Advice from a Bride...

Hi, friends!  My name is Meagan Hearne, and I am the author of Tirra Lirra, my personal blog where I share my thoughts about life, my crafts and projects, and my adventures with my husband, Tanner.

Tanner and I just celebrated our second wedding anniversary this week, so I was more than excited to take some time to reminisce about my wedding day to share some of the details with you.  Our wedding day was not exactly how I imagined it would be, but it was more special than I could have ever imagined.

You achieved a very specific look with your wedding that was full of small details.  Where did your inspiration for those pieces come from?

One of my goals in life is to maintain a very simple lifestyle, so I wanted that to be reflected in our wedding.  Tanner and I also wanted our wedding to be very intimate and special, so I made a lot of the decor myself.  We were also very blessed by family and friends who were willing to help out.  My bridesmaid saved up glass jars for months before the wedding, I designed my invitations and created a chalkboard program, and my parents and in-laws lent me decorations from their house to use in the wedding.  This not only helped us to minimize our budget, but it also filled our wedding with personal touches that made the day so special.

Every wedding comes with set backs including yours.  What were some of those setbacks and how did you deal with them? 

These personal touches ended up being even more important than I had originally anticipated.  Our wedding venue was actually a building in a park, and we had planned our ceremony to be outdoors underneath a beautiful tree overlooking a lake.  Unfortunately, it rained on our wedding day, so we moved the ceremony indoors.  Even though I was a little disappointed at first, all of the personal touches created the perfect atmosphere for our ceremony.  We were also fortunate that the building, although simple, had windows and french doors throughout all the walls, so we opened them all during the ceremony.  Just as the ceremony began, the rain stopped, birds started chirping, and a soft breeze began to flow throughout the room.  It was such a beautiful moment that we wouldn't have experienced had the ceremony been held outdoors like we had originally planned.

What advice would you give to a bride planning her wedding? 

In those spontaneous and unplanned moments I experienced something that I knew to be true throughout the planning process - the true beauty of a wedding doesn't come from everything going perfectly as planned or from beautiful decorations, but from the love between the bride and groom and from the love between everyone at the wedding.  My advice to brides planning their weddings would be to enjoy the planning process and to be prepared, but to make a conscious choice to focus on the true source of joy during the wedding rather than being focused on all of the plans and details.  The true atmosphere of a wedding comes not from the decorations, but from the hearts and attitudes of everyone there.

Learn more about Meagan's wedding here, preview her custom wedding invitations here, and read more from her blog here.