Oct 10, 2010
We were lined up to be announced, the maitre'D was talking, the DJ came out to talk to us, and I piped up "Can everyone please be quiet? I can't hear the music" LOL. Too classic and this was going to set the tone for me for the night. We were announced, I don't remember much of the first dance, except that I was very nervous dancing in front of everyone.
Our first dance song was I Knew I Loved You by Savage Garden.
"I Knew I Loved You"
Maybe it's intuition
But some things you just don't question
Like in your eyes
I see my future in an instant
and there it goes
I think I've found my best friend
I know that it might sound more than
a little crazy but I believe
I knew I loved you before I met you
I think I dreamed you into life
I knew I loved you before I met you
I have been waiting all my life
There's just no rhyme or reason
only this sense of completion
and in your eyes
I see the missing pieces
I'm searching for
I think I found my way home
I know that it might sound more than
a little crazy but I believe
A thousand angels dance around you
I am complete now that I found you
[repeat chorus to fade]
I think after that DH had his first dance with his mom. It was so touching and I was trying to hold back tears because I was sooo missing my Mom.
We sat down for awhile and began a game that DH and our DJ have done at many weddings. The Napkin game. I don't remember the entire game....all I know and remember is that there were napkins flying across the tables and people were jumping up out of their seats, and I've not laughed so hard in my life.
They sat us down for dinner, I remember eating my salad (which was fabulous by the way), more pics were being taken, then dinner came. I only got to eat a little bit of that because the photog wanted to take more pics, people were coming up to us to talk, and then before I knew it, the music got really loud and that was the end for me. I literally jumped out of my chair to get on the dance floor and I danced for almost the ENTIRE reception, stopping only for the cake cutting and a few more pictures. Unfortunately, the photog almost got hit, as one of my HAD TO PLAY songs was started and she was fluffing up my dress and wanting to take pics of myself and DH. I looked at him and almost lost it, saying "I don't want anymore pics, I want to dance."
I do remember asking someone what time it was at one point and when I heard 7, I thought they were lying to me, because at that point, I was so tired, all I wanted to do was lie down somewhere.
THE ABSOLUTE BEST PART OF THE RECEPTION WAS A GROUP HUG at the end of the night, where our DJ had DH and I come out to the middle of the dance floor, had everyone line up in a circle around us (mind you, I had NO CLUE of what was about to happen), and then on his mark, everyone rushed into us and gave us a "Group Hug". This was probably the funniest wedding I have ever been to and I am seriously not saying that because it was ours. I just truly hope that everyone else had just as much as us.
NON-PRO RECEPTION PICS
Wanted to create some monograms for us to have for stationary. Here are a few that I've created so far.
Without the following vendors, our day would not have been as wonderful and beautiful as it was. I cannot thank them enough for making all of my visions come to life.
Wedding Dress: David's style number H9274 (I believe it is no longer being sold).
Veil: David's Bridal style number 795.
Venue: The Forge Inn
1002 Rt. 9 North
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Officiant: Father John Michael.
Florist: Brandywine Floral Design, 27 West Prospect Street · East Brunswick, NJ 08816 · (732) 675-2486
Photog: Cathy Rosselli Photography
STD's: Magnet Street Weddings http://www.magnetstreet.com/weddings
Invitations: David's Bridal (purchased online)
Makeup: Amanda W. (my bridesmaid)
- Oriental Trading Company
- Dollar Tree - we used them for our votive holders as well as a few other misc decorations.
Also, I cannot forget the great ladies at both AC Moore in East Brunswick, NJ and Michael's in East Brunswick, NJ for all of their assistance with the many questions that I had while planning our wedding.
I was not planning on doing too many DIY projects, but that all changed after I came to PW and saw all the wonderful inspiration ideas from so many of our talented PW brides.
Not in any specific order:
Our CP - total of 11. These were each painted by myself. I used acrylic paints after tracing pictures on to the vases. These vases were purchased at Wal-Mart.
One side was decorated with leaves, acorns, etc. The other side was decorated with our monogram from our invites. We also decorated a few of them with the saying "Fall In Love". We put sand inside of the vases, along with some river rocks, decorative acorns and some wood chips.
We gave these out to our guests after a fun game called "The Napkin Game". I've put a call into our DJ to get all the details so that I can share it with you ladies.
Around each of these bigger vases, we placed four square votive holders filled with river rocks and a scented candle. The outside of the votive holders had an brown organza ribbon wrapped around it with a leaf cutout.
Here is a pic that our very own PW'er amberv took of her table.
Since I started with the tables, I also made our table numbers. When we went to the venue, the one thing besides the plates (which I could not ultimately do anything about due to cost), was the really not so nice table numbers that they had for us to use. So, rather than settling on that, I went to AC Moore and got wooden frames and made our own.
These were originally just plain wooden frames. It took about 3 coats of brown sparkle paint (bought at Michaels) because of the see-through component of the paint.
DH created the numbers in word, printed them out on cardstock and cut each one.
We put them in the frames and then cut plastic to cover the numbers.
To protect the paint and to try not to get any "dings" in the paint, I used a clear coat, painting two coats on each one.
After the clear coat was added and dried completely, I got my trusty glue gun and fabric leaves, and glued each one around the frame (gluing them on the back of each frame).
I also purchased a container of paper leaves from AC Moore and glued them on the bottom of the frame in the middle just as an extra touch.
FINISHED PRODUCT (I am so thrilled with how these came out).
OUR BAR SIGNS (idea from our very own plumcrush01 - Thanks Mel!!)
I again started with a plain wooden frame purchased at AC Moore. I painted each one a different color, created the sign and printed it out on cardstock, and DH created a cover for it. We painted over a clear coat to create a shine and then hot glued the leaves.
DH's BIG project was our aisle runner and I'm so in love with not only him (lol), but how he created the vision that was in my head was AMAZING!!
He took fabric paint and after tracing the monogram from our invites, placed the aisle runner on top of the tracing and went to town painting. For an additional touch, I hot glued the leaves on all four corners of the monogram to make it a little prettier.
We also made programs and ribbon wands (although the length of them I believe should have been longer, but oh well). For the programs, I bought paper with a design on the front and created it in Microsoft Word.
This was a pretty easy DIY, we just rolled them and tied them with a brown ribbon.
I also made a basket to place the programs in.
I got an "bushel" basket at AC Moore and really did not do too much to it other than paint a few areas of it brown and then attach leaves to the center of the basket.
BRIDAL PARTY SIGNS
These are in action at our table.
This was definitely an inspiration from plumcrush01. Thanks Mel!!
This has to be one of my top three DIY projects. I'm writing up the instructions and will be posting them up shortly.
Completed at last. This is the card box in action.
Welcome statement by Father John Michael
I, Eric, take you, Rebecca, to be my wife. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.
I, Rebecca, take you, Eric, to be my husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.
From the earliest times, the circle has been a symbol of completeness, a symbol of commited love. An unbroken and never-ending circle symbolizes a committment of love that is also never ending. As often as either of you looks at that symbol, I hope that you will be reminded of the commitment to love each other, which you have made today.
I, Eric, give to you, Rebecca, this ring as a symbol of my commitment to love, honor, and respect you.
I, Rebecca, give you, Eric, this ring as a symbol of my commitment to love, honor, and respect you.
Prayer of the Faithful (this was omitted because of my father being hospitalized. He said another prayer, but for the life of me, I cannot remember what he said). I love this prayer, so I'm putting it here.
As we celebrate this wedding today, we honor the memory of Marcy, the mother of Rebecca. She is with us today in our hearts. The love that she gave Rebecca lives on in the love Rebecca brings to this marriage.
Eric and Rebecca, you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings and this covenant is a relationship pledge between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives. The most beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage relationship. You have commited here today to share the rest of your lives with each other. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of your individual containers of sand into one, representing all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be. As these individual containers of sand are poured into the main container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.
Holy Father, Creator of the universe, maker of man and woman in your own likeness, source of blessing for married life, we humbly pray to you for this woman who today is united with her husband in the sacrament of marriage. May your fullest blessing come upon her and her husband so that they may together rejoice in your gift of married love. Lord, may they bth praise you when they are happy and turn to you in their sorrows. May they be glad that you help them in their work and know that you are with them in their need. May they pray to you in the community of the Church, and be your witnesses in the world. May they reach old age in the company of their friends, and come at last to the kingdom of heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
First I want to say....I'm MARRIED!!! OMG, it still feels surreal.
Non-Pro Pictures - Ceremony
The day of the wedding was SO AMAZING!!! Saturday, the day before, my MOH, cousin and myself got up after very few hours of sleep and started organizing what needed to get done, taking phone calls from what seems like of tons of people, got dressed and headed over to get nails and a pedi done. I didn't want to get a conventional french manicure, so I got a full set of gel nails (without tips - which I had never heard of before) and we chose a cream base with brown tips to match my dress (the truffle part anyway). : ) This place we went to also had a spa and I was so trying to hold myself back from not getting one, although I would have loved to have had one. I didn't want my girls just sitting there and unfortunately our budget did not allow for me to pay for them as well, so we skipped that although I will be going back very soon for a spa day.
We got home after getting that done and I was about ready to fall right over because I was so exhausted, so DH, me and the girls decided that instead of cooking, we would order pizza. All I remember of that evening was having the pizza and falling asleep for a few hours. DH took all my phones and marched me into my bed, closed the door and that is all I remember before falling asleep. I got up a few hours later as I knew that we still had to pack the cars, get a shower and start prepping for Sunday. Poor DH was doing whatever could due to what was going on outside of our home.
I don't remember much after I did my signoff to you wonderfully amazing ladies, but the following morning, MOH comes into my room and jumps on the bed and declares that it is wedding day and that we need to get up and get moving. I believe it was 8 a.m. We all got up, got dressed, they took showers because I had already had mine at 1 something earlier. LOL.
At about 10ish, we left the house in separate cars to get to the venue to start decorating everything. MOH and decided on the spur of the moment that she wanted to decorate my car, so I did a quick getaway from DH (we were following him) and she and I ran into the drugstore so she should get the window markers to write all over both cars. After she decorated my car in the parking lot of Rite Aid, we headed over to Dunkin Donuts and got food, coffee, and headed over to the venue. At almost every stop light that we hit, we were "dancing" in the car and this one man - bless his heart, I still laugh when I think about it - told us that we needed to put more shoulder into our dancing. LOL.
We got to the venue and that is when all the craziness started happening. I checked us in to get our bridal suite, couldn't find it at first and DH had to help. DH also pulled me to the side and said that since we were having an almost traditional Italian wedding that I had to have someone walk me down the aisle. I have the MOST AMAZING group of people around me because five or six people stepped up and offered to walk me down the aisle, including my aunt and cousin (both of whom are girls). In the end I selected the best man, since we are the closest with him. So he got to do double duty that day. I'm tearing up right now thinking about that moment when I agreed to him.
Not long after that, hair and makeup started and after that, our photog showed up. I feel bad for a few people as they got lost coming to our venue. Their GPS machines could not find it on the map. How's that for technology. LOL.
It was so nice especially after the drama going on Saturday with hardly any sleep to finally sit down, be quiet and to be pampered. I can't tell you how much I laughed and even teared up while getting my hair done. Next came makeup and that was great. My MUP, who was also my BM, did a great job!!
After that was done, I sent a text to DH for him to leave the reception room so I could go over and check on what was happening and if anything else needed to be done. While setting up my Mom's memorial table, we had realized that we had forgotten the candle to put in the vase. No worries I said, I'll run back to the house and get it, since DH and the guys were setting up the ceremony room. We then decided since it was a little far away that I would just run to the shopping mall up the street to Home Goods and grab one there. The girls thought that they should do it, but since noone was familar with the area, I headed out to get the candle. On the way out, I looked at my cousin and said "Do not tell anyone that I am leaving. I'll be back in 15 minutes". So heading over to Home Goods, get out of the car with full makeup, hair and veil on was quite the experience. The sales lady grabbed my hand, walked me to the candles and then walked me back up to the front of the store where she proceeded to ask the few people in line if it was alright for me to get in front of them since I was getting married in a few hours. LOL. Classic.
After running back and forth from our suite to the reception/ceremony rooms, it was time for pictures of me getting dressed. This is when I started to lose it a little bit. I was so emotional that day, partly from exhaustion and partly from the fact that I was FINALLY marrying my best friend. It was great though putting on my dress and seeing the girls in their dresses and all the hugs and love flying around in our room. Next we were told that it was time for the ceremony. I had a total of four people (2 of my bridal party) helping walk down the stairs and across the parking lot to get to where I had to go to wait to be walked down the aisle. I did stop when we close to the front door of the venue because I saw someone who I knew and I started getting a little anxious. The next thing I remember is that I was whisked to the side so that noone could see me although that didn't exactly go as planned...a few people came up to me to see how I was doing. I was given my flowers and we were getting ready to start the ceremony.
The ceremony was absolutely AMAZING. As soon as I began walking in the room, I saw DH and everyone just faded into the background and I was smiling from ear to ear. I am not sure if I was walking too fast or such, but whatever, I wanted to get up there and be with my man. LOL. The "I Do" vow cards that I made were actually remembered and our minister didn't even recite the vows; he just handed us our cards and we did it that way. I did make a mistake when saying my vows, but I quickly recovered. Our ceremony was about 20 minutes and then it was off to our room for some down time before the reception.
We had our own little cocktail hour and then went outside for pictures, which turned out to be a blast. I cannot wait to see everything that she shot.