Sep 10, 2011
My wedding day has come and gone and some days I still can't believe it. Spent two years planning and it feels like it was done in a flash. It was the most wonderful day ever!!
Chad and I kept with tradition and did not see eachother until I walked down the aisle. He'll tell you that was easier for me than it was for him, lol. It didn't help that one of our groomsmen didn't show up until 3 minutes before the wedding was set to start...Chad was having minor anxiety, lol.
DH helping DSS with his hair. He looked JUST like a mini-me of Chad!! Too cute.
Nick was the "master tie-er" and tied everyone's tie! Here he's helping one of the ushers.
And then they took a break. (get it? Break? lol)
Don't work too hard there, fellas!
Pre-makeup with my ladies. These girls are the greatest friends someone could ask for! They were so helpful and so willing to be there for me! I love them so much and this day made me realize just how much.
Bridesmaid Britany making me pretty!!
My hair was simple but elegant and I loved it! My hairstylist joked that now it "looks like you have hair!" During the hair trial she was at a loss of what to do because it's so thin. But she worked her magic!! This is us standing around a little waiting.
aaaaaand the dress!! Yes...it did take 4 people to get me in this dress, haha.
Felt soooo pretty!!
So I forgot my garter and my wonderful sister-in-law ran into the house to find it. Then the problem was I couldn't bend over to put it on. Enter Danielle to save the day!
The boys :). Apparently, Chad was having an issue with the color order. Originally, I hadn't paid attention to the color of the ties and the order of the groomsman and I didn't have it in alternating colors. This apparently very much bothered Chad. Seth (groomsman) came in while I was getting make up done to ask if they could switch the order. Lia (bridesmaid) ended up fixing everything for me!
Gotta love family! Chad with our ushers (nephews) JJ and Jordan and dear step-son, Lance.
Poor Lance got just a little bit trampled :( But daddy saved the day!
My wonderful ladies!!!
A little sass ;)
Chad's mom and dad.
My mommy with our ushers!! What strapping young lads, huh?
Mike and Kristin
Ryan (my little brother) and Lia
Seth and Andrea
Nick and Britany
James and Heather
Best Man Jason (Chad's brother) and MOH Hayley (my sister)
Ring bearer (step son) Lance and flower girl (neice) Faith. I had fairy wings for her to wear because that was the look I was going for, however, she gave it a good college-try, but decided she felt a little silly. See, when I asked her if she would do it it was 2 years ago and she was 7. She's now almost 10 and felt a little too old for it. Can't blame her. She did try them on though!
That silly man is my daddy.
I have to explain this face. See those stone steps? Yeah, not so great in heels when you are 7 months pregnant. So as my dad is helping me down he is saying, "so...what if I just let you fall? that would be okay right?" He's lucky I love him...lol!
First time he saw me. Apparently, he had been crying for a while before this. He was also pacing in the driveway before the wedding trying not to throw up. When Nick and Seth got to him on the aisle they both grabbed his butt to make him laugh. What great guys!
very artsy picture of the ceremony set up. Those circle stones were where the bridesmaids were standing so their heels wouldn't dig into the grass. That was my mom's idea. Sometimes, she's a pretty smart cookie :)
That bracelet was borrowed from the sweet and wonderful abjevents85! i got sooooo many complements on it!!!
Hehe. He's telling me i'm pretty :)
Our photographer, Rachel Meyers of Mirror Image Photography, was absolutely amazing!! We nick-named her the Photo-Ninja. The entire day I swear I never knew where she was until i saw a flash! She does amazing work!! If you're in the Wisconsin area hit her up! She's willing to travel and is incredibly affordable and fast. We received our wedding photos within about 3-4 weeks!
So this face is because the entire time she's taking these pictures Nick is saying, "Chad, check my hands! Chad I'm not touching her! Chad, don't get mad!" because it looks like he's holding my butt. He's not...but it was udderly hilarious!
Awwww, he gets all the girls, lol :)
Our wedding shoes! lol!!
WITH THIS RING
Our reception hall is The Taj in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. It's not much to look at from the outside but the inside is MASSIVE: very spacious with a huge dance floor.
This is from the "bar" entrance which will be closed off the night of the reception so we don't get boozing party crashers, lol. The tables, however, will not be these round ones, they will be rectangular.
The bar. The door on to the left of the bar is the enterance guest will be using.
To give you an idea of the massive-ness that is the dance floor
I'll be putting two smaller additional vases with colored water and floaty candles. These are the main Vases. There will also be Ivy around all three vases.
Our tables will not be listed by numbers, but by characters from A Midsummer Night's Dream. In the entrance way we'll have a poster with everyone's name on it and which table they will be at. Here are the name's of the tables:
Puck Peasblossom Oberon Titania Lysander Demetrius Hermia Helena Cobwebb Mote Mustardseed Egeus Theseus Hippolyta Nick Bottom Quince Francis Flute Starveling Tom Snout Snug Philostrate
and of course the HEADTABLE
I've made each of the girls (including my "bride's attendant" Danielle) a wine glass to use for the reception:
Each girl's name is on it
and the wedding date on the back
And their nicknames on the bottom :)
I also ordered each of them a bracelet with their names engraved on the charm
I ordered each of them this mug with their name engraved on it and also we'll be getting the ties they will be wearing for the ceremony
We're doing simple candy boxes. We'll be filling them with after-dinner mints which are a definite favorite of FI and I.
Nothing super extravegant...but I like it. It's from Michaels...and it was on sale (God, I'm soo cheap, lol!)
The ceremony will be in Northern Wisconsin in the backyard of my parent's house (also, the house I grew up in). My parents just had it re-done and now it's beautiful!
Here's my unity candle!! I ordered it from scrapsoflovebyjen from etsy.com. OMG. So unbelievably amazing and affordable. She did my candle and two tapers for $18 plus about $11 or $12 for shipping. She was so open to personalized changes and was very quick to respond to questions.
"It's you. The one I want standing next to me when all my dreams come true. It's you."