- 2 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
The day has come and gone, and there is SO MUCH I want to say, but will try to keep it brief.
We were married on May 3rd, in what would be the PERFECT day for us, and in general. Catching up with guests, I have already been asked how I planned a perfect, and ‘best’ wedding celebration EVER, and my response is I remained organized, never lost sight of the bigger picture, put trust in all our vendors, whom were paid to do their job, and never over analyzed a thing. Decisions were made, and I moved on onto the next task.
Days leading up to our weekend were full of anxiety. Not about things coming together, or falling apart, but really about being ‘center stage’. I just never had a ‘bride’ feeling. On Friday, as I was at the salon with my gals, a stranger approached me outside and put a rosary in my hand. She said ‘Please accept this gift, and know that when the sun shines on you tomorrow, it is your Mother smiling down on you. She kissed my check, said “I love you”, and walked away’. Bees, I sh*t you not, I think I was touched by a medium, or an Angel on Earth, or divine intervention, or whatever. She was a complete stranger, came out of no where, and would have NO CLUE I was a) a bride, or b) without my mom. I broke down into tears, and was immediately and instantly calm, and knew no matter what all would be fine. The journey without my Mom was the hardest part, and yet, made the day that much better. It was already going to be imperfect without her!!!
From that point on, time just flew by. We had a great rehearsal, a great rehearsal dinner, and a great day/weekend. I look back now, with a lot being ‘hazy’, and think that I am far too lucky to have had things work out so well. Everything was ahead of schedule the morning of. Me and my gals, whom had our hair/make-up professionally done in a friends house were dressed and ready to go by 10:00am. I had us scheduled to be doing that til 10:45am, with a limo pick-up of 11:15am. This gave us an opportunity to have a first look with each other, a champagne toast, a lot of laughter and calmness. The limo had gotten the men to the Church on time, and arrived sooner due to not hitting a light to get us. I was at the Church by 11:15am, where I could see and hear the precessional music, and the guests coming in, without them seeing me.
My groom sobbed as I walked down the aisle, and actually tried to kiss me as I got to him. I dodged and screamed “NOT YET!”, which had the entire Church in laughter, and set the stage for the most beautiful, and personal mass. Family formals took no time at all, and before I knew it, I had 4 awesome hours with our bridal party, getting great shots with our amazing photographer, drinking, dancing, and even stopping into a bar for candid fun. The weather had a mix of rain, and random spurts of sunshine, which could not have been MORE perfect for us. I cannot wait to see our professional pics.
We arrived to the reception venue, and were greeted by our guests, where we did a non-chalant receiving line so that we did not have to go table-to-table. We were on cloud 9! The DJ was able to announce us in on time, the meal was served quickly, and we were able to open the dance floor 15 minutes earlier than anticipated. Guest never left it thereafter. It was packed all night (over 3 hours), and my DH and I had so much fun, without a worry or care in the world 🙂
What I did not think would be the biggest ‘stamp’ on our wedding, as far as making it memorable was at 10pm when our favors came out on platters, and DJ announced our gift to them was McDonald’s cheeseburgers. 220 were set out, and 220 were GONE in 30 minutes. It was awesome to see, and our guests worded it was ‘epic’, and very much needed. (It was the cheapest favors EVER, costing us with delivery $220).
I am truly lucky. I have read recaps from day one. I have read the ‘shoulda, woulda, couldas’ from other Bees, and right now as I type this, I can say that I would not change a thing, and there was not a thing that went wrong that changed the course of the day, or my emotions toward the event. There were tiny glitches here and there, but the vendors we chose fixed them for us, or made them go away. I have been smiling for days, and sad that I will never get to re-live the best day of our lives so far, and the best party we could have or will ever throw. When people tell you to TAKE IT IN, they mean it. I tried, but I sit here today with tiny regret that I could have done it more!!!
So, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed it, and here are some pics below from guests, and one of our Best Man taking the same pic our photographer was shooting, which is awesome (in my opinion!) – sorry, so big!