If I had to describe our wedding day with one word and one word only, I would have to choose flawless. Every fear I had going into this day about things going wrong and people causing trouble was washed away the second I sat down in our hairdresser's chair. But I think we have to back up a little bit so you can really see why nothing that day could bother me.
We decided the week of the wedding would be a PERFECT week to close on a house! So, Monday we signed the papers and (thankfully) put off moving until we came back from the honeymoon. On Tuesday I had my first hair test run. It was a complete disaster! It took three hours for the woman to even acknowledge my presence and it took everything in me to not bridezilla her. She WAS my sister's boss, so for the sake of my sister's job, I had to keep my mouth shut. We cancelled everyone's hair appointment and panicked to find someone else. Wednesday, one of my bridesmaids dropped out. This was expected, though, the timing was awful though. Thursday was crazy at work to make sure everything was finalized before a week vacation.
So you can see why going into Saturday I was a little worried. Let's not forget the large amount of alcohol that would be pouring.
We found a new hairdresser (who actually offered my sister a new job) and I think that appointment set the tone for the whole day. Relaxed and peaceful.
After our hair appointment, we headed to the ceremony location for lunch and pictures. (All photos are courtesy of Derek Shane Fotos).
Do you remember my DIY IKEA bouquet?
Every single person that told me to enjoy the day because it would go by quickly were 100% right. All the sudden it was time to get married. It was time to take a walk down the aisle and to see how all of this planning came together. Guess who suffered from stage fright? Yep, I did. My dad thought it was nerves, but it was standing up in front of everyone that gave me the shakes.
The ceremony was finished in a flash! We were walking back down as Mr. & Mrs. and it was time to celebrate with everyone we love. We gave guests time to get to the reception location or go back to the hotel for a freshen up while the bridal party and immediate family headed out to this amazing mill for pictures
I love the above picture so much!
We headed to the reception and danced the night away. I dont think I left the dance floor once. Our food was amazing, the cake (the one bite I had before it was GONE) was so tasty, and nothing terrible happened. Speeches were great, behavior was at its best, and everyone told me they had a great time! I call that a big success!
Days after the wedding on our honeymoon, I was struck with a little sadness. I missed the planning, I missed the party, I missed how the reception looked. I missed it all! I even cried about how I wanted to plan weddings for the rest of my life.
For a little fun, we bought tons of hats from Goodwill so guests could wear as picture props. My dad during his speech
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