I normally am quite good at working one day at a time and one week at a time. But in this case I couldn't help myself. My friend Amanda was marrying the man of her dreams.... literally for about 9 years before she finally actually went on a date with him! But if you heard the custom intros from Brandon at Hey Mr DJ, you already knew that story! In addition to Amanda I was getting to work with Maddie and my good friends at the stunning Bell Event Centre, as well as Shane with True Artists Studio and Brandon from Hey Mr DJ. Also, the staff from Bella Rey Salon, Brideface and my high school friend Renee in the wedding party were the icing on the cake so to speak... which by the way tasted like straight butter..... NOT in a good way. Thank goodness it was a small part of the desert bar! At the end of the night I even caught up with Pat from Say Cheese Photo Booths! In addition to all that, two of my previous couples were going to be there as well. You'll see selfies on the facebook post!
It was so great to see everyone, spend time with them and work with a group of the best professionals in the city. Having said all that, what I will remember most about Amanda and Brian's wedding were some of the personal touches. I never understood the story about how Amanda and Brian first started dating because I couldn't imagine any guy who was in Amanda's words "out of her league". She's beautiful, intelligent, self motivated, fun and just enough crazy to keep you on your toes. Then I met Brian. Though I still can't imagine anyone out of her league, I at least began to understand. Watching how he balances her, the way he looks at her, the way he treats her, the relationships he has with every person he knows made me so happy for Amanda. Brian, I will forever be grateful that Amanda met you because you deserve each other.
I knew prior to the wedding that Amanda's Brother was the most special person in her life with the possible exception of Brian! He couldn't be in attendance due to military obligations. I had a feeling what Brandon from Hey Mr DJ would do and my instinct was correct. After the toasts were complete he took the microphone and made a mention of how this day would not be complete without mentioning her brother. What Amanda and Brian didn't know is that Brandon had contacted a family member to get in touch with her brother to record a toast that he then played at her wedding. I have no doubt that was the greatest gift Amanda received on her wedding day so Brandon I thank you not just for taking care of my friend but for allowing me to experience that moment. It was one of the most touching moments of my career.
Prior to the wedding the guys were at Bakersfield having lunch and Shane from True Artists Studio showed up with a gift from Amanda. She had sworn up and down through their entire relationship they'd never blow money to get a pair of Brian's favorite shoes, the classic black Air Jordans. Of course he opens the gift and what is it?! Of course he wore them the rest of the day. He being the observant guy he is bought her a beautiful pair of diamond earrings to replace the ones she had complained were not what she wanted to wear. Those of course went right in her ears and stayed there the rest of the day.
I also loved the surprise guest singer for their first dance. He is a mutual friend of theirs who swore he was done singing at weddings. Somehow he managed to rehearse during the day while Brian was out of earshot and kept Amanda's surprise a secret till he walked up to the dance floor. After I heard Keenan's rendition of Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran, I understood. It was breathtaking.
There were many little details that I loved and you can see some in the photos on the facebook page but I'm not going to describe them all here. I just want to tell Amanda and Brian thank you. Being there meant the world to me. I'll never forget your wedding.
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