- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
Well… I can only say that it was a great day and an odd day.
I woke up at 2 am because my sister insisted she had to sleep in my bed and kicked me out at 2am. Wide awake and a bit anxious, I wandered the house until 4 when my mom woke up and gave me a sleeping pill. BAD IDEA.
At 7:30 I was awoken to go to the hairdresser. I was exhausted from lack of sleep and the effects of the pill. I managed to drag myself over there and had my beautiful hairstyle done by 11:00. I came back and waited for my bridesmaid to get there asap because the makeup artist was waiting for her. She showed up 30 minutes late, which threw off all of our makeup time, but not a huge deal.
The next few disasters involved me seeing our flowers that were green and white (supposed to be pink and ivory), learning that the city was cutting down the tree infront of our house where FI was getting ready and pictures taken, and finally having to move the ceremony inside because of a 60% chance of rain. Not wanting to panic, I just let it all go and moved on with the day.
By 1:45 I had my makeup complete and our photographer showed up. Our second photographer was extremely pregnant and let us know that she was unable to stand on her feet the entire night, so she was only able to do the ceremony and before pics. Oh well!
We got all our pictures taken in the EXTREME heat and then it was off to the venue! We got to the venue on time, went upstairs and waited for it to start. My wedding coordinator was fantastic and let us know all the details about when to go in and helped me to relax.
Seeing FI as I walked down was incredible! I thought my heart would race out of my body 🙂
The ceremony was short and sweet, like I wanted it, but I was not thrilled to hear our pastor add in a few choice comments about marriage being between a man and woman, etc, etc. DH and I are both very liberal, and that was not at all reflective of our beliefs.
All in all the ceremony lasted only 15 minutes. We went downstairs, mingled for a few minutes, then got our pictures taken as a family (where my sister had a huge dramatic meltdown because it was hot), and on our own.
I was not exactly thrilled to see that of the very few people I had invited for me, only one couple showed up. Several had cancelled last minute before, so that has left me a bit bitter, to be honest. The day of, howerver, I barely noticed because we were having so much fun.
We went into the reception, danced (to the wrong version of the song we wanted to use), did our parent dances, cut the cake and ate! The food was amazing and no regrets at all! After eating we hung out, danced, mingled, chatted and had a great time. It ended earlish, with us all packing out by 12:00, so I called our towncar to see if it could come early.
Of course, based on the day, the towncar company told me the car had broken down and they had been trying to get ahold of me (er… no calls to me cell?) and they had to send a YELLOW VAN instead. At that point I just laughed and had them come.
So were there a thousand and one disasters and disappointments? Yes! For sure! But in the end, I have to say, I married my sweetheart and there is no regrets in that. I would say, however, if I were to do it all again, I’d elope. That seems like way too much stress and worry over such a short period of time 🙂
Also, I don’t want to give the impression I hated our day. It was great! Lots went wrong, but the things that I will have from it went very right. Our fingerprint tree looks incredible. The pictures from our photographer I’m sure are fantastic. My dad’s speech was hilarious. MIL’s speech caused tears all around. Our cake is currently frozen and tasted beyond amazing. The vendors were all fantastic and went above and beyond anything I could have asked them to do– and– of course– I can now call him my husband.
After the wedding topped the entire thing off, as we just returned from our roadtrip across America! We hit New York, Philidelphia, Washington, Knoxville, Nashville and Cleveland before returning home. Not only did we not kill each other on our 4200km drive, but we came back in one piece, happy and safe and sound!
Here is our teaser pic (and currently one of the few pics I have!)