Hi everyone!!!! My name is Crissa, I am a Florida girl born & raised. I am 26 years young and married the love of my life back in December. I am a hairstylist at Color & Co Beauty salon ( @colorandco.salon ) in Tampa, Florida! Living in the middle of the sunshine state, you can usually catch me at the beach, Disney World, or Netflix & Chillin at home with my hubs! My favorite activities include but are not limited to: spending time with family, eating, annoying my husband, traveling whenever possible, eating, singing, anything that brings out my creativity, playing pranks on my husband, & eating. I absolutely love what I do for a living and love where I live. Life has only gotten sweeter since becoming a married lady. If you want, follow me on insta! @crissa.color.co
Our Love Story
WOW where do I begin. About three years ago I had just moved back to Tampa from Virginia. I was going to be home for 6 months before temporarily moving to Australia to become an au pair. I hadn’t dated anyone in about 3 years, there was no way I was going to find someone in the 6 months that I was home before I moved to Australia, right?! Wrong!
One Sunday I went to church with my brother and sister in law. The lead pastor was on vacation so the children’s Pastor happened to be speaking my first Sunday there. Little did I know, the children’s Pastor was a hot, single, 25 year old Cuban guy named George. As soon as I got home that Sunday I of course stalked him on Facebook. The next Sunday I went back and my sister in law introduced us. I think I was sweating bullets because I was so nervous. He’s the only guy that ever made me feel like that. The very first thing I told George was that I was moving to Australia. LOL Just trying to be honest! He took that as I was letting him know I was interested. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Over the next 3664555few months, we talked over fb message constantly. He eventually got my number and we had our first date on November 3rd, 2015. From there we saw each other every single day for a long time. I was set to leave for Australia in January, but my trip got prolonged until April. As much as I liked George, I was feeling so conflicted. The last relationship I had been in left me very emotionally wounded and scarred. And I was about to embark upon this grand adventure, and wasn’t sure if I was even going to come back to the US permanently. I was planning my life and bam, George came into my life and completely surprised my heart.
I didn’t want to take the chance of leading George on, so in March 2016, I told him we should just be friends. I’ve never seen someone take a “break up” so well. He didn’t’ act prideful or immature, he took it with grace and patience. That night, he called me and said, “I’m just calling because you said you wanted to be friends, so I’m being your friend.” The next day, I flew out of town to be in a friends wedding. I was gone for a week. That whole week I missed George like CRAZY. I thought, What have I done? Did I just break up with the love of my life? We talked every day while I was gone, and I realized George had become one of my best friends. I genuinely loved talking to him and spending time with him. When I got back home from my trip, I asked him to come over. He could tell I was feeling conflicted. I had a month left until my flight to Australia, and we decided that we should just enjoy our last month together, not put a label on anything, and see where it goes. We both felt like we would know for sure whether or not we should be together when I was in Australia. Either we would miss eachother immensely and realize the love we shared, or we would just eventually move on. That last month was one of the best months of my life. We spent every day going on adventure, laughing, talking, living it up. One night, we finally shared our first kiss. We had been “dating” for 6 months, and we hadn’t kissed until then. Part of it was because we didn’t want to give eachother another reason to become more attached before my big trip. But we just couldn’t wait any longer. We shared our first kiss one week before I went to Australia. George jokes that he kissed me because he “had to give me something to keep me wanting more” while I was gone. Hahaha. The night that I left, George came with me to the airport. I can honestly say that saying goodbye to him that night was the most heartbreaking moment of my life. My heart felt like it got ripped out of my chest as I waved goodbye to him. Tears were streaming down my face because I had no clue when I was going to see him next. In that moment, I KNEW he was the one. I had finally made it to the land down under, and with a 17 hour time difference, George and I made long distance work. It was torture. However I have no regrets about my trip. It was something I got to check off my bucket list and I think that it actually strengthened our relationship so much because it forced us to rely on comminucation. We couldn’t hold hands, cuddle , or kiss, all we had was facetime, so we really learned how to communicate with eachother. We became facebook official (FBO as the kids say) June 7th 2016. George had flowers, chocolate, a teddy bear, and a note asking me to call him because he “had a question” to ask me. I called him and he asked me over facetime if would officially be his girlfriend. Of course I said Yes. Before becoming officially boyfriend and girlfriend, we had been “dating “ exclusively for a while and we knew that if we put a title on it, it was because we wanted to eventually get married. We both had been looking at rings while I was away without the other person knowing. I ended up coming back home in late July, I surprised George had DisneyWorld! He had no idea I was even in the same Country. And I had no idea he had already bought my engagement ring. Fast forward to January 1st, 2017 and the love of my life asked me to be his wife. I SAID YES.
Speaking of, let’s get to the proposal 😉
January 1st 2017 was the HAPPIEST night of my life. G planned everything to absolute perfection. The word I keep coming back to when thinking of this night is “perfect”. Every little detail was incredible.
About 2 weeks before it happened, G and I were on my couch just watching TV and he gets a text from his best friend Gabe, explaining that Gabe was having his whole staff go on a dinner cruise to celebrate the end of the year and all that his business accomplished in 2016. His business being “Brave People” a creative agency ( @brvppl ). However, one of his employees and their wife were “going to be out of the country”. The tickets were “already paid for” so Gabe asked if we’d be down to dress up and go on the dinner cruise in their place! George showed me the text and I was like um, heck yes!! Sounds so fun right? Haha.
A few days later, my sister and I go shopping for her New Year’s Eve outfit and while we we’re at the mall, she insists that I shop for an outfit for the dinner cruise. I figured I would just wear something I already had but she made it a priority to get me a new dress and accessories. I thought it was super sweet of her, but a little out of the norm.
G’s family had been in town from Chicago for Christmas, and they planned to drive back up the morning of the 1st. So we decided to have brunch with them that morning to say our goodbyes. Little did I know that they wouldn’t be leaving till the next morning!
When G and I were getting ready at my house that morning to go to brunch, I asked him what he was going to wear to the dinner cruise. He said, “Crap! I completely forgot to bring an outfit for that.”
Guys, George doesn’t forget anything!!
If I had an inkling that he would be proposing that night, it was shot at that moment because I would never think that he would be so casual about proposing as to forget to bring an outfit. He totally did that on purpose to throw me off, and it worked!
At the time, G and I lived about 40 minutes away from each other, so we had to drive back to his house after brunch and then 40 minutes back to my house and he doesn’t like to waste gas, another reason why I definitely didn’t think that night was the night he was going to propose.
We get back to my house from picking up the stuff at his house and start to get ready. Being a girl and a sister I wanted my sister to help me get ready and just hang out while I was doing my makeup/hair, etc. I get out of the shower and she said she had to go to work because her managers wanted to talk to her. She works at a restaurant and they weren’t open that day. I was like, can’t they wait till your next shift? And she said no and made it sound serious so I was worried about her and how she was feeling going into that meeting LOL. So naturally I was texting and calling her to make sure she was okay. In actuality, she was going to the proposal site to finish setting up. She didn’t answer my calls or text me back (obviously) so I checked her location to make sure she got there okay and to see if she was on her way home yet (stalkerish I know, but I love my sister a lot lol) fortunately, Vinia and George had already thought to turn her location off of the find friends app because they know me hahahaha. So her location just showed up as “not available”.
Vinia, George’s brother Fran, his sister Danielle, our friends Gabe, Grace, John, Milvia, Gabrielle and her boyfriend were all there finishing setting up while George and I were getting ready for the “dinner cruise”.
The plan was to meet Gabe and everyone at Brave People in Tampa, and then all of us carpool to where the dinner cruise was. So we are heading to Brave People and George “misses the exit” because his sister had texted him to stall because they weren’t finished lighting the candles.
The Portos are an incredible husband and wife team who are extremely talented photographers. I follow them on Instagram and Christa (the wifey) had posted a story on insta of the wedding they were shooting that night and the location of it. Just so happens that the wedding location of that night was a building right next to Gabe’s business. I recognize the building from her video and when we get out of the car, I say to George “oh wow I think the Portos are shooting a wedding next door, that’s so funny.” Little did I know that Christa snuck away from the wedding for a bit and was already at the proposal site ready to shoot it.
We get to the front door of Brave People, and Gabe, his wife Grace, George’s other best friend John, and John’s wife Milvia were inside sitting ever so casually on the couch in the lobby. We get inside and start talking and catching up and George gets up to go to the bathroom where all our siblings are hiding and where the ring is hiding as well.
When he returns, we talk a bit more and then George asks Gabe what he ended up doing with the furniture that was delivered to his office a few days back. Gabe said they ended up putting it on the rooftop and setting up a super dope lounge. He asked if we wanted to go see it and of course I agreed! We go up stairs and then I see the only way to the rooftop is up a sketchy ladder. Mind you, I’m wearing 5″ heels and a short dress. For obvious reasons I made the guys go first. I told the girls they could go in front of me too but they insisted I go. So I brave the ladder and hope they don’t see my butt up my dress and start to make my way up. I was so focused on not falling off the ladder that I didn’t look up until I was completely standing on the roof top.
It was then that I noticed a candlelit pathway leading to the other end of the rooftop. I knew then that something life changing was about to happen. I look at George with complete surprise and he says “This is for US, baby.” My mind at this moment- “OMGOMGNENXAKRNFKENXKSN ITS HAPPENING AHHHHHH!!!!!!!” In front of me was a breathtaking set up of 250 candles covering the rooftop, 100 string lights hanging above us, greenery & flowers, and at the end of the pathway was a big flat screen tv, to the side of it was a high top table with two glasses of wine, (engraved on the wine glasses was, “Mr. & Mrs. Prieto 1.1.17” #swoon) and bread. We could see all of downtown Tampa from the roof and our city looked so magnificent from that spot. It was so romantic.
George walks me to the tv and tells me how incredible our time has been together over the course of our relationship and tells me that he made a movie of some of our favorite places, things, and people that we’ve experienced together as we’ve become best friends over the past year and a half. He starts the video (I’m already in tears) and there is a slideshow of pictures of us at some of our favorite places with some of our favorite people. After the slideshow, the opening scene to what looks like a Disney movie appears on the screen, and it is our story told through a compilation of Disney movies and characters. It was SO GOOD. After that, all of a sudden I see a familiar face come on the screen and it’s one of my closest friends! She’s wishing us well and saying how she’s so happy for us. Following her video, another friend pops up on the screen and another and another one after the other. He had our closest friends and family members send him videos of themselves wishing us happiness. (Let the tears flow) I will send a link to the video!
Following the video, G brings me to another part of the roof were the city skyline is directly behind us and he says so many beautiful things about our relationship and the love he has for me. And then he gets down on one knee. (me-FULL FREAK OUT MODE) Opens the ring box as he says, “Crissa DiGeronimo, will you marry me?”
This moment is a bit of a blur but I think I said something along the lines of
“YES!!!!! Is this real life?
G- it’s real life baby!
Me- Like for real for real?
Me- WE’RE GETTING MARRIED?!
G- WE’RE GETTING MARRIED!!!”
He then puts the ring on my finger and we celebrate with hugs and kisses and shrieks and jumps for joy.
He walks me over to the table with the wine and bread. He tells me how our love wouldn’t be possible without what Jesus did on the cross. He leads us in a prayer, and I pray for us as well. I see the bread and commented on how good it looke. (Italian problems) And then we participated in communion. It was such a beautiful and incredible experience.
Finally, we ended it with slow dancing to our favorite song under the twinkling lights.
Then we saw Christa (who had been shooting the proposal the whole time) and gave her a big hug and thanked her for capturing this moment. (She and her husband Phil are the BEST!)
We climb back down the ladder and our friends who were going on the “cruise” with us were down the stairs waiting for us with congratulatory hugs.
We start to head back to my house, and George tells me my parents don’t know anything, and we get to go tell them the news!! My first thought is, oh gosh I hope my mom doesn’t have hurt feelings that they weren’t in on it, but I quickly realize they’ll be so happy they won’t care!
As we pull up to the house I see a huge crowd of people in the driveway all holding sparklers and cheering.
G arranged a surprise engagement party with many of our closest friends and family.
So mom and dad knew all along haha!
We get out of the car and rejoice with our loved ones!! We all head inside and George made sure my favorite foods were the main course for dinner-tacos and pizza- he knows me so well hahahaha. It was so fun celebrating with everyone and hearing the toasts from my family. We watched the video George made with everyone.
It seriously could not have gone any better.
George was so confident, calm, cool and collected throughout the whole thing and it didn’t feel rushed or blurry. I was able to take everything in and soak it all up. The order of how he arranged everything, from the candlelit pathway to the slideshow, Disney video, video messages from friends and family, popping the question, communion, dancing, to the surprise party. Every little detail was carefully thought out and I was completely surprised. IT. WAS. PERFECT.
Now that you know our story, let’s talk about the BLING- my engagement ring!!!! Let me just say, George killed it. He and I had talked about the fact that we wanted my ring to be unique, a little vintage. George ultimately picked it out and I was BEYOND impressed. It helps that G and I have very similar senses of style. This ring is my absolute DREAM engagement ring. Heidi Gibson is a jeweler we found on Instagram @heidigibsondesigns. George and I had been looking at her rings but I had no idea he had been emailing with Heidi back and forth, designing my dream ring. I never thought I would actually get one of Heidi’s stunning creations! I am forever grateful to Heidi & George.
Let’s Talk Wedding Planning
Wedding Date, Geographical Location, Venue
We tied the knot on December 4th, 2017. It was actually on a Monday! Best Monday EVER 😉 Our venue was Bella Collina located in Montverede, FL. We had visited 3 or 4 venues before going to see bella and the minute we pulled up, I KNEW it was the place. I started crying immeadiately hahaha. I originally found the venue online. My family is Italian, so I typed “Tuscan wedding venues” into Pinterest and this gorgeous place with Italian pine trees, rolling hills, and Tuscan architecture popped up! I thought this place was surely located in Italy, but when I clicked on their website I could not believe it was only an hour and a half from where I lived! Many of our guests commented on how they felt like they were in Italy at the wedding. It was a dream come true.
The guest list was probably the most difficult process of the wedding planning for us. I hate the thought of making anyone feel left out, but we really had to skim down our guest list because it gets pricey! My suggestion is, write down any name you can think of that you may want to come to your wedding. Then go through each name, ask yourself “If this person wasn’t at my wedding, would it make me upset?” If the answer is yes, keep them on the list! If the answer if no, cross them off. I know it’s hard but your wedding is the one day all about you and your hubby.
What was your wedding budget?
Our original budget was basically a joke LOL. But hey, I’ve never had to plan a wedding before so I had no clue how much things cost! I would highly recommend researching average prices for things (florals, photo/video/ catering etc) in the state you are getting married in. For example; because I live in/ got married in Florida, everything is automatically more expensive because Florida is considered a destination wedding spot.
How did you prioritize your budget, what factors were most important to you?
We choose to prioritize our budget to the 3 things that were most important to us with our wedding. The first thing for us, capturing our wedding with memories was SO important, so who we hired to do photography & Videography was our top priority. Whether you get married in a cardboard box or in a palace, if you have great photos that truly capture the love of you and your spouse, that’s what counts. Our photographers, The Portos were such a blessing; we actually booked them before we booked our venue! The second thing most important to us was where we had our wedding. The atmosphere, the vibe, the total feel that we wanted to experience that day all was a big deal to us. We wanted a place that we didn’t have to dress up much, and that’s exactly what we got with Bella Collina. It is so beautiful on it’s own that we were able to save money by not having decorating it too much. The third most important thing to us was having a wedding planner. We knew we wanted this experience to be as stressfree and FUN as possible. Some of our friends had used and recommended Rebekkah Rosado from Runway Events ( @yourrunwayevent ) she was absolutely incredible and made our lives a heck of a lot easier.
How did you ask your besties to be your bridesmaids?
I asked my sister & friends to me my bridesmaids in a few different ways! I tried to customize it to each of our friendships. For my sister/MOH I made her a box and inside it had chocolates, a note, a shirt that said “Mermaid of Honor”, and I took her out to dinner. For another bridesmaid I actually had a pizza sent to her house and I had the delivery guy write in the box, “Dear Jamie, I love you more than pizza. Will you be my bridesmaid?” haha I loved that one. For another bridesmaid I knew how much she loved candles so I ordered one of Etsy that said, Laura, you are a light in my life, will you be my bridesmaid?” For another bridesmaid, I had a label printed on a bottle of wine that asked if she would be my bridesmaid. My advice is to just be creative and have fun with it.
How was your dress shopping experience?
I never ever thought I would be able to wear a Pnina dress. It’s always been my dream to go to the famous Kleinfeld bridal and try on Pnina dresses. The day I went, it was just my mom and I. my consultant, Michelle told me Pnina had just come out with a line of more affordable dresses and it was a dream come true!
What was your overall vision or theme?
I’ve always wanted my wedding to have an overall romantic feel on my wedding day. I wanted to incorporate Italian, boho, & edgy-glam vibes. I know those are all different things, but they are all me and they worked together perfectly!
If you had to describe your wedding style in one word what would it be?
ONE word?! AHHHH If I can only pick one word then it would probably be
How did you find your vendors?
Most if not all of our vendors were recommended by our wedding planner- Rebbekah! Another perk of having a wedding planner- being in the wedding industry, she has connections and got us discounted prices with other vendors because of her working relationship with them. Plus, she saved us so much time researching people because she already knew who was good and fit our personal style!
How did you design your table layout & decor?
Our wedding planner created a pinterest board for both of us to add to before we had our big décor planning meeting. At our meeting, we looked through the book of lines, she showed me different ways napkins could be folded, she showed me candle holders, plates, chargers, basically anything I could want and it was so helpful to see everything in person.
How involved was your fiancé in the planning process?
George was SO HELPFUL in wedding planning. He was so great, came to every planning meeting, was on every phone call with the vendor. I was very blessed and did not feel alone in the planning process at all. In fact, I could not have done it without George. He designed literally EVERY single piece of signage for the wedding- our welcome sign, unplugged sign, our menus, our programs, bar sign, cake sign, in memoriam sign, wedding favor labels, save the dates, table numbers, he built our guest book polaroid display, he put together the song compilation for my father/daughter dance, and so much more I’m probably forgetting! I was so thankful for all that he did. He saved us so much money by making it himself. Thank you babe!
Did you use a wedding planner?
YES. I recommend this so much. I would have been lost without Rebekkah Rosado of Runway. We booked her before anything!!!! She helped us every step of the way. We had monthly phone meetings with her where she would give us a to do list of about 10 things that we could check off in a month. It helped so much because if I didn’t have her, I would have been so overwhelmed and she gave us a little at a time, and knew in what order things had to be done. She helped us throughout our entire engagement and was there for the wedding day of course. Rebekkah was my hero, if there were any problems, she had it solved before I even knew about them. Because of Rebekkah, George and I truly got to enjoy our wedding. She knew our vision, we trusted her completely.
Did you guys do a “First Look”, or did your fiancé see you for the first time walking down to aisle?
So, I always always thought I wanted the first time my groom to see me was being when I walked down the isle. However, our photographers Phil & Christa highly recommended doing a first look. First of all because they said it creates such and intimate and calming moment with your love before all the craziness begins and they didn’t know anyone who did a first look that regretted it. And second of all, we wanted our ceremony just after dusk so that our wedding would end at nighttime and all the candles we had lit up in the ceremony space could shine and give off that ultra romantic vibe. So we went with a first look and I am SO HAPPY that we did. We knew that we didn’t want to go for that typical “tap the groom on the shoulder and he turns around” kind of first look, and we were a little bummed that he wouldn’t see me for the first time at the ceremony so I came up with an idea that gave us the best of both worlds. We told our planner that we wanted to do our first look in our ceremony space as if I was walking down the isle. So she had it set up early enough for us to do that! She surprised us with our DJ’s (The Meisters Katit and David @meisterproductions) arriving early and they had music playing so it really created a VIBE. George stood at the end of the isle turned around, our DJ put on the song we picked out, (Hold On We’re Going Home by: Vancover Sleep Clinic & GXNXVS), and when I was ready to start walking down the isle, our photographer told George to turn around. It was so incredible to walk down the isle to him with no one there. With the music playing, just him and I, it was the most special moment and I will never forget it. Plus, it saved time after the ceremony because we were able to get bridal portraits and bridal party photos done prior to the ceremony.
What would you recommend as “must have pictures” for future brides?
Something our planner told us to do was write out a list of must have photos to give to our photographer. This was very helpful because I would not have been able to think about it in the moment. One of my favorite shots is with my bridesmaids, I got all of them leather jackets that said “bridesbabe” on the back! It added some edge to our pictures and we just got sassy and had fun with it!
Did you have a videographer?
The Portos brought a friend of theirs, Dan from All in White films to shoot our video, and Phil Porto edited and produced it. Highly, highly recommend getting video! It means the world to us that we can relive our day over and over again. They did such and amazing job!!!!
Escort Cards or Seating chart?
We did a seating chart! George designed it. Each person sat at a different Italian City. For example, Table 2 was been Rome, Table 3 was Amalfi Coast, etc. and the table number were on top of wine bottles with the city printed on the wine labels sticker! Yet another thing that George did!
What song did you choose for your first dance?
Our first dance song was a song George showed me on our first date, so it definitely had sentimental meaning. It was the acoustic version of “This Is Living” By Hillsong Young & Free. It had always been “our song” so it was a no brainer when choosing it for our first dance. George actual had one of our engagement photos blown up and framed, and he got the lyrics of our song printed out on the photo in the shape of a heart. That was one of my wedding gifts from him!
We also had a private last dance!!! This was something our DJ’s recommended to us. They tell everyone to go get a sparkler for the exit, the reception area clears out, except for us. We stay behind for a private last dance. After the DJ pushed play for our song (“Earned It” by Bootstraps) our photographer snapped some photos of us dancing, and then they all left so it was literally just the two of us. We were able to soak in everything that just happened. It was pure magic.
Buffet or sit down meal?
We did a sit down dinner! We wanted thing a bit more formal and fancy since it’s not every day we have a wedding. Our venue came with food and for our guests they got to choose from a bacon wrapped chicken with garlic mashed potatoes, a gnocci pasta tossed in pesto, or a parmesan crusted salmon with risotto. It was so yummy!!!! And yes, George and I actually got to eat! If anyone came up to us during dinner, our planner said she would “be the bad guy” and stop them if we wanted her to and we said YES PLEASE! We wanted to enjoy this food!
Live music or DJ?
We hired Dave and Kait Meister from Meister Productions and fell in love with them from our first phone call! They were amazing and kept the party going the whole night and personalized everything to our style. They also provided our lighting!
Cake or Desserts?
So another way we saved money was we used Publix for our cake! Publix is a grocery store in Florida and it was so yummy! We did a 3 tier cake, the bottom two layers being cannolis!!!! My Italian heart was so happy. The top layer was a barely naked chocolate cake with vanilla cream cheese-buttercream frosting, and fudge filling. We also had a sheet cake in the back cut up and ready to be served. It was a strawberry cake with cream cheese filling and vanilla cream cheese-butter cream frosting. So yummy and pretty and saved us about $500 by using our local grocery store instead of a wedding cake bakery.
Did you provide transportation for your guest or valet parking?
No, we didn’t. We did block rooms at 2 hotels nearby.
Top 3 most memorable moments of your wedding day
I have to do top 4. I would have to say the first look with George was number one. My second was the first look I did with my dad, it was so special and emotional and the pictures from that moment are some of my favorites. The third moment would be when my bridesmaids and I surprised George and everyone with a dance!!! I picked out parts from Georges favorite songs, mixed them with some other songs and made up a dance with my sister for us girls to do! It was SO much fun. My fourth moment is the dance I did with my Dad! We started out by slow dancing to a very typical father/daughter dance song, and then our real dance started! It was so much fun practicing the dance together and wowing our guests with the dance. Very memorable for sure!
One thing that made your wedding unique or something special and personal you added to your day that stands out from other weddings.
I think one thing that really stood out about our wedding was the emotion and love in our ceremony. I know that sounds cliché but there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Many of our guests said it was the most beautiful ceremony they had been to because of our vows. I had included a presentation to George of a box that I had been saving for him since I was 16 years old. In the box, I had been writing him love letters and collecting souvenirs for him on family trips throughout the years even though I didn’t know who he was at the time. I read one of my letters to him during the ceremony and it was a really special moment. Another funny thing that was unique, was that we had one of my nephews sprinkle parmesan cheese down the isle, and the other one sprinkled basil leaves! I told you I was Italian hahaha
Total months planning?
We were engaged and planning for just over 11 months. For us it was just the right time of being engaged, we didn’t want to go over a year, and under 11 months didn’t seem long enough. The most difficult time was definitely the last month leading up to the wedding. Just nailing down all the last minute details was very tedious. And some thing couldn’t be done until that month because we had to wait until we knew how many people were coming and many people are not great at RSVPing, myself included! I will always rsvp after this experience.
What was one thing that you had difficulties with during your planning and how did you overcome it? & What was one of the easier things for you to plan?
One thing that was difficult was actually doing the seating chart. It sounds silly, but deciding where everyone would sit was difficult. We wanted to make sure everyone knew someone at their table and was sure to have a fun evening with who the were sitting with. Many things that were difficult in the planning process revolved around other people. Making sure they were happy, worrying about not disappointing anyone, etc. Of course it’s important to make your guests feel loved and appreciated, BUT please remember, this day is literally about you and you husband. It is OKAY to be selfish. No need to be rude of course, but I believe you can be selfish about some things without being rude. Remember that you don’t have to please everyone, that’s impossible. It’s inevitable that some one will get their feelings hurt. Just stick to what makes you and your hubby happy. As simple as that.
I really felt like a lot of it was easy to plan in general because of my wedding planner, and because George and I had SO much FUN planning! As busy and hectic as it could be, we were so excited to plan this event that represented us and our love, that it was fairly easy because we loved it so much.
One thing you wish you knew when you were planning your wedding?
I honestly can’t think of much. I got a lot from other brides to “take it all in” and so I did just that. I would remind myself throughout the process to soak it in, truly relish in the sweetness of engagement.
Anything you would have done different?
I would say to not focus SOOO much on the details, obviously they are important, but don’t kill yourself over little things like a certain font that “HAS” to be on your wedding menu. On that day, it won’t matter. It goes by so quickly, all that will matter is the love between you and your spouse.
One thing that helped you stay stress free throughout your planning and on your wedding day?
A bomb bridal party and a bomb wedding planner. Your bridesmaids agreed to be in your wedding because they want to help! Don’t be afraid to ask! They love you!
Did you go on a honeymoon? If so, where to? Did you go right after the wedding or wait?
YESSSS we went to Mexico and it was SO AMAZING. My parents were so generous to let us use their timeshare in Riviera Maya. We stayed at 2 different resorts. The first one is called Azul Fives. The views were incredible and the food was just as good. It was an all-inclusive resort and I would totally recommended doing that. It just makes everything easier and more relaxing without having to plan where to go, what to do etc. The second resort we stayed at was called Grand Luxxe. That was the nicest hotel room I’ve ever stayed at in my entire life. It was so luxurious and again, all-inclusive. George and I definitely want to go back to both places! The ocean views, the kind staff, the food, everyone was impeccable and we felt like a king and queen! We went to a place called Xel-Ha & XCaret! Both are places in Riviera Maya that have the most fun excursions for an affordable price! For about $80 a person, a bus will pick you up from your resort, in the morning, take you to the park, and bring you backin the evening. Depending on which park you go to, you can zip line, snorkel, cliff jump, speed boat rides, swim through caves, ride atv’s, go tubing, and so much more. PLUS, it includes food and drinks!!! All unlimited while you are there. Amazing deal, we can’t wait to go back.
Last but not least if you could give ONE piece of advice to a bride-to-be planning her wedding what would it be??
If I could give one peace of advice, I would tell other brides-to-be- ENJOY YOURSELF. On your wedding day, don’t worry about anyone but you. This is not a day to be a hostess, or to catch up with people you haven’t seen in years. Sit down and EAT the food you paid for, DANCE with your husband and best friends all night, TAKE IN the moments!!! Don’t spend the night greeting people and making sure everyone is taken care of; you can have a get together for that later when you get back from your honeymoon. This isn’t a family reunion; this is an event to unite the love between you and your very best friend.
Crissa & George’s Happily Ever After
We just celebrated 6 months of wedded bliss in June and I can honestly say life gets better everyday. George is my best friend, there’s no one else that I enjoy spending time with more. Getting to have a partner/teammate in life is the best feeling in the world. Someone who has your back, is with you through the ups and the downs, loves you unconditionally, someone you can be a total weirdo with, someone you can binge on pizza with, someone who knows you better than you know yourself. There is nothing better. We hope this will be helpful to newly engaged couples and are so thankful to Stephanie for featuring us on her blog!
Venue & Catering: Bella Collina // Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai from Kleinfeld Bridal // Photography: The Portos // Videography: All In White Films // Florals: Orlando Flower Market // Hair Stylist for Bride: Dominique Limone of Color & Co. Beauty Salon // Hair Stylist for Bridesmaids: Jazmin Fuentes & Christine @ Element Hair Studio // Makeup Artist for Bride: Roxie Rodriguez // Makeup Artist for Bridesmaids: Roxie Rodriguez & Pam @ Element Hair Studio // Wedding Planner: Rebekkah Rosado @ Runway Events // DJ & Lighting : Meister Productions
Keep Scrolling for more stunning photos of Crissa’s Wedding, so much unique inspo and she definitely nailed the “edgy-glam” vibes!
Obsessing over these leather jackets!
Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Prieto! May all your years to come be filled with so much love & happiness!