2010bride2bee Wedding RECAP!!! Best.Night.of.My.Life!
Saturday was the best night of my life. I truly married my best friend. Neither of us has a single nervous moment. We were as ready as can be.
The day started with my hair appointment which I thought was a little too early but it worked out just right. Hair, then make up, then back to the hotel and by the time I answered a million phone calls and texts from family and friends that were all over the hotel....we had enough time to quickly exchange wedding gifts before I changed into my dress in time for the trolley ride around the city for photos. Matt was determined to take care of my "something blue"...and boy did he do great!! I don't have a photo just yet but they were a beautiful pair of sapphire and diamond pave drop earrings. I LOVE them...
So, my sister/MOH laced up my dress and my cousin/bridesmaid gave me a gift of a six pence for inside my shoe. So cute! We finished up and then had Matt meet us in the hotel lobby for our first look photo! From there we hopped on the trolley waiting for us outside and rode over to New Castle, NH. What a gorgeous little historic area settled in 1623! I already knew I loved our photographer, but when she had me hiking onto giant rocks overlooking the water in my wedding dress and a pair of manolo's I knew we had made the right choice!! By the time we finished up it was time for us all to be dropped off at the venue to do formal shots and wait for the ceremony on site.
After all the photos were done we had about 25 minutes before the ceremony started. We hung out on the back patio of the country club where our cocktail hour was too be held. Matt and I sat back in some chairs overlooking the golf course laughing and joking and chatting with our wedding party. My day of coordinator said that "never in 20 years has she seen a bride and groom so relaxed." We really were. No worries, no last minute jitters, no bridezilla moments. My sister walked around freaking out, checking on everything and panicking. I kept telling her to calm down and everythign would be fine and that something was going to go wrong at some point and it was better to accept it now and just let it go. That's right, I was trying to calm her down. lol
The ceremony went off without a hitch, right on schedule. It was beautiful, we included a rock ceremony and many of our guests thought it was great and were very intrigued and impressed with that. At one point I looked down and saw a big ugly bug on my arm...looked like a cricket. So...I slapped my arm during the ceremony! Ha. Everyone got a good laugh at that. If that wasn't enough, a bee was buzzing around the entire bridal party and landed on the side of Matt's head. I contemplated slapping it off, but I figured slapping the groom in the head during the ceremony was not the best course of action. Luckily, he flew away! Phew.
We joined everyone during the cocktail hour after a few more photos. It was hard to get around to everyone, but everyone was very happy with the food and we were getting such nice compliments on the ceremony. An hour later (which felt like 2 minutes later to us) we made our entrance into the reception and walking into that room was the most amazing feeling. Everything looked beautiful. The uplights really MADE the room! The candy bar looked exactly how I had set it up at home. It was all PERFECT. Matt and I were too nervous about our first dance to eat. Literally we sat through the first two courses of dinner without touching a thing...when the main course was served we took a few bites and went out to visit all of our guest tables. When we were called onto the dance floor I think we both were so sick to our stomachs, but surprisingly once the music started we just went with it and the song was over before we were ready for it to be I think! A few of our guests even asked if we had taken dance lessons - so I don't think it could have been that bad - all that stress for nothing.
The freakin' candy buffet was the biggest hit EVER. When the DJ announced it was open there was a huge line and everytime I looked over throughout the night there was someone standing there filling up! The candy cigarettes and the rock candy may have been the biggest hits...the giant pixie sticks and ring pops were not far behind. Everyone LOVED it from kids to grandparents! Oh, speaking of kids....the little kids buckets I filled with glow bracelets, silly bands, a puzzle game, activity book and crayons was a big hit as well!
The dance floor was a little less packed then I had hoped for, but the last hour that changed and we were all dancing and singing until closing. My only regret is that the day flew by. I literally felt like after dinner the party was over. The trolley ride home was fun, we jammed out to old 70/80's tunes and sang the whole way. We went straight to a bar down the street...wedding dress and all.
We had so many laughs that night....I truly married my best friend on Saturday and I've never been so sure of anything until I stood there exchanging vows in front of our family and friends. I wish I could do it again and again.
Thank you to all of you for your ideas, help and support.
Oh and did I mention, we had the most beautiful weather ever. 70 and sunny....it was absolutely perfect.
Here are a few photos from our guests and one teaser from our photographer:
Boo...all these pics look sort of blurry and small....