Arizona Real Weddings

Danalee and Sean
Wedding Venue: Secret Garden
Wedding Coordinator: Maggie Key
Officiant: Mary Maring
Photographer: Gretchen Wakeman
Videographer: Jackson Spilsbury
Florist: Rita Vanek
Wedding Gown: Davids Bridal
Suites: Mens Wearhouse
Bridesmaids Gowns: Davids Bridal
Caterer: Secret Garden
Wedding Cake: Honeymoon Sweets - Stacey Valada
Invitations: Davids Bridal
DJ: Gold Ring Entertainment
Live band/musician: Gold Ring Entertainment
Hair stylist: Kayla Morrison
Professional makeup: Taylor Howard ( my sister )
Honeymoon: All-Inclusive Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica called ‘Secret of St. James’

How did you two meet or how did he propose?:
We met at our current job, Education Management Corporation 5 years ago.  We quickly became best friends and continued to work side by side all these years and still currently do.  Me, Sean, and my daughter Payton had just got done spending the entire morning swimming.  We went upstairs to take a nap because we were all so exhausted and when we woke up, Sean was on one knee.  He told me that he was in love with me and knew from the very first time we met, that I was the one.  He told me that he wants to spend the rest of his life falling asleep, and waking up next to me.  I don’t come from a good background and his exact words were, ‘I’ve been trying so hard to make you part of my family when I should have been trying harder to become part of your family.’ At this point we were all in tears and after I said yes, he remained on his knee and turned to my daughter.  He opened a box and there was a heart, with a momma holding a baby pendat lockett, and in that lockett was photos of us.  He asked Payton if he could marry her mommy and if she could forever be his princess. 

Were you happy with the venue?:
Yes, I was very happy with The Secret Garden.  It was absolutely beautiful.  It was a mix of where I’m from Connecticut, and my home Arizona.

Describe the theme or color scheme of your wedding, and what you chose for your table setting at the reception:
The theme of my wedding was my own take on Peacocks.  My daughter was in a custom made dress that had all the colors of a peacock intertwined in it.  Each bridesmaid wore the same dress but a different color within Paytons dress.  The men all wore navy blue suites, tan shoes/belt, Ivory shirt, and their ties were all different but matched the color of the dress of whom they walked down the aisle with.  My table settings were very simple but elegant.  I made a lot of it and had some things made.  I did three different size vases.  The bottoms were filled with marbles, and the vases were filled with water.  In the water were my wedding flowers, Blue Orchids and on top of the water was a round ivory candle floating.

What piece of advice would you give other brides planning their big day?
The only piece of advice I can give to all future brides is to enjoy your day.  It truly does fly by in the blink of an eye.  Before you know it, you’re gone and your day is over.  Do not get consumed with the things that didn’t go right – enjoy all the things that went right.  Embrace and appreciate all your friends and family who came down on your special day to watch you make a commitment to your partner.  Don’t allow little things to make such an amazing day go wrong.  Remember to keep yourself hydrated, snack while you can (I didn’t even get to eat my wedding food!) and take every single second in.  Take as many photos as you can.  Laugh as hard as you can.  Love deeply.  Show appreciation.  Let anyone who is offering to help, help.  Do not try to be superwoman.  And remember, at the end of the day, the only thing that truly matters is who you’re walking down that aisle to.  Remember this day, remember the joy, remember the passion, remember the vows because once it’s over and life goes back to normal, there will be times when you need to remember all of those precious moments.  A wedding is everything YOU make it to be, so many it a great one no matter what happens.


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