3.12.2012

Wedding ABC's

Happy Anniversary, husband!  


We are currently at the beach celebrating our anniversary and some of our best friend's engagement, but I thought it would be fun to fill out the wedding "ABC's" that are floating around the blogosphere.  Lots of pictures, after the cut!


Attending



We had 250 exactly!  It was wonderful being able to celebrate with all our close friends and family. 

Bridal Party


I had seven total: my sister Becca was my Maid of Honor;  My best friend/sorority sister Madeline was my co Maid of Honor.  I also had a friend from High School, 3 other sorority sisters, and one childhood friend. 

Michael had 6 groomsmen, each representing a different stage in his life from childhood, to high school, to college, to getting his masters, to coaching. 


Ceremony

Ever since I had discovered Scarritt Bennett’s Whitman Chapel, I knew I had to get married there.  We love our home church, but as it’s a warehouse looking structure, we wanted to do something a little bit more fancy.  I’m so glad we got married there.




Dress:
My dress was Lazaro, bought at Faccio Bridal in Cool Springs.  I fell in love with it, and never looked back.  I thought it was very me.  It also reminded me of my mom’s wedding dress, which made me happy.

Engagement Fun:
Michael proposed on June 6, 2011 by the church we would later get married at.  You can read all about it here.  Short version: He monogrammed a picnic blanket and surprised me a on a picnic at the church.  It was perfect.

Our engagement was fun and only nine months long (any longer would have driven us crazy).  I ended up having an engagement party, a traditional bridal shower, a couple’s shower, and a lingerie shower. 




Flowers:




Our flowers were done by Terri White of Terri White’s English garden.  I wanted elevated arrangements in different purple hues, and they were stunning!  He also made the cast iron centerpieces. 



Grub
Chef Works did the catering, and it was fabulous.  For passed hor d’oerves during cocktail hour we had BLT bites, Spinach and Artichoke Croustini, and country ham on sweet potato biscuits.  For dinner, we offered a buffet of fried chicken, shrimp and grits, a goat cheese and walnut salad, mashed potato bar, roasted vegetables, and devilled eggs.  


For the Bride's Cake, we chose strawberry and almond with a buttercream frosting.  The Groom's cake was pure chocolate (and SO good!).  Home Style Bakery did the cakes. 

Honeymoon:

We had a wonderful and relaxing weekend at the Paradisus (now the Weston) Playa Conchal in Costa Rica.  We laid out by the pool, got waited on by our personal butler, ate some amazing food, and had an adventure in the Costa Rican wilderness.


Invitations:
Simple Ivory cardstock with embellished trim.  I am a huge paper fan, but that was one place I wasn’t willing to go too crazy on. 

Justice of the Peace:
We were fortunate enough to have the Pastor from our home church of nearly 3 years preside over the service.  We had done premarital counseling, and he knew us pretty well.  We felt very honored he was able to marry us!

Keepsakes:
As a keepsake for us, we had guests sign a book full of our engagement pictures wishing us well. 

For favors for our guest, we had koozies made up with our wedding date and location on them!


Ladies Night:


My Bachelorette weekend was one for the ages!  Mostly because my sister Becca was intent on making it the most fun weekend anyone had ever had.  My sister threw me a fabulous lingerie shower with a wine tasting theme (complete with a fun little game of answering questions like I thought Michael would), and then on Saturday we took a party bus downtown and I had a fun checklist of silly things I had to make happen.  It was so amazing being surrounded by so many great friends!


Music:
We had a piano/organ, a violin, and a cello for the ceremony, so we opted for super traditional music.  For the reception, we had a live band called the Nashvegas All Stars.  We wanted a band that did both country and classic rock, and they were awesome!



Newlyweds:
When we came back from our honeymoon, we settled down and unpacked all our gifts at our house that we had bought 3 months earlier. 

By far and away, the best moment newlywed moment was when Michael introduced me as his wife for the first time.  He was so proud saying it, and it made me so joyful to hear it! 

Old, new, borrowed, blue:
I combined my something old, something new, and something borrowed all at once!  My great grandmother had this pair of clip-on earrings that were absolutely beautiful and very old.  So, we added real earring backs to them, and my mom let me borrow them for the big day!

My something blue was the sole of my shoes!  I made them myself on Nina Shoes. 

Photography:

Josh Reeder did an amazing job photographing us on the wedding day and for our engagement shoot.  He was super easy to work with, and only focused on taking the shots we wanted. 


Quintessential Moment
My favorite moment from the day was getting to the end of the aisle and getting to squeeze Michael’s hand for the first time.  It was the happiest I had been all day.



Reception:
I knew what church I wanted to get married in immediately, but the reception venue was different.  Michael immediately loved the Belle Meade carriage house because he thought it blended both his and my styles together.  He was very right, but when I first saw it the carriages were in it and it was beyond creepy so I was a little perturbed.  I’m happy to say, the event was gorgeous and I’m so glad we picked the Carriage House.  It was different, and so much fun. 


Songs
Michael and I changed our first dance song a week before the wedding because we realized how awkward the other song was to dance to.  I’m glad we did, because I feel like Alison Krauss’ “When You Say Nothing At All” fits our personality much better.

I danced with my dad to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatt’s.  This was not my father’s choice.  He had come up with a  choreographed routine to Louden Wainwright’s “Daughter”.  I vetoed. 

Traditions
Our wedding followed some older customs: We didn’t see each other before the wedding.  I loved this and highly recommend it to any bride who is wavering back and forth.  The pictures still turned out great, and the look on Michael’s face when I was walking down the aisle was just unbelievable. 

In honor of my parents, my friend Kaleigh sang “Wedding Song: There Is Love” by Paul Stookey as that is the song my parents had sung at their wedding. 

Unique:
We were adamant about not seeing each other before the big day.  This was fun because all day long we got to hide from each other and it became kind of a game.  It was completely worth it though: His face when I was walking down the aisle was so emotional and sweet. 


Vows and Readings:
I think personal vows are sweet, but something about reciting the same words that millions of other couples have said before you gives me chills.  I’ll never forget the look in Michael’s eyes as he said his. 

For our readings, we chose a religious passage and a secular passage.  For our religious passage we did Colossians 3:12 (because I love the passage and 3:12 was our wedding date!) and the Blessing of the Apaches because it was very us.  My childhood friend from New Hampshire, Katie, made the trip from Baltimore to read for us. 

Wedding Planning:
Thanks to my amazing wedding planner Helen Morisette, there were no wedding woes.  There was a slight altercation between my mother and I about what type of chairs we needed at the reception.  She won, and (as per usual) I’m forced to admit she was right. 


X-rated:
My husband was a bit too friendly in taking off my garter.  In fact, my father drew an imaginary gun from an imaginary holster and pointed it right at him.  It was that bad. 

Your Getaway:
We left in his mother’s wine red camaro, to people blowing lots of bubbles on us!  If anyone is looking for some hearty bubbles, look no further than walmart.  Those babies were thick! 

Zzzzz:
We had a few brief hours of sleep before jumping out of bed and missing our flight for our honeymoon!   

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