When tax accountant Amber, 29, closed her eyes and blew out the birthday candles on her cake, she wished that her amazing beau Derek, 30, an IT engineer, would propose. When she opened her eyes, he was on bended knee with an engagement ring in hand. On June 9, 2012, they were married at the North Chapel in San Diego. Share their love!
When Amber and her mother set out to go dress shopping, the bride-to-be let her mother make the initial selections for her to try on. When she walked out of the dressing room, wearing this beautiful ball gown, the entire room froze and burst into tears. “That’s when I knew it was The One,” she says. “Momma always knows best.”
“My bridesmaids wore Mori Lee dresses,” Amber tells us. “I have always been into ’50s- and ’60s-style dresses. I love how women were always dressed up and always looked like women. I knew their dresses had to be fitted at the waist and flare out.” Excellent styling, Amber! Instead of bouquets, she had them hold matching clutches.
“I think some of our fondest memories to date would be just how hard we worked to be together,” says Amber. “There was so much excitement when we knew we were going to see each other and disappointment when we had to leave one another.”
“We had a lot of help from our families, which helped us cut costs big time,” says Amber. “I wouldn’t say we had a tight budget because our families wanted us to have what we wanted, but we did end up sticking to our original budget, which was a big relief in the end.”
After meeting online, long distance lovers Amber and Derek instantly knew they’d found something special in each other. “I knew he was ‘The One’ about six months after meeting,” she tells us. “ We immediately clicked and became best friends. It was just easy.”
The newlyweds chose a four-tier cake design with an invisible middle double layer. The bottom was made of red velvet cake with chocolate ganache, which Amber chose to keep guests happy, and the middle layers were key lime and coconut cake. Sounds like the guests were in heaven!
Money saving alert: Love Amber’s and Derek’s pretty pink peony centerpiece displays? They’re made of paper. The budget savvy bride found the idea on Martha Stewart Weddings earlier this year. It saved the couple thousands on flowers and they didn’t compromise their style one bit.
Brides often swap dresses between their ceremony and reception party, but Amber and Derek’s guests were totally surprised to see the new Mrs. Robinson make her grand entrance in a pretty pink Vera Wang gown.
“We just felt like celebrities the entire evening,” says Amber. Join us in wishing the new Mr. and Mrs. Robinson all the best as they continue to journey through life together as husband and wife. Want to see your wedding featured on Bridal Bliss? Email us now!