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Hey guys!

So tomorrow is my 2-year wedding anniversary and I CANNOT BELIEVE IT! I keep getting reminders from my phone of this day two years ago and I just get filled with soooo much excitement remembering how amazing the entire week was. People always told me that their wedding day was the best day of their life and I never believed them… but you guys. It is so true.

Marrying Sam, the love of my life, and having all of my closest family and friends there with us was literally THE. BEST. I wish I could do it all over again!!!

So how has marriage been?

I know it’s different for everyone, but here are my honest thoughts. I’m so lucky to spend all my days with Sam. As a couple, we’ve gotten stronger over the past 2 years. We’ve learned how to better complement each other’s strengths, and be forgiving of each other’s weaknesses – doing what we can to create more joy and experience deeper love in our relationship. Getting Sir George, buying our dream house, and getting married all in one year (2018) was a lot and I think we’re finally settling into it all!

With our businesses being so demanding, it has been hard to plan our next phase of life – but we’ve started at least talking about it! I’ll for sure update you guys on what will happen next – but for now, let’s revisit this wedding because I CANNOT and WILL NEVER get over it!!! I’m always thankful that Sam wasn’t opposed to me planning the ultimate dream wedding. I love you!!!

Now that my sister’s wedding is only 7 months away, I’m in a renewed phase of excitement. It’s been sooooo fun looking at dresses and talking about decorations again!

In honor of our anniversary, I felt like compiling a lookbook so you could get a feel for all of the memories! If you wanted inspo for your wedding, I hope this helps!

P.S. If you’re planning your wedding right now, I wanna hear all about it! Drop a comment below and tell me what it’s been like <3

Getting Ready

The morning of! It was sooooo hectic!!! I was supposed to practice my first dance with Sam for the last time that morning and somehow there was NO TIME.

The most luxurious bathroom I have ever gotten ready in. Definitely felt like a princess.

No bridesmaids! Just got ready with my mom, my sister (Maid of Honor), and Sam’s mom! SOMEHOW it took all morning, through lunch time, and right before the guests started arriving for us to finish hair, makeup, and dresses! I don’t understand how it took so long, yet felt so fast!

The men. They took maybe 20 min to get ready!!????

Putting on my Galia Lahav for the ceremony…the biggest dress I have EVER worn.

The Look

I loved my shoes! But now that I know what I know…NEVER wear rhinestone shoes with a tulle dress. IT WILL RIP THE TULLE when you walk.

My dresses.

I custom designed the mesh on the sides and the V down the center to make this gown uniquely mine.

UGH. I cannot get over this train!!! And will never!!!

And a veil as long as the train…at this point Sam had not seen this dress yet and my heart was pounding hard. Just 10 more minutes or so till the guests would be arriving.

Backtracking a bit. Here was the photoshoot we did with my second dress the day before the wedding! Also a Galia Lahav with custom off the shoulder sleeves.

Windmills!

I lovedddd this navy blue tuxedo on Sam.

See that big flower in the middle? It’s called a Protea. And I embodied everything “Enchanted Oasis” was supposed to be!

The Ceremony

I had so much fun planning our wedding. Besides getting married to Sam and spending the funnest night of our lives with our friends and family, seeing my wedding vision come together was THE BESTTTTTT.

Wanted a garden in the desert! So these florals lining the aisle was a MUST.

Side note: All of the flowers from the wedding were gifted to a local senior center the day after!

Sir George the ring bearer, coming down the aisle in Porsche style!

I didn’t expect to be so overwhelmed with emotion here, but my heart was racing and I was nearly in tears before I stepped down the aisle.

Married!!!

The Reception

Sweetheart chairs decorated with Enchanted Oasis florals in our custom built light tent.

Really wanted the napkins folded into hearts. Literally don’t think anyone remembers the napkins and it was SUCH an ordeal, but who cares…AT LEAST I REMEMBER!

The carousel. It was brought in horse by horse because the semi truck couldn’t fit through the side yard of the estate. ALSO such an ordeal, but I had the best wedding planner ever, and she made my vision come through – NO MATTER WHAT. It was MAGIC.

The energy that night was insane. Insanely full of love, positivity, and light. It really was the best night of our lives.

Indeed that is a hanging cake!

Our favorite flavor inside…blue velvet!!!

Happy 2 year Anniversary Sam. To many many more happy years together!!!

Wedding Dresses and Maid of Honor Dress: Galia Lahav

Wedding Planner: Laurie Lund of The Events Department

Location: The Solomon Estate in Rancho Mirage, CA

Photography: Kassia Phoy

Videography: 

Directed by: Brad Etter

Video Produced By: Ashla Soter

Director of Photography: Marco Bottiglieri

Additional Camera: Faisal Shah

Edited by: Brad Etter, Cassey Ho

Florals: Lovesome Blossom

Hair & Makeup: Beauty Marked

Catering: Fusion Flair

Matcha Bar and mini desserts: Midori Matcha

Cake: Exquisite Desserts

Tent, Lighting, Chairs etc: BRIGHT Rentals

Carousel: Christiansen Amusements

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  • Shirley Reddy says:

    I loved your wedding pictures.you look so gorgeous

  • Denise says:

    Casey, you are amazing in so many ways but your wedding gives me anxiety XD Everything looks so perfect, every detail! Im getting married at Las Vegas next month and I still haven’t booked the chapel… I didn’t wanted to have any guests but some friends invited them selves and now we have like 10 guests… Im getting myself a white hoodie for my wedding, the whole dress situation is to much for me.

    • blogilates says:

      You got this!!! Do your wedding the way that is authentic to you! And just take it one step at a time :) It’s okay for the process to feel overwhelming but remember you are getting married and that’s the most important!!

  • Carla says:

    Feeling emotional looking at your pics because it makes me remember my wedding day! Amazing ♥

  • Jen C says:

    Currently in the process of planning my wedding and it is bonkers. We’re trying so hard to stick within our budget, but I don’t think either of us knew what an expensive ordeal it is. 😂 That, on top of planning for April (which who knows what the world will look like at that point?), has made the whole thing a struggle, but we’re in it together (it’ll be 12 years next spring)! Some of your wedding pics have definitely made it into our inspiration board! We especially loved the invitations.
    Wishing you and Sam a very happy wedding anniversary! 💕

  • Alexandra Key says:

    I LOVE weddings and special details. The fact that you had SO MANY in your celebration makes me thrilled. Loved watching all your planning leading up to the big day and love reliving it all again here. How rare that brides see their vision to fruition. You did an amazing job and you should be thrilled and proud of yourself for sticking with all of it. You will never get over that day – nor should you. This year will be 28 years for my husband and I and it’s true that marriage is your greatest gift. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.

  • BabyDoubleJ says:

    Congrats and WOW what a GORGEOUS well, EVERYTHING!! But that dress is SO gorgeous! BOTH of them!! All of it is just BEAUTIFUL! So LOVE that second dress, and those SHOES are AHmazing!! Why is it that the best shoes are always the hardest to wear? AnyWAY just wanted to say CONGRATS on your anniversary! My husband and I have been married for 12 years now, and it feels like yesterday that it was our 2nd anniversary! All I can tell you is that is JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER!! Do NOT believe anyone that tells you that marriage is boring, lame, outdated, or whatever. Marriage is that absolute BEST thing in life! I married the man of my dreams, and I also married my best friend. I just wish we could wear our wedding dresses more than once!! Especially if you have two of them lol!! Wishing you and Sam both many, many more amazing years!! (We’ll just skip 2020 haha!!) Stay safe and have a great weekend!! xoxoJJ

  • Sandra says:

    I literally cried. I love weddings and seeing people so happy. Wish You all the best Cassey and Sam! <3

  • wow, do you want to design my wedding?! This looks like so much fun I just want to get married for the sake of actually having the wedding. Don’t care about anything else, haha! :-) I’ve actually never, ever been to a wedding before…

  • Abby says:

    So beautiful! I am getting married in 94 days and this just makes my heart so happy and excited to be with the man I love until death as you are with Sam. I also love how you rock the rhinestones and the big train! Thank you for sharing! :)

  • Katheryn A Thompson says:

    Lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing. I so miss S. California.

  • Emily says:

    Happy Anniversary Cassey & Sam!!! What a beautiful fairy tale wedding. You look absolutely Stunningggg in that wedding gown – a real life princess! You both deserve every happiness together.
    *raises imaginary glass* A toast to Sam and Cassey!!!! Xx

  • SADDRF says:

    NICE POST

  • Loly says:

    Happy anniversary Cassey and Sam ! Cassey that cake was insane! Love it!!!

  • Ksenia says:

    Hey Cassey and the community, this post resonates with what’s on my mind for a while now and kind of prompts a sensitive question…

    How long have you been together with your future husband before getting married? Have you ever felt like the “unofficial relationship” era was taking too long, with no evidence of an approaching proposal?

    I’ve known my boyfriend for 9 years, but after we tried our first dating game being 12-13 years old (and failed) we did not communicate for some years. After a second acquaintance with each other we realized that first love might perhaps be the truest one.

    It is all very nice and romantic, but after a year of being totally “together” he ignores my hints at the next step. I just grew up with a weird idea of marriage being the only true form of relationship. And he does not get the point.

    The worst thing is that I know start doubting the whole thing that’s between us. We both got new jobs just recently. His willingness to spend together as much time as possible does not correspond to my wish to stay on my own for a little while after an exciting and super intense work day. All in all, I now need to make a conscious effort to show enthusiasm and tenderness towards him. I often jump at an opportunity to stay alone in the evening rather than make myself available… Without feeling that our hopes and dreams are similar anyway.

    Has anyone had a similar feeling?

  • Bwayne says:

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  • Ana says:

    Happy Anniversary Cassey. Lovely memories. Wishing you and Sam a lot of happiness and love. Keep building more memories. This year my husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary so I can relate on how blessed we are marrying our best friend and learning to complement each other and deal with each other weaknesses. Thanks for sharing your wedding with us.

  • liz says:

    i really enjoyed going through this — loved that you shared xoxo

  • Vanessa says:

    Those were some beautiful photos.
    I loved it all!
    Congratulations on your anniversary may you continue to be blessed in your personal life, and making people like me sore from your fitness videos.
    Thank you Cassie for all that you do and that positive attitude you share with you us.
    God Bless You always
    Vanessa
    P.s. I live near Rancho Mirage
    No wonder the windmills look familiar.

  • Happy anniversary dear Cassey, Wishing you all the happiness in the world with your husband. Recently, we celebrated our 29th anniversary. For the occasion we took pictures wearing the same clothes we did on our wedding day. You can see the before and after in the link under my name.

  • Elodie says:

    I remember I was so excited when I saw your preparations through Instagram! Sure time flies ~~~ ❤️ Happy Anniversary!

  • Kristina says:

    I loved looking through these memories! I’m currently planning my own wedding (for the second time). I was supposed to get married this past July, but we had to postpone due to COVID. We are now planning the wedding for June. I don’t have nearly as much to plan now since I already had most of the details figured out from the first time around. Do you have any advice for someone planning a wedding? I know that planning a wedding during COVID is posing challenges that most other people don’t have to worry about, so any advice would be greatly appreciated!

  • Sadie says:

    So cute loved the flower theme congrats and happy anniversary to you both love your videos😀

  • Shreya verma says:

    Oh My Goodness your the wedding is sooo magical.oh my god!! It was perfect no no beyond perfect!!!!!! Specially the cake …the tent the beautful chairs and the dress.wowwwwwwww

  • Sharon says:

    Aaaaa I loved experiencing your wedding day memories through this post! 🥰 Happy Anniversary to you and Sam, Cassey!! 💖

  • Sarah says:

    Oh gosh, I love that cake, berries and pink icing is inspired! Also that shot of you onthe stairwell is just fantastic, and I love that the flowers were gifted to a local senior centre the day after, what a fab idea! If I ever get married, revisiting this for some ideas…congrats on 2 years Cassey and Sam!

  • LexyA says:

    Happy anniversary! Was feeling a bit overwhelmed by the excess in these photos but happy to read that you gave all your beautiful flowers to a senior citizens centre the next day. Very excited to see the hint of ‘next stage’ in your blog post. Good luck! [wink] xx

  • Casandra says:

    Happy anniversary. The bouquet got me because the Protea is the South African National Flower and I absolutely love proteas. Your wedding was so beautiful and you were a gorgeous bride .

  • Briony says:

    Happy Anniversary to you both!

    I’m planning my wedding right now!!!

    I discovered you Cassey because of your weddding workouts videos and I love you so much! From the workouts to the wedding inspo, you’re such a beautiful soul and I’m so excited to be taking you on my wedding journey with me!

    I’m getting married in Jan 2022 and we’re going for cosy happily ever after vibes! I’m crafting ALOT of the decor myself. It’s all so exciting!

  • Hee Hyun says:

    It’s been 2 years already?!??! Congrats Cassey!! I hope you and Sam will be a couple that brings out the good in everyone just like you are right now♡
    I’m getting married on the 10th this month and planning through this pandemic was not as fun as your experience😭 just waiting for the day to come and trying to maintain my back and waist with your vids;)

  • Elize says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! May you blessed with the love you have for each other for the rest of your lives.
    The photo’s are lovely. You looked stunning!
    Enjoy looking back on this day every year, and always remember why you took the step. Keep the love alive.
    Have a great day!
    Hugs

  • Lee says:

    Happy anniversary! I also got married on the same day but it was a year ago. My dog was the ring bearer but he was walking beside me down the aisle. Your wedding looked beautiful and your dress was stunning!

  • Kay says:

    Beautiful!! How dreamy! <3 My man and I were supposed to get married this past July but..Covid.. We want to plan in for next June but it's also very difficult and stressful because we don't know how things will look then. Therefore, very unmotivated to plan but surprisingly still motivated to work out!

    • blogilates says:

      My sister is planning for next year too and no one knows how it’ll go either… but it’ll be a time to remember! Can’t wait to hear more about it!!!

    • Kat says:

      I’m shooting for May… but who knows :(. I’m right there with you- it is very difficult to plan and get excited when you don’t know if it will happen. But we’ll get through it, and honestly if our engagements can handle this, we’re going to have even stronger marriages!

  • Demi Krieger says:

    Hi Cassey:
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. I was supposed to get married this Saturday, which isn’t happening now, but it will happen in time! Wedding planning has been hard with all of the uncertainty, but it’s such a fun time, and you just have to go with the flow and adapt, like with anything else. Happy anniversary to you and Sam!

    • blogilates says:

      Ahhhhh so crazy!! And when this all started we thought we’d be good by the fall… who knew?! Love your energy about it and looking forward to seeing your celebration!!

  • Diana says:

    Happy Anniversary to you and Sam!!

    I’ve known my fiancé for 11 years now, we recently got engaged in February and started to plan for our wedding next September before COVID hit Canada and everything was locked down… It currently put a damper on the planning. I’m also a nurse, so my mind automatically turned off any sort of planning during that period… Right now I still find it hard to keep planning… There are so many uncertainties. I’m trying to keep my hopes up that we’ll have a new normal by then but it hasn’t been easy. Honestly just lacking the motivation right now… I really do want to plan the wedding of my dreams but it’s just been hard to get the motivation for it.

    I understand that a wedding in one day and a marriage is a lifetime. But I still hope that we’ll be able to celebrate our love and union with our family and friends. I really do hope so.

    • blogilates says:

      Ahhh my heart is with you!! You will be able to do it! And it will be the wedding of your dreams!!! Be patient and kind to yourself, this year is unlike any other. Maybe plan a date night or a date weekend to reinspire for planning! <3

  • OneDayWellBeMarried says:

    Happy anniversary! Beautiful photos – your wedding truly looks like SO MUCH FUN, and like you incorporated all kinds of unique touches – love that. As for wedding planning in 2020…ha ha. My fiancé and I were supposed to get married last Saturday, but the universe had different plans for us. We’ve postponed til next year…..needless to say, it’s been extra stressful! Lots of tears and agonizing in the beginning. But our friends and family have been so supportive and hopefully soon I will feel motivated to start planning details again. On the plus side – a whole extra year to get ourselves into tip-top fitness shape :D. And maybe some fun DIYs – your chalk paint calligraphy is tempting me…

    • blogilates says:

      It was so much fun!!! Ahhh that’s a bummer… I can’t even imagine all the feels. Especially since we all thought we’d be in the clear by now! I guess now there’s more time to play with that chalk paint calligraphy?! :) Congrats to you and your fiancé!!

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