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Intro…aka…not your typical bride

August 6th, 2010 § 1 comment

By Valerie Gonzales

Every little girl dreams of her wedding day… right?   Not so true in my case.  As my family can tell you, my dreams were quite a bit more complicated, usually involving plot twists and epic storylines more suited for a James Cameron film than a little girl’s imagination. 

Okay, so there was ONE wedding dream I had several years ago….  In it I was in a big park with a little chapel in the distance.  I had on the typical big, puffy white dress (veil and all), and was off to meet my groom.  Then, in a shiny silver mustang, pulls up my best friend David.  When I see him my heart stops, and I realize I do NOT want to go into that chapel.  So I go over to him, visibly upset, and tell him that I have no idea why I’m getting married to this nameless other person.  David, being the quick thinker he is, opens the door to his car and simply says, “Get in.”  And off we drive into the sunset…. (enter video of the last scene in “The Graduate”)

When I told David about this dream, months before we were actually dating, I think we both knew what it meant.  Now, here we are, ready to drive into another sunset.

Now, in that dream, I never got to see my reception.  So things like decorations, flowers, music and all that were left behind so I could enjoy my time with the man I love.  Don’t get me wrong, I LIKE all these things, but I don’t consider myself a visionary in the art and design of weddings.  The last few weddings I have been to have been great, and offered me a taste of what is out there and what is really important to have for yourself and your guests.  But those weddings belonged to those couples.  Finding our own style is proving to be more difficult.  All the bridal magazines I’ve seen have gorgeous weddings… but how to pick your own is tough.

As we enter the world of tulle and flowers, join in the journey!  We are approaching this like we approached house hunting… with a sense of humor, as much information as we can gather, and lots and lots of patience.  I don’t expect things to be perfect, because what is the fun in that?  My ideas are all over the place, but with the help of my family and friends, I hope to figure out this whole wedding thing.

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