You might remember my first blog post about the big plans I had for our dessert table – it was going to be epic and I was going to do it all. Sadly, time and resources prohibited me from doing it all (big shocker), so I enlisted some of my best friends to help me make it a reality and they did NOT disappoint. I had 4 separate people baking cakes & cupcakes and I asked one of my super fab gay friends to decorate/design it. What my dessert table designer came up with blew me away. Who has a dessert table with hanging edible cinnamon rolls on it? We did! I think that the dessert table was a great way to save money and it was very memorable for our guests. We could not have accomplished this fantastic dessert table without my friends. I am eternally grateful to them for their help.
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I am going to start the recapping off by inundating you with images. In writing up all the details of the hours that lead up to our ceremony I realized that they were incredibly boring. While I loved and and appreciated every minute, it’s just not interesting in the retelling. What I’m going to do instead is show you my favorite pictures as a way of giving you a snapshot of hours before the wedding.
The getting ready, at least for my side, was fairly uneventful. But there are beautiful pictures and so I will regal you with them.
A little tid bit about me, I’m obssive about getting to places on time. So myself and my two bridesmaids were ready with plenty of time to spare…which meant there was sometime just to sit around…and that’s what we did.
On Jen’s side of the world things were a little more crowded. Getting ready with her were her two bridesmaids, the two flower girls, someone to do makeup, someone to do hair, and her mother.
The purple sneakers in the picutres were what Jen wore for the first look, she wore the purple heels for the ceremony. They did hit one slight snafu in the getting ready process. Jen get makeup on the back of her dress (don’t ask me how). You couldn’t see it but there was still a lot of discussion on what to do about it.
I canot stress enough how important it is to know yourself, know how long it will take you to get ready, and to plan plenty of time for that! The one thing you don’t want on your wedding day is feel pressed for time. After getting ready we staggered leaving the hotel to move to our first look location. Since my room was ready first we left first. And after only making one wrong turn we made it to our first look.
*All photo’s by Leah LaRiccia Photography
Right after the ceremony we spent a few moments alone soaking it all in. Then we headed outside to the front of the bar where we got to shoot some ‘Just Married’ photos. There were people taking photos of us on the street, which I thought was cute! I love these photos because we did it – we really did it!
Our ceremony was a wonderful heartfelt celebration of who Nat and I are as a couple. Nat was in charge of the music and she decided that everyone would listen to classical music while getting settled in and that she’d also walk in with a classical piece. All of our attendants walked in to classical music too – you might’ve thought that we’d keep things on the calm side, yes?! NO! I’m a huge fan of the film Muriel’s Wedding and I love the fact that she walked down the aisle to ABBA, so I did the same. Look at my friend’s faces as the music changes! Everyone was smiling and bouncing up and down at the altar. I was smiling so hard that my cheeks hurt. We had our lovely friend marry us and she wrote a beautiful service. Other personal touches we added in were a reading by my mom & one by my dear friend, Jen Cross. She’s a local writer and I’ll post her piece down below – it was a real tear jerker. Nat and I did rock, paper, scissors to decide who would read their vows first and of course she won! She always wins…although at first we did tie. Nat’s vows were incredible and she recited from memory her favorite Shakespearean sonnet. I was in tears! The ceremony was one of the last things we figured out and that’s normally how it goes. We knew we wanted certain aspects like reading from our friends/family and we wanted love & laughter. The ceremony flew by, so make it memorable. One of my favorite parts was when my nephew ran over to my sister (my maid of honor) and he was being a bit distracting, so I called a “kiddy time out” then someone in the audience yelled, “Cats not kids!” Freaking hilarious!