Keep things simple and stressless — the advice Joberde and Jenna wanted to share to all future bride and groom. On their wedding day, Joberde and Jenna went for the classic vintage appeal with a significant amount of DIY’s involved that made for a charming wedding. It was a joyous day celebrating love and life. Let’s clink glasses for this wonderful day, Mr. and Mrs. Metellus, Congratulations!
We Are A Perfect Match:
We love each other, cherish each others strengths, and clinch this once in a lifetime love story we are creating. We grew up in different parts of the world, but we are two peas in a pod. Both strive on the opportunity to make our lives better, impact those around us, and create a legacy. We have similar interest and build a solid foundation together. Our spirits are a reflection of each other. We understand each other and able to help each grow. Jenna is spontaneous/free spirited, and Joberde calculated. However, there are times where the roles reverse. We accept each other and not trying to change each other. We believe improve you, improve our marriage. We embrace each other’s family and hope to add to the numbers in the future.
Joberde proposed in Hollywood, Florida. He planned it so nicely. He captured footage from the engagement ring being made and created a video for Jenna. His niece and nephew helped him pick out the right songs to use in the video. When they arrived at the restaurant, Jenna didn’t notice the video camera that Joberde slipped to one of the waiters. Once they sat down, Joberde stepped away for a second, pretending to have to ask the waiter something. Before leaving, he gave her the Ipad to watch a little video. As Jenna started watching the video, Joberde stood and just watched. As the video concluded, Joberde proposed on one knee. Jenna said “YES.” The making of the ring was symbolic for both. It represents the hardships they overcame to shine like the diamonds they are. A reminder that the journey has what prepared them for each other. As part of the proposal, Joberde had planned a photo shoot with Jason Cowell of Roaming Photo Studios on Dania Beach.
Cherish life.. celebrate love.
The Wedding Décor Inspiration:
Jenna grew up in Oregon. She loves the outdoors. Wanted something classic, vintage. Something that reflections the personality of the bride and groom.
The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Projects:
Mason jars with hooks, place along the aisles – home depot for wiring – mason jars – target. Hooks to hold jars were from the dollar store. Burlap on jars from Michaels. Name cards for the table – written on manilla paper and then places in a wine cork.
The Planning Process:
The planning process took 11 months. Perfect amount of time.
The Best Advice We Received:
“Think about what you want, not for others.”
The Tips & Tricks For Future Brides:
“Keep it simple and stressless.” Stay within your budget. Use different flowers for decorations if you have too. If you do not have a wedding coordinator for planning, having an event coordinator for the day of the event is recommended. Stay in regular communication with all vendors. Do not assume anything.
The Challenges We Faced:
Since we didn’t have a wedding coordinator for planning – we had to organize and make all arrangements work within our schedule. Example: Location: Newland Barn- any changes to the venue had to be done in person, the venue is 1.5 hours away and not open on the weekends. Joberde, altered the schedule to take care of issues per Jenna’s request. Violinist – threw out his back the day before the wedding. Jenna found a replacement in less than 20 hours.
The Outfit Inspiration:
- Wedding Dress Vintage – elegant classy but not over the top. Something that fits the bride’s personality. Coral and teal were the colors.
- Brides made dresses – color was coral- each bride made pick a style that matched them.
- The groom and groomsmen – gray suits with a coral tie. Groom’s tie was slightly different.
- 17,000 was the budget
- We saved money on location and food.
- Besides ring and dress, the photographer was third biggest.
The Guest List:
- 150 invited – 140 attended.
- Most of our family live in other states, so it was easy. After the family that informs us they were coming, we invited close friends.
First Dance: Canton Jones – You have my heart
Planning and building life together. Creating a legacy for our children’s children based on a foundation of love.
Planning Advice For Couples:
Complete a premarital course.. learn your partner. It makes planning the other stuff easier. Focus on a day that celebrates your love, not an event to wow your guest.
Favorite Part of The Day:
For the groom, the most remarkable part of the day was witnessing the bride for the first time. Followed by a shoot at Huntington Beach pier. The scene was set by the bride walking down the steps to the beach, as the groom patiently waited below with anticipation, everything was gracefully captured in the photography and videography. For the bride, the first dance was the moment when everything melted away, and the grandiosity of the experience settled in, although there were many watching it was a Cinderella moment, she will never forget!
The Highlights from the Ceremony & Reception:
The sunshine.. the day was perfect. Everyone had a blast. A family event. The food was excellent. People enjoyed themselves. Bride was happy, and groom was pleased that bride was happy – groom.
Most Memorable Moment:
Our Guest: enjoy the setting- it was a perfect day. Everyone had a good time. They witness the love Joberde and Jenna share- and are part of a day that is written down in history.
Photographer: Studio I am
Reception Venue: The Newland Barn