LauraSweet

WEDDING DATE:

Jun 12, 2010

I am a long-time PW bride turned Community Coordinator. I <3 PW!
LauraSweet

My Wedding Day

     

    I had originally planned on wearing a white flower in my hair, but I misplaced it the week before the wedding.  When I mentioned to my sister that I was considering a veil, she offered to let me borrow hers.  It was very simple.  I tried it, and I loved it!

    I styled my own hair the day of the wedding, and my sister had a bit of a hard time getting the veil to hold firmly in place.  We finally got it in place and I really felt like a bride.

    Getting Ready photo 1 Getting Ready photo 2

    Holding my shoes and feeling a little nervous....it was almost time!...

    Getting Ready photo 3

    Touching up my lipstick...

    Getting Ready photo 4

    My mom helped me with my earrings...

    Getting Ready photo 5 Getting Ready photo 6

    A moment to reflect on the excitement of being a bride...

    Getting Ready photo 7


     

     

    Todd and I got married at Camp Loucon, a Christian camp that was the perfect spot for our rustic outdoor wedding.....

    Our Ceremony photo 1

    It was a little off the beaten path, but the scenery was beautiful....

    Our Ceremony photo 2

    Despite a forecast of thunderstorms, the weather was beautiful (but hot!) all day at our little outdoor chapel...

    Our Ceremony photo 3

    Our personalized water bottles (not pictured) and DIY program fans helped guests beat the heat....

    Our Ceremony photo 4

    Our photo guestbook...

    Our Ceremony photo 5

    We kept the decorations to a minimum because the rustic little space already had so much charm...

    Our Ceremony photo 6

    When the heat index went over 100 degrees, the guys made the decision to ditch their jackets, and I didn't complain one bit...

    Our Ceremony photo 7

    My sister, my father, my son, and I arrived at the ceremony in this beautiful horse-drawn carriage (a wedding gift from some of my family)...

    Our Ceremony photo 8

    And my handsome son walked me down the aisle and gave me away...

    Our Ceremony photo 9

    We had been waiting for this moment for so long and it was finally here...

    Our Ceremony photo 10

    This is where we became a family...

    Our Ceremony photo 11

    The ceremony was beautiful and meaningful, and I was totally in the moment...

    Our Ceremony photo 12

    And then the big kiss...

    Our Ceremony photo 13

    And now we're husband and wife...

    Our Ceremony photo 14

    And we rode away in our carriage, happy as can be...

    Our Ceremony photo 15

     


     

     

    We took a few moments to ourselves immediately after the ceremony.  I love these pictures!

    The New Mr and Mrs photo 1

    The New Mr and Mrs photo 2

    The New Mr and Mrs photo 3

    The New Mr and Mrs photo 4

    The New Mr and Mrs photo 5

    The New Mr and Mrs photo 6

    The New Mr and Mrs photo 7

    The New Mr and Mrs photo 8

     


     

    We kept the wedding party very small.  My son Landon, my sister Kristin, and Todd's best friend Mac.  Plus the bride and groom, of course.  =)

    The Wedding Party photo 1 The Wedding Party photo 2

    The Wedding Party photo 3

    The Wedding Party photo 4 The Wedding Party photo 5

     


       

       

      Our toasting flutes from Things Remembered.  Todd picked these out all by himself.  :) .......

      Reception Details photo 1

      My amazing aunt who arranged our flowers:

      Reception Details photo 2

      One of my DIY pomanders, which were hanging in the windows at the reception:

      Reception Details photo 3

      Paper lanterns borrowed from my sister after she used them in her wedding last year:

      Reception Details photo 4

      I found these adorable napkins at Marshalls and just had to have them for our cake table:

      Reception Details photo 5

      Bamboo utensil holder that I found at Dollar Tree.  What a steal!...

      Reception Details photo 6

      Cream cheese mints made by Todd's mom...yum!...

      Reception Details photo 7

      This amazing guestbook quilt was a gift made by one of Todd's aunts.  It is so gorgeous and everybody loved it!...

      Reception Details photo 8

      Some of our flowers...

      Reception Details photo 9

      Reception Details photo 10

      Reception Details photo 11

      The overall look of the room...

      Reception Details photo 12

      I love this picture taken from the back deck, looking into the reception room...

      Reception Details photo 13

       


       

       

      We decided BBQ was just right for our laid-back reception.  We had carryout catering from a nearby BBQ restaurant.  We started off with fresh fruits & veggies, pasta salad, coleslaw, and a relish tray.  Then we moved on to the main event.  In case you can't read the menu below, we had:

      BBQ Chicken, Pork, & Mutton

      Green Beans with New Potatoes

      Macaroni and Cheese

      Baked Apples

      Rolls & Cornbread Muffins

      The Food photo 1 The Food photo 2

      The Food photo 3 The Food photo 4The Food photo 5

       


       

       

      Our cake table was filled with homemade cakes (german chocolate, butter pecan, mandarin orange, apple walnut oatmeal, coconut lemon, chocolate raspberry) with a simple 2-tier wedding cake (white with raspberry filling and my homemade buttercream) topped with my DIY birdie cake topper.  We also had a fantastic armadillo grooms cake that was red velvet inside to give it the "bleeding armadillo grooms cake" effect, like in the movie Steel Magnolias.  Everything was delicious!

      (The mandarin orange cake hadn't arrived yet when this pic was taken.)

      Our Cakes photo 1 Our Cakes photo 3

      Our Cakes photo 4 Our Cakes photo 5

      Our Cakes photo 2 Our Cakes photo 6

      Our Cakes photo 7

      The Bleeding Armadillo Grooms Cake (inspired by the movie Steel Magnolias):

      Our Cakes photo 8 Our Cakes photo 9

      Our Cakes photo 10 Our Cakes photo 11

       


       

       

      Since our wedding and reception were held at a summer camp, we thought a S'mores station would make the perfect touch!  (We did these in lieu of favors.)

      We used 2 tabletop fire bowls that we found on clearance at WalMart for $25 each.  And we used graham crackers, marshmallows, and mini Hershey's chocolate bars.  Oh, and wooden skewers that we had soaked in water to keep them from burning so fast.

      The S'mores station was a big hit!

      S mores photo 1 S mores photo 2

      S mores photo 3 S mores photo 4

      S mores photo 5 S mores photo 6

       


       

       

      My husband loves tractors.  Especially John Deere tractors.  So when we discovered that a friend of the family actually has a little farm and John Deere tractor mini-museum, we knew it would make a perfect spot for pictures.  We planned to go before the ceremony, but I was running behind, so these got pushed to the end of the day.  We were so hot and half of my makeup had melted off by this point, but I still love these pictures!

      Down on the Farm photo 1 Down on the Farm photo 2

      Down on the Farm photo 3 Down on the Farm photo 4

      Down on the Farm photo 5

      Down on the Farm photo 6

       

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