1. How and when did you meet?
Brandon and I met during our Master’s programs in Northern Italy- YES, Italy! Brandon had been living there about a year and I had come in for a four week summer class. One day, we decided to meet outside of class to discuss a project. We ended up getting lost in conversation over espresso in the local cafe, then Brandon showed me around the town, introducing me to local shop owners- buying bread from the bakery and cherries from the fruit mart. Our conversation lasted for hours and I knew that there was something different about Brandon that was so unique and intriguing. The romance continued for the final two weeks as classes finished up and by the end, we both knew that we had something more than just a summer-fling. Luckily, it just so happened that Brandon was from Kansas City…and I was enrolled in an MBA program at The University of Kansas-which means when we returned to The States…we only lived about 45 minutes away from each other! Our relationship continued and the rest is history!
2. How did he/she propose?
Before I tell you the story, you must know something about us. While Brandon believes that he can squeeze 28 hours of work and activity in a 24 hour day by burning the midnight oil, I find my greatest sources of energy come from getting a good night’s rest and embracing the morning. While we may have differing sleep schedules, we find that the one place we’re able to let it all go and sink into our surroundings is down at the lake. In this case, one of our favorite relaxation spots and earlier summer memories was at a serene, rock-bottom lake in the heart of Branson, Missouri – Tablerock Lake; specifically Big Cedar Lodge. On the morning of Sunday, June 16th, I was awoken by Brandon as the sun was just breaking over the horizon and he had an unusual energy for such an early hour. He claimed that he wanted to take me around to shoot photographs while the light was pristine and our day’s activities hadn’t began. He led me to the highest point of the grounds, distracting me through photography the entire way, until we had reached a balcony that overlooked the entire lake and the rolling acres of trees basked in the warm morning light. As I scanned the horizon, he sneakily snuck behind me and when I turned, he was already on one knee with a goofy smile on his face, hands extended. Long story short(er), I said yes! We took to the lake that day with his family for the first time as an engaged couple and even stopped to ‘take the plunge’ off of some of the cliffs with his brothers. A life of adventure is what he promised me, and he continues to deliver in every way.
3.How many people were invited to your wedding and what type of venue was it?
Our wedding was a good size- around 180 people. We chose a gorgeous venue- the courtyard of a Tuscan style clubhouse at a golf course in Desert Mountain- a beautiful private club in North Scottsdale. We loved the look and feel of the clubhouse’s outdoor courtyard, which maintained a very Italian atmosphere and we couldn’t think of a more perfect venue! The ceremony took place outside, right before sunset, and the views over the Phoenix valley were incredible. The reception was at a different clubhouse located right down the mountain from the ceremony. We loved that it had a huge wrap around porch and offered guests amazing views that allowed for a spectacular cocktail hour. The cocktail hour led into a delicious dinner followed by hours of whirlwind dancing, cake-cutting and flower-tossing with our closest loved ones.
4.What was the wedding theme/inspiration?
We started planning with a “Tuscan” theme in mind- because of course… we met in Italy! But I also wanted to include a bit of desert feel with soft colors- peach, champagne, light grey and a soft green color. In the end, we were pleased with the blend and were even able to incorporate some Chinese traditions to honor Brandon’s mother’s side of the family including a tea ceremony and personalized chopsticks for each of the guests. In this way, we were able to honor the traditions of the east, add some rowdiness from the southwest and tie it together with some northern Italian flair. A perfect recipe for our wedding day.
4. How did you hear about ii.do?
Brandon tends to run all the tech in our relationship, so when we decided to create a hashtag for our wedding, we wanted to go one step further. We had seen a live feed utilized this last year at our Harvard Graduate Student Masquerade Ball and were blown away at how much fun it was to see the unique photos taken during the event. It provoked all of our group to want to take more photos and seek out exciting little adventures during the party. We reflected on this when we organized the social media aspect of our wedding and it was recommended to us that we check out eventstagr.am for a live feed. As Brandon looked more closely and spoke with Jacqueline, she lead us over to ii.do for something more wedding specific. It turned out to be perfect and we’re already planning and plotting a way to use eventstagr.am at our next event!
5. How did you put ii.do to use? Where did you place the hashtag information?
After getting a full rundown on our options via Jacqueline at ii.do, we coordinated with our wedding planner to setup the best arrangement of our ii.do live feed during the wedding. We instructed our guests to use the hashtag, #MeetTheQ6 (a play on words for ‘Meet the Cusicks’) via our website, a welcome basket upon their arrival and by using various signs around the rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception. We were even setting up instagram accounts for our grandparents so they could be part of our wedding instagram photography team! Not only were we able to capture the moments to keep forever from angles only our beloved guests could have captured, we were able to showcase them live during the reception! We ran several televisions and a projector screen during the cocktail hour and the dancing afterwards. The ii.do livefeed paired perfectly with our live band allowing people to dance the night away while also given them a chance to rest, grab a drink and reflect on the evenings activity through the live feed. We were brought to tears of joy and laughter at some of the angles and photos people were able to capture, and we’re truly thankful to be able to utilize such an awesome service to compliment our wedding