In honor of my 6 year wedding anniversary, I wanted to take a look back at one of the greatest days of my life. One of which I wish I could not only have been the bride but would have loved to have just attended as a guest.
I remember telling my mom two things when I got engaged. My colors and the fact that I wanted the reception to be the best party anyone had ever attended. From those two items, I basically just said yes or no to things. I'm not sure really how it would have turned out, had she not been the one behind the wheel. I still remember people telling me things about my own wedding that I didn't even get to see. Let's be honest, at a big wedding, the bride is basically the equivalent to a Walmart greeter. Had I not had a photographer, I probably would not have known about half of the details that she arranged to be there. It probably didn't help that we consumed copious amounts of champs that night. Here are some things I do remember......
1. Trashy Bride - before we even left for the church, I remember getting everything packed up in my moms room and felt like we were missing something. Oh, yes, my veil. As soon as I asked my mom, she said "oh I'll go get it". My sister and I were in her room and from the second story window we see mom bolt out the front door and dive into our trash can. Luckily the trash truck was at the top of the block, because in a stressful tornado she had mistakenly thrown away my veil by accident early that morning. Even luckier was that it was still in the wrapping that it came in and perfectly tied to the hanger. She didn't flinch as she walked in to the room and acted super casual. We were rolling on the floor at the perfect start to the perfect day.
2. Ringgate - While getting ready in the bridal suite, I remember one of my best friends asking "So what did Will have to do?" in regards to what he was responsible for the day of. He only had one job, the rings. So just to ensure things were ok, I grabbed out my cell and gave him a ring. Needless to say, he flew in his car with his uncle to drive across town where he had left the rings at his apartment.
3. Turned Up Early - Prior to the ceremony my mom kept checking with her "team" (her two other best-friends that ran around all day acting like J-Lo from the wedding planner, ear pieces in tow) to make sure everything was on schedule and we were on time. Right before we were making our way from the bridal suite to go line up in the church, two members of the team race by frantic and arms flailing while my mom swings her arm around me to turn my walking right around back in to the suite. We had to stay in there for another 15 minutes before we actually got to line up. No one would tell me what happened or why, they just said something wasn't ready. A week later, my dad and I were having dinner and he said that one of the wedding guests was so drunk she passed out in the back pew. The best part was that this lady was over 65 and had to be carried out and put in a taxi before the ceremony even started. Bless her heart.
4. Dino DNA- This may surprise a lot of people but my favorite part of the entire wedding was right after we were pronounced Man and Wife. We got married at the same church I had grown up in and been confirmed in as a teen, the organist was a older man that I had known for a long time. So when I had a specific request for him, I knew he was going to be able to pull it off. I couldn't have asked for anything better and it was my favorite part, he played this for us as we walked back down the aisle as husband and wife. Goosebumps.
5. Bridesmaids - Another thing I didn't find out until after the wedding was that my enthusiastic bunch of bridesmaids had themselves one hell of a time, and rightfully so. Apparently, one of my crazy uncle's bet one of them to take a shot of hot vodka and then said vodka apparently ended up on a tablecloth. curtain and shoes of another bridesmaid. I still wish I had been there to see it to this day.
6. Time Out - After two hours of getting all the greeting out of the way, I remember being herded into one side bar of the country club and a friend of mine grabbed my hand and gently lead me through the crowd of people, dodging others before they could get out their congratulations. At the end of this winding dark tunnel was a quiet spot with the most perfect booth I had ever seen. Her husband was sitting there with my groom whom he had taken away from his followers and they had cocktails and snacks on the table for us. It was the one time, my husband and I got to take a second and actually look around, talk to our friends and take a breather to enjoy one of the biggest moments in our lives. Even though they probably saw this as a small act, I still thank Whit and Chris to this day for that one moment in time they gave us.
Here are some pics to help you put the night together.....
6 years, 2 dogs, a remodeled house and a baby......
In a few more years this country song will write itself.
I def would "do" again.
C & G