Leah & Matt | Real Wedding

I think the most common question that we are asked is “how did you start your business?”. To be honest, our company was born out of our OWN wedding planning. Yep, that’s right. We put a ton of work, time and effort into planning our wedding (with the help of our parents and close friends). After our wedding, we realized we kind of enjoyed the planning process and really liked working together.

As soon as we got engaged, I knew exactly how I wanted my wedding to be. Fun, funky, and completely ‘US’. I had always wanted to get married at my parents home in Chandler, Arizona, and luckily, Matt was totally okay with the idea. They own a historic home in Chandler, that was built in 1918. It was one of the first homes in Chandler, equipped with a water tower and windmill. Thanks to Pinterest and blogs, I was able to find all sorts of inspiration and DIY projects to help make my dreams a reality. My mother and I crafted for countless hours and took way too many trips to different craft stores. We created all of our decor including our light up marquee signs, our ginormous seating chart, the chalkboard signs, all the bunting that hung over our cocktail hour and reception, and our paper products including our invitations, programs, and additional paper signage in golden frames.

Matt and my dad handmade all of the benches we used in our ceremony, which was a huge task. My bridesmaids and I were able to get ready in the comfort of my parents home, which was my home growing up, so it was very sentimental for me. We had a blast all morning getting our hair done and drinking mimosas.

Matt and I could not decide if we wanted to do a first look or not. We finally decided that we would not do a first look. One of the things I was mostly worried about by not doing a first look was not being able to get enough pictures of just us, which is something many previous brides and planners had told me. After the ceremony, we went straight into pictures, and had the best time. We were able to enjoy each other and celebrate being married, rather than taking pictures before. I would recommend for any bride out there to stay with tradition and skip the first look. Seeing your fiancé’s face as you walk down the aisle is totally worth it.

We had the most delicious food at our wedding. Seriously, your guests notice if you have good food or not. After an hour of dancing, once it got a little bit closer to the end of our night, we requested our caterer to serve french bread pizza. This was a huge hit! Matt and I were too busy dancing to get any, but everyone said it was such a good idea. Finding vendors you trust and can consider your friends is a big deal. We are so happy with everyone we chose. I can say, that we spent many hours of labor ourselves crafting and creating things for half the price you could find online. If you are a DIY bride, than you should really DIY with the majority of everything for your wedding. It makes it that much more special to you, knowing all the hard work & creativeness you put into your wedding.

After our wedding, we had no idea what to do with everything we started to buy, collect, build, etc. So, we decided to try to rent some of it out for some extra money. Slowly, we started to get people asking “Where did you get married?” “Do you have any tables or wine barrels?” “How much for benches for 200 guests?”… We realized that our small little company was growing and we needed to grow our inventory to keep up with certain requests. We had plans to move to San Francisco at the beginning of 2015, but that quickly changed our small, local business started to snowball into something more. Growing a business is HARD word and it doesn’t actually happen overnight. We are so invested into making this work and bringing other events to life. We are so excited to see where else this journey will take us and we are so thankful for those who are supporting us and following us along for the ride.

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Photography: Lowe Photos
Coordinator: Shannon Smith from Sassy Soirees
Cinematography: ZoMei Film Stories
Flowers: The Flower Studio
Caterer & Cake: Robert’s Catering
Hair & Makeup: Babydoll Weddings
Dress Shop: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Wedding Dress Bee
Groom’s Attire: ASOS
Jewelry & Hair Accessories: Mignonne Handmade
Prop/Furniture Rentals:  Tremaine Ranch
Dj: Robert Walk from Just Weddings AZ

1 Comment
  • Amanda Csakan
    April 5, 2016

    How perfect that your business grew naturally out of your love for each other! Your wedding was absolutely beautiful. Loved seeing your photos. 🙂

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