From Brigitte: From the day we got engaged, I knew I wanted to have a super creative, unique, and FUN wedding. I couldn’t find anything I liked in traditional bridal magazines, so I decided to design the day from scratch. Being super crafty anyway, I was thrilled to create our wedding. I wanted it to be glamorous, funky, and really romantic – and I wanted our guests to have a blast! The experience for my guests was really important to me, so I planned lots of fun things during any downtime.
I was inspired by the vibrant colors and textures of Dia De Los Muertos, which was the day after our wedding, but didn’t want to have skulls all over the place. So our wedding was full of bright colors, feathers, and lots of paper flowers and poms! All of the flowers (all made of tissue paper) for our big day were handmade by me and my very helpful friends. We also glittered a ton of different sized pumpkins and set them among centerpieces, and put together a candy buffet that matched our colors. It was on Halloween, after all! I also made all of our hair fascinators, bridesmaids’ bouquets, flowergirl wand, bouts, and corsages. It was so special to see all the people we care about wearing unique pieces I made for them!
My then-fiance and I realized that puzzles are really significant to us, so we incorporated them into lots of our decor. (Years ago, between the time when we met and when we reunited – we were broken up for a few years, I knew Scott was the man I was going to marry … though he definitely didn’t know it yet. For Valentine’s day, I mailed him a handmade heart shaped puzzle that simply said, “Love is patient,” when put together. And how true that turned out to be! We also love to do puzzles together, something we didn’t know about each other.) Our escort cards were puzzle pieces – guests turned over their puzzle piece to see a pattern, and then searched out the other 9 people with the same pattern. Once the pieces were fit together, the puzzle revealed their table number! Secretly, it was also a fun way to break the ice and get everyone chatting with each other. We also included puzzle pieces in lots of other places; you’ll find them peeking out of bouquets, boutonnieres, programs …
We also included what we call our “power couple” name in a lot of our wedding elements. Our names combined are “Scigitte” (Scott and Brigitte). We had Converse shoes custom made for Scott and his groomsmen with Scigitte on them, and we even had a website at www.scigitte.com. To this day, our friends still call us that!
The very best part of our wedding day by FAR was our first kiss – when we got back together, we decided right off the bat not to kiss until our wedding day. It was really challenging, but it was well worth it. It was the most incredible, special moment, and definitely the crowning jewel of a perfect day. Although I’m sure our guests would say the best part was the photobooth! We also got to have one of our favorite bands, the Pawnshop Kings, come and perform our first dance song called “You and No Other.” Our Same Day Edit was so amazing and had all our guests in tears. (You can see our SDE here: http://bit.ly/nRpdJd) There were so many priceless things that happened that day, its hard to pick a favorite!
I always dreamed of having fireworks at my wedding, so we left the reception through an aisle of sparklers waved by our friends and family. Our getaway car was a gorgeous 1930’s Rolls Royce – a very sweet surprise that Scott set up!
It was truly an amazing day – perfectly us from start to finish, and the best way to start a marriage to the man I’m more in love with every day.
My best advice to brides planning their wedding is to remember that this day is all about you and your love! The most perfect wedding is going to be perfectly you – not anyone else. It’s ok (and so much fun) to “think outside the box” and come up with things that are unique to you and your love! I found as I was planning and creating our wedding that this is the job of my dreams, and have since started my own wedding design business – helping other brides design a day that uniquely displays their love story and invites their guests to be a part of it.
Credits & Resources
Venue: Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club| Planning/Design: Artsy Heartsy Events, (by the bride) | Photography: Focus Photography Inc. | Videographer: Threaded Films (formerly Weddings by SML) | Cake: Its All About The Cake | Photobooth: Poetry Photo Booths | Band: Pawnshop Kings | DJ: Generations Entertainment | Hairpieces: Brigitte Scigitte | Bridal Bouquet: Desicra on Etsy