Meghan, my KKG sista and awesome blogger over at The Perfect Compilation Tape recently posted an A to Z about her wedding. She played along with Tara at Fabulous But Evil. Since I think they are both pretty great, I am playing along as well! :)
Dave and I "met" in the summer of 2005 via Myspace. His cousin was dating my best friend. We had a little trouble (cough David cough) meeting up that first summer but we finally got it together and went on a date in December of 2005. We were engaged July 10, 2006 and married on March 24, 2007. When you know, you know. :)
Here we go!
We had a big old wedding. Around 300 guests. Dave has a huge family and I run a dance studio. There was no chance of a small wedding! Thankfully we were able to afford to invite everyone we wanted.
I had 5 bridesmaids and one maid of honor. My sister was my maid of honor, of course. One sorority sister, my college roommate, a dance student and my two life long best friends rounded out my bridal party.
(Sorry it's weird and grainy...I don't know?!)
My great aunt made our cake. She is an awesome baker! I heard it was delicious, but I didn't get a piece. In all honesty, I forgot to get some! I had the bite Dave fed me and that was it. :)
I *love love love* my wedding dress. It was the only one I tried on, for real. It was ecru, because I look AWFUL in pure white. :)
Dave proposed to me at my Aunt Barb's house after he cooked me dinner. I was housesitting while they were in Finland. Fast forward 8 months and we bought that house! I get a little smile every time I think about it. :) We also picked our wedding colors (deep purple and antique gold) off the wallpaper border in the living room. It's a beautiful grape and vine pattern.
My flowers were very special to me. Dave's grandparents owned a flower shop and greenhouse for 53 years. Dave's grandpa (Jerry) passed away 3 days after we got engaged. His grandma Jean carried on the flower shop until just 3 months ago. We were the last Undercoffer wedding Jean's shop did. Leann and Debbie, the designers, are wonderful family friends and they put a ton of love into our flowers.
The church flowers were made to look like wildflowers: pinks, oranges, greens, yellows, purples...beautiful! The flowers we carried were all shades of purple and white. Dave picked the actual flowers because it was very special to him.
I can't seem to find any of the pictures on my computer that we took specifically of the flowers...soooo...yep. That's as good as it gets. :)
Dave had 5 groomsmen and his best friend, Jeff, as his bestman. My cousin Connor was a Junior Groomsmen. He's super close to me and Dave and I couldn't imagine him not being a part of our day.
We spent a week at a condo in Pawley's Island, South Carolina. It was wonderful! Simple, relaxing and fantastic.
I loved our invitations! Hold on, I'll take a picture with my phone...
Nope. Not working. I will describe it...it was cream colored linen type paper, with torn edges. It had a beautiful Bible verse on the front in shades of purple. The inside was lovely as well.
J: Justice of the Peace
We were married by our dear friend, Rev. David Lake. He was assisted by my pastor from my childhood, John. It was a wonderful, relaxed and touching ceremony. We were married in the Methodist Church. We kissed three times because the first time, Pastor David "wasn't impressed" the second time I kissed Dave on the cheek so Pastor David said once more because third time's a charm! haha :)
Does this mean favors? If it does, we gave everyone daisy seeds to plant. A tangible reminder of a wonderful day. :)
L: Ladies Night
I didn't have a bachelorette party. I was supposed to...but I didn't. Long story short, my best college friend dropped out of my wedding two weeks before and I just wasn't up for a party. I should have though. Oh well.
We did traditional music at the church during the ceremony. The pre-ceremony music was a bunch of Broadway love songs. :) My sister and her friend, Constance, sang "Where Are You Going?" from Godspell right before the processional. Constance sang through out the wedding.
At the reception, Dave and I did our first dance to "When I Fall In Love." My dad and I danced to "Sunshine On My Shoulders" by John Denver. My advanced dancers and junior team danced three dances: "This Will Be," "A Moment Like This" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." It was wonderful. :)
Here we are! The day after our wedding...
O: Old, Borrowed, Blue and New
Old and Blue was a beautiful blue ring that was my Grandma's. Borrowed? I don't remember. And new was my dress/shoes/jewelry.
We had a local photographer do portraits for us. It wasn't exactly what I was hoping for but it was affordable. We had over 1000 pictures taken by other people though so it worked out just fine. :)
Q: Question Popping
See E for Engagement. ;)
Our reception was held at a local banquet hall, a half an hour away. It was really large and held us all well. Also the price included food, drinks (nonalcoholic), linens, place settings and some basic decorations. It was a lot of bang for our buck!
I had beautiful sling backs. They were quite lovely! They are ruined now, from dancing and having a March wedding. But they were beautiful!
T: Trash the Dress
I haven't done that but I want to!! As soon as I lose the rest of this baby weight, I'm ALL OVER THAT.
Hmmm...well, I had dancers perform at the ceremony. That's rather unique, isn't it?
We had traditional vows. It was really important to Dave and I could have done either, so I let him decide on traditional.
W: Wedding Woes
Oh my. There were two things that really ticked me off. But it's not worth going in to now.
X: X Rated
Oh dream on.
Y: Young Kids
We had lots of kids at our wedding! I own a dance studio for goodness sake. :) I wouldn't have had it any other way.
After our reception, we grabbed McDonalds on the way to the hotel and CRASHED when we got to our room. :)