Wed­ding High­lights: Sarah & Mike 3-​18-​2017

For the girls at Lesner Inn, one of the hard­est parts of our jobs is see­ing our cou­ples leave on their wed­ding night. We have been through so much with them and after the main event, we are so sad that we won’t be work­ing with them any­more. Thank­fully, we get to see pho­tos and videos from the big day and we love fol­low­ing along through cus­tom hash­tags and pho­tog­ra­pher blogs. But there is some­thing spe­cial about hear­ing a bride talk about her wed­ding day so we reached out to Sarah, one of our March 2017 brides, to hear more about the big day from her point of view!

Start­ing with the age old intro…how did you two meet?View More: http://kirstynmarie.pass.us/sarahmike

Mike and I actu­ally met at the OneLife gym on VB Boule­vard when it opened up, the minute I saw him I swear I knew he would be my hus­band (and I pro­ceeded to tell all my girl­friends that the cute guy in the black nikes would be mine!) Once he finally got up the courage to ask me out, I found out that he had been call­ing me his gym wife to his guy friends (before meet­ing me).. so it was def­i­nitely love at first sight!! I love our story and even now at 7 months preg­nant with our lit­tle guy, we still work out together all the time!

This is the most fun part to hear, how did he pro­pose?

We love to ride bikes together at the ocean­front so one (hot) night in July he took me for a bike ride to the north end… and I could see the ring box in his pocket the whole time! I was silently freak­ing out and then he finally said we should pull over for a minute and I knew it was com­ing! Then he got down on one knee and I pre­tended of course to be so sur­prised, it was very sweet!

Did you always have a clear pic­ture of what you wanted your wed­ding to look like or did you find your vision along the way?

I went back and forth a lot on what my wed­ding would look like, I always thought I would do some­thing small and inti­mate and we still had the inti­mate piece at the Lesner Inn but ended up with about 120 peo­ple and it was per­fect. Color and theme-​wise, I have always wanted a blush, cham­pagne and whim­si­cal wed­ding.

How long after you got engaged did you start look­ing for a venue and what made you pick Lesner Inn?

We started look­ing right away, I wanted our engage­ment to be a year or less so we moved quickly! I lived on Shore Drive for a few years and love the area, we plan on mov­ing back there even­tu­ally and it just seemed like the per­fect fit! Lesner Inn is the per­fect mix of the beach and class, which was per­fect for us.

View More: http://kirstynmarie.pass.us/sarahmikeWhat other ven­dors helped with your big day and let us know why you loved them : )

Han­nah Hilde­brandt was my wed­ding plan­ner and she is AMAZ­ING, hands down the best deci­sion I made with our wed­ding was choos­ing her as my plan­ner! She helped me pick out our ven­dors, includ­ing Kirstyn Marie Jor­dan (our pho­tog­ra­pher), Incred­i­ble Edi­bles (bak­ery), Kelly Gish (our florist), and Paper­Dolls Design (for all of our invites and paper goods). All of our ven­dors were so easy to deal with and our vision came together per­fectly with the help of Brit­tany at the Lesner Inn, she is a god­send! Our engage­ment and wed­ding pic­tures are hon­estly per­fec­tion and we are using Kirstyn again in a few weeks for my mater­nity pic­tures!

What was the hard­est part of the wed­ding plan­ning process?

Hon­estly, Han­nah and Brit­tany made it so easy, I am also pretty laid-​back when it comes to deci­sion mak­ing so I wasn’t super OCD about the wed­ding but we didn’t have much stress over any­thing. Towards the end, mak­ing sure all the tiny details come together was prob­a­bly the hard­est part.

What was your favorite part of the wed­ding and why? View More: http://kirstynmarie.pass.us/sarahmike

The cer­e­mony, hands-​down. We used Ken Lane (Rev­erend) to do our cer­e­mony and he was just incred­i­ble, the whole thing was beau­ti­ful and per­sonal and heart-​felt. My Husband’s vows were also so lov­ing truly the sweet­est words I’ve ever heard, every­one was in tears, so that was prob­a­bly my absolute favorite part.

Were there any spe­cial lit­tle touches that you included to make the day more per­sonal to you?

I loved hav­ing our sig­na­ture drink named after our dog, Win­ston. We made sure to get some great pic­tures of him with Kirstyn and put those up at the bar with the drink menu! Mike and I also opted out of the first look and waited to see each other until I came down the aisle, and this made all the dif­fer­ence in the world to me. I know there are perks to a first look, but noth­ing could change the way we felt when we saw each other, his face was price­less and it made me feel like the most spe­cial girl in the world! So, if you are debat­ing a first look, I say don’t because the real first look is so spe­cial!

If you had to go back and do it all over again, is there any­thing that you would change?

I have thought about this a few times and talked with fam­ily and friends…and hon­estly we wouldn’t change a thing. Our wed­ding was absolutely per­fect.

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What advice or rec­om­men­da­tions would you give to future cou­ples plan­ning their big day?

Use a plan­ner!! Enjoy the process and don’t get hung up on the lit­tle things because when you’re walk­ing down the aisle, the lit­tle things that didn’t turn out per­fectly won’t mat­ter at all!

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Truer words have never been spo­ken. We find that a lot of our brides com­ment that hav­ing a plan­ner or even a day-​of-​coordinator helps to make the whole process much smoother. Don’t for­get that Lesner Inn offers day of coor­di­na­tion but we also have some great full and par­tial plan­ning friend-​ors that we would love to rec­om­mend to you!

Con­grat­u­la­tions again to Sarah & Mike and we can­not wait until Baby Sawyer’s debut!


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