- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
Hi Bees! Since I got engaged 2 years ago and married last year, I’ve fallen in love with this community and wanted to share my joy with you as I’m about to celebrate one year. I’ve posted before about the tragedies and anxieties related to my wedding, I’ve posted random pics to other people’s posts, but I never did a real recap. With my anniversary in a few days I wanted to share my wedding with you guys. I’ll have another recap in the next few days because…my hubby and I are getting re-married tomorrow in Niagara Falls! Kind of like a little vow renewal that helps settle a few legal name change issues we’ve had. I’ll explain more when I post those pictures!
But here it is, a recap via my 5 favorite moments of my wedding, which was a woodsy-themed wedding in the DC area at Woodend Sanctuary, a gorgeous venue if there ever was one.
Top 5 moments:
5. First Look with my Dad
My DH and I were really committed to the idea that the first time we saw each other was when I was walking down the aisle, so a first look with him was out of the question. I found the idea of having it with my dad instead, which seemed perfect because I’m a complete daddy’s girl and am very close to him. He loved the idea too, you can see it in that sly look on his face.
And then of course, the sheer joy a minute later.
I think most First Look brides hope beyond hope that their looker (whether the Groom or dad or whoever) will cry – what a good photo op! Instead, I’m the one who totally lost it. I will say, it helped to get the nerves and emotions out with that cry, I was much calmer for the ceremony because of it.
4. Another accidental First Look with my grandpa
A lot of you know why this is a really emotional one for me, I’ll let you read my previous posts on your own if you’re curious. We were on that staircase taking a few more pictures and my grandpa walked up to have my grandma help him tie his tie (!). He didn’t know we were there, and the second he saw me he exploded in joy and excitment! He couldn’t even talk, just had this huge smile and tears in his eyes and waved his arms around and was just happy happy happy. I thank God that our photographer was there to capture this photo, I have it in my bedroom and it makes me so happy everytime I see it.
This is how I want to always remember my grandpa, a man whose heart was just too overfilled with happiness that day.
3. The Ceremony
This is truly my favorite wedding picture because it encapsulates what I dreamed of – standing under tall trees in crisp fall weather with my best friend, who I’m happy to say is still my best friend a year later!
I’m one of those brides that didn’t necessarily care as much about the ceremony as the reception in my planning, and wasn’t as excited for it. I was filled with anxiety to have all that attention on me and to display such a personal moment to 85 people.
The moment I walked down the aisle though, I was so happy to see all those smiling faces. I was walking down to a VSQ version of “Say Yes” by Elliott Smith and I swear to you bees, I felt like I was in Heaven – everyone I knew and loved was there, everything felt perfect, and I was just so happy.
This was also my first chance to see how different wedding details had come together, a good moment for any bride. I was so pleased with the hanging flowers in our ceremony space!
You can see them hanging in the first ceremony picture, here’s a closeup:
Our aisle was filled with small and large lanterns, with 5 of them covered in flowers being recycled as centerpieces in the reception. Mini lanterns:
How do you make a woodsy wedding truly woodsy? Use a venue that has actual DEER that live in the property! We saw these guys the 2 or 3 times we visited, and I hoped they’d make an appearance as they had for other brides, and they did! There were about 8 of them roaming around the whole ceremony in the background:
Another detail we had was a hot apple cider station since it was fall. It was in a samovar because I’m Russian, and I needed some Russian details like that. We got lots of compliments on it!
Back to the actual ceremony: my family and bridal party walked down the aisle to a Mark Mothersbaugh song (think Wes Anderson movie soundtracks), with my groom being walked down by his sister because we had one less groomsmen. Isn’t he dapper?
Moment I’m not including but is a fave: the morning of the wedding he thought of a detail I didn’t think of. He had bought all the booze for the wedding and realized there were no drink menus for the bar, so he made ones that matched the rest of the stationary with the font he knew I loved and went to work creating it and printing it himself. It confirmed why I was marrying the guy, especially if he can agree on typograpy with me.
My little sister was an adorable flower girl:
My little was an adorable ring bearer. At the rehearsal the day before, my officiant had a great idea – she was going to read some of “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” and she asked if he wanted to read the last few lines. I was so happy she suggested that, it was a great moment! I’m posting our video at the end of this and you can see him doing that there, but here’s a moment afterwards where you can see how proud he is of himself:
We also did a tying-the-knot ceremony (basically handfasting) because we loved how it’s been used by various cultures and religions in different ways, and we were having a multicultural wedding. We pinky swore our vows to each other (our rings have “Pinky Swear” engraved in them) and then….we were married!
Okay I know, this “favorite moment” was kind of one big series of moments but it went by so fast it might have felt like one moment. And again, if I did truly have to remember it with one snapshot, it’d be a Holga version of that first ceremony picture:
(By the way – any vintage loving brides out there I strongly recommend you find a photographer who owns vintage cameras! I have about 10 pictures like this and I love them!)
2. Favorite reception moment: my maid of honor forcing me to eat.
Okay bees, firstly: I insisted that I would be a bride who ATE. I would eat a good breakfast beforehand, and I would eat during the reception.
Before the wedding: FAIL. I ate some strawberries and a whole bunch of champagne. I’m not only jubilant in those photos, I’m a bit tipsy! This was dumb because it ended up giving me huge anxiety before we left for the venue. Anyway, here’s some of that drinking in action:
Cocktail hour: HUGE SUCCESS.
Bees, my caterers were awesome. They assign a “butler” to the bride and groom that follows them around and makes sure they always have a drink and something to eat during the cocktail hour. We had a great Russian guy (my family was so excited that there was a Russian staff person!) who came over with a glass of champagne for me, dark and stormy for my hubby. And of course, a plate with our passed appetizers: leek asparagus soup shooters (I hadn’t tried them before the wedding – SO GOOD), beef caprese skewers, mini crab cakes, and my favorite, little potato cups with creme fraiche and duck prosciutto.
I’m a bride who ate at her wedding! Hooray!
Made me ready to go to the reception!
As dinner started and we entered and went to our FABULOUS Russian-Irish-Italian buffet, I was so excited to eat! I was so excited to see people I hadn’t seen in a while! I was so excited to dance! I was so excited that I was so excited! I was so excited that I was too antsy to do anything and so, I was too excited to eat!
Which is a shame, because this was our buffet: corned beef carving station, chicken kiev (like fried chicken with herby butter dripping out of it), rockfish spiedini, pumpkin ravioli, smashed potato station, a bunch of yummy veggies and salads. Just look at it!
Our menu cards were pretty bomb too, on woodgrain paper and my second favorite stationary next to our programs:
(Those are some “Happy Trails” trail mix favors – woodsy, right?)
Anyway, I was so excited I couldn’t eat. And thus one of my favorite moments: my maid of honor telling me, “You said you wanted to eat at this wedding. So girl, take this bread, and put it in your mouth NOW.” At first I said no, but she wouldn’t let me get up until I had that bread in my mouth. Now that’s a good maid of honor!
She says she has a cell phone picture of me shoving that bread in my mouth, but can’t find it.
Instead, here’s that lovely maid of honor who also gave a lovely speech a few minutes later during which we held hands:
I should mention our best man was awesome as well: he brewed 2 kegs of beer for us at home, and took monthly toastmaster classes in order to give a great toast! My dad’s toast was about 30 minutes long, so that was NOT a favorite moment.
I like dancing, A LOT. I like singing along with my hands everywhere to songs like “Starships” by Nicki Minaj:
I like dancing with little sisters during father-daughter dances:
I like being dipped and twirled:
I like getting down with grandpas who like to get down:
That’s one of the pictures from his camera. What did I tell you – it was a day of sheer joy.
Here’s the video via the amazing Drade Photography & Films:
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