Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wedding A to Z

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!

A: Attendance

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.

B: Bridesmaids

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?!)

C: Cake

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. :)

D: Dress

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. :)

E: Engagement

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.

F: Flowers

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. :)

G: Groomsmen
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.

H: Honeymoon

We spent a week at a condo in Pawley's Island, South Carolina. It was wonderful! Simple, relaxing and fantastic.

I: Invitation

I loved our invitations! Hold on, I'll take a picture with my phone...
Nope. Not working. I will describe 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 :)

K: Keepsakes
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.

M: Music

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. :)

N: Newlyweds

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.

P: Photographer

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. ;)

R: Reception

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!

S: Shoes

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.

U: Unique

Hmmm...well, I had dancers perform at the ceremony. That's rather unique, isn't it?

V: Vows

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.

Z: Zzzzz

After our reception, we grabbed McDonalds on the way to the hotel and CRASHED when we got to our room. :)


Laura said...

x-rated would be that anonymous little gift that you got!


Unknown said...

I love reading all these wedding posts I'm seeing! I love the fact that you incoorporated the house colors in to your wedding!

Melissa said...

This was a lot of fun to read. I LOVE your dress! My good friend turned into bridesmaidzilla during my engagement & i almost kicked her out. She stayed in but i regret ever asking her to be in it b/c i have not seen or spoken to her since! (Even though i've tried to make contact.) Whatever! What is this x-rated anonymous gift?!? Haha.

Unknown said...

I really want to do this, too! So cute :)

It's pretty cool that you had your dancers perform!

I cannot believe you bought the first dress you tried on!

And how sweet y'all bought the house he proposed in!

Meghan said...

Ahh! I love this! I am so glad you posted, my dear!

I love your flowers, and your song choices. It sounds like it was a blast!