Danielle and Rory said “I do” in a beautiful Genoa Lakes golf club in Nevada. They did a super sweet “first touch” instead of a first look and DIY’ed a bunch of decor for their reception.
Bride’s Name: Danielle Butler
Groom’s Name: Rory Butler
Venue: Genoa Lakes Golf Club and Resort
Wedding Date: August 17, 2013
Bridal Gown Designer: Pronovias
Florist: A Floral Affair ”“ Kelly Jo Smith
Photographer: I Deux Photography — Jerrine Plunket
Cake: Flour Girl Wedding Cakes
Wedding Coordinator: Teresa Sexton at Genoa Lakes Golf Club and Resort
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Watters Iris in navy
Honeymoon: Kauai, Hawaii for 11 days. It was simply amazing.
I had been dreaming about this day since I was a little girl. What girl hasn’t? We got engaged in March 2013 and wanted to get married the same year, more specifically in August of 2013. Was it crazy to plan a wedding in six months? I didn’t think so. I was able to get most of the vendors I wanted and plan it according to our style and theme.
We are very big University of Nevada Wolf Pack fans. My husband is a diehard fan; he bleeds silver and blue. So when we were looking at wedding colors, we decided that navy and gray/silver with pops of pink would be suiting for us.
I am a big mushy romantic, so I knew I wanted to incorporate lace, romance, wine, and sparkle into our wedding, which I think I managed to do without it being overkill. I used lace on the table numbers, my veil, and the seating chart, and my bridesmaids wore navy lace. I love sparkle, but didn’t want to overwhelm and have it be too girly. So I used it in my veil, my sash, my bridal jewelry, my flower headpiece, in the bouquets, the table numbers, and the cake topper. I think all of our themes came together nicely.
I had my “wedding dream” board on Pinterest, and I took inspiration from it for different aspects of our wedding. I made my table numbers, bride and groom signs, menu chalkboard, seating chart, cake topper, bridesmaids’ gifts, and memory photo table. I saw a table number idea on Pinterest and made it my own. I took off the labels and cleaned and spray painted 20 wine bottles in silver. I wrapped the bottles in navy lace, made numbered labels, added some extra sparkle from glitter buttons, and hand dipped used wine corks (we had been saving) in red wine. I was so proud of these, and had so many people take them home and use them in our photo booth. I also created our cake topper after the one I purchased online never showed up. My dad cut our monogram “B” in acrylic and I hand glued Swarovski crystals on it. I had so many compliments on this that I want to make them and sell them now.
We opted out of a first look because I wanted Rory to see me for the first time walking down the aisle. But I saw the first look on Pinterest and knew this was for us. I think it turned out beautifully and calmed my nerves before walking down the aisle. We also exchanged a love note during the first touch instead of gifts to each other, and this was so much more meaningful and something we can keep to remember it by.
We got married at the Genoa Lakes Golf Club and Resort. The ceremony was outside overlooking the mountains, mainly Jobe’s Peak. The view was breathtaking. Rory and a friend built our arch a few weeks before the wedding, and we didn’t add much more décor as we let the grounds speak for themselves.
We wrote our vows to each other and it was so memorable. There was laughter, tears, and complete utter happiness. We used a traditional ceremony, but added in bits of our own lives into it to make it our own.
We couldn’t have had this beautiful day if it weren’t for our amazing families and friends standing by our side.
The reception was inside the Supper Club at Genoa Lakes Golf Club and Resort. We loved the Supper Club as there was a separate cocktail area where guests were able to go to while we took pictures. They had many seating areas that overlooked the golf course, and then there was the main hall which was full of chandeliers. I added some tulle, lights, decorations, and pops of color to make it our own.
We wanted a fun reception, which meant we must find the perfect DJ. Our DJ, Joshua Andreasen from Pro Reno DJs, really made our day just perfect. He played the songs we wanted, added in his own flare, was our emcee the entire night, kept us on schedule, and kept the party going. Everyone said they wanted to dance even longer and were sad our wedding was over because it was the best they had ever been to. That is exactly what we had hoped for.
We also had a photo booth which acted as our guestbook. Having the book full of photos with words of wisdom, funny sayings, best wishes, and love from our guests is the kind of guestbook I was hoping for.
Our wedding was very us without being too Pinterest-y. We wanted to be able to look back in 20 years and not regret the choices we made. Our wedding day had things go wrong, as they all do, but no one really noticed other than the bride and groom. Our day wasn’t perfect, but it was perfect for us.
What were your favorite or most memorable aspects of your wedding day?
Getting married to the love of my life was the best part of my wedding day, but there are many more moments that also made our day perfect. I hold my father-daughter dance dear to my heart. I have always dreamed about my dad walking me down the aisle and our dance together. We danced to “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright III. I still get teary eyed when remembering this part of my day. My dad and I danced and laughed our way through our song. Just perfect.
I have been too my fair share of weddings, and I have never seen that many people dance and dance for that long. It was priceless seeing my father-in-law dancing to 2 Chainz, and watching my husband and his childhood friends break dancing.
Hearing my husband’s vows was very special to me. I still look at his vows and watch the videos of our vows weekly. What can I say, I am a love sap.
There are too many (which is a good thing) memories that were my favorite and most memorable that I could go on and on.
Is there anything you would have done differently?
I would have hired an outside coordinator. Our coordinator was provided by the venue and she was helpful in the process, but she went MIA during the reception and caused some after-wedding drama. Luckily for us, our DJ took over the coordination part during the reception and did an amazing job at it.
Do you have any advice for future brides?
I would say to enjoy your planning process. Make it your own and lean on others for help. It is hard to ask for help, but please do it so you don’t overwhelm yourself.
I would also recommend a “first touch.” It holds a special place in my heart as I was able to calm my nerves before the ceremony, feel my husband-to-be, and exchange love notes with him before walking down the aisle.
Take a moment or two (at least five minutes) to break off from everyone and enjoy those moments with just your new husband/wife. We were able to bask in just getting married, sneak some kisses, hold each other, and take it all in. Very worth it.
On your wedding day, leave everything to the professionals. Have your photographer take as many pictures as they can. Give your photographer a series of photos you must have and then let them do their thing.
Enjoy your day, let people help you, have someone there to help detour the drama, take in every moment, and remember them because the day goes by in a flash.
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