All you babes have been requesting to see more of the #ApplaudTheRods wedding + to hear about the details so here I am (Justi) giving you a little inside scoop on my absolutely perfect wedding day! Obviously, I can’t insert all 700 wedding photo’s in a blog post, so I selected a few from each category to comment on + share what was going through my mind.
I want to start off by saying that even if it was towards the end of wedding planning, the Lord evidently orchestrated the whole thing & made it all absolutely perfect. Even if it wasn’t what we had originally wanted or planned for- God changed our hearts & made everything fall into place. The day was covered in prayer & love. TJ & I are very confident when we say that our relationship wouldn’t have led up to the point of marriage if it wasn’t for our Savior. We wanted to make sure that the day wasn’t about us but it was about our God who had brought us to this place of becoming one & placed amazing people in our lives who have molded & shaped us in the ways of our Savior.
I’m eternally grateful for everyone that came alongside of me to make my vision become a reality. It blows my mind that so many people were willing to sacrifice of their own time + energy to help my wedding day not only look perfect but to make sure I wasn’t stressed or overwhelmed even once. The Lord has totally blessed TJ & I with so many friends & family that were willing to serve us.
OUR BRIDAL PARTY
All of my bridesmaid’s picked out their own dresses. I gave them a color scheme but they were able to pick whatever style & shade that they wanted. It was super important for me that my bridesmaids were comfortable + confident in whatever they had to wear — because come on, what’s worse than HATING what you’re wearing? The actual wedding day was the first time we saw all of the dresses all together & let’s just say we were in awe. Why? Because 4 of my bridesmaids the week of the wedding either hadn’t gotten a dress yet or they had to get a replacement dress from what they had originally intended on wearing. How crazy is that?! We had no idea how all of the dresses were going to look all together but we couldn’t have been any happier at how amazing it all looked!
To say that our ceremony was everything we had dreamed of & more would be an absolute understatement. I never got why brides always said that it felt as if it was just them + their husband when they were at the alter but in that moment, I fully understood it. Our ceremony was beautiful & felt so intimate, as if it was only us there.
As you can probably tell by the pictures, I was a wreck as I was walking down the aisle. Prior to the wedding, everyone kept on saying that they didn’t think I would cry or be that emotional– LIES & A HALF. Even as I was preparing to walk down the aisle with my dad, I was a wreck. Then I saw TJ & lost it all over again. I’ve never felt so much emotion at one moment than as when I was walking down the aisle to my groom. Although, I don’t look as cute as everyone would obviously want to look- due to the fact that I look like Kim K when I cry- I love how the picture’s captured how raw & real that moment was.
AFTER THE CEREMONY
I felt like I could breathe. After all of the nerves, that only hit me right as I was about to walk down the aisle, were gone — I was just ready to have fun & celebrate with my best friends, family, & HUSBAND! Since TJ & I didn’t do a first look, it was super important to us to have some time alone before the day just slipped away. After our ten minutes of just talking – we were welcomed by our bridal party as they covered our marriage in prayer.
B & G PORTRAITS
We were so excited to get back to all of our friends & family after taking photo’s! Because our ceremony felt SO intimate, we honestly didn’t even know who came to our wedding, so we couldn’t wait to say hi to everyone who came to celebrate with us!
All of these details were created by amazing vendors who I am privileged enough to call my close friends & family. Every single detail exceeded any kind of expectation that I had by x a billion. It was the little things that made our wedding feel like us!
I’m going to start off by saying that TJ doesn’t dance. Prior to getting ready for the wedding we had conversations where I would literally ask TJ, “are you even gonna dance at your own wedding?” & his response was always “maybe, I’m not sure yet”. All of that to say, one of the most important things for me when it came to my reception was that there was 1. tons of food for everyone (& there was enough to feed another 50 people) & 2. our dance floor would never be empty. Our dance floor was UNREAL. I’ve never been to a wedding where the dance floor never faded out but there were constantly people getting down & having fun! TJ & I both said that if it wasn’t for the fact we only had vendors booked till a certain time, we would have stayed another couple hours dancing the night away!
I had the time of my life dancing with my husband, best friends, & all of our loved ones!
Thank you guys for reading all about my wedding day! I hope you enjoyed this little behind the scenes on what went through my mind during the different parts of the day + seeing sneak peeks of all our amazing photo’s. If you guys want to know more about the wedding planning process, go ahead & let us know because I would love to create more wedding content for you babes!
JOY & JUSTI
Photographer- Tessa Tadlock
Videographers- Leif + Jaci Films
Florals- Rooted Florals
Coordinating- Chelsea Hernandez
Coffee Cart- En Route Coffee
Photobus- SoCal Photobus
Rentals/Design- Southern Rentals
* Donut wall, Guestbook table, Macrame Plant Hangers
Signage- The Sheep Post
Cake/Desserts- Butter and Crumbs
Make-Up Artist- Purdie Make-Up
Hair- Hair by Joy Jetton
Dress- Grace Loves Lace
Ceremony- Oak Canyon Nature Center // Anaheim, CA
Reception- Calvary Chapel La Habra // La Habra, CA