Matt and I met in high school but we didn’t really talk to or know each other. Several years later we ran into each other at a local bar, where we spent a good portion of the night discussing and debating an array of subjects. After that we began dating. About three years later we took a trip to London to visit Matt’s brother, who is in the Air Force and was stationed there.

Matt’s mother made it a priority to make a trip to Paris while we were over there and it just so happened that we were in Paris on Valentine’s Day. It turned out to be the second most amazing day of my life. We started the day at the Louvre and then went to the Eiffel Tower, where a professional photographer was going to take photos of all of us. My mother-in-law-to-be had it all planned. I had a feeling something might be up, but I was surprised and elated when Matt got down on one knee with the Eiffel Tower behind us and proposed.

This takes me to the most amazing day of my life, our wedding day. We got married at Maison de Padgett, a winery in Zillah that has a beautiful garden area and delicious wine. Both Matt and I love tacos and wanted our wedding to be about fun and having a good time, so we had Fiesta Foods cater and they served tacos, with beans, rice, chips and salsa. Maison of course provided the wine and Justin Surginer was our DJ. Our photographer was Chris Thompson from Spokane. He did a wonderful job and was really fun to work with. Taste and See bakery made our gorgeous and yummy wedding cake and we did a candy bar with personalized bags as our wedding favors. Gasperetti’s Floral did our centerpieces and provided the flowers for my bridal bouquet and bridesmaid bouquets, which my older sister, bridesmaids, and I put together.

One of my favorite moments was our first dance. My older sister sang “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” while my youngest sister played the ukulele. My mom officiated the wedding, which made it even more special.

The funniest moment was walking down the aisle. When it was my turn to walk down, escorted by my dad and older brother, my 4-year-old niece, who was not the flower girl, decided to walk down in front of us. She then decided to stand up at the front with us during the ceremony. My brother tried his best to get her to come sit with him, but she stayed up there almost the whole time. I laughed all the way down the aisle and it kind of lightened up the whole ceremony.

Another thing that made our wedding so special was all of the handmade touches. My older sister put together my bouquet, painted a welcome sign, and had our guest book made for us. It wasn’t really a book but instead was a large wood pallet piece shaped like Washington state with our names and wedding date on it, which all of our guests signed. The flower girl basket was also handmade and was actually a flower planter with succulents in it.

- Written by the bride and edited for length.