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Bride to Bride: April

Apr 20, 2017

Advice from someone who has been in the same pretty little shoes! 

Bride to Bride is a new series born from the desire to help you! It is a simple interview that contains what this past bride loved about her day, wished she had done differently, and much more! Without further a due here is this month’s bride! 

Bride: Jasmine Hadley

Dress: Mon Amie Bridal

Bridesmaids dresses: Asos

Coordinator: To Have and To Hold

Florist: Growing Grace Floral Designs

Venue: The McLaughlin House

Caterer: Stonefire Grill

Dessert: Chunk-N-Chip


CN: What is something you wish you knew before the wedding planning process?

JH: Something that I wish I knew was the amount of help I really needed. At first, I wanted to tackle it all myself and I thought I knew what I wanted. As time went on, I realized how hard it was to balance my schooling and wedding planning. I was up till midnight every night trying to make every decision perfect. I was too hard on myself and it took away the fun of the planning!

Thankfully I have an amazing mother-in-law who came to my rescue! I am so thankful that she was able to help me research and make decisions when I couldn’t. I couldn’t have done it alone! 

CN: Do you have any tips for staying connected to your Fiancé while wedding planning? Or any advice for cultivating a good foundation for marriage? 

JH: When we first got engaged I asked my husband what he wanted at the wedding. He didn’t care too much about the little details but I made sure the few specific thing he did want were included in our day. I did this even when I didn’t agree since it was OUR day and not just mine. This made the wedding planning fun for the both of us!

Communication is key during planning as well as marriage! Planning a wedding together is a great way to practice and build your communication skills for marriage!

CN: Is there anything you wish you would have done differently? 

JH: I wish I would have hired a  videographer or at least had someone record the ceremony. I decided not to because of the cost. But looking back and I really wish I had! 

CN: If you could give one piece of advice to another bride, what would it be? 

JH: Just have fun! Make your wedding into a fun celebration! There were times while planning when I would have breakdowns because I was overwhelmed with trying to make others happy. I kept thinking of what my guest would want and didn’t consider my own preferences. Once my mother-in-law got involved with the planning she was able to help me make decisions for me!

So my advice is to choose things that YOU want! It’s your day so don’t stress about what others think! 

CN: What is one of your favorite memories from the wedding? 

JH: How could I just pick one?! Well, I can’t, so here is a couple! The whole preparation process was so special to me. Just being with all my bridesmaids in the morning, relaxing and getting ready! We had so much fun and I cherish those moments.

The ceremony itself was amazing! I loved that our pastor spoke to what God intends for marriage and that My husband and I took communion while one of my sweet bridesmaids sang.

OH and I cant forget when my husband and I jumped in the pool at our reception! And yes I was in my dress!!! That was probably THE best memory of the wedding!

CN: Is there anything else you would like to add? 

JH:I want you to LOVE your photographer as I love mine 🙂 Christa made the engagement sessions and the day of a breeze! I knew she would get every shot I dreamed of and she did that and more! She made everything fun and not stressful. I am very thankful for her and all the moments she captured! 

P.s. Are there any other question you’d like to know from past brides? Comment them below! 

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Christa Norman is a wedding photographer based out of Orange County California and Nagoya Japan