May 05, 2012
By the barn:
Project Wedding gave me so much inspiration when I was planning my wedding. I wanted to share how I took the PW inspiration and incorporated it into my wedding.
Inspiration (unknown photo Credit) Reality
The verdict: I was so scared about this cake! I had to use Publix because we couldn't make anything else work in our budget, and they did an AMAZING job. They added the white piping under the black (which I didn't ask for), but I loved it! It gave it this very dramatic, 3-D effect. A+ and under budget-- $400 for the cake and the grooms cake and delivery!
Inspiration (photo credit: Martha Stewart) Reality
The verdict: I was very happy with my DIY bouquet, but surprised at the number of stems required to complete it. I ordered 400 white carnations from GlobalRose.com and used 90 stems in my bouquet and 30 stems in the BM bouquets. I give this an A+ as well. They turned out well and came in under $100.
The Bouquet Stem Wrap:
Inspiration (from our very own Jodi) Reality
The verdict: I chose a trim that was a lot bigger than what Jodi used, and I think it ended up making it look a little sloppy. I still like the idea, I just think you have to use the shorter trim that Jodi used to get the effect. The trim that I used was over an inch long.
Generational Hands Picture
Inspiration (photo credit: Chris Ellis Photography) Reality
The Verdict: I think that the Chris Ellis shot has more depth... there's just something about the lighting. But this picture will always be priceless to me. I hate that my Mom didn't have her rings (she sent them to be sized and they didn't come back in time!), but this picture represents so much-- over 75 years of combined marriage. Can't give it anything but an A+
Trail Mix Buffet Table
Inspiration (photo by: illuminarephotography.com) Reality
The Verdict: I was very happy with my take on the Candy Buffet-- I just simply could not afford the bulk candy because it gets very pricey. However, the trail mix ingredients were very inexpensive and fit our fall wedding perfectly. :) Verdict: A+
Group Photo Shot
Inspiration (Photo Credit: Bella Sophia Events-- I think. unclear in my documentation) Reality
The Verdict: It's such a special shot to have, but I wish we had a better place to do it. We tried on the front porch of the house, but there were just too many people. I love the beautiful fountain in front of the inspiration picture. B+
Inspiration (Photo Credit: Mimi Nguyen Photography) Reality
The Verdict: The Trees themselves, I love (Thanks Genae for the trees!), but I didn't think their placement through enough. They sat on a black table cloth and against a white wall... so we lost most of the detail. B.
Inspiration (photo credit: TheChicBride) Reality
Verdict: I was a little disappointed with 2 things. First, they were 6 inches not 8 inches-- I misread the directions. I did like the design, though! Secondly, it was so windy on my wedding day that we had to put the napkin, menu, and flatware in a stack on top of the chargers so that the paper wouldn't blow away. BOO!
Break-Away Bouquet Toss
Inspiration: from wendyg in this forum: http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/bouquet-toss-ideas?page=2
Reality: I tossed them wrong! All 4 mini-bouquets went to the same person. So, make sure that you hold them very losely in your hands and that they seperate in the air. It just looked like a regular toss bouqet that sort of fell apart in the air. :( PS-- I guess I was dancing in the picture??
Verdict: Great idea, bad execution
We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life's greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes to the words which shall unite David S. J. and Amy K. F. in marriage. They bring the dreams which bind them together in an eternal commitment. They bring their gifts and talents, their unique personalities and spirits, which God will unite together into one being as they build their life together. We rejoice with them in thankfulness to the Lord for creating this union of hearts, built on friendship, respect and love.
Giving Away of Bride
Who gives this woman to be married to this man?
"Her mother and I do"
Amber Gilliland will now read “The Blessing of the Hands”
“The hands you are holding on your wedding day are the hands of your best friend,
Who promises to love you all the days of your life.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours as, together, you build your future.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you throughout the years,
As you laugh together and cry together, and as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.
These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick or console you when you are grieving.
These are the hands that will give you support as you chase down your dreams.
These are the hands that will give you support as you chase down your dreams.
These are the hands that will work together so that everything you wish for can be realized.
Together, holding hands, you can make anything happen.”
Exchange of Vows
Will you please turn to face each other and join hands.
David, do you take Amy to be your wife? Do you promise to love her, comfort and keep her, and forsaking all others remain true to her as long as you both shall live? (“I Do”)
Amy, do you take David to be your husband? Do you promise to love him, comfort and keep him, and forsaking all others remain true to him as long as you both shall live? (“I Do”)
David, please repeat after me:
I, David, take you Amy, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, as long as we both shall live.
I, Amy, take you David, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, as long as we both shall live.
Exchange of the Rings
The wedding ring is a symbol of eternity. It is an outward sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two hearts in endless love. And now as a token of your love and of your deep desire to be forever united in heart and soul, you David may place a ring on the finger of your bride. Please repeat after me."
Groom: Amy, I give you this ring, as I give you myself, with love and affection. It is a symbol to you and the world of my love and faithfulness to you.
Minister: By the same token Amy, you may place a ring on the finger of your groom."
Bride: David, I give you this ring, as I give you myself, with love and affection. It is a symbol to you and the world of my love and faithfulness to you.
The two outside candles have been lighted to represent both your lives in this moment. They are two distinct lights, each capable of going their separate ways. As you join now in marriage, there is a merging of these two lights into one light. From now on your thoughts shall be for each other rather than your individual selves. Your plans shall be mutual, your joys and sorrows shall be shared alike. As you each take a candle and together light the center one, you will extinguish your own candles, thus letting the center candle represent the union of your lives into one flesh. As this one light cannot be divided, neither shall your lives be divided but a united testimony in a Christian home.
** Bride and groom light candle **
Prayer of Blessing
Pronouncement of Couple
Because David and Amy have desired each other in marriage, and have witnessed this before God and our gathering, affirming their acceptance of the responsibilities of such a union, and have pledged their love and faith to each other, sealing their vows in the giving and receiving of rings, I do proclaim that they are husband and wife in the sight of God and man. Let all people here and everywhere recognize and respect this holy union, now and forever.
David, you may kiss your bride!
It is now my privilege to introduce to you for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. David S J!
My girls planned a trip to Amelia Island, Florida for an early bachelorette party.. We had a blast! Just another example of how great my friends are!
The first night, we ran into a bachelor party--- and all kinds of craziness ensued!
PS- I'm wearing my hair extensions in this pic.. can you tell?
All but one of the ladies... we were about to go out in Jacksonville-- lots of fun!
Several drinks later...
The ultimate souvenier... see Potato story above (in cake section)
And our last night... :( I was sad to go!
I bought an invitation kit from Target and exchanged the ribbon for a black one... here's how they turned out!
(please excuse the photo quality--- the pictures are from my iPhone.)