“Real Wedding Advice” is a new ongoing blog series where PVP couples share honest-to-goodness, real wedding planning advice about how they created the wedding of their dreams, how they prepared for married life, how they hired their vendors, what they wish they would have differently, what they would never change and how they put what matters most first.
Skyeler + Matthew Clark
March 8 & 9, 2019
La Cantera Resort and the Voigt Center
Your day was quite unique! What made you want to do an intimate ceremony on day one of your wedding, followed by a reception with friends and family the next day?
We kept going back and forth between eloping and a wedding. We wanted something special with just us, but also wanted to have a celebration with family and friends. And I am SO glad we had Friday. I feel that Saturday went so quick that Friday let us truly enjoy our marriage.
What moment of your wedding day did you most anticipate?
Skye: Seeing Matt and his reaction for the first time.
Matt: Seeing Skyeler.
What did you find most surprising about planning a wedding?
Skyeler: There is SO much to do, the little things seem overwhelming especially when planning a wedding in a different city than where we live.
If you could do it allllll over again, what would you do differently? What’s your number one piece of advice for brides just starting to plan their wedding?
Matt: if I could have done it again I would have worn my cowboy hat the day of the wedding
Skyeler: I would have liked to have my true best friends there the day of the wedding. The day of the reception I would have tried to not place such an emphasis on trying to say hi to everyone. It is truly impossible and when you are trying to say hi to someone you get pulled in another direction so I wish I would have just enjoyed the party more. For brides just starting the wedding process I would say I to put the big picture in mind, what are you doing this all for—to marry your best friend and enjoy each other and the friends and family. Don’t worry about the little things!
Tell us about your dress, from buying it to how you felt in it on the day.
OMG this was SO exciting. I was a little nervous honestly. I had an idea, but not a definite style in mind. I went with just my mom to get an idea, I tried on 5 dresses and the last one was THE dress. The lady helping me said she had a dress in mind, but OF COURSE it was above my price range. I said I didn’t want to see it because I knew I would fall in love with it but my mom told her to bring it out anyways. It was the presentation that helped. She turned me away from the mirror and made me close my eyes until I walked out. Of course I was beaming as soon as I walked out. I had to convince my mom though. She loved the more classic look but this one was THE one. It was different than what I would have picked. It was sequins!! That is normally way too girly for me, but the design and texture was gorgeous. I was originally planning on getting 2 dresses for the ceremony and reception and then I found this and knew I had to wear it twice. It wasn’t until a month before that I found a fun romper I loved on amazon to create an outfit change at the reception.
This is always one of my favorite questions! What surprised you most about your wedding photography experience? Any photography-related wisdom you’d like to pass along to other brides?
Just have fun with it! As Paige says, “Feels weird looks great!” And it’s so true. Find someone who is willing to be there for whatever you need and makes you feel comfortable! I don’t think I was surprised by anything since I had worked with Paige several times before. But I was not surprised to cry looking back at my pictures! It made me want to relive the day again!
What you most glad you registered for gift-wise?
Skye: I love our bedding and our big barrel top lazy Susan, pots and pans too!!! Kitchen aid mixer!! Even though I haven’t used it yet. It was so fun getting any gift delivered to the house, made me feel like a blogger and the excitement of seeing what it was.
Matt: pots and pans, not having 3 pots/pans from college anymore
What’s been the most difficult detail of your wedding to agree upon?
I made a lot of decisions myself so it was difficult for me to think about what I wanted.
How did you feel when the wedding planning is all over?
I felt stress free but I wanted to continue to celebrate I was so sad that it had ended.
Any other advice you’d like to pass along?
Matt: Hydrate and don’t lock your knees because you might be waiting awhile. (HAHA!)
Skyeler: Have so much fun with it and ask for help!!
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