Happy Valentine’s Day! Here at Soda Pop we love love, so we couldn’t be happier for our very own Kelly Phelan on her recent engagement to college sweetheart, Andrew Johnston. Bring on the champagne, dancing and (gluten-free) cake because we’re in full-on wedding mode. Check out Kelly’s proposal story and tips for planning a wedding from across the country below.
1. Your proposal was really special. Can you share the highlights?
First, it was a total surprise. I have never been so shocked in my life. My fiancé had been planning it for months and even gave the ring to my Dad for safekeeping when he was visiting LA. The proposal was so special to me because it was in my hometown of Washington D.C. and my family was involved. While we were touring downtown my fiancé had made a reservation for us to go up to the rooftop of the beautiful Hay-Adams Hotel across from the White House. On the private balcony we could view everything from the Washington Monument to the Jefferson. In the midst of this stunning view he popped the question and we were congratulated with champagne. After calling our friends and his family we headed to a celebratory dinner he had planned at Cork Wine Bar where we shared the good news with my best friends and family. It was perfect from beginning to end =)
2. Describe your wedding style in five words.
Country Chic, Romantic, Sophisticated, Classic
3. What advice do you have for couples who are planning a cross-country wedding?
Enlist the help of family and friends who live in the city where you will be married. Their first-hand experience listening to bands, tasting food etc. is invaluable.
Do as much as you can when you are home. When I went home for Christmas we had appointments booked almost every day. It was exhausting but worth it!
Stay organized and get things done as early as possible. Because you are farther away from vendors etc. things may take longer to get done. I am finding Real Simple Wedding’s timeline checklist extremely helpful.
4. What catering advice do you have for other gluten free foodies planning weddings?
Make sure to start talking to the caterer and chef early so they have ample time to create and/or alter a menu that fits your needs.
Be specific about menu items and the types of foods you are looking for. You can even suggest recipes to inspire the chef from your favorite online recipe blogs.
Usually gluten free cakes are more expensive. To save money, have the chef create a gluten free cake topper for you and your fiancé and traditional cupcakes for guests.
5. Name 3 must-play songs for the reception.
I’ll Be – Edwin McCain
Shout! (My fiancé would kill me if I didn’t put this one on here!)
A song played by my new husband on guitar!