The Happy Couple
Josh (on the left) and Jason (on the right) actually “met” for the first time online. They had mutual friends and were able to bond quickly because they had grown up in the same church and had similar Disney backgrounds -Josh had worked at Disneyland, Jason worked Disney World, and they both ended up working on Disney cruises (They really like Disney). For the first four months of knowing each other they just talked online and over the phone. Josh stated that “It was really nice getting to know someone for who they were, rather than all the ‘materialistic’ things that you normally look at when dating.” After about a year of dating they moved in together, and then after three years full of growing closer together, Josh decided that it was time to “pop the question”.
Nervous and excited, Josh asked Jason to marry him in the Rose Pub at Disney World right before the fireworks went up. What could be more appropriate? The memory includes an enthusiastic yes, dear friends that were just as excited as the couple, and chairs that were a little too close together, making it so that Josh could only “kind of kneel”.
Planning the Wedding
Before they even started choosing colors and cake toppers, they knew at least two things going into planning their wedding.
They wanted it to be as traditional as possible.
They wanted it to be straight up classy.
“We figured we were having a gay wedding, which is still a semi new concept, so we tried to keep it as ‘traditional’ as possible so people were not too freaked out. [Plus,] It was important to Jason to have a classy wedding; he wanted people to dress up and really make it an event to remember”
And they most definitely achieved their goals!
They found a great outdoor venue called Monteleone Meadows in Murrieta California.Their venue provided them with a wedding planner, Hennie, whom Josh says was very hands on in making their dream wedding come true. Josh’s raving for this venue and wedding planner could not of been greater. They loved how attentive Hennie and the venue staff were, and most importantly, that there were no hidden fees. Everything was laid out clearly and they took care of pretty much everything. Josh and Jason used the onsite florist that Hennie recommended, and then the venue also took care of the cake, set up, food, and officiant.
Josh and Jason’s planning tip for couples planning their wedding: “Enjoy the planning process; don’t put everything off because that is when you stress. Also, pay for things as you go and don’t wait till two weeks before -you will stress yourself out!”
Everything was Perfect
They woke up to go get ready (their bridesmaids seemed to need a lot more time) and headed over to meet with their stylist. Then there was this small hiccup when the power was out at the venue, but all was well when they then took the stylists to Josh’s mom’s house to get ready. No biggie.
After that, everything seriously went perfectly. They returned to the venue and it was like magic as everything fell into place.
Walking Down the Aisle
Keeping Wedding Traditions: Since they were trying to keep it traditional, but also felt it would be inappropriate for one of them to walk down an aisle, they decided to have each of their mom’s walk them up to the alter.The aisle wrapped around the venue’s pond; Josh went up on one side and Jason on the other. Then, they each had a groom’s maid of honor, a best man, and three groom’s maids. Additionally, there were two flower girls and a ring bearer. Josh’s excitement could hardly be contained as he repeatedly expressed, “It was perfect”.
As part of the ceremony, they used a unity sand vase; each taking turns pouring in the sand, becoming one together.
And as traditional as they made things, they couldn’t help but also make things a little zany!
At the reception they had food, dancing, and they each threw a groom’s bouquet. The only disappointment was that the DJ turned out to be not as great as advertised. But still, it was everything they wanted in that they had their family and friends there to share their love and joy.
“It was perfect. Our families got to meet our friends, and our friends got to become our family.”
The Little Details
Their colors were, of course, black, white, and red.
Gorgeous red rose centerpieces!
Bold Wedding Favors!
For wedding favors, they gave out martini glasses filled with bath salts that they got from Kaya Mansa. Each martini glass was covered in either clear or red cellophane and had a little label with their J&J logo.
Their photography, that they loved, came from A Shutter In Time Photography . And then their DJ came from DJ, Elite Music Works.
And their adorable cake topper is actually a lot like ones we have in stock at Wedding Collectibles!
I think it is safe to say that Josh and Jason’s wedding definitely turned into an event to remember. Their new takes on old traditions are a great inspiration for other couples that want to break the boundaries of the wedding tradition.
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