Julia + Shoki

How did you meet?

We met in college. We were both English majors and were in a couple classes together. My husband told me after-the-fact that he strategically sat next to me before a partner assignment so that we’d be paired together.

When did you know they were the one?

Probably when we went on our first weekend getaway together. We went to Nantucket during the winter, so it was pretty empty, but we had so much fun walking around, exploring, and laughing.

What are your three favourite attributes of your partner?

His creativity, patience, and kindness.

Who proposed and how?

He proposed to me. We were supposed to take a trip to Portugal in April 2020, but then Covid happened. Instead, we went on a local “glamping” trip. On the drive over, we took a detour to a vineyard where he had (unbeknownst to me) driven up the week prior with decorations and photos of the two of us. The vineyard set up a private table for us outside with the photos and decorations, and that’s where he proposed!

Where did you fall in love with your dress and why?

I discovered Made with Love when browsing wedding dresses online. My favorites initially were Andy, Stevie, and Rosey. When I tried the dresses on in person, Archie ended up winning my heart. Immediately upon trying it on, my face lit up and I knew it was the one!

What was the best moment for you at your wedding? 

Probably the last song of the night. Our DJ played Bohemian Rhapsody. Everyone was out on the floor dancing and swaying in a circle — even my dad, who’s in a wheelchair, was on the dance floor. It was such a special moment.

What were your favourite details?

My wedding dress, of course (that back!!) Also, all the flower arrangements and bouquets were more beautiful than I could have imagined. I loved our elegant black, white, and greenery color scheme against the industrial backdrop of an old paper mill.

What advice would you tell other brides?

Live in the moment as much as you can. The day goes by so fast, try to relax and take it all in. Also, hire a wedding planner!!




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