Once upon a time, a lovely young woman stood on a cliff overlooking a gorgeous beach in Cabo San Lucas thinking about the man of her dreams whom she had been dating for several years, and imagined, “This is the place I want to be married!”
Last July, following a seven mile, five hour trek to Cathedral Lake above Aspen, Colorado, with the same man of her dreams, this lovely young woman knew, when he pulled out the champagne, the cheese and the grapes that he had stealthily hidden in his backpack and got down on one knee, that her wish had come true.
A few days later, she dropped by Huff Harrington Home and asked if she could sign up for our wedding registry. Of course we were thrilled, and after we’d stopped ogling her gorgeous ring and prying out all the fun details, we offered to set up a table just for her and Jonathan, so that their guests could see for themselves the items they picked.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve gone through the wedding planning process, and although fortunate to have attended some pretty fabulous ones recently, I’m a little clueless about what actually happens behind the scenes these days. Now that we have a full-blown wedding registry at Huff Harrington Home (and of course unrelated to the fact that I have two daughters in their twenties who may tie their own knots one of these days!), I decided it was time to learn from a real-live bride to be, and invited Kendall in for a little chat.
HH: Truth be told. Were you surprised?
KW: I did see him pack a bottle of champagne and some cheese but I figured it was our reward for trekking seven miles up a mountain! By the time we got to Cathedral Lake, I was so ecstatic to have made it that I completely forgot about what was in his backpack!
HH: How did he know this would be the perfect surprise for you?
KW: Well, I’m a Personal Trainer in Atlanta, and exercise has always been a part of our relationship. So he definitely knew that this was my sweet spot and a memory that I would cherish forever.
HH: What was the first thing you had to decide?
KW: Where to get married. I have a huge family in Atlanta, and so I knew that if we were married here, it would be huge wedding. Jonathan’s family is much smaller and it just seemed to us both that it was more fitting to have a small, intimate wedding. So we decided to have a big party in Atlanta, and then have a small and intimate wedding at one of our favorite places that we’d visited together.
HH: What was your toughest decision?
KW: The guest list, by far! You really want all your friends and family to celebrate with you. And by picking a destination, you know you’re going to be cutting out some special people just for affordability and other practical reasons. You just hope they understand.
HH: I get it … and that hasn’t changed since I got married. So what were the destination choices?
KW: Aspen … but we were engaged there, so we’d checked that box. Laguna Beach and Cabo San Lucas. Cabo won! (And we can see why!)
HH: OMG. That view is incredible!
KW: We love it! We’ll be married on that little peninsula overlooking the water, and our reception will wrap around the surrounding terraces. (HH: I think I want to get married all over again.)
HH: How many are in your wedding party?
KW: Actually, we’re not doing a traditional wedding party. My brother – to whom I’m very close – is going to be my “Man of Honor.” Jonathan’s Dad is his Best Man.
HH: Aww, that’s so nice. I’m not going to ask what you’re wearing (Jonathan may read this!), but what is the color scheme?
KW: Everything is white: white flowers, white sand and Jonathan will be wearing white linen. Our families will be dressed in different shades of blue.
HH: Like the ocean!
KW: Exactly. It’s such a pretty setting that it speaks for itself. We’re keeping everything else very simple and elegant with lanterns, candles and a little bit of greenery.
HH: You’ve been so organized from the very first day you came in for your registry. What’s your secret?
KW: Actually, I bought the Wedding Agenda from Huff Harrington Home, and I’ve been following it to a T! It’s a great tool, and it’s helped me be organized from day 1, so I’ve had it all planned out and don’t need to stress.
HH: Well, shameless plug for us … but while we’re at it, tell us about your registry! What have you selected?
KW: I love all the products I picked out from you. (Thank you!) I Love everything in the store so it was so fun to pick out all my favorite things. (She really said this!) We’ve selected Skyros for our everyday china in white. And Arte Italica for some of the serving pieces. And of course we love Annie Glass.
HH: How have you organized everything from a distance, i.e. the photographer, the florist, the menu, etc…
KW: The hotel has a wedding planner and I worked with her. I created a pinterest board of all the things I liked and the wedding planner used my ideas to narrow down the choices. Then she just sent me two choices for each (photographer, florist, etc…) and I didn’t have to struggle with too many decisions. It made everything so easy.
HH: How smart. (And I wish they’d had Pinterest back when I got married!). What was the best advice you got?
KW: I was told to prioritize ahead of time what I wanted to splurge on. I decided on the invitations, since they set the tone and are keepsakes. We custom designed the logo, and everything involved in the wedding will feature the logo and the same look.
HH: You sure have it under control. How do you stay calm?
KW: I’ve learned how important it is to be organized. This is a big year for us. We’re planning a wedding, we’ve bought a house, and we’re renovating … all in a year. The key is having a plan and getting things done ahead of time.
HH: Well I could certainly learn a lesson or two from you! I’m a little jealous, but equally inspired, so I really appreciate your taking the time to meet with me. Thank you, Kendall, and I know your wedding will be everything you’ve dreamed about and planned for … and much more.
P.S. We were so delighted that Kendall shared her wedding plans with us — and we loved helping her with her registry. If you’re a bride to be — or if there is one in your life — we’ll be happy to provide an individualized and custom bridal registry. Just visit our registry website … or come see us!