- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
So I have finally gotten my pro pics back, 4 weeks late, but they turned out pretty well so I won’t complain too much! I’ve been waiting to post my recap until they came in because I have hardly any non-pro pictures. I didn’t even have my phone on me for most of the day, and neither did my bridesmaids. We were all just too busy enjoying the day! So here is my recap.
Our day started out well. My Maid/Matron of Honor stayed in my hotel room the night before because my condo was too small and got too hot to get ready there. We went out for a very nice breakfast before everyone else showed up. We’ve been best friends for years and it was really lovely to spend some time alone with her before everything got started. After our breakfast my parents and cousin (who was my bridesmaid) showed up. My girls and I got ready while we waited for the photographer to show up. I really wanted to put my dress on but I knew that I wanted pictures of it before I was in it so I waited. I did my own hair and makeup, and helped my girls out with theirs. It was a pretty relaxed morning, just what I wanted! Here are the pictures from that morning.
And then we were off to the ceremony. We tried really hard not to be late, but in the process we lost our photographer on the way to the church, and it took her 20 minutes to find us (the church is hard to get to if you’ve never been there before), so we were late. The ceremony went well though. My husband is an Orthodox Christian and I converted about six months before the wedding. The ceremony is very different from a normal Christian ceremony, but our priest did a very good job explaining everything and my family said they felt very welcome and it was a really beautiful ceremony.
Here is the exchanging of the rings. It’s a part of what’s call the betrothal, which happens at the back of the church at the start of the ceremony.
After that we went up to the front and continued the ceremony. There were some prayers sung, our candles were lit, and then the crowning happened.
Then we drank from the communal cup. Our priest was very kind and didn’t make me drink too much, since he knows I really don’t like wine! After that was the handfasting and then the Dance of Isaiah (a processional around the altar). And there were some readings also interspersed in all of this. I can’t remember the exact order anymore! But after all that we signed the marriage license and we were married!
And that was the end of the ceremony. After that we had a reception line outside the church, and took family photos. I will share just a few, since there are a lot!
This is us with my husband’s family.
Us with my family. I always feel like the odd duck, because my husband looks more like a part of my family than I do, lol.
Me and my Dad being ourselves.
After that we went to a grain elevator heritage park. I work in an elevator and my husband is a farm boy so it made sense. It was in a park type setting too so we got a lot of good pictures. We made a little pitstop first, and of course our photographer had to get it on film!
And this is one of my favorites. My girls asked my permission to grab my new hubby’s bum because they thought it would make a hilarious pictures, and they were right! My poor hubby had no idea what was happening.
And after pictures we headed off to the reception. It went great. My caterer was awesome, the DJ played what we wanted him to, and the bartenders were seriously the best ever! It was not the fanciest wedding by any stretch of the imagination, but it was exactally what we wanted. We heard a lot of people say how welcome they felt, which made me feel like we’d done our jobs as hosts. Everyone had a great time, we ate, drank, talked and danced until 2 AM and it was one of the most fun nights of my life. I did not want it to end!
Here is our first dance.
And my brother and I dancing.
And some details from the wedding.
Our guest book. It’s from a craft store but I customized it with our colors. The flower confetti was something I made myself, and was on all the tables.
This was our “cake topper” which sat on top of the cupcake stand my Dad made. I had the owls printed with a 3D printer, and then I painted them and made their outfits.
Here’s the cupcake stand and our cakes. I made all of the cupcakes (they’re actually mini cheesecakes and were a big hit) and the big cheesecake, and my Mother-In-Law made the strawberry rhubarb pie for my Fiance. The only thing that I would change about the whole wedding is my large cheesecake. Someone cut a slice out of it before we did! I was pretty pissed about that but still managed to smile for the pictures.
These were our favors, packages of wildflower seeds that my bridesmaids and I made.
And here is our head table decor, plus a shot of my bouquet and our toasting flute.
And I think that’s about it. It was a perfect day. I know that the decor will not be to everyone’s taste, but my husband and I had a pretty tight budget, and we were far more concerned with making sure everyone had a great time than with impressing them with fancy decor. We hosted 200 people for under $13,00 and they all seemed to have a great time, so I think we did a pretty good job! And we’re just not fancy people anyway. I think our wedding would have looked like this no matter how much money we had!
Anyway, that’s my recap! Hope you all enjoy it!
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