**CassandraJL's wedding RECAP! Finally**

So its been 10 days since the wedding (July 11), but its been crazy around here so I'm finally posting my recap now.


Be forewarned: its LONG. I graduated in journalism and I work as a reporter- I write. thats what I do. If you choose not to read it all, I wont be offended. i'm just so excited and where else can I share!? ;) Feel free to scroll through just to the pictures!- they're on both pages.


Weeks leading up to the wedding: DH’s parents and aunt and uncle and two groomsmen came to the US for the first time. They stayed with us at my parents' 2-bedroom house. DH and I slept on an air mattress, as did my parents, so his aunt and unlce and mom and dad could sleep in beds.


Rehearsal dinner (the Friday before the Sunday wedding): Ended up going with American themed- since it was most of the gutests first time in America and it was right after 4th of July so décor was cheap and easy to find, lol. I got teary when walking down the aisle with my dad. Gave everyone our gifts– everyone loved them, made us feel pretty good. Only thing missing was that the pastor couldn’t be there cause he didn't arrive until the next day- he flew in from New York to officiate the wedding.


Day before the wedding: we had an hour –ONE HOUR- to set up at the reception hall. The guys built the photobooth right then and there and we set up the best we could with decorations, centerpieces, bar things, etc. Night before the wedding: The pastor came in from new york. My parents picked him up from the airport and drove him to the hotel because DH and I were tending to other things. So we took the pastor out to eat for dinner so he could get to know Matthias and catch up with us- I haven’t seen him since I was 13 years old. As wonderful as Pastor John is, he’s eccentric and talks A LOT, lol. So our dinner lasted- ohhh, two hours longer than planned. After the dinner, we went back to his hotel room to go over the ceremony in detail since he wasn’t able to make it to the rehearsal/ dinner. After going over all that, he realized he had forgotten to bring dress shoes. Soo, it as 10 pm at this point (we had wanted to be in bed by 9) and we had to bring him all the way back to my parents house where he tried on DH and my dad and FIL’s shoes till he found a pair that would work for him. He stayed for a while (remember- he likes to talk) and then we had to bring him back to the hotel. DH and I didn’t get home until 11:30 and we were EXHUASTED but we still had the print the programs (couldn’t finalize that until the ceremony was finalized with the pastor). So we were up till about 1 am doing that- and still weren’t done so we decided to finish early in the AM.

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:09 am
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Uh am I the only one that has the top part as a bunch of gibberish?


Its fine now.

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:10 am
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My screen looks fine.  Reading now.

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:12 am
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Day of: We got up bright and early (after sleeping on the freaking air mattress!) and I took a shower, got dressed in my “getting ready clothes” and packed everything we needed for the ceremony into the car. My mom and I picked up one of my BMs and a photog-in-training who had flown in from Missouri so they didn’t have a car. Then we went to the salon where my hairdresser works. (My hairdresser is also the mother of my junior BM and flower girls).


We all got our hair and make up done. My mom’s co-worker and her teenage daughter came and did our make up! Turned out really well. At noon we had to leave because we could get into the reception hall at 12:30 to set up/finalize everything. (keep in mind, the ceremony starts at 2... 20+minutes away).


Turns out, FI was late there because in the process of picking up another guest to tag along with us, the CAR RAN OUT OF GAS!


Well, the guys all met us there, but then FIL forgot the camera/computer for the photobooth. So my dad and my FIL and DH’s uncle got in the car and drove all the way back home (40 minutes) to get it and came back.


At the reception site, the girls and I (and our amazing photog put down her camera and helped- HUGE help!) set up the candy buffet, centerpieces, cake table, table numbers, bathroom baskets, bar, etc. and we were super rushed because the ceremony started at 2 and it was 20 mins away from the reception site.


So the girls didn’t get back to the ceremony site until 40 minutes later than planned- only 10 minutes before the ceremony was supposed to start. I was freaking the heck out because the guys hadn’t even left the reception site yet- how the heck were they going to get ready!? THEN I saw the flowers. This is when I kicked into Bridezilla mode. Ugly ugly ugly- not what I wanted. AND they were late! Photographer calmed me down cause all my girls were everywhere trying to get ready themselves.


We were able to do SOME getting ready pics while we were waiting for the guys (even tho the ceremony as supossed to have started so I was freaking out). I got word the guys were there so we lined up to go in and the guys changed really quickly (didn’t get to give DH his b-pic book either like I wanted to). Everyone was hiding me cause the room’s wall was all windows and DH could have seen me in my dress.


So the ceremony finally started THIRTY minutes late, but it went really well- it was comptletely gorgeous. Matthias was ALL SMILES when he saw me at the end of the aisle, it was so nice to see. After the ceremony, we had originally planned to drive down to the beach and then go to the reception to make an entrance. But nope. Instead we got caught up taking photos at the church so we did that, took some really awesome ones, beautiful church.


Then the bridal party/parents/everyone left and went to the reception hall a little early and photog took us to wait for it---- SEVEN ELEVEN! (get it cause our wedding is 7-11). It was so cool, we took photos there in the parking lot with the 7-11 sign behind us, then we went inside for free slushies, took some more photos, drank our slushies and piled back into the car. (I say piled- you should have seen me in my 10 pound dress try to fit into our little Saturn!! HAHA).


We drove to the reception, called our bridal party out and we all walked in together as my friend-DJ announced us.


We did a polish trdition of breaking bread with his parents and dipping it in salt at the start of the reception after we walked in. The reception went perfectly- so beautiful. It was right on the dock and although I didn’t see any, I heard plenty of ppl saw dolphins right outside.


The photobooth and candy buffet were both huge hits- everyone LOVED them! We ended up buying MORE than enough alcohol (we originally didn’t think we had bought enough) so it was basically an open bar which our guests enjoyed. We kind of did everything out of order because no one stayed sitting down like at a normal wedding (LOL) so we just kind of mingled a lot, did our first dance and toasts when we felt like it, forgot to bring our father/daughter mother./son dance songs so we just played one song and all 4 of us danced to it. We cut the cake early just so my grandpa could see it- he had to come in a wheelchair (broke my heart to see him looking so weak) and he had to leave cause he wasn’t feeling well. Overall, it all went really well and we had so much fun.


After the reception, the bridal party walked over to the beach at sunset. (little did I know, the guests all left too so everyone else started breaking down/cleaning up- we came back and it was over- haha!) We hd to cross the street and everyone was honking and we walked down out by my favorite little beach pavilion/bar area and people were clapping and so ecited for us.


We did some incredible photos, except this is where I was kissing DH for a photo and my knee gave out. We heard a POP POP POP and I collapsed- luckily right into DH’s arms. It swelled up like a balloon and I could barely walk but the adrenaline of the stress of the night got me through it.


We got back to the reception after doing some photos and we helped cleaned up and pack the cars and actually DH and I were the last ones to leave. We drove down to the hotel in Reddington beach (me still in my dress packed into our little satrurn lol) and checked into our room.


It was a beautiful day and I couldn’t have made it happen with out the help and love of PW!

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:13 am
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Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:17 am
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Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:21 am
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Wow sounds like even though you were worried certain things, it came out to be beautiful! You looked stunning :)

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:21 am
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Wowza! You look gorgeous! Still reading... :)

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:21 am
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Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:23 am
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Congrats MRS, you look gorgeous! :D

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:24 am
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I love all the details you wrote! Its so helpful to hear what everyone does and how you feel and what happened and then see the amazing pictures!! You wedding looks like a smashing successs and you looked so lovely with your ringlet curls!!!! Pink Power and cheers to the new MRS :D

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:25 am
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Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:26 am
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Congrats! You deserved a beautiful day after all the pre-wedding dress.
Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:32 am
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SO pretty!  Love the candy buffet!!!!  Plus, you looked amazing- congrats!

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:36 am
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Awesome recap Cassandra!  Lots of things don't go the way we plan them, but everything stills ends up amazing!!!  Again, Ouch abour your knee.  Hope it's doing much better.

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:37 am
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Everything looks great!!!! Congrats!

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:38 am
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You looked beautiful!!! Congrats!

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:42 am
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You looked beautiful!!!


I love your card box and your candy buffet. Super cute! :)

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:50 am
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Love your card box! 


Sorry your knee gave out but Congrats!

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:57 am
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Beautiful!!! What a great re-cap! Thanks for the pictures.

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 8:00 am
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you look beautiful!!!! i love the beach pics!!

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 8:05 am
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