We're SO incredibly excited to be introducing Red Oak Wedding's very first Blogger Bride, Kristen Henry! Kristen and her fiancé Kevin, will be married next summer, and their wedding will be their 20th wedding as a couple. TWENTY weddings...that pretty much makes them professional wedding guests, and also means they've seen it all. Kristen shares all of her best wedding tips, tricks and inspiration over at @maidofhenry, and we're so honored to have her here sharing her story. Kristen will be back each month sharing everything from planning advice to wedding registry picks, and of course, all the beautiful events (photographed by our very own Nicole DeTone!) leading up to their big day!
“And that was the moment. That's when I fell in love with weddings. I knew that I had helped someone on the most important day of their life and I couldn't wait for my own special day.” -Jane Nichols, 27 Dresses
When I’m asked where my passion for weddings comes from, it’s easiest for everyone if I begin by referencing Jane Nichols in 27 Dresses. When I watched the romantic-comedy for the first time as a teenager, I of course adored Katherine Heigl’s role (and wardrobe). But never could I have foreseen that my life would soon become nearly identical to hers…minus the secret love she had for her boss, the beautiful but crazy ‘zilla sister, and the hideous bridesmaid dresses she was forced to wear. Jane and I are detailed planners at heart, share an unconditional love for our extensive group of family and friends, and both marry blue-eyed sweethearts named Kevin in the end.
I began my wedding experience as a greeter and reader and quickly climbed the garland-wrapped ladder to become a bridesmaid and witness. Last year, I was the maid of honor in three of my close friends’ weddings, which all happened to fall in a five-month span. Amongst all of these wonderful weddings, Kevin and I have happily spent most of our other weekends…. at weddings! At this point, it's almost comical and we proudly consider ourselves professional wedding attendees. In between "Shout" and “Don’t Stop Believing” on the dance-floor, you can surely find me floating around the venue taking in every little and last wedding-day detail. Kevin and I are happy to say that our wedding will be the 20th one we’ve attended together in our 10th year of dating!
I can’t tell you how many late-night convos I’ve had with with my girl-friends that ended with them telling me: “Seriously though, you need to be doing something wedding-related, either a wedding planner or maybe a bridesmaid-for-hire. I don’t know what, but you need to be doing something with weddings”. Immediately, I had a startling vision of myself dressed as J-Lo from “The Wedding Planner” with the slicked-back hair, head-set, and powder blue skirt-suit. Let’s just say, I didn’t wear it as well as she did, nor would I ever. I gave the “bridesmaid-for-hire” a few seconds of consideration but quickly became overwhelmed at the thought of taking on more friends. Then, I really thought about it: what could I be doing right now? Having been a part of so many beautiful, one-of-a-kind weddings, where I’ve seen the best of it all, I decided to create a wedding-exclusive Instagram account to share it: On @maidofhenry, I share my best tips, planning secrets, wedding inspiration, and of course some wedding humor!
I know better than anyone that it takes a village to throw a wedding and Kevin and I couldn’t be more blessed with the village we have. Cheers to the festivities ahead!
photography by Nicole DeTone