We have been together since 2018 and we met through school. Lakota was the teacher of Danielle’s oldest child as a toddler. Danielle volunteered to help with a school play Lakota was directing, and from there, there was an obvious connection and attraction.
Tell us about the proposal.
Lakota hired Jacqie, who knew Danielle previously, to do a family photo session for Danielle’s birthday as a coverup for having photos of the engagement in a non-obvious way. During the photo session, Lakota gave Danielle a small book she had written lyrics from important songs into, and further in the book was the engagement ring. Right after, Danielle leaned over to her side table and pulled out a ring for Lakota. So it was a dual, surprise engagement.
Tell us more about planning your wedding day.
We had a woodland boho feel in mind. We created with lots of basket lighting, rugs, and muted colors. It fit the feeling of something relaxed and easy going out in the woods.
When it came to DIY, we did a few things.
We planted our own flower bulbs, bought most items that would normally be rented, created a basket light chandelier in the tent, Lakota’s father created the arch. And we used a rug for the dance floor, a Spotify playlist for music, DIY mixers. There was a lot of help from family and friends.
After researching our outfits online, we decided to take a DC trip to visit BHLDN in Georgetown. We had seen dresses we liked on the site, and we went together and helped each other choose.
Talk to us about the wedding day.
As with all events, there were ups and downs. There were some major struggles, like the lawn not being mowed at the venue when we arrived. But through all this, we were just so happy to be making this step together. The weather was great, and the venue looked beautiful in the end.
We don’t have one particular favorite moment, rather a few; watching our daughter practice throwing flowers, Danielle hunting for the perfect piece of moss for our rings to rest on, getting to spend our time getting ready together, doing each other’s hair and makeup, seeing family and friends after long covid separations.
What does marriage mean to you?
Marriage is about having support, someone who knows you well enough to know when to be a listening ear and when to comment and have input. Two people who want to spend their time with each other. In exciting times as well as sitting on the couch in silence.
Dancing With Her Recommended Vendor
Photography by Jacqie Q
Cake Cake Bloom
Catering Pinto Thai
Dress Boutique BHLDN
Dress Designer Jenny by Jenny Yoo
Engagement Rings VRAI, Esdomera
Florist Poppy & Homegrown
Prop / Furniture Hire Valley Heirlooms