Not many couples pick their wedding date before they are officially engaged, but that’s exactly what we did. Thereafter, we followed a more traditional approach to wedding planning, using a checklist to help us stay on track. Homemade invitations and centerpieces helped establish a garden feel that matched our venue, the Berwood Hill Inn.
Scott and I met while working as veterinary technicians at the Plainview Veterinary Clinic. We started out as friends, though everyone around us suspected we would soon be in a relationship! After our first date, we never looked back.
Typical story—boy meets girl in high school, and they fall head over heels. Fast forward 10 years, and they are happily married with beautiful wedding memories. The best part of our wedding was not perfect weather, gorgeous décor, or the location, nor was it rocking awesome bling or having Henry Roth as the bridal consultant at Mestads. The best part was the fact that, finally, we were able to commit the rest of our lives together in front of everyone we loved.
Amanda and I were married at 5 a.m. on a Wednesday in a hospital room. We had four guests, including the most important one—Amanda’s mom, who was in the ICU. We held this smaller, more intimate wedding ahead of our larger one so she could be sure to attend. Sadly, just one month before the larger event, she passed away. After some discussion, we went ahead with the other wedding. We knew Mom was looking down from heaven, and we wanted to provide our family with a happy celebration of love.
When Rich and I met, we instantly had a connection, and given our competitive-sport backgrounds, we decided to challenge one another to a foot race. We’re still debating who won, but really, we both did, because five years later, Rich proposed at Riverside Park.