In an exclusive interview with Brides, Ayesha Curry, who is married to basketball superstar Stephen "Steph" Curry, shares her top eleven tips for brides-to-be.
The Currys are having an extremely good year with Stephen Curry's wins, Ayesha's booming lifestyle and food blog, Little Lights of Mine, and her nine months pregnancy.
Stephen and Ayesha, who met at their church youth group when she was 14 and he was 15, have been married for nearly four years now.
In a recent interview, Ayesha was asked to share her top tips for brides-to-be, here is what she has to say:
When planning your wedding, do what makes you happy- "Don't let others determine what should happen on your big day. Ultimately, it's your day to dream and have everything you want," Ayesha says.
Ask your groom to help out!- According to Ayesha, Steph was extremely involved in the wedding-planning process — from helping out with the color schemes, to picking the DJ and the food.
Don't forget about your bridesmaids- "I wore a magical Amsale gown — the goal is try on my dress for our five-year wedding anniversary and see if it still fits! Finding the right bridesmaid dresses was really important to me, too. I wanted to make sure everyone felt their best!."
Soak it all in- "I'll never forget his face," she says, "I felt so special and adored. I'll never forget sharing a piece of cake with my husband in our room after our reception," Ayesha remembers. "It was so much fun to enjoy it quietly and reflect on the evening."
Consider your guests when choosing (most of) your menu- "When is comes to food, think about having three options for your guests — a meat, fish, chicken and vegetarian option," Ayesha advises. "I love dessert. So make sure you pick the flavor of cake you and your groom like," Ayesha says.
Marriage will change your life- "Marriage has given me a little family of my own. We hold each other accountable, love each other and always are there for each other," she says. "I feel more balanced now because I know what it's like to care for others. Marriage has given me the gift of compassion."
Communication is key- For brides entering their first year of marriage, Ayesha recommends that you keep all lines of communication open with your spouse. "Don't be passive. It's so important to talk everything out, in order to create an environment and home that's peaceful and open. Also, never forget to say I love you!"
Motherhood is not what you expect- "Motherhood is far better than I expected. I love it with all of my heart," she says. "I feel like I'm getting to live life again vicariously through my daughter Riley. It gives me a more positive outlook. She's so bright and vibrant. I can never have a bad day as a mom."
Balance is vital once you tie the knot- "Luckily, my daughter is in school a couple of days a week. Those are my work days!" Ayesha says of balancing work and her personal life, adding, "iPhones and tablets also make it far easier to get my work done!" And Steph is key in making it all work, too. "My husband is extremely supportive of my career. I feel so blessed to have him. So, if I need a helping hand at home to get something done (like this interview!) he is always there for me."
Dinner parties should never stress you out- "Lamb chops are quick and easy, but look super impressive! Serve them with roasted asparagus and potatoes." And for dessert? "You can never go wrong with a fruit crumble and vanilla ice cream. In the Curry household, we like to end the night with an espresso, too."
You'll still feel that spark — even after the honeymoon phase ends- "I don't know how to explain it, but the love I have for Stephen grows everyday," Ayesha admits. "There's never been a day that I haven't felt the way I did on our very first date. I still get butterflies."