Allow me to introduce you to some of the best people on the planet. This is Victoria & Timmy, or as I refer to them, VicTim. And I have rarely met people who made me like them SO instantaneously. The cool and the hilarious rolls off these guys in waves and you know they’re going to have you in stitches the entire time you hang out.
Ready to see their completely stylish wedding? I knew you would be.
So one of my favorite things about this couple is their sense of personal style. Everything about this wedding was them to a “t,” down to Victoria’s TWO wedding dresses and their surprise choreographed dance that completely stunned their guests.
Most memorable moment from your wedding day?
There’s so many! I had two main moments I probably will never forget. The first was dancing down the aisle and meeting my parents at the end who danced with me! They had told me over and over and over again that they weren’t going to dance with me, that I should just stop and give them a hug before going up to the front, but they surprised me with some dancing! It really meant the world to me to have an entrance that was very “me” and for them to dance with me was just awesome.
The second moment was seeing my mother’s face after our surprise “first” dance. We had a regular, slow dance for our first dance and then came our surprise “first” dance that Timmy and I had been learning for almost a year. It was an homage to my mother’s Spanish heritage, and in particular, my late grandmother’s Andalusian roots. The end of our dance is the first section of a dance called the Sevillanas, which is a regional Flamenco-style dance from my grandmother’s native area. She passed in September at 101 years of age, and we really wanted to honor her memory. After the dance, we went to hug my mother and she burst into hysterical tears, and Timmy and I knew it had all been worth it!
Funniest moment on your wedding day?
Almost forgetting my vows as we’re walking out of the hotel room to catch our shuttle to the venue, screaming out, “MY VOWS!!!!” and my bridesmaids and I laughing hysterically as I retrieved them from my bag! My sister took the greatest picture of me laughing with relief afterwards! I can’t believe I almost forgot my vows!
What were you most anxious or nervous about regarding your wedding day and how did it turn out?
I was most anxious about all the surprises! I’m REALLY bad about keeping things secret, so from the aisle dancing, to our surprise first dance that was all for my mother and late grandmother, to my second red dress, I had a messed up stomach for nearly two weeks straight before the wedding! As soon as I changed into the red dress, all of the nervous anxiety went away, POOF, just like that, and I could finally just relax and have fun!
What advice would you give to other couples planning their wedding?
Keep it personal. Our wedding guest list spiraled out of control very quickly at the beginning, and it was all we could to do hold onto our personal touches. From our mixed gender bridal and groom’s parties, the processional dancing and songs, to the dresses and wedding party outfits that they were all able to choose on their own, to our “first” dance, our band, our temporary tattoo “favors”, to our “guest book” pinatas, everything we did was “us.” It’s about two families joining together, but we made sure that everyone remembered that this was also about our love story.
If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
Fight for the things I wanted a little harder. I didn’t really care to have a wedding in the first place, so most of it I didn’t feel very strongly about. I gave into my husband’s wishes at almost every turn, especially decisions that I thought he felt more strongly about, even when I knew that his choices were going to cause drama and make things more complex. I was right in the end, so I wish I had held my ground more at the beginning. It would’ve made for smoother things towards the end.
Any tips for future couples on how to prepare for their wedding photos?
Be up front about what you want. If you want classic, tell your photographer! If you don’t, share that! I knew we didn’t want anything super traditional or “classic”, so Raven was able to take photos of us in a very personal yet fun way. None of the bridesmaids had bouquets, and we had a mixed gender bridal and groom’s party, so it was fun to just pose as a big group of friends as opposed to the traditional heteronormative grouping. I’m so glad we chose Raven because she “got” us from day one and worked hard to make sure that our photos reflected us!
- Florist: Bold American Events, http://boldamericandesign.com
- Caterer: Bold American Events, http://boldamericandesign.com
- Cakes/Desserts: Bold American Events, http://boldamericandesign.com, Hola Cupcake, http://holacupcake.com
- Getting Ready, Ceremony, & Reception Venues: Glenn Hotel, http://glennhotel.com, The Foundry at Puritan Mill, http://www.novareevents.com
- DJ/Band/Musicians: Heather Hayes Experience, http://heatherhayesexperience.com
- Videographer: Dave Vagts, http://evad.pro
- Hair Stylist & Make-Up: Megan Azia Smith, https://www.facebook.com/sumisusalon/
- Planner/Coordinator: Louise Hanlon, http://www.facebook.com/classic.weddings.buckhead/
- Attire/Clothing: Rosa Clara from LaRaine’s Bridal Boutique, http://www.larainesboutique.com
- Rings: Gold and Diamond Source, http://www.goldanddiamond.com
Raven is an Atlanta Wedding Photographer who captures real people on their totally unique and completely awesome wedding day. She travels throughout Georgia, including Athens and Dahlonega and beyond, documenting love.