Romantic California Cottage Wedding: Kayla & Tawsha
April 11, 2015
Kayla and Tawsha met in high school through a mutual friend. They didn’t start dating until after high school, though, so technically they don’t claim to be high school sweethearts! During college, they dated long distance, and their relationship survived the challenge.
Kayla proposed to Tawsha in Vegas, where the couple currently lives, while they were out with friends. She planned a whole surprise proposal with her friends who “mysteriously” disappeared. Tawsha looked away to see where they went, and when she turned back to Kayla, the ring was out. Before she said yes, Tawsha actually asked, “Is that why our friends left?”
Tawsha wanted a garden wedding with a romantic, intimate vibe. The Christmas House was perfect because it was stunning with all of the trees, flowers, and twinkle lights everywhere. It was the only venue they toured, and they knew it was perfect the second they saw the gardens.
Tawsha used an online tool that helped the couple with their plans. The venue coordinator was also supportive. She answered any questions and gave helpful advice. One of the hardest parts was choosing something and sticking to that idea. Tawsha claims to have changed her décor ideas five times before her final decision.
It was rewarding for the brides to see their guests enjoy the things that Tawsha made, including the escort terrariums and guest book alternative, an open top frame where guests wrote their names on wooden hearts and dropped them in the frame.
Walking down the aisle is Tawsha’s favorite memory of the day, even though she was super nervous. Both brides really enjoyed dancing with their guests, and being surrounded by people they love.
Tawsha definitely suggests that other same-sex couples tell their vendors that you are having a same-sex wedding. It’s neither fun, nor nice if they deny you service, but you don’t want someone on your special day who doesn’t support you.
Also, she says, make sure you take time on your wedding day to just stop and look around and really taking everything in. It goes by so quickly. It’s good to just stop for a second and absorb what’s happening around you.
S. Walker is a freelance writer for GayWeddings.com.