- 3 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
So my day started out like any other day until it wasn’t .
i started planning this wedding back in January. I was kinda on my own and I had a vision. I love china, and I love to mis match it and I knew I wanted a pastry bar that would be the main focus in a room I didn’t even dream of. My husband is a very busy guy. He was not for a second interested in planning a wedding. No time for any of that. So I just started going to thrift stores and buying plates and candlestick holders and vases and gluing them together. He thought I was nuttier than a fruitcake. I was on a mission.
over the next few months we spoke of venues. We are fortunate. We, in the palm of our hands decided to get married in a ballroom of a hotel in LA that was built in 1930 which now serves a community of men recovering from addiction. My husband is the CEO of several programs like this and both of us love this place so he went to his board of directors and they, with their love offered as a gift the use of the room. So now I had a venue and the rest is DIY history.
i made everything for this wedding. Centerpieces, favors for the women, lampshades, candleabras, signs, every single cupcake wrapper, guestbook, menu boards, my pink crinoline. I did my own makeup and hair. My photographers are friends, not pros. I did have a gal, who works for my husband( she teaches computer skills to the guys at the center) who does event planning on the side. I hired her and she helped me make my vision come true. Her guidance helped me get thru event rentals and floral arrangements. And she was there all day during the wedding itself and made everything perfection.
I had the time of my life doing all of this work. It was very cathartic for me. And in the end I had a wedding day beyond my wildest dreams and the most beautiful day of my life. Our families, our friends, our children, my grand babies. All of them were there. My 32 year old son married us! It was spectacular.
thank you all for sharing the journey with me. I couldn’t have done it with out all of your experiences to guide me through. I have been married before, but never had a wedding. You all helped me figure it out. blessings to you all.
i hope you have the time of your life.