- 7 months ago
My husband (eee!!) and I got married on April 20th, 2019 and it was absolutely perfect!! Even though a few little things went wrong, it felt like the best wedding day we ever could have imagined.
We stayed the night together at the hotel the night before and I’m so glad we did. It was lovely to be able to wake up together & see each other before the craziness started. I got my hair done at a salon with my bridesmaids, mom, and Mother-In-Law, and then we headed over to the reception venue where the makeup artist did our makeup onsite. She was such a lovely presence to spend the morning with and even brought by her young baby for us to coo over.
I’d had some emotional wobbles with my bridesmaids over the months of planning—it’s very odd to have your friendships suddenly thrust into predetermined roles laden with expectation. But on the day, I was so happy I had my sister and two of my oldest friends there with me. We had so much fun hanging out in the bridal suite and they helped keep me calm and were just so excited for me! It was lovely.
My husband and I chose not to do a first look, so we each took pictures separately before the wedding at the ceremony site: a local azalea garden in full bloom. It was an unseasonably chilly and windy day, but no rain was predicted. Nonetheless, as we finished up our pictures, I started to feel the first few rain drops! We rushed to hide me huddled behind a staircase so that the groom wouldn’t see me before the ceremony. Sure enough it was drizzling! I tried not to panic as everyone assured me that the radar showed a break in the rain right as our ceremony was due to start. The rain let up, our fantastic wedding coordinator rushed around with paper towels for the guests to wipe off their seats, and it was time to get married!
My dad walked me down the aisle while our string duo played Elvis’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” but honestly I barely remember it because I was so overwhelmed by seeing all of our loved ones and my husband waiting for me at the end of the aisle. Our officiant read a lovely, personalized ceremony all about how we met & fell in love, but her sound system went out! She had to project her voice for the entire thing, but it was still beautiful. Our videographer captured her entire speech too, so thankfully we’ll have a record of it. My husband was worried he would break down while saying his vows but he did it beautifully, his voice only catching on the last words. Our officiant had to reach up & wipe a tear from my cheek near the end of our ceremony, but I mostly kept it together too!
We were so overjoyed and giddy after the ceremony that our photographer captured some great pictures while we enjoyed a few moments alone together. More rain threatened but we managed to get our group shots and plenty of other photos both in the gardens and downtown near our reception venue. Our photographer was this kind, quietly funny guy who was a great person to spend our wedding day with.
Our reception was at a historic renovated ballroom on the top floor of a building downtown. We enjoyed circulating and talking to all our guests during cocktail hour, and after that even managed to sit down & eat a full dinner! We had braised short ribs and also a taco station, and it all turned out delicious. We also had signature cocktails named after our two cats, which were a hit with everyone! We had taken dance lessons beforehand and during our first dance, to Ed Sheeran’s Tenerife Sea, I felt like we were floating. I’d been a little worried about how many people would dance, but I didn’t need to. Our DJ had practically the entire wedding on the floor the whole night, and it was SO much fun watching my husband’s college friends dancing with my little cousins, and my mom dancing with his aunts. By the time we made our sparkler exit, we felt so full of love and well wishes—it was incredible.
We’ve gotten a few preview photos back already, here’s one of my favorites! I can’t wait to keep reliving the day as we get more photos and our videography.