There are some brides that we never forget and Stephanie is absolutely one of them! We had a great experience helping her put together (or maybe we should say chopping) her dress. Stephanie was a no-fuss bride who had a hard time finding the right combination of things in one dress so she picked a dress where she like the top and literally chopped off the bottom. It turned out just fabulous! Stephanie and her fiance, Clark, were so fun to work with and they share the biggest sense of humor that we’ve ever had in our store. Just look at their clever wedding invite/postcard (below) where they used hidden words to spell out the details of their big day. Our favorite thing about this wedding is that they put so much of their personalities into it-really creating a day that was perfect for the two of them. Since their wedding in 2014 they’ve added a new addition to the family-check out their pictures below!
Bride and Grooms names: Clark & Stephanie Davis
Wedding Date: April 26, 2014
How did you and your husband meet?
We were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend that was in my grad program. She warned me that he was a redhead and told him that I “had a hard time being serious.” She knew Clark from the time that he was a teenager and thought we might get along pretty well. She was right J
What was your favorite date together?
Neither of us could think of just one date that really stood out. We both loved the summer when we were dating – going to Zion National Park, swimming, dressing in Western garb and going to a rodeo, cooking together, laying on the grass under the summer stars and talking, tandom long boarding, and just going on adventures with each other. We just loved spending time together and doing spontaneous things.
How did he propose?
Ring shopping was quite the endeavor (we spent about 6 weeks trying to find something that we both liked – I don’t know why, but I wanted him to like my ring, too). Like most of our engagement & wedding details, we were a little untraditional in that we were together when we bought the ring. As we walked to the car, Clark tried to give me the ring. He was like, “Uh, well, here’s your ring.” and I told him he had to propose to me. He asked why and I told him people were going to ask and I couldn’t just tell everyone that he handed me the ring in the car right after he bought it. So, after a little bit of mumbling and groaning, Clark agreed to actually propose to me.
How long was your engagement and how did you handle the stress of planning a wedding?
Our engagement was about 3 months long, which was a good amount of time for us. Enough time to get things done, but not too long. Honestly, the wedding prep and planning wasn’t all that stressful. (The worst part was making a bunch of last minute adjustments when we found out it was for sure going to rain and we had planned an outdoor reception!)
I think there were a few things that made it pretty low stress. We worked on things together, which was fun and made it so that I didn’t feel like all the weight or responsibility was on me. Our announcements were postcard style (and awesome!) so prepping all of them probably took 1-1.5 hrs (no inserts or ribbon or a waxed seal envelope – simple and fun). We also just had a few things that we really wanted and cared about and focused on those instead of a ton of little details. His sisters took care of the decorations, we didn’t care about flowers (but other people did, so I still ended up having some) or chair covers or things like that. We just wanted to have an awesome, fun day and we did!
What are your favorite details about your wedding day?
We had so much fun on our wedding day! A few things that we especially enjoyed were the taco truck that we had “cater” our wedding. Some people thought it was kind of weird, but then they tried the tacos and thought it was great. It was something unique that we both thought would be pretty sweet. People still talk to me about how we had an awesome taco truck at our wedding! It was fun to have something unique and memorable.
We also made our cake toppers out of clay – I made Clark and he made me. They looked awesome and people really liked them. My dress was another favorite part. I totally didn’t expect it to be, but I got a lot of compliments on it and had numerous friends tell me how well it suited me. It was fun to wear and I loved the way it looked. Also, as part of ending up with flowers and not really wanting them, my brother-in-law offered to fire up his potato launcher for me to “toss” my bouquet with. I know that’s pretty unconventional, but it was pretty fun – and it’s another one of those things that my friends still remember and bring up when they talk about the cool things at our wedding.
What did you love most about your wedding dress?
The top half! Haha! Originally, the bottom part had a bubble hem/seam and we didn’t like it, so we chopped it off! And I loved it!
You’ve probably caught onto this by now, but I wasn’t what you might consider a “traditional” bride. I honestly didn’t expect to care that much about my dress, let alone love it, but I totally did. I loved that it was simple but elegant and felt like it fit my personality – I could still move around and be playful in it. I think my favorite thing was that I could do heal clicks in it! The ruching also allowed me to stash some mints and candies for Clark and I to snack on while talking to people at our reception.
What advice would you give to other brides?
Keep it simple. Focus on the things that you care about and really want, and if other people care about other details, let them take care of them. Do what you want to do because ultimately, people aren’t going to remember a whole lot about your wedding, so make it how you want it. That being said, realize that unless you elope, there’s not really such a thing as a “simple” wedding because someone will care about the things that you don’t care about! For us, if someone wanted something that we didn’t really care about and were willing to do something about it, we were fine with it (I finally consented to flowers after saying “no” 12+ times because it seemed really important to some people that we have flowers…)
Also, involved your fiancé as much as possible. I think things weren’t stressful in part because we did things together and generally had a good time being together and working on wedding stuff together instead of me just trying to do it all on my own. We also made sure to take breaks and go do other fun things instead of letting wedding stuff take up all of our free time.
What is the best part about being married?
Oh man, so many things! I am married to my best friend and love it. Hanging out with each other is awesome and it’s fun having someone to build a life with. It’s cool to have someone who knows you so well and really takes care of you – and it’s great to be able to take care of someone that you care so much about. It’s exciting going on adventures together and planning a future together. I especially love it when I think of something that really catches Clark off-guard and gets him laughing really hard.
This is what Stephanie’s dress looked like before it got “chopped”
Check out their creative invitation