Our (1st) wedding story (slideshow/pics inside!)


Hey ladies!!  Sorry I've been MIA the last few days, just been crrrrrazy busy, what with wedding #1 two days ago, and wedding #2 coming up in *gasp* four days!!!!!!



Just wanted to give you all a little report on our impromptu wedding-in-the-park on Sunday.  For those who missed my thread about it, FH's (er... I mean, DH's) parents found at the last minute they'd be unable to go to Vegas with us for the wedding... they didn't want to miss out on seeing their son get married, and he was understanbly sad they wouldn't be there... so in a matter of 6 days, we put together a very simple, intimate ceremony.


Right away, our friends were right there helping us... it was amazing.  We had not one, but TWO photographers, as well as an acoustic guitarist.  A friend of mine also had a beautiful bouquet of red roses made for me...


Since I wanted to reserve my gown for the Vegas wedding, I had been on the hunt for a simple white cotton sundress (not an easy thing to find in late September, even in Florida!), but literally about 5 hours prior to the ceremony, I managed to find a really cute white cotton dress with black piping, and it fit perfect.  Since it has sort of a retro feel to it, I followed that theme in my hair and makeup, setting my hair in loose curls, pinned on one side with a red rose, and then pin-up style makeup (courtesy of our local MAC counter).


We had the ceremony scheduled for 6:00 p.m... when we awoke Sunday morning, it was pouring.  It rained steadily most of the day, then finally tapered off mid-afternoon, in time to dry up a bit before the wedding.  We chose a spot under some big, old oaks, dripping with Spanish moss, with the river as our backdrop.  The friend who would have been my MoH actually performed the ceremony; while we didn't want to write our own vows, I did want vows that were more contemporary and representative of our personalities... I put together the ceremony from bits and pieces of several vows I found online, and we also incorporated a "warming of the rings" into it (rather than a sand ceremony or a unity candle).


Prior to the ceremony, as we waited for DH's parents to arrive, friends kept appearing... and more... and more!  By the time the ceremony began, we had some 18 friends there (a few more joined us at dinner afterward).  It was just amazing... absolutely heart-warming that so many of our friends were able to come together to celebrate with us on such short notice.


The ceremony went off without a hitch (as busy as the park was, I was worried we'd have lookie-loos, or people invading our space, but everyone was very respectful of our little group).  Following the ceremony, we did more photos (including goofy group shots with our friends) and then quite literally JUST as we walked back to the car, a light rain came... .it held off JUST long enough for our ceremony.


Following the ceremony, we all had dinner at a little local bistro.  It was just perfect... we had a warm, intimate space, which allowed us time to visit with each of our guests individually, as well as spend plenty of time with DH's family.


It was truly just a perfect, perfect day... there's nothing I would have changed at all (except to have my parents there, but since we'll see them at Wedding #2, it's okay)....  We've gotten so many compliments from our friends on just how beautiful it was (and everyone LOVED the warming of the rings... they'd never heard of it before!)


Here's a preview of the first set of pics (I should have the 2nd set later today).


http://www.flickr.com/photos/neeandchris/sets/72157607434620959/show/

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 5:57 am
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WMforever
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oh neebs! congratulations! you're right, everything was so endearing! thanks for sharing good luck on your upcoming plans!

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 6:05 am
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congrats!  one down, one to go!

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 6:18 am
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Your dress was so cute for this intimate wedding! Can't wait to see how #2 turns out!

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 6:26 am
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very nice!!!

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 6:30 am
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lovely!!  it was so nice and intimate!  :)  congratulations :)  you guys look very happy!

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 6:36 am
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ah man...i can't see the pics at work!  but congratulations anyway!!  the ceremony sounds perfectly intimate and special and i can't wait to see the pics when i get home!  good luck with round two in a few days!! :)

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 6:39 am
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congratulations! It sounds like it was a perfect little ceremony. I love your dress, love your hair, love the flowers. LOVE the motorcycling book that your MOH is holding. ;-) I would have loved to have a small wedding like that.


Congrats again and have a wonderful time at wedding #2!

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 7:48 am
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Congratulations!  You have the most beautiful smile :)

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 7:49 am
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Neebs. Congrats doll. You looked so pretty. I love the dress, the flower and your hair. Very vintage looking. :0)

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 8:02 am
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congratulations!  you look beautiful. 


i love that park!  i used to live half a mile from there and would read the sunday paper there.


 

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 8:10 am
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You look great! Loving the pop of red in your hair! You day looks fabulous, you both look so happy! I can't wait to see the rest! =o)

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 8:13 am
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:D  thank you ladies... Oh I can't wait to get the second batch of pics.  Both photogs that day are friends from work, so the other friend was going through the pics on her laptop over lunch today... OMG, she got some AMAZING shots... (she's going through and retouching before she gives them to me)  EEEEEEEE... makes me so happy just seeing them.. .brings back all the excitement of the day.  :)

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 8:23 am
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neebs!!  so touching - you can see the emotion in all the pics! and i love that the vows are being read "from" a motorcycle magazine!! verrrry nice touch =)

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 8:34 am
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Looks great! The red flowers, the water, very beautiful setting. Congratulations!

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 9:08 am
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*tee hee*


The friend who married us was just married a few years ago (and a friend married THEM as well)... they're both rider coaches (as is my husband) and they own a motorcycle training school.  So they had their vows "read" from a motorycle magazine that featured both of their (then) bikes on the cover.


So she asked us what we wanted her to hold the vows in, and DH came up with that book -- that was my introduction to motorcycle education; he gave it to me our first Christmas together... so it's fitting because it's MC related, but also because it was a gift from him.  :)

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 9:09 am
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Congratulations!  I, too, love weddings where you can see/feel the personality of the couple!

Posted on September 24, 2008 at 3:01 am
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Congrats Neeb, You look so BEAUTIFUL  & everything looked so intimate. I'm glad the rain gave enought time for your ceremony. Cant wait to see more of wedding #1 & then #2

Posted on September 25, 2008 at 1:22 pm
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neebs I wanted to post earlier but have been running around like crazy, so beautiful, you two look so happy!!!

Posted on September 25, 2008 at 3:14 pm
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it was beautiful, impromptu and all!  the dress you picked looked awesome on you, and i love the natural lighting outside...the overcast made your red roses pop for sure.  we're all looking forward to seeing the vegas wedding pics!

Posted on September 25, 2008 at 3:30 pm
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awww!  you looked so stunning and happy... i <3 the hair flower.  and just think.... you get to do it all again soon!  how romantic :)

Posted on September 25, 2008 at 4:12 pm
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