I LOVED planning our wedding! Albeit stressful at times, my hubby and I learned even more about each other and the fact that we survived that processed and everything that surrounded it (there was way too much drama to start out with) makes me confident that we can survive anything.
So, let's start with me!
My gown: Bridals by Demetrios. I loved it! I wanted something with some sparkle (as you can tell from my blog layout, hehehe) and I also wanted two dresses (one for the ceremony and one for the reception). Since that is admittedly a little over the top- I spent months plotting on how to transform one dress into two. There is a bridal company that lets you mix and match pieces so you can essentially have two dresses in one- but those weren't hitting me the way I envisioned my dress to be. My compromise: A dress with a detachable train. I think it was gorgeous!
|Although I have over 1,000 pictures from our wedding- I cannot find the shot of the back of my gown with the train!|
And to surprise my soon-to-be hubby, I had my garter made to match his favorite team:
Now to the hubby!
Most men just want you to tell them what time to be at the church. My husband was no different- except he did have a little input on some things and it helped make our day come together even more :) My husband is a bit of the male version of a fashionista (fashionisto?). So, since he qualified for the free grooms tux rental for renting a certain amount of tuxedos from Men's warehouse- we gave it to my brother (a financially struggling, in college, groomsmen) and bought his tux. It was the best idea ever! It was custom tailored to fit him and he looked amazing!
As a part of his wedding gift, I surprised him with a custom shirt and all the guys boutonnieres were calla lilies, even my dad!
So, what's next...
Aaauuugh! I can't find the decor pictures from my ceremony :(
However the actual ceremony itself was wonderful! We started late (which I completely despise) but once it started it was beautiful. There was so much love in the room, I was over whelmed! Let's see... we had a piano trio (pianist, violinist, flutist, and a cellist), we had a custom aisle runner with out names and wedding date monogrammed on it, and the most beautiful flower arrangements on the alter at the church.
We got married at my home church. My parents were married there, I was christening, baptized, and confirmed there, and I've been an active member since birth. My husband has been joining me since we started dating and everyone has welcomed him since day 1. It was the perfect place for our ceremony.
We did traditional 'repeat after me' vows. We came to this decision after we knew we would be an emotional mess unable to utter a single coherent sentence. I don't remember much about that day, but I remember hugging my HUSBAND for the first time and tears pouring down my face. I didn't.let.go. Or at least in my 'mind replay' I didn't.
|I can't believe I actually found a picture of what I'm talking about!|
Next up: The Reception
I loved my reception site! We fell in love with the placed when we went it for our first appointment. It was the perfect place to help us be the perfect hosts (in conjunction with our 'rents). We got THEE BEST DEAL EVER because our wedding was off season and on a Friday. It stressed me out a little that we would be asking our guests to join us right after work but my husband reassured me that if 'they' love us 'they' will be there... and there they were.
We had the best time ever and it all went by way too fast. There was food (very tasty and lots of it), there was dancing (the dance floor was packed), and there was lots of love.
The table centerpieces were alternating high and low to give a little variety to the room. The table numbers were actually names of poets and dancers. Since my hubby is a spoken word artist and I'm a dancer- it would only be right. We wanted something that completely reflected us and that's what we got!
The guestbook was meant to be interactive- and when I say interactive I mean more than just putting your name and address in a pretty book. I knew we woudl be spending time after the ceremony taking pictures so I didn't want everyone to get too bored waiting on us. So, the guest book store was a wonderful option for us. When we got back form our honeymoon and read want people wrote- it was pure entertainment and a wonderful memory to have!
The cocktail hour was a blast! So we were told. Since we wouldn't be at the cocktail hour our guests basically were on their own. I made it very clear to the photographer and videographer that we wanted to know what went on while we weren't there. The food was plentiful (we wouldn't have it any other way) and the entertainment was entertaining! Everyone has told us they enjoyed the cocktail hour and we were very pleased.
The first course was a salad/ crab cake duet. I like how they wrapped the salad with a cucumber... the crab cake was amazing! I really wish I had this right now...
Dessert was delish! There was a lot... the featured dessert was bananas foster, but we had a dessert buffet for the picky eaters :) Again, I wish this was on the menu for dinner tonight!
There was a cigar bar for the
Here are some close up shots
In addition to the candy buffet, our reception site provided warm cookies and pretzels :)