Real Wedding Advice: Natalie and Thomas's Wedding at Harmony Gardens | Orlando Wedding Photography

We love talking to our brides and grooms after the wedding to find out what their experiences were on their big day, hopefully this will help when you’re planning your big day. There are so many little things you probably didn’t even think about or have over thought. We asked Natalie and Thomas to share some of their advice and tips with us.

When you’re thinking about planning your wedding day what should you do to keep it original? “The goal for our wedding was to keep it simple, rustic, and be a reflection of us,” Natalie said. “It is such a beautiful venue that we wanted to compliment the setting.” We agree, when you pick such a beautiful garden venue like Harmony Gardens, decorating is hardly a concern. If you’re looking for a rustic garden or outdoor venue in the Orlando area, check this place out. Plus, they have a lot of decor already up there making it quite romantic.

Maybe you’re asking yourself, wait, “Should we write our own vows?” We asked Natalie what they did and she said, “We chose to write and recite our own vows.” If you do decide to write your own vows, where should you start? Here are a couple of quick tips to make writing your vows a breeze.

Have you ever thought about asking your partner’s parents or friends for advice? It might be nice to bounce your ideas off of someone who also has been around the two of you during your relationship, plus, you’ll get a chance to reminisce about all the great stories you have together. So many questions to ask, “What should I write? What should the structure of my vows be? Should I go traditional or non-traditional with my vows?” It doesn’t really matter as long as you’re speaking from the heart. If you’re really stuck, try a quick google search, it might help you find a structure you like or maybe even an outline, but the important part is to make it personal. Remember, no matter what happens your partner is going to love it because you wrote it. Natalie said, “We will both always remember reciting our vows to one another in front of our family and friends.” One of Thomas’s favorite things about the day was seeing Natalie walk down the aisle and Natalie’s was dancing with her new husband.

Another part of your day that involves some planning is, “How many people should I have in my wedding party?” They are your go-to, ride-or-die,
top-team-of-dream people who you want standing right behind you on your big day. If you want to go traditional, most parties have between 3 and 5 on each side, but if you’re looking to keep it simple, go small. Natalie and Thomas said, “We kept the wedding party small with only a maid of honor, best man, & flower girl.” For many of our brides and grooms there are several advantages to going smaller. You can get through formal portraits quicker and get to cocktail hour! Score!

After all this planning, what kind of tips do Natalie and Thomas have for you?

Natalie + Thomas: “Keep the wedding simple, make the day a reflection of you and your intended (rather than doing what is popular or what others expect/want), be well organized in the planning stages, have a day of event coordinator, order your invitations from an online company such as Minted, and enjoy the day.”