Ploy and I met over 4 years ago when she was in the wedding of a past bride and groom turned friends. We have stayed in touch since the wedding via social media, and I was elated when I received her text about her engagement and upcoming wedding. It is hard to believe that her and Casey’s big day has already come and gone. These two have the biggest hearts and were surrounded be the most kind and fun family and friends.
Here is an inside peek into the planning of their big day at El Chorro:
:: What were each of your thoughts the night before the wedding?
We were both surprisingly calm as we were surrounded by so many of our friends and family. I had a few of my best friends stay over with me and we spent most of the evening sharing stories and that was just the greatest way to transition into the big day.
:: Aside from your “I Do’s”, what is one moment you will never forget about your wedding day?
There was a moment with my mother and my bridesmaids before we walked down the aisle where I remembered that before things began to move forward at a rapid pace, to look around and give thanks. We had a lovely toast, over pink champagne and I remember looking at everyone in the room and making sure they each knew how pivotal they are in my life. Tears were shed and the love I felt at that moment will forever stay with me.
:: What were your immediate thoughts when you saw each other for the first time (i.e. first look)?
Casey and I immediately smiled and while pictures were being taken, we softly were reminiscing about all our chapters that led us to that very moment.
:: Any funny memories you’d like to share from your wedding celebration (before/during/after)?
Every wedding I have ever been to with Casey’s friends, something always ends up happening to the boys the day of the wedding. I knew the boys were going out after the rehearsal dinner and I remember saying “please don’t get too crazy”. I woke up and started getting ready only to be told one of the groomsmen needed some concealer as he face planted into the concrete at a bar and gave himself a black eye. My first instinct was “of course this would happen and to not panic” but everything ended up being fine and quite the dream team I had as you couldn’t even tell he had a black eye!
:: Any advice you’d like to share with other couples planning their big day?
To not let the small things set you off balance. Your expectations will be surpassed, you’ll drink, dance and it will all be bliss, so just enjoy it!
:: Did anything surprise you about the process of planning your wedding?
Not really, everything was pretty straight forward.
:: What songs did you pick for your ceremony and why?
We hired Sweet Water Strings to play and we wanted to stick to a few Quartet classics but also have them play some favorites while guests sipped on champagne and took in the mood. We chose “Thinking Out Loud” “The Way you look Tonight” “Make you feel my love” and “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”.
:: What songs did you pick for your reception and why?
We really wanted to create a modern, lounge ambience for cocktail hour so we asked Dave, at Desert House Productions if he could play Sam Smith, Adele, Coldplay and a few others with a touch of his mixing skills. After dinner, the dancing was more than I could have ever imagined. We wanted to go “Vegas” style with the music and it was the most fun night of dancing I’ve ever had. There was a continuous dance off throughout the night that ceased to ease off and throughout the weekend, everyone kept talking about the music!
:: When you think back to your wedding day, what are three words you would use to describe it?
Enchanted Dream Garden.
Beauty :: Crowns Hair Salon
Cake & Dessert Display :: Ruze Cake House
Ceremony Entertainment :: Sweetwater Strings
Florist :: Carte Blanche Floral
Hotel :: Omni Montelucia
Linens :: La Tavola Linen
Photo Booth :: The Hip Booth
Photography :: Daniel Kim Photography
Reception Entertainment :: Desert House Productions
Stationery :: Foil & Ink
Transportation :: The Driver Provider
Venue :: El Chorro