Jul 08, 2011
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!
My flower girl, though lovely, did not throw one single petal!
Entering with my Daddy <3
I looked all around at the guests, since I knew if I looked at Dan, I'd cry... which he almost did himself
When I made it up to the "altar," we never stopped holding hands, even when we stood to listen to the readers
Father Jim did an amazing job with the entire ceremony. I was on the verge of tears the entire time.
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!)
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.
Not as effective with the BM photos:
In addition to the bows and ribbons "bouquet," one of my BM made this "headband" at my shower
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.
After the rehearsal everyone went to an informal little place around the corner for dinner.
In addition to Baby Liam, Dan's godson Trent, the son of GM Joe D., was also in attendance.
Trent and Liam are only a month apart. We think it's either love or a baby fight :)
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.
Just after the ceremony: officially husband and wife <3
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!
Our first dance was to Brad Paisley's "Then"
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... ?
Fran the GM always likes to remind me that he had Dan first ;)
And on to the party!
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.
Here's Dan in the lobby when we first arrived
And one of our favorite activities from the beginning:
Our resort's private beach was heavenly
I read four new books start to finish on our HM (and yes, we had time for "other things" ;)
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
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