Bride’s Name & Age: Gabrielle, 25
Bride’s Occupation: High School Teacher
Groom’s Name & Age: Matthew, 26
Groom’s Occupation: Massage Therapist
Honeymoon location: Jamaica
How long have your been dreaming of your wedding day? What was/is your Dream Wedding? I started dreaming of my wedding from age 9. That is about the time I use to watch fairytales. I always loved Belle’s dress from Beauty and the Beast. I consider myself unique in that I use to dream of a perfect wedding, for the sake of a great party! I never really dreamed of who prince charming would be, I just wanted him to complement me. The wedding, however, has to be a big party to celebrate me finding my soul mate. I always wanted the most fun and beautiful wedding! I want everything to be candle-lit with royal blue lighting. There would be silver accents throughout the room. The flowers would be white and gardenias. I don’t want it to look like any other wedding. There will be full white-glove butler pass service.
Approx. Wedding Budget: $28,000
Who’s Paying for Wedding? Matthew Davis, Fernand Simon and anyone else I can get money from.
Who’s in Charge of Budget? Me!
What happens if you go over budget? We cannot go over budget.
Describe your dream wedding dress: I want a corset-back princess cut top. It will have crystals and bead work all around the corset. On the shirt, I want pick ups that are pinned with the bead work from the top. It will have a long cathedral train that has beading throughout. I absolutely adore my dress!
Who chose the rings? What’s the story behind the rings? He surprised me with a bigger ring than the one that I wanted originally. It was a one carat, round cut solitaire. He upgraded me! I now have a one and a half carat, princess-cut-invisible setting ring. I adore the ring! He did good with more diamonds!_
# of Guests attending: 100 but then it grew to 150, so as of know I don’t even know!
# in Wedding Party (Bridesmaids, Flower Girl. Groomsmen, ring bearer, etc.) I’ve got 5 bridesmaids, 5 groomsmen, one flower girl, one princess (Jr bridesmaid) and one ring bearer. I wanted to have my pit bulls walk, but I was told that would be too much!
How long have you been planning the wedding? From the day after her proposed.
How helpful has the groom been (or not) in the planning process? Explain. Helpful is not the word to describe what he is being during this process. A better word to describe him is being lazy. He is paying for the wedding but is not helping in the planning process. He thinks that as a guy he is just supposed to show up to the wedding. I feel as though if I’m stressed, than he should be stressed too! He is too laid back for me because he doesn’t let things get to him. Then he plays his video games!! I’ve tried to hide the Xbox but it didn’t work. We argue about him not being interested in the wedding, but he is not changing anytime soon. It is very frustrating
How do you get along with your In-Laws? How does the groom get along with your parents? My In-Laws are very loving people. My mother-in-law is very talkative and has a similar personality to myself. When she is in town, I love talking and spending time with her. My father-in-law is a man of few words. Matthew is good with my mother, but needs to get to know my father better. My mom loves him as a son. I just wish Matt and my dad were closer. My father works too much so they hardly meet up.
How have your parents been involved in the planning process? My family is very excited in the wedding. I think they are too excited. My parents keep adding people to the guest list EVEN THOUGH I TELL THEM I DON’T WANT ANYONE ELSE TO COME!!! They all want to be involved, but have unsolicited opinions on everything. My sister is my MOH and she seems to always be busy, she is not making her MOH duties a priority. My mother is planning as if it is her own wedding. She picks all the things that she likes and thinks that I should get them. My father keeps trying to invite his long-lost friends and people who I don’t even know. IT IS SO ANNOYING! They both seem to be oblivious of what I am saying. He is too tight on his wallet for my taste. My major problem is that they are always trying to express their feelings and what they want. What they don’t understand is that THIS IS MY WEDDING AND I DON’T CARE ABOUT THEIR FEELINGS!!! They really don’t matter that day; the only person who does is ME! (and matt)
Who are your most/least favorite celebrity brides and why? I don’t really watch them to pay enough attention, to what celebrities are getting married.
What’s the worst thing that could go wrong on your wedding day? It would rain and too many people or not enough people will come!
What’s been your biggest stress since you started planning the wedding? This wedding has been so stressful, it’s hard to pick the worst. I think one of the most stressful thing is the list that keeps growing. I have some people who are coming that I don’t really care to some. Then I have close family that can’t come because it is on a Thursday. My first venue lied to me and made me lose my 500 dollar deposit. And now the photographer is stressing me because he is changing the prices.
How do you typically handle stressful situations in regards to your wedding? I vent to whoever is nearby.
Define the type a bride you will be? I have been told that I am controlling and demanding. I will be the bride that makes sure that her wedding is a complete hit that everyone will be talking about.
Of your friends, who is the straightest shooter – who always tells you the truth, no matter how bad it may be? My friend Morris is the straightest forward of my friends. He has never lied to me. He tells me the truth even when it might hurt my feelings. He just makes sure to say it in a way that I don’t get crushed. He also offers good advice.
Tell us any dilemmas or stressful moments regarding the below details of the wedding. What happened? How was it resolved?
Cake: The cake is not finalized yet. My brother’s friend is supposed to do it, and my wedding planner is also looking for someone. I also need a groom’s cake.
Location: I had to change venues because the first one lied to me about what was included in the contract and then refused to give me my deposit back. We ended up getting another venue.
Date: I had to change the date from January 21st to January 20th. A few people are complaining about the date being on a Thursday. They want me to change it to the Saturday, but that is not going to happen.
Dress: The original dress was on hold for too long and my mother lost the deposit, we then had to reorder the same dress and pay another deposit.
Budget: The guest list has grown and the budget has stretched to its limit and is bursting. At this point we need more money to cover the costs.
Flowers: The first florist charged me too much for them and now this new one is going to give me a better price but not with my gardenias.
The Groom: Matt wasn’t too thrilled over the number of guests growing. He feels as though if we don’t know them, they should not be invited. He also is getting on my nerves because he is leaving the planning to me and seems to be oblivious to my stress over this event.
Wedding Party: Originally, I wanted a big party. My mom wanted me to add some girls from her church and I wanted to invite all my friends. One of my friends cancelled on me without even letting me know. She told my sister that she can’t do it. The rest of the party is too opinionated for me. One person doesn’t like her dress, another won’t cover her tats, and the third wants to where 4 inch stilettos. Then when I ask to meet up with everyone to discuss the wedding, no one wants to return my text. So then when I get loud with them, they wanna call me a Bridezilla!
In-Laws: They are not a problem. I just wish that they would become more involved. Additional money would be appreciated from them as well.
Family: My family is adding too many people to the list. I had to yell at my cousin the other day because she wants her boyfriend to come. I told her that he was a quiet loner and I didn’t want her to be in the corner with him for the wedding so he cannot come.
Other (please specify): I have bridesmaids who are not catering enough, and another girl that I don’t want to be in the party trying to get in. I need these
What’s the story of how you got engaged? I use to work at a Jewelry store, so I use to always stop at the stores in the mall and show him what I want. And I went and they had a sale going and I told him that I wanted one ring that I thought was cute and he should probably get it now. He waits until the sale goes out and that last day we are with his mom and he is telling me lets show her the ring. He gets me sized and then we walk out the store with nothing. I was more than upset. A few days later, his uncle Donald had a labor day party. He asked me to invite my family, but he always told me that so I didn’t really think of it. I told my parents casually. My sister said she was going to try and make it but was running late. I was not sure she was going to come so I was enjoying the party. I was talking to a friend of Simon, Matthew’s brother and having a drink. I started to get into what we were talking about and spilled the drink a little on my lap. After cleaning it as best I could in the bathroom, I figured it was about time to hang out in the back yard. The yard was dimly lit with torch candles so that the wet spot on my pants was not obvious. I had to walk through the people in order to find a quiet spot in the corner to wait for the spot to dry. Before I could make it to a seat his uncle announced that he would like to make an announcement. He tells me not to walk around when he’s having and gives me a seat next to him standing. I am trying to cover the spot. He is saying how he is proud of his nephew and that he thinks he has something to say. I am thing, about Michael (Matt’s brother) who is about to graduate UF. Michael starts to talk and says he’s passing the mic to Matt and Matt is on his knee in front of me. I am like O Matthew! And my voice raises super high. He is smiling and says will you do me the honor of having my last name. I was so embarrassed, surprised and excited at the same time. It was really sweet and everyone was excited and congratulated us.
What do you love the most about your husband-to-be? He complements me. I love the way that he is the calm to my storm in so many ways. He makes me laugh and feel confident when I am corny at times
What does he love about you? He says he loves my ass.
When you disagree, what is it usually about, and how do you handle it? When we disagree it is usually about him playing the game. I get upset and get loud, he listens and continues what he is doing. Then he puts the game down for a couple of days and watches Netflix with me. Then days later, he is back to the same crap and I am annoyed.
What disagreements have come up about the wedding? We have disagreed over everything from the number of people on the wedding party to the number of guests and to him not planning with me. For the most part, our arguments consist of me getting upset and arguing with him and him just saying that the wedding is “my thing”. He felt that the wedding party should be 4-6 of our closest friends, I wanted 20. When I was doing the invitations (without my wedding planner) and having a problem with the printer, he kept falling asleep. I was pissed and smacked him awake. Now we argue over the budget that is getting out of hand. He thinks we should cut the list, but I cannot do that now with the invitations out.
Has the engagement/wedding ever been called off, or in jeopardy? If so, what happened and how did it get resolved? The wedding has never been called off, as angry as we get, we still want a wedding. We had a quick ceremony last year and I want a REAL wedding.
Who tends to bring out the Bridezilla behavior in you? Why? Anyone who asks me stupid questions or gives unsolicited advice. I am so tired of people asking me to invite a person I don’t know so that they can have a date, or them giving stupid suggestions that I really don’t want. I am about to tell the next person who suggests that I change the date or move the venue is going to get smacked in the face!
When things aren’t going your way in regards to how you want your wedding, how do you handle it?
I bitch and moan until I get my way. I usually can talk people into doing what I want and my wedding will be no different.