Lessons Learned: A Bride's Perspective From Johna

A little while back I had the huge pleasure of photographing Johna & Dan’s wedding at the Hilton Old Town Alexandria. This good natured, silly, laid back couple planned a beautiful day full of love, but also full of fun & laughter. I wanted to feature Johna on this week’s Lessons Learned becasue I think she offers a great perspective on having a great day but not taking things so seriously that you miss out on the good times. Check out what she had to say below!

Q: Describe Your Wedding: 

A: Honesty, everything.  It turned out to be the most amazing day for us.  Everything was beautiful.  And to have our family and best of friends together in one room made us feel so special!

Q: What was your favorite part of your day?: 

A: Seeing Dan for the first time.  It felt so good to have all the anxiety wash away from me.  Not to mention he tears he had in his eye, or how he puts it… “I wasn’t crying, I had something in my eye!!”

Q: What was your partner’s favorite part?: 

A: Dan said it was when he saw me for the first time, also!  Except for when that “thing” in his eye made him tear up!

Q: What was the hardest thing about planning your wedding?:

A: Finding a venue that included all of our needs.  With our families coming from all over the USA, we needed to make it was for everyone who was traveling.  Alexandria was perfect. Close to airports, metro, and there were room rates that everyone could afford.  When we found the venue - everything else fell into place.  Until our coordinator got sick… but that is another story!  HA! Nothing about planning a wedding is easy!!!

Q: What did you learn that you wished you had known?:  

A: You can please some of the people some of the time, But not all of the people all of the time!!!  I already knew that… But sometimes we need to be reminded!

Q: What was the most unexpected part of the day?: 

A: Seeing Dan cry.  Getting cake shoved into my face.  Seeing my best friends girlfriend, of 10 years, catch the bouquet. RUNNING OUT OF MAKERS MARK!!!!

Q: Any other wisdom to share?:    

A: Don’t let anyone change your mind of what you want to something that they want. Make sure you are true to yourself.  This is your wedding.  Not your friends wedding, who thinks you look amazing in the dress that is so uncomfortable!  It is not your parents wedding, who may be paying for it, but need to understand what you want.  And it is nor you family’s wedding,  who may have not liked their steak, but at least you have cake for desert!  Be happy with what you choose.  Know what you want and just go for it.  Because, hopefully, you wont have to do it all over again.  And open bar is always nice, but don’t run out of Makers Mark!

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