- 2 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
I was going to try to keep this brief but I can’t. LOL!
We had our 70-person wedding at an Italian restaurant that was founded by my mother-in-law’s godparents. It’s known for it’s food, which was probably the most important part for us – we wanted to give our guests an excellent meal.
We had a cupcake tower rather than a traditional cake, so that guests had ten different flavors to choose from.
I wore a Monique Lhuillier gown and Jimmy Choo shoes. My groom wore a custom suit from 1701 Bespoke.
We had an absolutely amazing day, 75 degrees and sunny. Guests had cocktails and appetizers before the ceremony started. I cannot tell you how many compliments we received on this & would recommend it!
Soon it was time for the ceremony to begin. This is my groom beginning to cry when he saw me.
I walked down the aisle with my mother, since my father passed away in 2001. When I saw my groom I lost it and ugly-cried.
The cherry trees were in bloom at the venue which made a pretty backdrop for our vows. Our ceremony was custom written from beginning to end and we cried pretty much through the entire thing. I can’t recommend personalizing your ceremony enough, people told us it was the most romantic and personal ceremony they had heard. Our officiant told the story of how we met, how he proposed, and we had a moment of silence for loved ones who had passed.
We had a moment where we turned toward our parents to thank them for making our wedding possible.
Our wedding rings were passed around to each attendee for a wish, hope, or prayer to be placed upon them. The second photo is my mother in law kissing them which absolutely melts my heart.
We were finally pronounced husband and wife & snuck away for photos while guests looked over the menu. I think you can see the relief on our faces in this one.
This is the maid of honor and the best man. I’ve known my MOH for 29 years and my husband has known his best man for 17 years.
Some of our portraits are serious…
…and some totally aren’t.
I was really pleased that we were able to keep the photographs to 30 minutes so that guests didn’t have to wait too long for their food. (Can you tell that I have a thing with food?) Being announced to our friends and family was such an amazing feeling.
Then my mother and the best man gave toasts. Both of them were SO perfect, sweet and funny and smart and genuine.
I love this photo of the best man and my groom sharing a look. He travelled all the way from Brazil where he is living right now to be with us and he really made our weekend.
We all had our three course meals and then went out to the patio to cut the cake. The topper is us with our dogs, we each had one when we met and we love our little blended family!
After cutting the cake we had our first dance as husband and wife, which was “You Ruined Everything” by Jonathan Coulton. We’ve seen him in concert and love his song about your life being turned upside down & having your path changed by someone. Some of the lyrics:
You should know<br />How great things were before you<br />Even so<br />They’re better still today<br />I can’t think of who I was before<br />You ruined everything<br />In the nicest way
After our dance, the groom shared a dance with his mom. We almost lost her about 2 years ago during emergency surgery and their dance was a very sweet moment.
For our last special dance, I danced with my new father-in-law while the groom danced with his new mother-in-law.
After that we danced and mingled for a bit, and had a lot of fun.
When it was time to slow it down a little again, we had a surprise for my mother. My groom played “Beautiful” by Gordon Lightfoot, a song that my dad used to play on his guitar for my my mom and also said he would play for me at my wedding someday. It was so special and there were very few dry eyes in the house. Also his guitar strap was a special gift from my maid of honor for the wedding and is cut from the same cloth as a strap that was favorited by Elvis and Jimi Hendrix.
After that, the fun and dancing continued into the evening.
All photographs are courtesy of Michelle & Chris Gerard Photography. If you are in Metro Detroit and are looking for photographers, I can’t recommend them enough. Not only is their work amazing, but they are genuinely nice people & great to work with.
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