It’s been three weeks now – can you believe it? I am in “I don’t have to plan my wedding” bliss and readjusting to the real world. This includes exercising again, eating healthy (although I can’t help but indulge in cheese) and going to work. And as much as I am enjoying not thinking about the whole wedding process, I did enjoy the day very much and I promised you all a recap.
I’ve said this a few times, but James and I had two awesome photographers at our wedding. And so credit will be given to each under the photos. There are so many wonderful and amazing photos, that I am also encouraging you to check out Billy’s album here. Scott’s album lives on my machine, so you will need to be patient until I make those more public facing!
James and I decided to run a 10k a few weeks after our wedding. Training meant a long run on the weekend and we were pretty sure neither of us would be in shape to do that the day after. We woke up super early the day of to meet a few members of the wedding party and friends to run 4.5 miles around the Esplanade. It was hot. At 7:30 it was already 75F. We were in for trouble this day.
All my bridesmaids and Carly started arriving at my apartment between 9 – 10 a.m. We were intending to use the living room to get ready but given that it was shaping up to be a 90+ degree day, we were stuck in the kitchen (no AC in the living room). An emergency run to Target was needed for extension cords (old apartments, plus curling irons and multiple ACs on at once mean needing to find power sources elsewhere) and soon we were off to getting ready. We spent hours on hair and makeup, tying bridesmaids into dresses, trying to eat quick sandwiches and listening to Jock Jams. Billy and Emily arrived to take getting ready pictures and our house was soon packed.
The groomsmen all arrived around lunchtime. We initially intended to be ready to go by 1 p.m. Ha. Ha. Ha. That’s a funny ambition I had there. Luckily, we had back up plans, and because it was so incredibly hot out, we had booked an extra hour at the venue the day before for pictures.
We decided to do our first look at the house and before the wedding. Since we were walking down the aisle together and doing photos beforehand, it made little sense to hold off! I was tasked with putting my wedding dress on in our 90 degree living room. This was not gonna happen. Just so you know, in case you ever try it, do not try and put a form fitting dress on when you’re sweating. You will not succeed. Anyway… I digress.
At this point, I had eaten a smoothie, a few pieces of ham, a piece of cheese and maybe a chip or two. I vowed to eat on my wedding day. I failed. It was inevitable.
We piled into cars (Cory chauffeured!) and drove to the venue to take more pictures, to oversee set up and get ready. James and I posed for more photographs in those few hours than we ever have in our lives before. This is a fraction, a small fraction, of the photos taken. We have so many more. Which is another plug to take a look at Billy’s album here and to patiently wait for me to make Scott’s more publicly facing.
Because she couldn’t be there when I was getting ready, I wanted a first look photo with my mom. She arrived earlier than anticipated (or I lost track of time) so my bridesmaids made a barrier.
At around 4 p.m., we were shuffled into the venue as guests would be arriving soon. We spent a lot of time in the upstairs rooms of the venue waiting. A few minutes before 5 p.m., my bridesmaids and the groomsmen left to line up. James and I had a moment before it would all begin.
We came out to the music written for Harry Potter. I am sure many of you didn’t believe me when I said I would, but it was the one Harry Potter thing James approved of and agreed to, so it was going to happen.
Our ceremony was short and sweet. Cory did an amazing job. It was at this point that we realized we had forgotten one detail: exit music! You win some, you lose some. And, having no exit music but a lengthy cocktail hour was fine by me.
And here’s for my favorite part – every DIY craft, all of my visions and dreams – came out perfectly. I put a lot of effort into these details; spent a lot of time and energy making it happen. I had heard so many horror stories of DIY weddings not working out well – the timeline was off, the decorations did not come together, everything was sparse. Not the case here.
The venue was perfect. If you are looking to do a lot of the leg work yourself, but be rewarded with this amazing setting, it’s worth it.
Right before dinner we did introductions. Our friend Graham emceed (super appreciated!) and when I walked down, I discovered my bridal party had lined up. This of course was the perfect opportunity to high five everyone and congratulate them for a “good game.”
East Coast Grill catered and the food was awesome – with the exception of the grilled chicken which definitely had been grilled for too long. I also didn’t get a chance to eat any of the salad, which was a highlight in our tasting, but I ensured at this point that I would eat food. It had to happen.
At the tail end of dinner, we did the maid of honor and best man speeches. Kristin and Mark were spot on. Speeches ended and the dance floor was open!
James and I ended the evening with The Receiving End of Sirens’ “Broadcast Quality.” For those of you who don’t know TREOS, this is pretty much consistently the song they ended with during live shows and is just in general an amazing melody. TREOS holds a special meaning to James and I as it was one of the first bands we saw together and consistently saw throughout our relationship (plus Dan Kraus, he was always there too).
It was the perfect ending to a perfect day. (Well sort of end, until we went to the bar at the hotel everyone was staying at afterwards and I walked around with a fake glass of wine so that people would stop having me drink).