- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2015
Despite the fire alarm waking us up the night before the wedding, we woke up excited and ready to start the day. We had breakfast together, and then my brother + 3 of my bridesmaids picked me up and we drove to the venue. Cue hilarious clown-car photos of the girls in the back with my dress in their laps. We relaxed at the venue in the bridal suite and watched everything start coming together with decorations. The very best money we spent on the entire process was hiring a wedding planner with full scale services, so she took care of decorations, coordination, and managed the whole day. We snacked, had prosecco, and got our hair and makeup done when the crew arrived. My groom had his party meet him at our hotel suite for bbq and a football game, and then migrated over to the venue to get ready. He had a groomsgirl, and I had a bridesguy. She’s a good friend of mine too, so she got ready with us for hair/makeup and then switched over to join the men when they arrived. My guy got there around the same time as the others, so he came to stay with us. His boyfriend, as well as one of my reader’s FIs (who came from England) also hung out in our suite. It was a bustling but really joyful room. We did a first look, which I couldn’t recommend more. It was such a fun, emotional, special moment that put us both at ease and even built the ceremony anticipation more. Plus, as we were running tight on time after the ceremony, we got bonus joint pictures we might not have gotten later. We wrote the ceremony ourselves, and it was co-officiated by his father (a retired pastor) and one of my childhood close friends (a Rabbinical student). It was deeply meaningful and full of tears. When his dad started to lose it, the entire audience lost it along with us. We kept our vows secret, and that provided so many lovely moments. We did a wine ceremony as our unity ceremony (while we poured/drank, my brother played Iron and Wine’s version of “Such Great Heights” and my bff read a passage from Les Mis), and we also signed our ketubah during the ceremony.
The reception was right after. One great thing our caterer did was bring a tray of apps down to the lawn to us during photos. Of course, I didn’t actually eat them because chimichurri + smiling pictures = no, but everyone down there appreciated it. We included as many personal touches as possible. Our initial inspiration was the light, color, and joy in the Lumineers “Ho Hey” music video. Our program, drawn by DH’s (eeeek!) sister, was a riff on Empire Strikes back, with elements of Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Superman, and our dog. His groom’s cake was an entirely edible Daily Planet. My drink was The Princess Bride and his was The Scruffy Nerfherder. We incorporated “I love you”-“I know” into our vows. We spent a year creating a wedding trailer which introduced us. It was 10 minutes long, and started with our favorite dance scenes in movies, and then all of our favorite love scenes and quotes. It was a huge hit, and we were glad the labor of love paid off! We had a live jazz band and then created a playlist for during the breaks. DH and I danced to Jeep’s Blues, my Dad and I danced to Johnny B. Goode (he taught me how to dance to Back to the Future), and DH and his Mom danced to Your Song. Our dinner was served family style, and was absolutely incredible. One of my very favorite things we did was have everyone leave for the sparkler exit, leaving us to dance alone to our last song- New York, New York. The pictures of just us on the floor are some of my favorite, especially because at that point we both just absolutely lost it and were happy sobbing into each other’s shoulders. I wasn’t planning on a sparkler exit, but DH negotiated it with our venue package, and I have to admit, as trendy as it is, damn the pictures are so fun.
Ok, enough with the talk, on to the loads of photos I can’t choose between!