Real MTB Wedding || Natalie + Eric

This particular Meant to Be Wedding is extra fun for me to blog, because I have a little connection with the couple. Natalie and Eric were at University of Kentucky dental school a few years ahead of my husband and Natalie has pursued military service, too! Natalie has the sweetest disposition and it is clear to see how much love she and Eric have for one another. If you love, rich, feminine florals, gorgeous gold metallics, and snuggly lovebirds, this is the post for you! Enjoy their wedding day, the scoop on their vendors, and, as usual, their pretty photos!

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Can you give us a glimpse into you & your hubs's love story?

Eric and I met while we were in dental school together at the University of Kentucky. He grew up in Lexington and I moved here from San Diego. We were anatomy lab partners our first semester, but we didn't start dating until our third year (couldn't let love blossom over dead bodies!) Being classmates, we tried to keep things quiet to our classmates, but word got out and the support we received was constantly, "okay you guys are PERFECT for each other!" We both love our careers, spending time together in the outdoors hiking or boating, and having friends over for dinners!

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What was it about your dress that made you realize it was "the one?" 

When I walked into Meant to Be, I had a vision in mind for what I wanted. I had swooned over Sarah Seven dresses for years, loving the romantic and ethereal vibes. Seeing as how I was on a budget, I was hoping to find something similar. Arriving with my mom and Eric's mom and sister on a beautiful fall Saturday morning, we picked out 5 dresses with Ashton. She helped me into each one. Dress #3 and #5 were the big contenders, one being more traditional, and the other tear-inducing. Dress #5 is what I decided on because it was everything that I could have wanted--delicate, ethereal, romantic, poignant--but could have never dreamed up in a million years. I couldn't ignore the emotion that it made me feel, even though it wasn't what I'd envisioned prior. I loved my dress-buying experience at Meant to Be. It was so special and just too short! 

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What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

The best advice someone gave me leading up to my wedding day was to stop once an hour and "take it all in" for one minute. I did this, and brought Eric into those moments with me too so we could have sharp, clear memories together. Those are in fact the clearest memories I have from the day because it was such a blur. My favorite one was sitting at our table eating dinner, and looking out at all the guests that had come from both coasts and everywhere in between to celebrate with us while Chance the Rapper sang "Blessings". A huge blessing, if you ask me!

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What has been the best thing about marriage so far?

The best thing about marriage so far has been the free, unlimited foot and back rubs! Just kidding...but what marriage is beautifully teaching us is how we can serve one another better and in more ways. 

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Any pieces of wisdom or advice you'd like to share with future brides, engaged gals, or newlyweds like yourself?

My biggest piece of advice while planning a wedding is to keep the important things important. The busy-ness of planning a wedding and all the hype that surrounds you can be overwhelming and stress you out! "Is this going to be pretty enough? Will my guests like this? Am I spending too much money on this? Not enough??" Before you even start planning, write down what's important to you (there is power in writing things out!) for your wedding. For us, it was having all our loved ones there. So we didn't stress about the invitation suite being fancy, or the venue being grand, or napkins with our names printed on them. We kept in mind what we valued most and let that guide our planning process. 

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Vendors & detail shots:

Photos: Rachael McCall

Hair: Sarah Stucki

Makeup: Morgan Brogli

Venue: Manchester Music Hall

Dress: Lillian West

Bridesmaid dresses and jewelry: BHLDN

Rings: Rivard's

Florals: Meagan Cooley (Meadow House Floral Design)

Cake/desserts: Caitlin McBrayer

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