Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A new blog!

No Wedding Wednesday update from me because I didn't have a chance to upload all the pictures this week. But!

Today is a pretty exciting day! Today is the day I launch my pretty new blog that Erin designed for me! So if you're interested in following along, head on over and say hi - Best Day Ever Events Blog! I should also add, you could win a $25 gift card to Starbucks, if you do ;)

And don't worry, I'll be back next week for regularly scheduled Wedding Wednesday programming!

As always, thanks for reading :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

#bestdayever0927: ceremony.

Once 4:00 hit, it was about time to get inside the house and prepare for the ceremony to begin. I have to say again, it was so nice to have seeing JC out of the way beforehand. We were able to all hang out together before it all got started which helped me not think about being the center of attention or possibly tumbling down the 55 stairs I was about to encounter in my 4 inch heels.

So, we did what any other red blooded American in 2014 does when they have nothing better to do. We took selfies.

And the photographers took some more pictures.

And then it was 4:27 and the event director tells me that they are shutting down the road and it's about time to begin. Take that late arrivals! (The only person that missed the ceremony would have missed it regardless of this fact because he was completely lost).

I spent quite a bit of time painting these bad boys for entertainment on Friday during rehearsal/play time and for the reception. It's safe to say, I'm not destined to be an artist, but I was pretty impressed with the end result!

Now JC's cousin is quite the artist and she was generous enough to make all of our chalkboard signs!

These programs were designed by the most wonderful Erin and I was sort of obsessed. I'm super sad they didn't get a picture of the inside. So you'll have to deal with the the snippet I took of the PDF Erin sent over for production. 

The typo in the travel section was not on the program, but for some reason I can't find the right file. 
3 different people made me a version of the sign below, which I absolutely loved and I displayed them in different places around the ceremony/reception.

The family and groomsmen walked into a very stereotypical wedding song. I don't even know what it was called. I basically asked my DJ to give me some suggestions based on experience. The first one he gave me was perfectly fine, so I said ok and moved on. Much more important things to worry about in my mind!

The bridesmaids walked in to an instrumental version of "What a Wonderful World".

My dad and I walked in to my oh so favorite "Canon in D". I spent quite some time trying to find the most perfect version and this is what I settled on.

The day before, at rehearsal, I surprised my mom by stopping at her row and asking her to walk the rest of the way with me & my dad to the alter. As an only child, we are a super tight knit threesome and my mom is my best friend. I couldn't imagine not sharing that moment with both her and my dad. Of course, she cried (and she's probably crying again after reading that last sentence ;)).

Our ceremony was very short and sweet. Although, I'll admit, it was a bit longer than I thought it would be. This was due to our officiant taking time to really speak about marriage and love. I was so happy that he took it upon himself to speak some words of wisdom that I hadn't thought of. It truly was the most perfect ceremony.

At the very last minute, I decided to add a little something to the very end of the ceremony, before we had our "first" kiss. I found this and immediately knew that it was perfect.

Then, we kissed and it was time for some family shots, followed by cocktail hour and reception!


PS - On a completely unrelated note, thank you to the reader who recommended me as a wedding planner to their friend who recently got engaged :)

*All photos courtesy of Ward Photography