How we met
We are having a very large wedding on October 10, 2009- around 500 people. I wouldn't do it any other way. We both want all of our friends and family there to celebrate the big day!
We are getting married at my hometown Lutheran church in MN. I think it is a beautiful church-- and it holds over 500, which we need! :) I can't find any pictures of the church but trust me, it is a beauty. We are having an afternoon wedding with a cocktail hour afterwards and then dinner at 6 pm. Dancing will follow dinner. Our reception venue is in the process of being built but this is an "in progress" picture. It is a brand new golf club and it is supposed to be very nice! We toured the progress this past weekend, and it really is going to be pretty awesome! Can't wait to see the final product.
The wedding party consists of 7 attendants for each of us, 2 flowergirls, 2 ring bearers, and 4 ushers.
Our colors are dark brown and pink (at this point there will be light pink and fuschia)
This is my dress- Maggie Sottero- Charmaine
Side View- love the beading on the side.
This is the BM dress and she is wearing the shoes too. We are getting them shortened to be 1 inch from the bottom of the knee. and they are strapless- the straps are her bra straps. :)
These will be dark brown (same shoe as mine, only mine are fuschia)
This is the front-- there is some beading on the top that you can't really see.
The back- the ribbon will be dark brown
These are the shoes I would like for the 2 flower girls but Target also has them in white with pink sparkles.
I will add to this as we make more decisions but so far we know that my aunt and uncle will be singing 2 songs that they transformed in to duets.
1. "Longer by Dan Fogelberg
2. "Annie's Song" by John Denver
My aunt will probably also sing "The Rose" by herself-- love that song!
It is a wrap style invite. This is what it looks like closed. Our names will be printed on the pink stripe in the middle.
This is what it looks like opened up. All of the insert cards on the right will be the same white as the invite but you get the idea.
Thanks to our good friend for creating them!
I love how these turned out! FI had the idea but I actually created them with one of our engagement pics. They will be in the mail this week!!
My mom and I decided on 2 of the 3 different centerpieces:
We will use this for about 1/3 of the tables. The flowers will be a lighter pink and they will all be the same flower but you get the idea:
This will be on another 1/3 of the tables. There will be a few more branches in the vase and we will also be using the same fabric as above underneath the vase:
These paper mache balls are another centerpiece that I would like but I'm not sure yet.
We found out that we can only have white tableclothes so that is why we are having the brown fabric in the center. Probably pink napkins??
I will add more info as we finalize it!
We just met with a florist yesterday and she was great! We are still waiting to see what the cost will be but this is what we came up with.
My bouquet will consist of Asiatic Lilies (pink), calla lilies (white/pink) and a few filler flowers- Alstromerias (pinks). I am going to have a laced up white ribbon covering the stems (laced up like the back of my dress :)) I am not having a very large bouquet with lots of greens. Just the simple stems.
The BMs bouquets will be similar to mine only smaller and no calla lilies. They will also have the laced up ribbon in light pink and dark pink.
The boutonniere will be a calla lily with the alstromeria as a filler. The groom's stems will have a white ribbon, groomsmen will have a light pink and dark pink ribbon, the ushers will have a dark pink ribbon, and the dad's will have a light pink ribbon. I can't remember for sure but I think they will all be pretty similar besides the ribbons.
The mom's and flower girls will have wrist corsages with an Asiatic lily and a few of the alstromeria.
All other "servicy" people will have a more simple corsage with a pink rose and the alstromeria (gotta go cheaper on them. :))
There will also be 2 large vases of flowers on the altar consisting of calla lilies, Asiatic lilies, and alstromeria. It is hard to explain but everything sounds like it will be beautiful.
Here are some pics of the types of flowers:
Since we have such a large wedding party, we decided to rent a coach bus to haul us around in between the ceremony and the reception. The bus will also shuttle guests back to the hotels throughout the night so it works out pretty slick! No body needs to worry about drinking and driving.