High School Sweethearts
McKenna and Vince met and began dating in high school in 2011. They very quickly knew they wanted to go through life together (Vince kind of unintentionally blurted out “I Love You” a little sooner than expected) and were engaged at the end of the following year in 2012.
Just by looking at their pictures, and hearing McKenna talk about Vince, it so easy to see that they are crazy about each other. McKenna is a Cali girl that loves the country style and recently finished school at Paul Mitchell. Vince is a man’s man with a soft spot for just about anything his wife wants and is working on getting his EMT. As a couple, they simply love spending time together. One of their favorite spots is Disneyland and they even have matching Minnie and Mickey kiss tattoos.
Planning the Wedding
McKenna very openly said “Planning the wedding was easy!“, which to some brides may be baffling. How did she make it so easy? She let loose of the reigns and let everyone else dig through the planning and just gave the final say. Basically, she just wanted the day to come and wasn’t too worried about each little detail. Her biggest piece of advice for brides is “Don’t be overly picky. If you are overly picky, you won’t get what you want because the whole day will just be about fighting over little things.”
The first choice they made was the venue – The Longshadow Ranch and Winery. McKenna knew that she wanted a country style wedding and this venue pulled out all the stops with its available wedding planner and various recommendations for vendors such a the florist they used.
Next thing she knew for sure was that she wanted to have Tiffany Blue as her main color with Sunflowers (her favorite). All of which helped establish her country style wedding.
They decided to have a traditional wedding – partly because they wanted to pull out all the stops and partly because they knew it would make planning easier. This means walking down the aisle, lighting a unity candle, the first dance, a money dance, cutting the cake, garter toss, and the bouquet toss. The thing is, even though it was traditional, they definitely ended up with a wedding that was uniquely them.
The Wedding Day
She rode up to the ceremony in a rustic carriage (the very one that was in the show Little House on the Prairie!) with her Papa who walked her up and handed her off to her dad and step dad.
As part of their ceremony they lit a unity candle.
Then the party broke out the delicious dinner; catered BBQ. Moving towards making things more festive, the dinner included speeches by family memebers, the best man, and the maid of honor. Next was all about FUN -money dance, garter toss, and the bouquet toss! Ending the night of traditions with cutting the cake.
A Closer Look
The photographer, Leah Marie, captured each moment and each Etsy made detail exactly how they wanted.
Of all of the little details that McKenna found on Etsy, she was most excited about this rustic, country themed cake topper.
We love getting a chance to share beautiful weddings just like McKenna’s and Vince’s and we are just so honored to get to peak into their happy new life together. We happily congratulate them on both their wedding and the happy news they shared that they are now expecting a baby girl to be named Emelynn!
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