Micah & Julie: A Love Story

Micah and Julie met while attending the University of California-Davis, but circumstances prevented them from becoming a couple immediately. Eventually, true love found its way into both their hearts and they will marry later this Summer.

Micah & Julie: A Love Story--#OZBRIDE
PHOTO: SARA SCHAFFER
Micah & Julie: A Love Story--#OZBRIDE
PHOTO: SARA SCHAFFER
Micah & Julie: A Love Story--#OZBRIDE
PHOTO: SARA SCHAFFER
Micah & Julie: A Love Story--#OZBRIDE
PHOTO: SARA SCHAFFER

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Casey and Jaclyn: A Love Story

Casey and Jaclyn: A Love Story Olia Zavozina Blog

I was a bartender at Buffalo Wild Wings. Casey (my fiancé) came in really late one night to my bar with another woman. He was being extremely rude complaining about the food and no matter what I tried to do to make it better he just kept complaining.

Finally, I had enough of his attitude, gave him his check, and told him in some less-than-lady-like words to pay his bill and get off my bar!

He came in the next day and apologized to me. He said, “I’m sorry for the way I acted last night. I was raised better than that.” I accepted his apology and apologized for my own choice words.

Then, he asked me to dinner. He said, “I would really like to take you to dinner for the way I treated you.” I said, “No. You don’t get a date for being a jerk!”

He said, “Okay. Then I am going to prove to you that I am not a jerk and that I am a nice guy worth going out with.”

Casey and Jaclyn: A Love Story Olia Zavozina Blog

He came in every single Wednesday during my shift for the next two months! He would help me close the bar down by sweeping and putting the chairs up on the tables.

Every week he would ask for my number and every single week I would tell him no.

One night, he told me his birthday was coming up. He was going to play a golf tournament in Atlanta, but he asked me to send him a birthday text. At first, I was reluctant, but I eventually caved in and promised to send him a birthday text.

He said, “So I need your number then.” I said, “What?” He said, “If you’re going to text me on my birthday then I need to know your number so I know it’s from you.”

I said, “You tricked me!” But since I promised him a text, I ended up giving him my number.

I sent him his birthday text and when I finished working that night I decided to ask him out for drinks. He later told me, he grabbed his golf clubs, said goodbye to his friends and hurried to meet me.

We’ve been inseparable ever since.

We’re getting married April 8th.

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Eli and Martine: An Engagement Story

Eli and Martine: An Engagement Story

I have always been a huge Harry Potter fan and it’s been on my bucket list for years to go to universal studios and see Harry Potter world.

This year Eli (my now Fiancé) and I decided to spend Thanksgiving in Florida with my sister and brother-in-law since they had recently moved to New York and we hadn’t seen them in a while. Conveniently, where my family lives is just a short drive away from Orlando so we made sure to plan a trip for the four of us and needless to say, I was pretty excited about it!

Eli and Martine: An Engagement Story

I remember making the comment in the car to Eli saying “You know, we should just get married here,” and getting the response back, “That’s a terrible idea.” I was kidding…kind of. The whole time we were there I was so excited about everything around us at the park that I was pretty much oblivious to anything else going on. I was just concerned with being able to take it all in and when we stopped to take our picture together I didn’t even catch on to the fact that my sister and my brother in law both had two phones in their hands.

Eli and Martine: An Engagement Story

When I started to realize it was taking them forever to take the picture, he leaned in and said to me “So do you remember how you said you wanted to get married here?” That was when I turned to look at my best friend down on one knee at platform 9 ¾ asking me to be his wife; making my first trip to Universal definitely everything I hoped it could be.

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Rusev and Lana: An Engagement Story

C.J. Perry (WWE and Total Divas star “Lana”) looked ravishing in her Olia Zavozina custom gowns for her Malibu and Bulgarian weddings. Now she tells OZ Blog how it all came to be with her engagement story.

 

OZ Blog: How did Rusev propose to you?

C.J. Perry: Miroslav Barnyashev (Rusev) popped the question in our swimming pool in Nashville! At first, I thought he was playing a prank on me and I asked him if it was the real thing. Rusev nodded and I started screaming for a straight 10 minutes. It was perfect. I loved that I never looked at the ring. He completely took me by surprise! You can watch the proposal on season 6 of Total Divas on E! network.

 

OZ Blog: How did you choose what to wear in your pictures?

C.J. Perry: Initially, I wanted to dress up as circus acts but Rusev refused to do it. The next best thing was to dress like “Nashvillians” who were inviting our guests to a Malibu and Bulgarian wedding. It was a way for us to tie both weddings together. In the end, I was thrilled with the outfits and final pictures.

Olia Zavozina and CJ Perry

OZ Blog: How did you decide to wear Olia Zavozina?

C.J. Perry: Olia Zavozina and I meet years ago through church and I called her immediately once I was engaged! I knew Olia would design a unique and beautiful dream dress for me. As it turned out, Rusev wanted to have a wedding in Bulgaria and I wanted my wedding in Malibu, California. We couldn’t decide on a location so we went with both! Now Olia had to make two wedding dresses… I had a vision and she made it a reality.

OZ Blog: What was your inspiration for your theme?

C.J. Perry: It was important for me to have a country feel to our engagement pictures. At first, everyone laughed at me (you can see the photo shoot unfold on Total Divas); however, Rusev and I love country music and Nashville and decided to have a photoshoot around that theme.

OZ Blog: Do you have any engagement photo advice for other brides?

C.J. Perry: It’s your wedding so do what you and the groom desire. Create your own traditions. Be unique and dare to be different!

Catch more of C.J. and Miroslav’s wedding journey on season 6 of Total Divas currently running on E! network and streaming on Hulu.

Video: Olia Zavozina On Designing for Lana

 

 

 

 

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5 Tips for Stress-Free Wedding Planning

5 Tips for Stress-Free Wedding Planning

Josiah Loyarr, co-founder of the design firm Ninth & Everett, offers 5 tips for stress-free wedding planning.

Weddings can be stressful to plan, but working with the right people can transform that stress into excitement!

We love our job and have had the honor of working with clients throughout the country, showing them that planning the biggest day of your life can actually be fun!

Here are our top 5 tips on making your planning process less stressful:

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