Our Wedding was perfect…more perfect than I had ever dreamed…and I had been dreaming about it for a long time. The goal was sweet, sentimental, romantic…you get the idea. We had an evening wedding…with lots of candles…and lots of red roses.
A string trio – directed by a co-worker of mine – kicked off the evening with some of my favorite tunes. Months before, I provided a list of songs I wanted them to play. Most of the pieces were not traditional wedding songs: music by Allison Kraus, James Taylor, Bread, Doyle Dykes, arrangements from the Anne of Green Gables soundtrack – all of these and more were included in the lineup. The trio played each piece perfectly, and it was exactly what I wanted.
Our photographer was amazing! She is a beautifully creative person who captured incredible moments like this one:
My daddy walked me down the aisle to “White Rose for Heidi” by Doyle Dykes and then remained there with us to perform the ceremony. David and I – along with our bridal party – faced the audience. My dad’s back was to the audience, and everyone loved being able to see us throughout the ceremony. Having my dad marry us was absolutely one of the most special parts of the whole day. He did such an incredible job…”Since Elizabeth was born, we have prayed for the man she would someday marry…” Uh…insert tears!
I swore I was not going to buy my dress at David’s Bridal…but that’s exactly where I found my gown! I spotted it in the catalog…and I knew immediately that it was what I wanted! I tried a few others on…just to give them a fair chance…but they were so not right for me.
Now on to the reception where the black and white theme continued…and where more candles and red roses could be found.
My mom made all of the centerpieces…yes, from start to finish, she tackled this project, and she did an amazing job. It was truly a labor of love! My mama’s hand-print was on every aspect of the wedding. She carried out my wishes – never questioning them…never acting impatient when I changed my mind…always willing to carry out a task in the most creative, excellent way. That is just how she is, and I can not imagine what the day would’ve been like without her as my go-to gal. She helped to create the perfect event for us, and I still get choked up when I think about how much love went into everything she did.
Our delicious red-velvet wedding cake was created by one of my dearest friends, and when I laid eyes on the wedding cake that she had created for us, it completely took my breath away.
In an effort not to offend some of our more conservative wedding guests, we chose to only do a first dance. While some of our friends and family would have enjoyed bustin’ a move, we chose to let them watch us slow dance like middle-schoolers and then we moved on with the food.
Only one regret from the day: We let our friends roast us. We did this in an effort to “entertain” our guests…since we were not offering a dance floor to those ready to cut loose. We thought we trusted our wedding party, but…
Most of our friends were incredibly sweet, telling great stories that had our guests in stitches, sharing thoughtful memories of friendship, etc. but I had a couple of friends who told stories that I had never heard…stories that weren’t exactly true…nothing too crazy…but just weird enough to make everyone wonder Where in the world did she find this bridesmaid?
But we put smiles on our faces…
…and breathed a sigh of relief when it was over.
Moral of the Story: I don’t recommend putting yourselves through that.
We loved visiting with our reception guests and felt badly that we didn’t get a chance to greet everyone…and I still wish I knew who bought us the Pyrex set that was missing its card. If it was you, please shoot me an e-mail. I owe you a thank-you note~
Following the reception, we headed to a historic hotel and then the next morning, we caught a plane to the Caribbean.
It was perfect…
…and my hubby…he’s pretty amazing, too!