Laura and Joe had a beautiful wedding at the Brookside Country Club in California. But rather than do all the talking, I’ll let the bride tell you all about her special day:
How did you and your husband meet?
Joe and I met while in medical school in Northern California. We only dated for two months before I moved to New York City for my residency training. Joe still had one more year of medical school left so I did not think our relationship would last after my cross-country move. However Joe was sure that our love was worth fighting for, so he came to visit me multiple times that year and eventually also moved to New York City for his residency.
During those years of arduous medical training, despite working 80 hours per week with no overlapping weekends or vacations off, we managed to make our relationship stronger. We supported, listened, and took care of each other. Most of all, we made each other laugh. Next thing we knew we were talking marriage. He proposed on my 29th birthday, after taking me out to a steakhouse in Manhattan, with his great-grandmother’s heirloom ring.
Wow! And how was your engagement?
We knew we didn’t want to complicate the wedding planning process with a long engagement, so we were married five months later. I had my share of family arguments, but being engaged only five months kept the excitement and the momentum going, and helped us focus on the things that were most important to us for the wedding.
What advice would you give to future brides and grooms-to-be?
My best piece of advice for women planning their weddings is to let boys be boys. Have your fiancé pick the things he most cares about for the wedding (for Joe it was the food) and have fun planning those things together. For the rest of it, such as the flowers, invitations, even registry, don’t set high expectations or you may get disappointed.
My husband and I had the time of our lives at our wedding. We have such treasured memories from that day, and are so thankful for our families, friends, and all the vendors that helped make it so special.
Thank you so much for talking with us, Laura. Mazel Tov to you and your new husband!
Photographer: Julie Nicole Photography//Shoes:Betsey Johnson//Dress Designer: Alfred Sung//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Calvin Klein//Floral Designer:Daisy’s Wedding and Floral//Hair Stylist:Kristen Patterson Wedding & Special Event Stylist//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Macy’s//Cake Designer:Maria Mata Cakes//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Men’s Wearhouse//Dress Store: Bliss//Reception Venue: Brookside Country Club//DJ: Joel Nelson Productions