As promised today I’ll be sharing some of the details of our wedding. Honestly, I’m not sure what to share. It was a whirlwind of a day and an absolute dream that my husband and I will look back on with love for the rest of our lives. The day was perfect, the date even better being on my parent’s 39th wedding anniversary.
When my husband proposed I knew I wanted two things from our day: I wanted no fuss and I wanted as much as I possibly could manage to be hand-made or at least mostly hand-made. I immediately started scouring Pinterest for wedding invitation/save the date ideas, decor, the works. However, the first thing on the list was to find a pattern for a wedding shawl. My Mom remarked that ‘only my daughter would search for yarn and a knitting pattern for a wedding shawl before anything else has even been planned.’ She said it with pride and a smile and she was right; we didn’t even have a date, a venue, anything, and I had ordered yarn and was looking for a pattern for a wedding shawl only days after the proposal.
The planning just seemed to fall into place, we got a venue, an absolutely amazing hall in our small town that was small but beautiful, Brownstone Hall (amazing food, amazing people who went above and beyond!). Our DJ Keweenaw Tunes (again, amazing person and made our reception so fun) and photographer Brianne Bri Marie Photography (she’s amazing!) were soon to follow. Over time I designed the save the dates and the invitations. I made a form of a ‘brand’ for our wedding so that each piece matched. Thanks to my Mom’s suggestion a digitized crocheted doily was the framework of our wedding paper goods. Mint/teal and peach were our colors. My amazing coworker and floral designer did our flowers (Bobbi at Econo in Houghton, MI…check her out for any weddings in the area!!!). Our cake was from Econo as well and was carrot cake because why have anything else.
Honestly all the time spent making favors, paper-goods, bow ties (yes I sewed the bow ties because bow ties are cool), and other items for the wedding is a blur, because as I was creating these items I was also caring for and worrying about my Mom. Each piece was made with love and extra care because I put all the hope and joy that I had into the things I made for the wedding when our lives were plagued with uncertainty.
When the day finally came I was probably more prepared than I should have been but that was good. Hardly anything had to be put together last minute. Our bridal party made decorating the hall a breeze and everyone pitched in when I had no idea what to do with the stuff I had brought. Our day flowed relatively smoothly and we started the service on time! Our photographer was absolutely amazing taking photos and even helping us when we had an issue styling our hair for the wedding (she even put the beaded half tiara I had in my hair when we couldn’t figure out how to place it!)
As the day went on Justin (my husband) and I were nervous but so ready. My Dad’s wedding sermon was filled with silly stories and love and Mom’s memory all tied together the message of Jesus. Looking back on the day everyone said that Justin, myself, and even my Dad were simply glowing with happiness. Seeing our closest friends and family was the best.
When we moved to our reception everything went well. I danced more than I have in my entire life. My Dad and the Best Man made the most amazing speeches. Dad connected his entire speech to the father’s speech from My Big Fat Greek Wedding (my Mom and my absolute favorite movie) and completed it with a gift to us, a bottle of Windex. The Best Man’s speech was so thought out and connected to us that we both were just about in tears from the amount of love and care that he showed us. He even quoted Dr. Seuss at the end so it couldn’t have been better.
Our first dance was “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran and honestly our day was just that; A day of love, joy, and the beginning of an amazing life and adventure.
Sorry if this post was too long and full of tangents. Looking back on our day it is truly all a dream and sometimes it’s hard to believe it even happened until I wake up next to my husband and realize, yes the dream is real and the adventure isn’t a hope anymore but reality. I’ll share details on my wedding shawl soon. Until then…
All photos in the post are courtesy of Brianne of Bri Marie Photography! Thanks to her for her amazing work!!!