- 7 years ago
We had dinner and before everyone was done I got up and had something special planned for my Mom and for our guests. I originally planned to sing a song to my husband as a surprise during the wedding. I let the DJ, wedding coordinator, and photographer know but when my husband and I had a meeting with the photographer she accidently let it slip. I decided that the guests would probably be getting enough of our love anyway (I mean you can only take so much sappy until you barf, right?!) so I came up with the idea to sing to my mother at the reception instead. She was so suprised!! I sang “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house! Between trying to keep the tears back and my corset it was a struggle for me, but it sounded beautiful and we both have wonderful memories of that moment now.
Something else that was fun was having another change in outfit! My bridcage veil had a detachable fascinator so after we had our grand entrance and let people see the new look, my hairdresser took the birdcage off and left just the fascinator for the rest of the night. I also had 3 pairs of shoes….what? You didn’t actually think i would wear the Manolo’s the whole night, did you? I had flip flops for the downtown photos, purple velvet wedges for the recpetion and dancing, and the blue Manolo’s for pictures. It was really fun!
In the above picture I love their faces! Look at my husband, and his mom and aunt next to him. I loved that other people could feel the emotion in the room. My Mom was a single parent and it was a struggle her whole life to give me what I had. She did an amazing job, and buying her something wasn’t enough to show my appreciation. She loved this moment!
After I sang (and about half of us had a hugging and crying fest) my husband and I cut our beautiful cake! We had 3 flavors: red velvet, rich chocolate cake with peanut butter mouse, and pink chapmagne cake with a strawberry mouse and chocolate ganash filling. They were heavenly!! we cut the cake with my husbands Army sabor (sword), it was so cool!! We cut the cake to “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith, had to have some more rock in there somewhere!
We cut the cake and our bestman and maid of honor made toasts. I won’t bore you with those photos, but they were lovely. Once again…more crying!! My mother-in-law made a beautiful toast as well, we were sorrounded by love.
Then came our first dance. We twirled and laughed to “Never Gonna Be Alone” byNickelback. The hubby loves rock, so we had to have something with strong guitars and drums, I loved it too!! I had the words of the song printed on our programs. It was a great touch. The whole night had an amazing flow to it which I thank our DJ and wedding coordinator for. There was never a dull moment, or time when people thought “ok, what’s next? This is boring.” Everything happened with purpose, at times to keep people involved and energized.
Then before we knew it, it turned into party-central!! All of our friends danced so hard the floors were shaking!
This is one of my favorite pictures of me with my uncles, pure happiness!
It was the most amazing day. I knew all my hard planning and love would show, but it was the guests infusion of love that made our day feel so much more special. I learned many lessons from all that planning, and the most important was to trust my gut and do what I believe in. I had nay-sayers about our theme, what month we had it in, what time of day…but in the end it went just right.
Our guests danced away as my husband and I took a few last photos on the balcony above the main ballroom. It was so amazing to see all of our loved one’s have so much fun. The last song I had played was “I’ll Be Seeing You” from the movie The Notebook. My husband rented a 1940’s style grey limo and that we rode away in, and he took me on a romantic ride around downtown before finally relaxing in a beautiful hotel suite for the weekend.
I must admit as I’m sitting here writting this, listening to our wedding music and re-living all those amazing moments, that a part of me is glad that it’s finally done, but more of me is sad that it’s over. If I could do it all over again I would in a heartbeat. Thanks for sharing in these special moments with me bee’s.