- 4 years ago
- Wedding: January 2014
We finally got our pictures back from our photographer, and I am so excited to share them! Our wedding was on January 6 in Maitland, Florida. We currently live in NYC, but I have four wonderful grandparents who all live in Florida, which is also where I grew up, so we decided to have the wedding there. Because of the distance for my husband’s family and our friends, we decided to have an intimate wedding. There were 18 people at our wedding, including us!
The ceremony was held in an outdoor chapel–it was 79 degrees and sunny the day before our wedding, but the polar vortex hit the morning of the wedding and it got really chilly during the ceremony! We rented a large heater which kept the ceremony space from being icy, but it was still pretty cold, especially for my Florida family members who aren’t used to temps below 70, haha.
We had a bit of a kerfuffle with our florist: they made some random changes to what I had requested without checking with me (e.g. changing our aisle runners from 15 ft to 5 ft, changing the colors of the flowers in my bouquet and the bouquet wrap, etc) and they also delivered some crushed boutonnieres. I ended up having to call them to come out and fix everything–the flowers were still being worked on about 10 minutes before I walked down the aisle! But in the end, I thought the florals were lovely.
Our officiant was our very dearest friend. Our photographer decided to have him stand down in front of us, so that we would be looking out toward everyone instead of back at him. I thought it was a little crazy at the time, but in the photos, I think it looks great! Also, she told me like 15 second before I walked down the aisle, and I thought she said he was sitting on the ground. I was like, “Uh, can we at least give him a chair?!” lol.
I told myself a million times to hold my bouquet low, but sure enough, I forgot in the heat of the moment.
After the ceremony, we did a champagne toast and then family formals and then our portraits. We didn’t do a first look–we wanted to keep the tradition of seeing each for the first time when I walked down the aisle. We had plenty of time for our photos, mostly because we didn’t have a bridal party to take photos with!
Our entire wedding! And yep, my stepmom wore a white dress, lol.
My poor Poppie was so cold! We were only outside about 30 minutes, and we had a heater, but I still felt relieved once everyone could get inside. We had a rain plan, but didn’t expect to need a cold plan in Florida!
Our reception was just a dinner reception in a private room at a restaurant around the corner from the ceremony site. It was lovely and perfect. We did two long tables of 12 (our two photographers sat at one end of one of the tables) and we switched tables halfway through dinner, so that we could hang out with all of our guests. It seemed like a weird idea, but I’m so glad we did it!
We made personalized thank you notes to put at everyone’s place. I also handmade the name tags and did the pseudo-calligraphy on them, then tied them to a sprig of rosemary. (Pro-tip: if you leave the rosemary out in open air, it will dry up FAST and then you will be forced to re-tie every single name card the night before your wedding while crying. Lol.)
The toasts from our dads were SO touching. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
After dinner we had planned to light wish lanterns, but it was a little too windy, and we only managed a few, so we did some sparklers instead. We tried to do the running-around-the-couple pic, but it was hard to get it right. (Second protip: if you want to do this, let your photographer know in advance so they can figure out the ideal settings. We ended up having my BIL run around us like 5 times, haha.)
And then we went to a sports bar and watched the national championship game, and then we went to our fancy-schmancy hotel, and then we went on a fantastic honeymoon to Palm Springs, and then we lived happily ever after. 🙂