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WEDDING DATE:

Jul 08, 2011

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  • Last updated on January 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm
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Our dreams of an outdoor ceremony gone, the venue and florist quickly transformed the reception area into a ceremony space. The harpist played from the time guests arrived until the end of cocktail hour - she was fabulous!

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My flower girl, though lovely, did not throw one single petal!

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Entering with my Daddy <3

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I looked all around at the guests, since I knew if I looked at Dan, I'd cry... which he almost did himself

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 When I made it up to the "altar," we never stopped holding hands, even when we stood to listen to the readers

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 Father Jim did an amazing job with the entire ceremony. I was on the verge of tears the entire time.

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  • Last updated on December 20, 2011 at 2:11 am
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I am pretty sure that hiring a videographer was one of the absolute best decisions we made with this wedding :) Our videographer, Pat Taggart of TAG Visual Media, was PHENOMENAL! I think I watch this recap about once a day (and it's five months later!)

Here it is (and it's less than four minutes, I swear!)

http://vimeo.com/26677197

  • Last updated on December 3, 2011 at 6:53 am
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Initially our ceremony was supposed to be outside, but there was light rain during the rehearsal, so we moved up to Plan B: the gorgeous wrap-around veranda. (Unfortunately the next day was heavy rain and wind, so we ended up with Plan C, but that's a different story for a different page).

Here I am with a few BM, standing on the stone walkway that would have been my entrance area :(

A couple pieced-together photos of Father Jim, Dan, and the GM lined up along the veranda railing.

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Not as effective with the BM photos:

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In addition to the bows and ribbons "bouquet," one of my BM made this "headband" at my shower

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One of my BM, Amy, flew across the country to be in my wedding. I hadn't seen her since the previous year when she announced her pregnancy. This was the first time I ever met her then seven-month-old son, Liam.

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After the rehearsal everyone went to an informal little place around the corner for dinner.

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In addition to Baby Liam, Dan's godson Trent, the son of GM Joe D., was also in attendance.

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 Trent and Liam are only a month apart. We think it's either love or a baby fight :)

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The day before I attempted to make a Phillies cake and baseball cupcakes as a surprise groom's cake for my Phils obsessed soon-to-be-husband. Unfortunately, the cake looked pretty pathetic. You can't see here, but I hand cut a dozen little "baseballs" and Phillies "P's" and placed them around the sides of the cake too.

 

  • Last updated on November 22, 2011 at 4:03 am
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Just after the ceremony: officially husband and wife <3

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GM Fran - I depended on him to keep the rest of the GM in line! GM Joe was also a good influence :)

 

I love our bridal party's entrances - we didn't get a photo of Gina/John or Tina/Brian, but the BM/GM we did get really represented each of their respective styles!

 

Our MOH and BM managed a chest bump! 

 

DH chose our entrance song: the theme to Superman!

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Our first dance was to Brad Paisley's "Then" 

   

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Jenn, my MOH, made me cry with her speech, and Shawn, the BM, made everyone fall over laughing :)

 

Here I am getting emotional while Jenn speaks... it happened all over again when my father gave a toast

A hug with my dad before our dance, and then Dan's dance with his mother

 

A couple details: our cocktail napkins and "I Spy" checklist for each table

 

 

 

When it was time to thank everyone for coming and say a few words, we realized that we never actually planned anything! Dan spoke first and I wrapped it up - I think we did an okay job... ?

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Fran the GM always likes to remind me that he had Dan first ;) 

And on to the party!

  

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  • Last updated on November 22, 2011 at 3:06 am
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After all of the intensity of planning the wedding, and then having a wedding day where it seemed that everything that could go wrong did go wrong, it was wonderful to spend eight stress-free days in paradise with my new husband :)

Here are some shots of us at our resort, ClubHotel Riu. It was such an amazing all-inclusive, and we had a junior suite with a gorgeous view of the pool and gardens.

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Here's Dan in the lobby when we first arrived

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And one of our favorite activities from the beginning:

 

Our resort's private beach was heavenly

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I read four new books start to finish on our HM (and yes, we had time for "other things" ;)

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Dan found other activities while I read

 

   

During our eight days there, it only rained for a couple hours, and even that wasn't bad

 

(This is his fake wedding band - we left the real ones at home. Still, I loved seeing him with it on <3)

 

For our one week anniversary we took a dinner cruise

 

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The crew danced with all of us, but only Dan got an embarrassing photo out of it ;)

 

 

We also went on a TON of excursions!

The first was a party boat that took us snorkeling and then to Dunn's River Falls

 

 

 

     

 

Our next excursion was a ziplining and river-tubing tour. We met two other awesome couples, tried some native fruits, and even came across a rope swing, which we had to try out!

 

  

 

 

 

Our resort offered paddleboats, shows every night, and on Friday there was a huge bonfire/party on the beach

 

   

 

Nothing was sadder than leaving

  • Last updated on November 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm
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These are the first pro pics we saw from our photog, Valentin of Jean-Valentin Photography.

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