When we got engaged I had a lot of preconceived ideas of what I wanted our wedding to feel like. Thankfully, Skylar agreed with my ideas about the feel and personality of the wedding. Both of us are young and easy going, so I didn't want to be going crazy with wedding planning for the sake of putting on a show, I just wanted to enjoy family and fellowship. I wanted everyone at our wedding to see OUR personalities in the decorations and atmosphere. So I started to plan accordingly. I had roughly 5-1/2 months of planning along with full time work and moving. It was slightly hectic, which is why that morning was so wonderful. Everything was planned and out of my hands. My job was to smile, say my vows, and have a wonderful time with my husband, family and friends.
One of the things we decided to do was a first look at a separate location from the church on the day of the wedding. I really wanted Skylar to decide for himself which way he preferred, whether seeing me for the first time before the ceremony or in the orchards. I don't think either of us would change how we did this.
The little guys trying to run for it are the twins. If you're friends with me on Facebook on Instagram then you're probably familiar with these little guys. I have such a sweet friendship with them and when they heard that Skylar was taking me to FL they were less than pleased. I'll definitely miss these guys.
One of the things I really wanted to be apart of the wedding was details that showed our personalities. These are of a few of the things we came up with.
I considered for a long time how I would remember dad on the day of the wedding. I wanted to have his memory on me some how, to know that he was still there, on our hearts. So, I tied a bag to my boots that had the last letter dad ever wrote to me along with the shell from his 21 gun solute.
The ring from my mom was the something old, my dress was new, socks were blue. I didn't really have anything borrowed.
Grandparent and parent processional - Comme une rosée de larmes, from the movie The Artist
Bridesmaid, flower girl, and sign bearer processional - Married Life, from the movie UP
Bride processional - Hoppipolla, Sigur Ros
The ceremony was kept short and sweet, just forty minutes, including the processional. It was perfect, no fuss or waste of time. We just wanted to be married.
For all of you that may be interested, this was not our first kiss. Our first kiss happened on November 21st. I can answer more questions about that in a personal email if you feel so inclined.
We borrowed a lot of things which was such a huge blessing. One of the things we did do was get burlap from a local coffee roaster instead of buying burlap in bulk, which can be expensive. Instead of spending $10 for a yard of decorative burlap, I bought the burlap from the coffee roaster for $1 a bag. We ripped the seams and ironed them out. The coolest part was all of the prints on the bags. I also asked people to give me any of their extra glass bottles (beer, wine, oil, ect,). I then painted them with yellow and green. I painted most of them myself, which was kind of a stress reliever. Then I wrapped twine around the middle and the necks of the bottles. We also took a few aluminum cans and punched holes in them to make candle holders. Aside from the bouquet flowers, everything else was borrowed. We did buy the metal letters, the white hanging puff balls and the Chinese lanterns.
We had seven layer dip in cups for the horderves and served Texas sheet cake for the dessert.
You'll notice at the front of the stage that there is a bench. This was another thing we did differently. Because we just provided horderves and cake we didn't see a need for a head table. So, for the speeches Skylar and I sat on the bench. Looking back now I would have provided more seating for everyone, otherwise I loved it!
My dear sister-in-law took photos with her iPhone and sent them to me. I forgot to get pictures before everyone went in on Saturday. Flip through the slide show to see all of the decoration photos.
I was blown away and blessed by all of the family and bridal party that shared memories and encouraged us with their speeches.
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