Hands down, the fireworks. One of the main reasons we chose Perona Farms as our venue is that they allow fireworks. This was the only request from the father of the groom who believed that there can’t be a celebration without fireworks. This was a surprise for our guests, so you can imagine everyone’s faces when we asked them to step outside just after dinner. Our thoughtful photographer had also reserved the perfect spot for us to stand in front of our guests for the best photos and slightly off to the side so it was just the two of us. This was also the first time we could take a breather that day and be in each other’s company without anyone interrupting us. The whole thing lasted about eight minutes, but it was the longest and most magical eight minutes of our lives.
Try on different silhouettes even if you think you know which one you want. I’ve always loved the idea of a ball gown for my wedding day, but when I tried it on, it looked like I was being swallowed by the dress. I would also not have been able to freely move around on the dance floor with it and would need a third dress. I was already committed to a second dress that represented my culture and did not want to spend half the night changing in and out of dresses! I loved the dress I ended up with at WA because of how versatile the fit-and-flare silhouette is and its detachable straps. For our first look, I went strapless with a veil, then replaced the veil with an overskirt for the ceremony (this fulfilled my ball gown dreams), and finally swapped the overskirt for the off the shoulder straps for the reception. Each look fit what I was doing throughout the night and I truly felt that I was wearing the dress instead of it wearing me.