You have to adore a couple that fully embraces the idea of making a wedding their own. This happy couple's wedding in California included their love of sports and they added special touches throughout their big day. Sporting event tickets, thundersticks and the song "Chariots of Fire" are just a few of the details. Oh yeah, I love this.
SS: How would you describe the look of your wedding?
C&M: We had a classic and fun look to our wedding with an underlying sports theme. Confetti was the main inspiration for the design as we had it in our logo, on our invitations and other printed materials, as well as on our wedding cake. We both love sports so we included a sports theme where we could. Cheryl walked down the aisle to “Chariots of Fire,” we both used sports jargon in our wedding vows, and we walked back down the aisle together to the NBA on NBC theme music. For the reception, we had sporting event tickets and one of our bridesmaids sang the National Anthem while everyone cheered with personalized thundersticks.
SS: How many hours of sleep did you get the night before the big day?
C&M: Cheryl slept at the hotel with her bridesmaids and got about six hours of sleep while Mike slept at his parents’ house and got seven hours.
SS: How did you come up with the design of your wedding cake? What flavors did you pick?
C&M: Our wedding cake came from a layout we saw in a magazine. We had two flavors in our cake on our cake stand; one was a layered guava, passion fruit, and lime cake with non-dairy whipped cream and fresh strawberries between each layer, the other was a chocolate chiffon cake with chocolate pudding and fresh strawberries as the filling.
SS: Did you and your partner feed each other cake delicately or was there a face smash?
C&M: There wasn’t a face smash but we did feed each other and a little smudge of cake got on each of us.
SS: What was your Something Borrowed? Something Blue? Something Old? And, yes, Something New?
C&M: A pearl necklace borrowed from my grandmother, underwear given as a gift at the bridal shower, a vintage pearl and crystal brooch worn on the gown, and the Pronovias Melbourne wedding gown.
SS: What did you choose for your wedding party to wear? How did they react?
C&M: The girls collaboratively agreed on a long navy strapless gown. They chose any gold heels and their own hairstyle as well. The bride's aunt made simple pearl necklaces for them to wear as part of a gift for being in the wedding party. The boys all wore black tuxedos with navy blue vests and bow ties. It seemed like the wedding party was happy with their attire - at least we hope so!
SS: What did you talk about during your First Dance?
C&M: We talked about how much fun our wedding party's grand entrance was to the song, “Zombie Nation” while everyone was cheering with their thundersticks like it was a sporting event. And, how everything was going as we had envisioned it.
SS: We know your wedding day was perfect but what is the one thing you would do differently?
C&M: We would make sure our videographer was the same person who both shot and edited our video. We went with a friend who owns his own company but he could not be at our wedding so he had his guys film the wedding while he edited the footage. He did his best but it wasn't how we envisioned the finished product. We're still grateful to have most of the wedding on tape.
SS: What was the surprise moment of your wedding day that you will always cherish? C&M: Cheryl and her bridesmaids surprised Mike with a serenade of the song, “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson. Cheryl sang and her bridesmaids provided backup singing and percussion. And, it was a lot of fun to hear each other's vows with the sports jargon for the first time during the ceremony.
SS: What is the one piece of advice you would give to couples planning their wedding?C&M: No matter what you decide to do for your wedding, take it all in and stop to smell the flowers. Leave yourself plenty of time to plan and enjoy the process. Remember why you're getting married and have fun!