Hey everybody, it’s October! That means it’s time for crisp cool weather, pumpkin flavored everything and our new feature bride of the month. I am so pleased to introduce you to Haley Vanladningham and her fiancé Danny Riemenschneider. They have been together since they met during their first semester at Arkansas State University back in 2006, and they are getting married this weekend at their church in Little Rock.
They are a lovely couple with a sweet and romantic little proposal story to go right along with it that they have happily agreed to share.
Danny came to see me in Louisiana where I was obtaining my masters degree. I got up early to study that morning, as I usually did before breakfast. Instead of sleeping in he got up too and offered to make breakfast. I was thrilled because that meant more study time for me. About a half an hour later he called me into the kitchen when breakfast was ready. As I turned the corner he greeted me as he always does with a hug and a kiss. This time was different, he followed by saying some sweet words, “I love you so much and I want to do this everyday for the rest of our lives.” He then got down on one knee in the kitchen, pulled out the most beautiful pear cut diamond ring, and asked me to marry him. I said yes of course and the rest is history!
Haley is also the younger sister of wedding and event planner Drew Vanlandingham who has worked with many of our brides. I was curious what it was like for Haley having her brother serve as her wedding planner.
Drew has helped tremendously with the design, color scheme, and dynamic of the ceremony and reception. His expertise has influenced all aspects of the wedding, from the color of the bridesmaids dresses to the details on the food menu. Drew hasn’t been a brother through this experience. He told me from the beginning he would not be my brother through the planning process, he would treat me as though I was a client to ensure I get the best advice and designer’s standpoint. He’s definitely done that, allowing me to see his designer standpoint and learn that planning a wedding is more than having bridesmaids, getting a DJ, and buying some flowers. It has been a real luxury to speak with my wedding planner almost everyday. In addition to having my one and only big brother be such a big part of my special day!
The big day is right around the corner, and I can tell you first hand that it is going to be a gorgeous affair. As always more details to come later – like her beautiful and thrifty wedding shoes!
Special thanks to photographer Michelle Posey for the great pics!