The planning was an interesting journey. Leah and Ashley went from “We don’t have to pick a date right now, it’s just nice to be engaged” to “LET’S PLAN EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW” in about the space of a day. They made a list of tasks to do each month (referred to as the Wedding Quest List) and started methodically burning through it. By the end of November, they had their venue, photographer, preliminary menu, guest list, invitations, and a dressmaker for Leah. After another month, they decided where Ashley would be getting her suit.
Part of their adventure included visiting several stores together to choose the used books they needed to construct their table centerpieces. Both of them love to read, so each table had a genre theme. Books, Pop! figures, and themed rubber stamps were searched out and assembled over the course of a few months.
Ashley made all of the cupcakes herself! (Okay, with some help from a friend and from Leah’s mom.) After months of testing Ashley and Leah decided on recipes for four varieties of cupcakes: German chocolate, red velvet, limoncello, and champagne vanilla. In addition, Ashley’s parents made all of the non-dessert food for the reception. It was pretty amazing having all of the food prepared in-house by family.
One favorite detail was having their guests choose books to take home. In lieu of wedding favors, Ashley and Leah invited their guests to take books from the centerpieces when they left. They didn’t have many books left by the end of the evening.