We were really inspired by the free spirited, mountain wedding. My husband and I both grew up in the mountains, and as much as we wanted to have a beautiful wedding, we also wanted to be cost effective and practical. Many of the decorations, the hair, the makeup, and the invites we all created or did on our own; bridesmaids dresses we ordered from various boutiques that would allow bridesmaids to wear their dresses again. We catered our own food and my dad made our wedding “cake” (it was a dutch oven pie).
Joey and I met through mutual friends who decided we HAD to meet. Joey is currently a PJ (Pararescue man) in the Air Force, and I an aspiring Physician Assistant. We are two people who are both adventurous, thrill-seeking and most of all, value teamwork in our careers and in our marriage. We were quick to friend one another on Facebook and within a matter of weeks, I bought a plane ticket to New Mexico to visit him. We spent 10 glorious days together, and we both knew we were made for each other. We dated long-distance for a year before Joey proposed on the top of the New Mexico Sandia Mountains where we had our first date. We had to take a leap of faith with each other from the moment to buying a plane ticket to meet to saying “I do” at the altar, and it was the best decision we ever made. That’s what it means to be in a marriage is to be able to be vulnerable with and trust one another. My advice to brides out there is getting married is a once in a lifetime experience. Don’t be stingy with the person capturing your memories whether that is with your photographer or videographer. Find ways to be practical and cut costs when planning your wedding because that allots more money to someone who can capture the raw and beautiful memories of your wedding. Those pictures and videos are the things you will hold on to after everyone goes home and you carry on as husband and wife. Lastly, meditate before the big day begins to remind yourself to soak in every bump, every tear, every smile, and every kiss because at the end of the day you are promised a best friend, cheerleader, adventure partner, business colleague, jack of all trades, and lover for the rest of your life.
– Idaho bride, Jacqueline Barajas