Tenley’s Wedding Planning Series: The Dream Team

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{Photos by Feather & Stone | Fine Art Photography}  Photos taken at Venue, Chez Balliet

My one desire for my wedding day: To just show up and marry my guy.

And it's happening, and happening quickly! Just a few weeks away and I will be Mrs. Taylor Leopold!

In my hopes to share all of the behind the scenes leading up to this very special day, I wanted to start at the very beginning and walk you through our experience with finding "The Dream Team" that is making my one desire happen, and how we found our venue, and how we picked our quickly approaching date!

The night we got engaged set the tone for everything we started dreaming up for our wedding day. {Read our Engagement Story HERE} Actually… we'll jump backwards to my second date with Taylor, and that's what truly set the tone. As you read in our engagement story, Taylor and I have always been intentional about our relationship heading towards marriage, and he wasn't shy to bring it up on our second date! I remember him asking me what my wedding dreams were, and I shared with him, "To just show up and have the best day ever!" And that hasn't changed. But jump forwards now to the night we got engaged. Taylor had arranged a surprise Engagement Party to follow his proposal, which took place in one of our favorite places ever, his parent's backyard. It was intimate, is was laid back, it was a mix of our closest friends, some family, drinks, good food, twinkle lights, and even some live music. We were just missing a few important people. But as we held hands in the midst of our friends and family gathering around us, and celebrating our love, we looked at each other and said, "This is it. Let's make our wedding just like this."

Enter our Dream Team, Amorology!

I have been a big fan of Heather Balliet, the owner and creative brains behind everything Amorology for a very long time! I met Heather in 2011 as we were planning a (beautiful) fundraising event for a mutual friend of ours. I fell in love with Heather's heart and her creative abilities, along with the help and creative assistance of her husband, Troy (he's a big part of our dream team too)! I began following them way back when, and then got to catch up with Heather and Troy once again as they did one of my best friend's (and bridesmaids) Weddings! And on that day, my heart was so happy for my friend's marriage, but my heart was feeling a little weary (yet hopeful) in regards to my future. In between the excitement of my friend's big day, Heather and Troy had some sweet words that left me with some hope. So on the day I got engaged, naturally I wanted to let Heather know! I also didn't want to waste any time in seeing if Amorology could be the pillars of our Wedding Day Dream Team!

{Amorology- Photo by Ana Lui}

Thankfully Heather and Troy, "team Amorology" were excited to join us in helping us plan our Wedding! We are so grateful to have been able to book them for their "Full Service Event Design + Coordination Package". Remember that one desire I had? "To just show up!" Well, with Amorology's services, besides the big decisions to be made, Taylor and I with our families, will be able to just show up and enjoy this very special day! To give you just a taste, they are helping us with all details from start to finish. And with their experience and excellent reputation in the wedding community, they have helped us build the rest of our Dream Team by directing us the vendors we have booked! (More on our vendors to come!)

Now Where?

On the night of the engagement Taylor and I started dreaming up where this day of ours would take place. We were so inspired by the intimacy and backyard feel of his parent's home. We entertained the idea of even heading to Kauai (another favorite place of ours) and having a small backyard wedding there. But with our dreams of SIMPLE, we decided staying local in beautiful San Diego was the way to do it. But Where? 

Back to that Dream Team of ours. The day we went to visit with Amorology, we pulled onto their property in awe of how lush and green everything surrounding their home was. It was stunning. The perfect backdrop. I quickly began daydreaming of twinkle lights strung from their trees, farm tables set up on the grass lawn surrounded by their white picket fence, and a bonfire going while dancing in the late hours of the night. I could just imagine everything we had dreamed of happening there. So I asked if they have ever done weddings there, and if we could possibly have ours there. And of course, because they are "The Dream Team", they said, YES! And they've done weddings there at Chez Balliet and are excited to offer it as a venue!

{Chez Balliet- Photo by Ana Lui}

Now When?!

We have "The Dream Team", we have the dream venue, but now when will this magic take place? Taylor and I looked at our calendars, and with a big year of work for him, we narrowed it down to April and June! Knowing those ideal months, we asked Amorology and venue Chez Balliet what dates they had available! This narrowed it down to our wedding date which will take place at the end of April! Engaged in January and married by May!

A few people have seem surprised by our short engagement, but the two of us don't really understand a long engagement! It again goes back to that second date when Taylor asked me about the kind of Wedding I dreamt of. We've always talked about a short engagement. But to be honest, I feel like my heart has been engaged to him ever since we began dating because our intentions have always been towards marriage. The day of the proposal just made it official, and meant "It's go time!" If you read our Engagement Story, you also know that we spent the first part of 2017 working with mentors and in a pre-marital counseling course (pre-engagement- highly suggested!!)! So needless to say, we're ready!

So we have The Dream Team, we have a place, and we have a day! The rest has just started to fall together like magic. I wouldn't have been able to dream of the kind of day that is coming together for us, and the best part is knowing that with Heather and the Amorology team, we will be able to just "show up" and have the best day of our lives!

Now that I'm in this season of life, I'm so curious of how all of you are making your wedding day decisions! Are you using a Wedding Specialist/Planner? Short Engagement or Long Engagement, what's your preference? How did you pick your venue and date? Destination or local wedding? Share with me your journey!

"Where you go I will go, where you stay I will stay" - Ruth 1:16

Thanks to our wedding photographers, Feather & Stone for these beautiful pictures!

 

 

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Comments (17)

  • Patricia Mackey

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    Oh Tenley. I’m a 50 something mom who has watched your journey always praying that God would bring you the man He always had planned for you. Can I just say, I think God did a fabulous job. Yay God. Soooo, my son proposed to his beloved (his meeting Claire was truly a God thing after. 4 year relationship ended in 11.16). Kellan met Claire in February ‘17 and in the most romantic way, proposed at Rockefeller Center at Christmastime, snow and all. They will be married in August in a somewhat destination wedding 3 hours from our home near Seattle. Typically, the MOG doesn’t do much, but I’m blessed to be so involved. Claire’s mom passed away 9 years ago, so she has been leaning on me for help. I couldn’t be more thrilled and happy. In addition to doing the flowers for the wedding, I designed their invitations, and will be making Claire’s veil and the jewelry for her and her bridal party. My son is our only child – this wedding means more to me than anyone will ever know. I am blessed beyond measure. Hope I didn’t take up too much space and I wish you the happiest of wedding days. God bless you both. ❤️

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  • Sara T

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    Hi! I’m so excited for you & Taylor!! My fiancé and I also got engaged in Janurary!! (In Portugal 🙂 and we’re getting married in April as well! I’m so excited and having a short engagement has been perfect for us and we couldn’t be more ready to start our marriage. It was easier than I expected to plan everything in such a short time too!

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  • Jen

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    My fiancé proposed on Christmas Day 2017 after being together over 8.5 years! I am beyond thrilled to officially be engaged; we don’t have an official date yet but planning on late summer 2019! I am so excited to be married to him but waiting a year and a half will allow us to save up the necessary money to have the best day of our life! So happy for you and Taylor! Can’t wait to hear more about your wedding. 🙂 Congrats!

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  • Erin

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    ***LOVE*** everything about this! So happy you found your Happily Ever After!!

    I feet compelled to comment as it seems you’re defending/explaining your intentions early on in your relationship (maybe poor choice of words – I hope you understand me)…. If it makes you feel better, my Husband and I did the same thing (we were in our early 20s, so incredibly rare at the time). On our third date, we had the conversation that we were dating to find someone to marry (not to have fun, figure out what kind of person we wanted to marry, etc). We dated for two years with the agreement we were dating to determine if we were interested in marrying each other. For us, the Engagement was more important than the wedding because it was the two of us committing to one another – the wedding was more so the formal declaration of this, and the joining of our families. So I totally understand the short engagement – so thrilled that you two found each other, and that you’re busy getting going on your married life together. Marriage is awesome! Welcome to the club!!!

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  • ALi

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    So happy for you!!! What an exciting time of your life. While I’m married now, my husband and I opted for an intimate wedding (27 guests) in Lake Como, Italy. I can honestly say it was the most magical week of our lives. We remember everything! We spent 4 days before the wedding gathered with friends and family, so the day of the wedding was so much fun. Italy, those that attended and that day will forever be etched in our hearts. Marriage is the BEST <3 Much love to you both!

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  • Stacey

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    Ten!!! Congratulations to the both of you on your engagement! I also engaged in January 28th this year at San Francisco pier 39. As soon as I met my fiancé (boyfriend at the time) I knew he was the one (long story behind it) he felt the same. We wanted to marry right then and there. But he was a very charming gentleman and waiting a while to ask my parents for a blessing. Of course they said yes. But he was scared to ask me right away bc he thought I would say no, lol he was thinking crazy or something. So at this time in January I wanted May of this year, everyone said NO! So I said September they said NO so I choose next May. But we saw a venue today and they gave us different days and times with different prices and it’s narrowed down to this September again or May next year. So I think we doing September. My wedding planning has been so stressful. If you have any ideas that would be so helpful????

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  • SS

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    What were the words of hope spoken to you…. I think it could help some of us to hear them… Especially those older than you, never married with the same desires that you have/had.
    Thank you and God bless

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  • Susan Lawing

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    Sweet girl, I knew this man was the one. His kind eyes shine with GOD’s love and love for you. I am so happy your epic love story has made it’s final destination. Love the lord with all you heart and your marriage and life will be blessed richly. May your wedding day be filled with the light of the lord and spirit of his grace.

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  • Meredith

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    Hi Tenley,

    My husband and I got engaged at Christmas and were married by June! We kept going back and forth over wedding ideas…. destination? big wedding? I have a small family, but his is HUGE… so we either had to go really big or really small. We kept wishing we could just have a fun party, no stress, with our closest friends and family. I came across the idea of a surprise wedding… so that’s what we did! We got married at our engagement party, with about 30 of our closest friends and family. Only our parents knew in advance, along with my best friend. My best friend got up in front of the group to announce that we had finally picked a wedding day…. and that it was happening right at that moment. The officiant popped up from the crowd and we got married right there in a beautiful backyard. It was perfect, fun, and relaxed…. although it sure is hard to keep a secret. Hope you have a wonderful wedding day!! Can’t wait to hear more about it.

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  • Julie

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    Tenley – I am over the moon for you and Taylor! I can’t wait to watch this love story continue to unfold!! Many answered prayers! (Hugs)

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  • Leslie

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    Tenley, I am so happy for you and have loved following your journey. I have been married now for almost 8 years and much like you it is a God story. I was He one who was very upfront about my intentions in dating when I met my husband. I had been married and divorced, was a single mom, and just didn’t have time to play around. By the third date I shared my intentions and expressed if he was not in the same place, then we needed to be friends and move on. From that day forward we dated for marriage. My husband proposed after dating for 1 1/2 years and we were only engaged for 5 months before our wedding. A short engagement is one of the best decisions we made for much the same reasons as you.
    I am sending you a heartfelt congratulations and warmest wishes for an incredible day of joy, love, and memories to cherish for a lifetime. ❤️

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  • Meagan

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    Tenley,
    Congratulations on yall’s engagement and marriage coming up. It’s a very exciting time! I’m getting married in April as well. We got engaged in October and wanted a short engagement. Why make it long, when you know it the right person for you. When you know you know. George and I also started dating in January 2016 and was always open about getting married. I’m happy God put you together and both of yall’s answers were answered…just like ours!! Best wishes and a lifetime of happiness forever!

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  • Vanessa

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    Congrats Ten!!! Such an exciting time. So much better to have a shirt engagement! Both my husband and I being in medical school, we decided let’s do short engagement too! We got engaged because we knew we wanted to be married, so 5 month engagement! No wedding planner (couldn’t afford it), so me and my sisters came together! Venue was chosen by what was available in our low budget so quickly, and where we could having the wedding and reception at the same venue, my husbands family is from out of town and I didn’t want guests driving in case of snow (Canadian problems). It was local wedding to myself (I’m Canadian, husband is American). Didn’t do destination as I have many nieces and nephews and truly wanted them all there to celebrate with me (no way my siblings could afford all their families to fly abroad). Have so much fun planning!!! I loved every part of it!

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  • Shannon

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    Hi Tenley! Congrats on your engagement and upcoming wedding! We also had a short engagement (6 months) but I did all the planning by myself and tons of DIY 🙂 we had discussed marriage from the start (I was 31 and he was 39 when we met).. We dated for 6 months, moved in together in Oct 2015 then he proposed on New Years Eve that year. Two days later on Jan 2, we booked our venue for July 2, 2016 as they had a cancellation for a date that worked for us.. Especially given I had family coming in from overseas already at that time. It was a busy 6 months of prep for me but I loved it. We did a rustic wedding at a barn venue just outside of our city. Here’s the pictures if you are interested 🙂 http://www.limestarphotography.ca/wedding/shannon-daniel-married-winnipeg-wedding-photography

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  • Brittany

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    Tenley…I am so very happy for you and your soon to be husband. I’ve enjoyed following your journey and love how you are so open about your faith. My husband and I had three month engagement, as we also knew early on that God had prepared us for one another. I’m so happy you have found the one God has prepared for you. May you both have a lifetime filled with happiness and blessings.

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  • Deena

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    I love the sound of your wedding. It’s what I would have wanted if we could have. We got engaged in May and married in November that year. We wanted the summer but had a family member who was recovering from an illness. Our oldest son is getting married this May. They got engaged a year ago in February and decided they wanted extra time because there are a lot of international people coming. They have a planner who’s working with them throughout. Good luck with everything! It sounds wonderful!

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  • Kaytee

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    I think your wedding sounds dreamy, exactly something I would want as the 35 year old woman I am now. But I got married at 24 and while I loved my wedding, I wish I would have not sweated the small stuff and gone for intimacy and a little more true to my husband and I. Anyway. We had an 11 month engagement, after dating for nearly 2 years. Long! But we needed it because I was in grad school, living in Seattle but planning a wedding in Oregon and my husband lived in Utah serving in the military. We didn’t have time to rush the planning. But I actually liked the long engagement because we got to savor that special time in our lives that we’ll never have again. I think hiring wedding planners and “just showing up” to your wedding sounds amazing and super ideal. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s in the budget of the majority of Americans. I never could have afforded to hire someone to coordinate my whole wedding and actually have the wedding I wanted. Thankfully, we had a lot of family friends who helped on the day of to do a lot of the work so my family didn’t have to but yeah, having someone else worry about all the details would have been a wonderful luxury. So glad hiring this team is possible for you! Can’t wait to see how everything turns out!

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