Luckysbride: Wedding Recap Part 1
Hello my beautiful PW girls!! Ohhh how I've missed you!!
Well I'm officially a MRS!! I'm over the moon excited!
Our wedding weekend was amazing! We arrived at Della Terra Mountain Chateau Estes Park around 12:30 on Friday, where I promptly put together 40 welcome baskets (I will forever battle procrastination!) Luckily I had 2 bridesmaids, their husbands, and my mom to help...we knocked it out in 20 minutes...It was amazing! By the time I greeted everyone who was staying at the chateau it was time to start getting ready for the rehearsal and dinner. The rehearsal went perfect...complete with laughter and tears. I was surprised how emotional I was just for the rehearsal...definitely cried a little when my grandpa and I walked down the aisle. The rehearsal lasted all of 30 minutes...It was perfect because everyone was starving! The rehearsal dinner was right after rehearsal so we were all off to Twin Owls Steakhouse for some good food and more laughs.
Twin Owls was great!! I couldn't tell you enough great things about them! Food was amazing, wait staff was great...you could really tell everyone had a good time. After dinner was over me and my bridesmaids went back to Della Terra to finish some last minute details (procrastination sneaks up again). I'm a control freak and had to set up the escort cards a certain way, and have the table numbers facing a certain way, and the favors sitting a certain way....all of which no one even noticed...so please ladies don't fret about those things the night before your wedding! After chatting it up with the girls I went to bed around 11:30 (which I was pretty impressed with).
Saturday morning came early!! But in true bridal form I was the first one up chatting with the chateau employees and eating breakfast when everyone else started to wake up. Hair started fairly early for the bridesmaids…8:00. I started my hair at 10:00 and by 12:15 we were all ready to go! We took pictures from 12:15 – 1:30…outside in the freakin’ cold! I’m sure once I get pictures back you’ll be able to see our lips turning blue and goosebumps on our arms! BUT I’ll have some beautiful snow covered mountain top photos!! We were out the door and on our way to Estes Park United Methodist Church by 1:45. When I got to the church that’s when the “nerves” started kicking in. At this point I knew that I had planned all I could and that from here on out I had to just let go. That was the hardest part…for me. As I waited in my little church library with my BM’s and photog…I actually felt alone. It was just me and my thoughts (and you can tell in some of the non-pros). I highly recommend zoning everyone out…take some deep breaths, and just take in the moment. The next thing I knew the music was playing…big thanks to MountainBride and her group…and it was “that time”. My grandpa and I were left in our little library alone as the BM’s lined up outside. At that moment I had never been surer about anything then I was about marrying Chris (DH). I remember looking over at my grandpa and saying I love you…he just looked at me and nodded which I think is because if he would have opened his mouth he would have started crying. I heard my cue and it was time to go. As we walked out of the room my focus went directly DH. I was too excited, nervous, and happy to care about anyone else in the room. It was me and him as I walked with my grandpa down the aisle. From the time I got to the end of the aisle to the time DH and I walked by down the aisle as husband and wife is a little blurry. I know now that my adorable FG didn’t make it down the aisle, my aunt chickened out and only read one of her 2 readings…and DH said “oh shit” when he was lighting the unity candle because the candle almost fell out of the holder (we heard that on the video that FIL took). All of those things didn’t matter because for the entire ceremony it was just DH and I…it’s a miracle I was able to repeat my vows…that’s how in tuned I was to DH.
After the ceremony it was picture time again…so the entire wedding party ventured outside one more time to brave the fridged temps.
To be continued…