- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2011
My wedding was nearly 6 months ago, but I was just asked by pengoala if I ever did a recap. I realized that I never did and thought it might be fun to write all about the day and re-live it a bit =) I will forewarn you guys that this will probably be fairly long; I enjoy writing and tend to go a bit too far into the details! But hey, that’s what a recap is for, right?
The night before the wedding my Maid/Matron of Honor, who is also my cousin and oldest friend, spent the night with me at my parents. It was basically exactly like the slumber parties we had a million times as kids, we slept in the living room, my mom made us popcorn, and we watched girly movies and stayed up way too late talking about boys (one in particular) 😉
We were able to sleep in since the wedding wasn’t till 4:30. Around noon my BM/FSIL came over to do my hair. She did a great job, it was styled around Taylor Swift’s look in her Love Story Video right down to the headband, which was a handmade replica of the one Taylor wears onstage for her Love Story set! By the time she finished my other BMs were all there. I did receive a phone call from the veue around then that they were short a centerpiece. I amazed everyone by shrugging it off since there wasn’t anything I could do about it – in the end we took the BM’s bouquets and stuck them in a vase on that table after the ceremony. So two lessons there – if you end up adding a table make sure your florist knows, and don’t let the last minute glitches get to you! We finished getting ready, we had lunch, and then we headed towards our venue.
Picture was taken at the end of the night after crazy dancing, so excuse the messiness!
Up until this point I had been completely calm, but on the car ride over with my mom it finally started to sink in that I was actually driving towards my venue to get married, and butterflies kicked in like crazy! They really didn’t go away till after the ceremony. Honestly, I think my nerves were more based off hoping all the little tiny details went right, and less from getting married! I was completely confident in my groom…less confident that everyone would remember their cues and the music would play at the right moment.
At the venue I had my makeup done, and the girls and I all touched up their hair. I’m going to be honest so other bees can learn from me, but my BMs started to drive me a bit crazy around this point. I sent ONE of them to go deliver my Fiance his card and the guys’ boutonnieres (which were handmade with guitar picks). She never came back, so I sent another to go get her…ten minutes later the next one left to see where they were at…see where I’m going with this? My mom was getting her makeup done, and I couldn’t leave the room (guests and my Fiance were right outside!) so I was walking in circles going a bit crazy. Finally they came back and we had to hurry and get me into my dress. My Maid/Matron of Honor laced me in, and my mom helped put on my necklace. While they did that I read my note from Fiance, which was incredibly sweet and definitely made me teary. The officiant came in and had me and my Maid/Matron of Honor sign the marriage license – that’s right, we cheated and did that early! Then we took a second to just enjoy the moment and hug before we went out to greet the rest of the processional – and most importantly, my dad.
Next came the part that was giving me major anxiety – the processional. I walked down the aisle to a gorgeous version of Love Story (yes, I am obsessed with Taylor Swift! No, I don’t regret not using more traditional music!) that used the piano and cello. I had perfectly timed when everyone needed to start walking for me to walk out at the perfect moment, the peak of the song, where if it had lyrics they go, “Marry Me Juliet”. Luckily, I cued everyone perfectly and it went off without a hitch! So did our ceremony…well, except for when we did rings and instead of saying, “I thee wed”, my Fiance (who has NEVER been married before), said “I re-wed”. Luckily people had a sense of humor about it…that is what was happening in the picture where I’m laughing. And then we were pronounced husband and wife =)
Well, there was one other small glitch. The person in charge of music missed their cue to start the recessional song. We were completely down the (short) aisle before any music played. I don’t think the guest noticed…but at least it explains my face in these pictures. Guess which direction the music people were over in?
The bridal party and immediate family filed right over to the area where we would be taking pictures, and the guests went inside for the cocktail hour. I love this next picture because it was our first real unscripted moment that wasn’t being watched by guests after we were pronounced husband and wife – we look very relieved and happy! That is a moment that definitely stands out in my memory. Then we took 1290283502 million posed-ish pictures, which I’ll share a few of.
Once pictures were over, our photographer headed inside to take some detail shots of our wish tree, which was used in place of a guest book, our super cute personalized cake topper, our place settings and centerpieces, etc. No menu since it was a buffet, but we had adorable wedding-themed mad libs for the guests to fill out.
Now that the dress was bustled it was time for the wedding party to be announced…to the Fantasmic theme song from Disney World, where we vacationed. As we stoof outside the room waiting for the music to begin, Darling Husband realized he had no idea what song was about to play, and was basically cracking up the whole time we were being introduced because I kept telling him I was going to sneak that song in somewhere, and he said no way and it wouldn’t get past him, he knew all the songs we were using…well, he was wrong. At least he was a good sport about it. That’s what he gets for not being more involved in the planning =P Everyone (well, three people) did speeches and then we ate at our sweetheart table.
Once dinner we did a quick sweep through the room to say hi to everyone before dancing started…well, that took forever. If I could, I would tell my past self to just do the receiving line, it would of been faster! But we finally finished greeting everyone, and started with the special dances. Darling Husband and I danced to “Two is Better Than One” by Boys Like Girls ft. Taylor Swift. My dad and I (the Disney fanatics) danced to “Cinderella” By Steven Curtis Chapman, and Darling Husband and his mom danced to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts. Then the party started! I was VERY nervous about this part, because DH’s one wedding request had been a Beatles cover band, and I said okay. Then I spent 9 months agonizing over whether that was super lame and if anyone would dance. Luckily, people did dance, they loved the band and the mix I put together for their breaks! There was even a spontaneous dance circle and conga line that broke out =)
A few hours into the reception, they brought out the late night snack. Typically our venue uses pizza, but when there is a late night snack that you are so known for eating that your friends say they think of you whenever they have it, you know you have to throw it into the wedding! So our late night snack was grilled cheese, my favorite. Shortly after that Darling Husband jumped on stage with the band – he is an amazing guitar player in a local cover band, and had asked to play a couple songs. I think the Beatles cover band was skeptical at first, then very impressed once they heard him play. They invited the whole band up! So for awhile there we had Pilot Radio as our wedding band, much to my DH’s delight.
The photographer didn’t stay all night, but by the time she left Darling Husband was a bit tipsy and was enjoying twirling me around to make my dress look weird, haha. Soon after she left we said goodbye to everyone and drove to our hotel. The next morning we took off for our honeymoon at Disney World, where we got lots of free upgrades and had an amazing trip.
Overall our wedding went great. There were a few hiccups and minor mistakes, but I wouldn’t change a thing. It really is true how everyone says it goes by so fast, and I really do feel like we enjoyed every minute of it.