- 3 months ago
- Wedding: June 2019 - Tacoma, WA
Hi Bees! I’m finally sitting down to do my recap for our beautiful day on June 8th, when I got to marry my best friend. We are both over the moon happy and still living in the glow of being newlyweds, as we try to wade through all the photos that keep pouring in from friends and family, hah!
I’ll start by saying that my period was late (no, definitely not pregnant, since we’re both women lol). It SHOULD have started a week earlier and ended the day before the wedding, which would have been ideal. But noooooo. It showed up the day before the wedding, instead, and was going full force by the wedding day. This had me in quite a panic, because I was sure there was going to be some sort of mishap with my dress, but with some extra precautions in place, it was fine.
The night before the wedding, we stayed at the hotel where the reception was being held. I stayed with my friend, and my now wife (!!!) stayed with hers, so we spent that night apart (though just down the hall from each other). We saw each other a few times, including once when she called me to her room to calm her down because she was freaking out. Other than that, though, we both did our own things for the evening. I left a gift and a note with her best friend to give her the morning of, because I knew she’d be freaking out.
The morning of the wedding, I got a frantic text from D W letting me know the gift she bought for one of my daughters (she presented them all with gifts during the ceremony) had not arrived as we thought it had. We had shipped it to MIL’s house, so she could bring it to the chapel the day of (she’s close by), and when a package arrived a few days earlier, she thought that was it, but didn’t open it up until the morning of, only to discover it was NOT my daughter’s gift. Cue a frantic shopping trip at 8am the morning of the wedding by me and my best man to find a replacement gift before the ceremony. We succeeded, the other gift is being returned, and my daughter was none the wiser. In fact, the replacement ended up being even better than the original, so despite the stress, it turned out okay.
All of us got together for breakfast after the shopping trip, had a lovely time and were able to talk out our wedding-day jitters, which was lovely. Then I went back to my room to start getting prepped for makeup and hair and D W went to hers and had a panic attack lol. She frantically texted me asking me to come to her room for a minute to help calm her down, which I did. After I left her room, I texted her best woman to give her the gift and card I had written her, which she did, and that did the trick.
After that I started working on my hair, since I had decided to do it myself. It was a DISASTER. My usually bouncy waves looked stringy and gross, no matter what I did, and I was nearly in tears when the makeup person arrived. Luckily, she’s family and also brought her curling iron, just in case. By the end, I looked and felt so beautiful! We dashed off to the lovely little chapel where the ceremony was to take place.
The chapel people took care of literally everything. We gave them the music we wanted, told them the order we wanted people to walk, and everything else was done, right down to all the bouquets and boutonniere’s, and even an adorable little flower girl basket. It was set up beautifully. The photographers whisked away my dress (I put it on at the chapel) to take photos, and I got to visit with Mother-In-Law, Father-In-Law and other family members in the bridal suite while they did that. We did not do first-looks, so D W and I stayed hidden from each other this whole time. Finally, I got in my dress and in what seemed like a whirlwind few minutes, the music was playing, the bridal party was walking, and I was standing behind a curtain waiting for my cue to walk.
When it was my turn and the curtains opened, mine and D W’s eyes locked and she started to cry, which was such a beautiful moment. I walked alone, and D W met me halfway down the aisle, kissed me on my cheek, and walked with me the rest of the way. This was her way of showing I will never again walk alone in life and it was so perfect.
Our officiant was a good friend of ours, and she did such a beautiful job. By the end of the ceremony, the entire place was in tears. The whole room (myself included) pretty much fell into tears when D W invited my children up, presented them each with a gift, and told them she loves each of them and will be there for them just as much as she is for me. The whole thing was beautiful and I will never forget the joy I felt throughout the entire ceremony.
Afterward, guests made their way to the hotel for the reception, while D W and I snuck away with the photographers for some photos at a local garden. I cannot WAIT to get the photos back! It was nice to get some time with just me, D W, and the photographers for a bit before the reception. Family photos took place at the reception itself, so this was just the two of us.
The reception was awesome. We had our entrance and took a few minutes to greet all of the guests individually before doing our first dance. Then the party started – a mix of dance music and karaoke (because we love karaoke and go often) – everyone had a blast! Food was served, cake was served, and everyone had an awesome time. I could not have asked for a more perfect night!
Once the reception started to wind down, the towncar I ordered to surprise D W showed up to take us to the airport for our honeymoon! Off we went. Sidenote: this was not a good idea lol. Leaving for the airport after such a long, exciting, tiring day was the worst, but once we got to Mexico all was well. I’ll do a honeymoon recap at some point, too. 🙂
So, that was our day! It was everything we could have ever dreamed of, even though there were a few mishaps like the gift, and a friend who got absolutely trashed at the reception and ended up drunkenly crying by the end of the night, and the fact that the person who did my bustle did a terrible job and it looked super weird the entire night lol.
No pro photos are back yet, but here are some of my favorites taken by friends and family! 🙂
My daughter and our flower girl (D W’s great niece):
D W’s dad walking her down the aisle:
When she met me half way…
Wiping away her tears, as I have promised to do for the rest of my life…
One of my favorite moments….
Presening my kids with gifts and loving words during the ceremony while I cry like a baby lol…
Getting ready to say our I Do’s…
The Beautiful cakes that my friend did, indeed, end up making for us, one with D W’s first initial, one with mine, and the center one with our last initial!
Me singing a karaoke song for D W, because that’s how we roll and she loves when I sing…but YA’LL LOOK AT THAT MESSY BUSTLE OMG lol
A pic I had someone snap of us in the garden while the photographers set up…one of my favorites from the day!
And there you have it!! I’ll post professional pics when I get them! I can’t wait!
- This topic was modified 3 months ago by somedaymrsj. Reason: Adding a space to "DW" so it stops changing "Darling Wife" to "Destination Wedding" hahaha