Birch Paper & Design's owner, Laura Miller, and her high school sweetheart, Joe, celebrate 12 years of marriage today! We wanted to wish them a happy anniversary and ask Laura about her memories of their wedding... and give you a little peek into Laura's history. This is the start of a little series of introductions we'll share - each one of us here at Birch Paper & Design was a summer bride! So as we celebrate our anniversaries, we'll share pictures and memories of our special days so you can get to know us better.
How did you meet your husband, and how long were you together before you got married?
We met at youth group, became best friends first, then I knew I wanted to marry him when I was 16.
What was your favorite part of planning your wedding? What was your least favorite part?
Favorite part was picking out my dress. I went to one place and it was the 3rd dress I tried on. The designer, Jim Hjelm, happened to be in the store and I got a picture with him of me in my dress. Least favorite part: finishing my last semester of college while planning a wedding. I was quite distracted...
Why did you choose the invitation suite you chose? Were there any special considerations you took in designing your invites?
I knew I wanted something timeless. Silver was one of the colors in our wedding so I went with silver and black. I would have probably added a bit more flair and color were I to pick my invitations out today, while still keeping it classic.
What did you love about your wedding? What was your favorite part of the day?
I loved the anticipation of it all. Joe and I had waited so long for this day, so I just tried to savor it all.
What would you do differently if you had to do it all over again today?
I would have had a cocktail hour in between the ceremony and reception. Pictures took too long in between because “first looks” weren’t happening back then.
What advice do you have for brides-to-be for planning their wedding? for their wedding day? What advice do you have for couples for their marriage?
I’d say remember what’s most important about your wedding: your new husband/wife. Don’t let the little details that don’t go as planned take precedence over the two of you being together. Focus on what’s important, smile a lot and have fun. If you can both remember to prioritize each other, you’ll not only have a spectacular wedding day, but a beautiful and strong marriage.
Happy 12th Anniversary, Laura and Joe!