18 Aug 2016
Real Wedding by Hope’s: Hannah and Dakota
It’s hot outside, but Hannah and Dakota’s January 2nd wedding was a winter wonderland out of a dream. These two lovebirds fell for each other almost immediately. “I am loud and very outspoken, Dakota is quiet and reserved. His sweet demeanor is the perfect balance to my crazy,” says Hannah. It was an easy decision when they were shopping one day and Dakota said they should get a ring. “I said sure. It was perfect.”
They planned for a modern fairy tale event, making Hope’s a one-stop shop for all their attire. Hannah found her Stella York gown, veil, and Meg Jewelry. Her bridesmaids ordered “sangria” colored bridesmaid dresses from Bill Levkoff, and her flowergirls were little princesses in sweet dresses from Rosebuds. Plus, Dakota and the rest of the men rented tuxedos. The vision for the wedding party really came together beautifully!
Hannah compliments, “Working with Hope’s was my favorite part of the entire wedding planning process! They made everything so easy and so much fun!”
She knew her share of stress while planning the wedding, particularly when they were short chair covers as they set up for the day and when she saw her cake was delivered looking more orange than ivory, but she tried to remember to relax and have fun through the process. “There will always be something that goes wrong, but that’s okay. It’s not the cake, or the decorations, or even the dress that makes a wedding. It’s you and your fiancé and the love you have for each other that matters most.”
To create a modern fairy tale, they used real trees as the backdrop for their ceremony. At the reception, guests enjoyed a hot chocolate and coffee bar and could make s’mores, and Hannah and Dakota had a sparkler send-off. “My favorite memory was when Dakota and I exchanged our vows. We wrote our own and didn’t share them with each other until then. It was such a special moment.”
The couple have settled into marriage with grace. “It’s crazy, wonderful, exhausting at times, but beautiful… I love being able to experience everything life has to offer with the person I love by my side,” explains Hannah. They enjoyed a family trip with their son to Chicago after the wedding, but are planning a honeymoon after their anniversary.
“Enjoy the honeymoon stage even if you don’t take an actual honeymoon. Drag it out and make it last as long as you can! Flirt with each other, be silly, and never forget why you fell in love.” Great advice, Hannah! We pray you and Dakota always remember your magical wedding and the even more special tale you continue to write as husband and wife! Thank you so much for sharing your real wedding with us!
Photographers: Hannah White Photography and Jennica Shirrie Photography
Venue: Bella Sala
Florals: Every Bloomin’ Thing
Catering: Dostal Catering
DJ: Hupp It Up Entertainment