Sep 10, 2011

DH and I have been together 10 years now...holy crap! Married for nearly two and loving every second of time I spend with this wonderful man. PW was a lifesaver for my wedding and I just can't bring myself to leave! I just adore all the amazing women I meet and the opportunity to see so many creative, beautiful weddings is just awesome!
  • Last updated on September 27, 2011 at 4:30 am
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Last song of the night - dancing with my of my favorite memories of the day!!

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  • Last updated on September 27, 2011 at 3:47 am
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  • Last updated on September 26, 2011 at 8:49 am
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 The look on my face in the above picture is because they started singing "Happy Birthday" right then..see my recap if you haven't heard that story!

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  • Last updated on September 26, 2011 at 4:29 am
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{I'm so glad we splurged and rented the B&B for the weekend! That way each girl had her own room, and we all converged in my suite to get me ready, and then all we had to do was walk downstairs and out the door to the ceremony site!!}


Friday morning - setting up at the reception site:

This was sooo cute! My dad, DH's dad, DH's grandpa and DH's brother all helping us with the centerpieces. They were taking the beads out of the little bags and putting them in the goblets to be filled with water :)

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Saturday Morning:

Myself, the BMs, my personal attendant and the FG all went to have our hair done. I had rented the salon so it was just our party there, they served us Mimosas and fruit/ was grea way to start the morning!!

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The dress had to go over my head, it took 8 people to maneuver but not one hair was out of place!! My "team" rocks!!

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Non Pros Getting Ready photo 17 My little brother seeing me for the first time, he actually called me 'beautiful' which is not something he would normally say!! Great moment!

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  • Last updated on September 26, 2011 at 4:22 am
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I can't believe I'm married!! I actually don't feel that different, but it sure it nice to see DH wearing a ring :)

 We spent all Friday morning setting up and decorating the reception hall, that was a lot of fun. Our mom's have never really spent much time together, so it was neat to work with both of them and seeing the whole vision come together gave me chills! It didn't take too long to get everything set up, even though the lady we rented the centerpieces from (I call her the Wackadoodle) didn't have a thing ready even though I had called and emailed to remind her and she assured everything would be there. It wasn't, and we had to drive to pick it all up...but we got it done and it was more beautiful than I could have hoped for! 

 The reception hall before we added centerpieces

 We arrived at the bed and breakfast we had rented Friday afternoon and took our time enjoying the ground and exploring the mansion. Even the smaller 'guest' house my out of town family had rented was elegant to the extreme...words cannot describe how absolutely beautiful this place was! The entire bridal party was staying at the Inn, and people slowly arrived all was just a ton of fun. Rehearsal was that night and it went off smoothly and a lot of my worries about logistics were assuaged. Dinner that night was relaxed and casual, it was so much fun having all our families and friends together. Even the grandparents stayed at the Inn until after 9, and then the rest of us played board games and drank wine until after midnight! We all got to know each other and just enjoyed being together...perfection!

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inside the mansion where we had the rehearsal dinner

 I didn't get much sleep that night, too excited but actually not that nervous! The Inn manager had a hot, delicous breakfast for us that morning...egg casserole, pumpkin bread, fresh seriously just kept getting better! My BMs and I left for our hair appointments at 8 and we were done before 11. The salon had more fresh fruit for us and mimosa...we all sat around taking pictures and enjoying the was a mini-party!

 We got back to the Inn ahead of schdule and had plenty of time to hang out and relax, FI was told to clear out of the suite so all the girls could relax and he couldn't see me! My BMs and I had about 3 hours to just chill and get ready at our lesiure, it was refreshing to not be stressed or rushed! We started getting me ready about an hour and half before hand, it took 6 people to get me into the dress! We had to pull the dress over my head and all my BMs plus the mom's had to take a corner and guide me into it - but not one hair was messed up!!

 The ceremony started right on time, as we were all waiting downstairs to walk out the porch door and down the aisle, FI walked in heading straight toward me! I literally shrieked "GET OUT OF HERE" and he turned right back around and I heard him say "I should not have gone in there!" He was following the officiant for some reason and didn't think about it, he says he never actually saw me as he was focused on her...I hope that was true!

 The ceremony site - behind the mansion overlooking the river

 The ceremony was perfect - perfect weather, perfect decor (my mom had stressed like you wouldn't believe about the tissue poms but they were beautiful), perfect puppy as ring bearer...everything was fantastic. Except for the "Happy Birthday".

 The grounds the Inn is on shares land with a corporate retreat/team-building ropes an Outdoor Adventure type thing. They are not suppose to be there when weddings are taking place, but that morning like 200 kids started streaming across the lawn out of nowhere. Cars not in our party were everywhere and space for driving/parking is very cramped on this narrow, winding path up the that was a mess. But my DOC talked them and we were assured they would get out of our way and we wouldn't see them...but we heard them!! Right in the middle of us saying our vows all these voices started screaming the Happy Birthday got picked up on our video and you can't even hear us speaking :(

 I could have killed someone, but honestly that was the only thing that went wrong. Wer are working with the venue to actually get a partial refund because that part was so traumatic...but almost kind of funny now or it will be someday!

 The limo got stuck coming up the hill as all those cars from the ropes course wouldn't get out of its way and there is no room to back up or go around...but once it arrived we had an awesome time drinking champagne and taking pictures. This place could not have been more  beautiful for outdoor pictures!! The reception is kind of a blur, we arrived and ate right away since we came 30 min after it officially started. Then the DJ was boom-boom-boom right after the other with the first dance, father-daughter, mother-son, bridal party, cake cutting...I didn't even drink the entire night because I had no time and when I did get a minute I was so hot and tired I just wanted water!

 Everyone said the food and cake were delicious and I got to dance to all my favorite songs with my favorite people! The last song of the night were my little brother and I alone on the dance floor (he hates to dance so this was very special) singing along and dancing to "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac!! It was perfect!

 Other than "Happy Birthday!" :)

  • Last updated on September 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm
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I am a music aficionado - I don't play but I getting all the music for the wedding right was something I worked very hard on! This was probably one of the most difficult parts of the wedding planning process for me.

Ceremony Music

We had an acoustic guitarist and a keyboardist, they played a mix of classical and contemporary as the guests were getting seated, I didn’t specify particular songs at this point.

Bridal Party Processional: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – Elton John

Bride’s Entrance: “The Prince of Denmark’s March” – Jeremiah Clarke

Solo: “When You Say Nothing at All” – Allison Krauss

Recessional: Immediately after we were introduced as husband and wife, the musicians broke into “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”. But we walked back down the aisle to “Listen to the Music” by the Doobie Brothers…a family favorite!!

Reception Music

Bridal Party entrance: “Tonight’s Gonna be a Good Night” – Black Eyed Peas

1st Dance: “You’re the Inspiration” – Chicago

Father-Daughter Dance: “CherryBomb”- John Mellencamp

            *Story behind this choice: We have video of my dad and I dancing to this song when I was no more than 2 or 3. He’s holding me and I am saying “dance cheek-to-cheek, Daddy!” This was also the first song I ever learned to sing J

Mother-Son Dance: “Through the Years” – Kenny Rogers

Cake Cutting: “Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch” – Four Tops

Bridal Party Group dance: “Thriller”

            *We started dancing as a group, then the DJ stopped the music and we all had to grab another guest sitting down to dance with. After a bit the DJ stopped the music again, and everyone on the dance floor had to grab someone else…it was a great way to get everyone up dancing!

Some “Must Plays”

We requested lots of classic rock, especially Doobie Brothers!

"Buffalo Soldier" - Buffalo Soldier (request from father of the bride)

 "Pour Some Sugar on Me" - Def Leppard

 "Time Warp" - Rocky Horror Picture Show

 "Walkin on Sunshine" - Katrina and the Waves

 "Come Fly With Me" - Sinatra

 "The Way You Look Tonight" - Sinatra

 "I Get a Kick out of You" - Sinatra

 "Brown Eyed Girl" - Van Morrison

 "I Can Love You Like That" - John Michael Montgomery

 "She's Everything" - Brad Paisley

 "Sweet Caroline" - Neil Diamond

 "Hey Ya!" - Outkast

 "Don't Stop the Music" - Rhianna

 "S&M" - Rhianna

 "Grease Mix" - Grease Soundtrack

 "Footloose" - Footloose Soundtrack

 "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" - Big&Rich

 "Take It Off" - Ke$ha

 "Thriller" - Michael Jackson

 "Ice, Ice, Baby" - Vanilla Ice

On the “Do Not Play” list

What a Wonderful World" - Louis Armstrong

  "Macarena" - Los Del Rios

  "My Humps" - Black Eyed Peas

  "Gold Digger" - Kanye West

 “Photograph” – Nickelback

 “Love Shack” – B-52s