Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wedding ABCs (part 1)

On Sunday, Matthew and I will be celebrating our first anniversary! I saw this over at The Luckiest in Love and thought it would be a good idea to relive the wedding!

We had about 200 people. There were mostly family members (I have a big family!) with a few friends too.

My sister was my maid of honor. I had four bridesmaids, all friends from various stages in my life. And there was one flower girl.

I loved our cake! It was four layers of chocolate, carrot, and lemon cake with white buttercream icing. We were browsing wedding cake ideas online when we found one that simply had words describing marriage all over it. So that's what we did! Matthew's cake was a special surprise for him. It was the most fantastic cake I've ever seen!

I remember looking all over for the dress. It was pretty much a nightmare! I'm not a little bitty girl, nor am I a plus size girl, so I had the hardest time looking for dresses as most stores carry only size 6 and 8. If they carried larger sizes, they were way larger. I didn't want anything poofy or super sparkly. I didn't want a long train. I didn't want a veil. After several dress shops and several incidents of leaving in tears, we were finally told about a little shop called AVA Formal a little over an hour from where we lived. The owner was fantastic and I loved the personal help I got from her. I found my dress that very day, something I would never have picked for myself. But I loved it! It made me feel so beautiful!

We were engaged for just over a year. Matthew planned a little trip to Charleston, SC for a weekend. We went to Magnolia Gardens, which is a beautiful old plantation that you can tour the house and grounds. After touring the house, we took a walk through the amazing gardens. And as we walked over a white bridge over a small pond, Matthew got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was a million degrees that day, but it was perfect!

I picked gerber daisies as the main flower for the bouquets. I wanted pinks, oranges, and greens. And the florist went from there! I think he did a great job! We did do the arrangements for the reception ourselves. They were fun to put together!

Matthew's dad was his best man. He had four of his friends as his groomsmen. And we had one ringbearer, the brother to the flower girl.

We took a roadtrip up north, stopping in DC, Philadelphia, Boston, and Vermont. There were a few disagreements over directions, but we quickly learned that I am in charge of directions now. I wish the trip had been longer than a week!


I searched and searched for invitations. I knew in my head what I wanted, but I just couldn't find them. And if I found ones that I liked, I didn't want to pay that much for them. We were on a budget after all! Once I saw them, I knew that's what I wanted. There were just so different from anything I've ever seen!
My cousin's husband married us. He did a great job and we so appreciate him standing out in that hot sun to get the job done!

We had a guest book for everyone to sign and write advice in. But apparently our guests can't read because most people just signed it haha. We also had a picture frame for everyone to sign. It now sits at the end of our hallway so we see it every single day.

Ladies Night
This was a planned weekend to Charleston. However, I wouldn't call it a Ladies Weekend since only my sister and I went. None of my friends went. I was more than upset about that whole situation. But we ate and shopped our hearts out. I had a great time and I'm so thankful that my sister loves me enough to do that for me and to be there for me when nobody else was!

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