- 3 years ago
- Wedding: February 2014
So we finally did it – after months of planning and working through all the self-doubting and second-guessing that goes along with getting married for a second time, creating a brand-new blended family, we tied the knot on Valentine’s Day…. And it was a beautiful thing!
We rented the Riverside Lodge in Garden Valley, Idaho for 2 nights and held the wedding there with 35 of our closest friends and family, and rented the neighboring Riverside Cabin for 4 nights to house my parents and my sisters & husbands who had to fly in from out east (the last night was just for us, of course!). There were plenty of beds for friends who wanted to stay for a weekend getaway, and one who drank a little too much 🙂
Of course there were hitches, such as the person in the bakery at Fred Meyer who wanted so badly to make the cake without help from any of her co-workers, and then wasn’t there the day before the wedding when I was supposed to pick it up before heading off to the cabin, and wasn’t even started!! The women there took care of it and I went back to pick it up a few hours later. It was a little rough looking IMO, but it still tasted great, and I didn’t realize they had increased the size of each tier to the next size up until we tried to put them on the stands, causing a little angst because we weren’t sure they were going to fit! The largest was chocolate with chocolate mousse filling, the mid-size was vanilla with raspberry filling, and the smallest was red velvet with a cream cheese filling, all were covered in their yummy dairy-free frosting. I sprinkled edible hearts from Hobby Lobby on top, and my daughter and sister made the snow people to go on them, representing the two of us and all four of the kids.
My darling Husband chopped his finger pretty good with a knife the morning of the wedding; good thing my sister is an RN and got him fixed up pretty well!
An ebay seller sent me the 100 prints of film I ordered from him in order to take Polaroid pics for guests after the wedding, but neglected to send the camera I ordered as well, so I spent a lot of time the day before the wedding searching for a local place that had one & Radio Shack ended up being my savior (they had 2). The seller still hasn’t refunded my $70.
My sister & husband’s flight 2 days prior to the wedding was delayed coming from Florida due to the weather, then delayed again, then canceled. They finally made it in at 8pm the night before the wedding. My parents and other sister & husband had a worse time of it trying to go back to Iowa after the wedding though! They got to Denver, then their flight was delayed 3 times before finally being canceled. The airlines had no flights going out the next day to the city in Iowa (Cedar Rapids) where their car was, so they were put on one to another city 3 hours away from there where they planned to rent a car (Des Moines). Turns out that there 6 rental car companies, and not a single rental car to be found. By a stroke of luck, my sister’s husband ‘s father just happened to be picking something up there, had enough room in his vehicle to take them all half way to Cedar Rapids, where another relative picked them up and took them the rest of the way to their car. They all finally got home around midnight, a day and a half later than they were supposed to. Argh. Talk about me feeling bad!
We had planned to have the ceremony outside and the weather that morning looked so promising! It was snowing, there was snow covering the trees and it was beautiful. Since we held the wedding on a Friday though, we made the time to be 6pm so that people didn’t have to take much time off work, and by then it had started raining. It was still so pretty though with plenty of snow and the rain actually made the roads nice and clear for our guests. We set up inside the lodge instead, and I was speechless over how my family and two of my friend-couples (who showed up hours early to help) just dove right in to setting up, re-assembling the benches my now-husband built for the ceremony, and in general tying everything together. My parents drove the hour back to Boise & an hour back to pick up food from the caterer (Kanak Attack, the food was awesome and I had a number of people ask where we got it from).
My father performed the ceremony, my daughter played guitar and sang instead of us using the traditional wedding march, and it was, well, just perfect.
For those who want to know, the whole shebang came in at around $7,000, not including hard liquor that we just brought from our home collection.