued as a customer. Not only does Grace Loves Lace produce the most effortlessly beautiful wedding gowns, they also have a wonderful staff and a system that seems to work really well. I wish I could get married again just so I could wear another GLL gown! I can’t wait to recommend this brand to my engaged friends.
GLL: What does marriage mean to you?
To me, marriage is a unique gift from God where a man and woman unite in commitment, mission, and companionship to portray the relationship between Christ and his Church. Marriage means sacrifice. It, in itself, is not a means to happiness. Entering into a marriage with the mindset of expected happiness will only bring frustration and loss of joy. Marriage is a gift to be shared between husband and wife. It means sacrificing one’s desires and expectations in order to serve on another. It, in itself, is not a means to happiness. It is simply a gift to be cherished.
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