Sometimes photos speak louder than words. And when it comes to your wedding photography, capturing those precious moments throughout your day to have for a lifetime is truly priceless! Now may I introduce you to Jim + Ilde Cook of SheHeWe Photography? They captured Desiree + Mario's day so perfectly! From each and every “getting ready” detail shot to the major dance party at the end of their wedding, Desiree + Mario were left with some stunning images and memories. We spoke with Desiree about her unforgettable day marrying the man of her dreams and making her wedding vision come to life! Keep reading to see all of their beautiful photos + hear from Desiree about her wedding experience…
Desiree + Mario
Front Porch Farms
Photographer: SheHeWe Photography
Planner and Venue | Kathy Best of Front Porch Farms
Bridal Glam | Katie Russo Beauty
Bridal Gown | Danielle Caprese from Kleinfeld Bridal
Bridal Party Gowns | Vow To Be Chic
Groom + Groomsmen Suits | Men's Wearhouse
Florals | Cathy Wilson
Officiant | Red Michel
Catering | Two Fat Men
Cake | Jo's Cakes
Printing | Designs in Paper
Tell us about your engagement!
Desiree: My now husband Mario set up my dream engagement scenario. And it was all a surprise to me! We have date nights regularly, and this particular night he didn't disclose where we were going. So we end up arriving at Homestead Manor in Spring Hill and I didn't suspect anything because I had just been telling him about when me and my mom went there and toured the place and had a fantastic meal. So I assume he wants to see what the fuss is about! We go in the front doors and the hostesses smile and start walking us to our table, but we pass all the dining rooms and continue walking toward the kitchen.. we round the corner and head down the stone steps to the wine cellar/chef's table! Those steps were covered in rose petals and lined with tea lights, and once we got into the cellar there was a table set up beautifully for us with more rose petals and tea lights everywhere, as well as string lights all around the ceiling. The fireplace was burning and there was music playing softly. It was breathtaking. We got through our appetizer before he got the courage to propose ;). He told me he loved me, and wanted to spend the rest of our amazing life together. He then came around the table and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. In between “oh my gods”, I said yes with no hesitation! The waiters come running down a minute later to congratulate us, knowing it was safe to come down after they heard my omg reaction ;). I couldn't have planned it better myself.
What was the vision for your wedding?
Desiree: I had dreamt about my wedding for years, since I was a little girl. I couldn't wait to stand side by side with my fiancé and promise to love each other for eternity. I was so excited to share in our love with all our family and friends, to be able to celebrate our rare connection with everyone. I imagined how I would feel making that commitment before God and our guests, and when the day came I felt all the happy feelings I had hoped I would. As far as visually, I had visions of a big flowing ball gown and lots of luxurious touches at my wedding. I wanted an elegant but simple atmosphere, something you could just look at in awe. I saw billowing flowers and sparkling accents. I knew that I wanted it to look like all my Pinterest board pins, and only thanks to my planner Kathy Best did that dream come true! And now I get to look at all the details and relive all those amazing feelings anytime I look at the amazing photographs that Ilde and Jim Cook with SheHeWe captured for us, they're the bees knees.
Can you share any special moments or highlights from your wedding day?
Desiree: Walking down the aisle toward my future husband was magical. It's so hard to describe the feeling, all I know is that I was happy. All my dreams were coming true and I was able to be in my perfect dress, in my perfect location and marry my almost perfect (jk love you) husband!
What are some tips you can share with other brides planning their weddings?
Desiree: The #1 thing I tell brides is not to worry about being a bit of a 'bridezilla' at times. This is your wedding, your vision, and only you are going to actually look at the photos and relive the memories FOREVER. Don't be afraid to let people know what you want and don't let anyone turn your wedding into their event. This day is the only day you get for you and your husband and you and your husband ONLY. Take advantage and do it how you want it, and if anyone has a problem with it tell them to have their own wedding! Oh and also, if you don't have an amazing planner (like mine) to help you with everything, just don't procrastinate!!! You don't want to stress at any time about anything. You should only enjoy the process 🙂
Is there anything else you'd like to share about your wedding?
Desiree: If I could live that day all over again I would! It'll forever be embedded in my mind. I know my guests had a blast, and I have all the photos to prove it. It was beautiful and I'm pinching myself even still to prove that it actually happened and it was everything I dreamt of. But let's be honest, I could've been in a shack and worn a robe and I'd still be just as happy to have been able to marry my best friend. But the glitz and glitter adds a nice touch, doesn't it? 😉