When I had gotten engaged, I remember my mother telling me that I should just take my old prom dress, dye it white, and wear it again for my wedding day. Back then I thought she was crazy, but now looking at the wedding of Julianna & Brandon, I realize that she was on to something. Although Julianna didn’t dye her dress, it was the same dress that she had worn to prom when Brandon, her now husband, was her date – and she couldn’t have made a better dress decision. Not only does this dress hold a special meaning from the course of their 10 year relationship, this dress looks amazing on her. This is only the start to the personalized details incorporated into this intimate winter wedding.
From the Photographer
It happened around Thanksgiving. They had been renovating their new generational home (it was her grandparents’ home) and had recently moved in when Brandon proposed to Julianna. They had been together for 10 years so it was really no surprise, but it had the culmination of all things meaningful to them: being together and having the blessing of their parents.
The wedding date itself came about by their very nature. They are both very vibrant, but private people. They love being with their families and friends, but prefer to keep things low key and personal. And so, with Thanksgiving tucked away, they set their wedding date for just a few weeks later.
Brandon & Julianna kept everything just how they felt most comfortable; they had parents, siblings, and 2 best friends at the ceremony along with the judge and wed in front of the fire place in the home she grew up in.
Julianna had her prom dress from high school altered to wear for her wedding day. Ironically, her and Brandon have a photo together in front of the same fireplace from yesteryears of high school. The jeweled bouquet was made by her mom with a plethora of brooches that she has.
After they were married, they stuck pizzas in the oven (homemade pizzas that Julianna had made earlier that day) and drank to their happiness.
Everything was pulled together by the bride, her mother, and her sister-in-law. The prom-turned-wedding dress was altered by her aunt, the bouquet put together by her mom, the decor by all of them, the location at her brother’s home, and makeup done herself. It was lovely in so many ways.