- 7 years ago
I put a lot of thought in every detail of the wedding. I didn’t want it to feel like a cookie cutter wedding (like our Jamiaca wedding did). I wanted every guest to feel like they were a guest for something epic, something personal, and like nothing they had ever seen. My husband and I heard from almost every guest that night that from beginning to end it was the best wedding they had ever been to! They said all the personal details made it so special and unique. I heard over and over again from friends and family about how they never cry at weddings…but the did at ours!! One of my BM’s even said she didn’t cry at her own wedding, but she did at ours!! I took these comments as compliments. 😉
Since my husband and I did the first look in the morning, he had already seen me. I wanted something to be a suprise for him during the ceremony so I changed into a swarovski crystal cathedral length veil with blusher. He told me he had always dreamed of me walking down the aisle towards him with a veil covering my face so I suprised him with it! It was fun to have so many different looks!! I kept the same dress but had about 3 different looks with veils and shoe combo’s!
My Mom walked me down the ailse, it was really special.
Now a little behind the scenes story: I planned the wedding for the last weekend in April so I could get as close to Spring weather as possible but still get the off season discount for our venue. The day of the wedding in the morning it snowed, in the afternoon it rained, and then stopped long enough for all our photos, then there was beautiful sunshine for the ceremony. It worked perfectly!! Everyone said the clouds literally parted the moment my Mom and I walked down the aisle. 😉
We had a wine box ceremony and decided to read our own vows. It was so heartfelt from both of us. We had each other crying…along with everyone in the audience!! We even had our stoic Groomsmen tearing. We sealed them in the box with our letters and the wine.
Passed appetizers of crab and shrimp melts on sourdough, honey pear brucshetta, and feta and spinach stuffed mushrooms, yum! We also had a whole smoked salmon display in the bar with herbed cream cheese and capers.
We had a sit down served dinner on beautiful clear china. Flank steak with red wine sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, fire roasted vegetables, and ceaser sald with homemade (mansion made) rolls. The waiters were so fast and professional I could tell people felt like they were somewhere special…and they were.
We love movies, and for a while I considered doing a movie themed wedding, but I narrowed it down to our favorite movie The Notebook. I thought about what it was about that movie that we loved so much and it was the time period. I had little tid-bits of the 1940’s in the wedding: feathers, brooches on the bouquets, my shoes with the vintage style, and our menues, table numbers, programs, and escort cards had a vintage peacock design. It went amazingly well with our vintage mansion in the heart of downtown. We named each table after a place from our favorite movies! Almost all of our ceremony songs were from movies with the exception of the one the BM’s and GM’s walked down the aisle to, I used what I walked down the aisle to in Jamaica to bring a little of the 1st wedding into this one. For the vow renewal, I walked down the aisle to “Liz on top of the world” from Pride and Prejudice. It’s the small details that make things special to me.
Our centerpieces were 4 feet tall with glowing teal LED lights inside. When the sun went down the mansion lit up like a night club! It was so romantic! Our sweatheart table in the back of the room. My Mom made cute Groom and Bride signs for our chairs.
We had an amazing candy buffet that was so much fun!! There were metallic teal carry out boxes with thank you tags printed by the designer who did our invitations. Just beautiful is all I kept thinking. she made the sign for me as well, so cute!!
And then came our grand entrance! I loved the staircase and really wanted to showcase it so the bridal party came in to an annoucement with “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News playing (from Back to the Future, keeping up with our light undertone of movie theme). Notice the ceiling??? I had planned on peacock feathers and had no idea that the mansion had one hand painted on the ceiling from the 1920’s! Once I toured the venue and looked up and saw it, I knew that was where the wedding was meant to be.
All I was thinking of in the picture was “Ok, smile and don’t fall down the stairs!!!” The Manolo’s are 4 1/4 inch’s high!!!