Details of the day: My dress was a simple, strapless, A-line chiffon gown with some beading near the top. The bridesmaids wore short mint dresses that were flowy and complemented the style of mine. The groom and groomsmen wore navy blue tuxedos. My engagement ring was my great-grandmother’s and I had a vintage style wedding band to match. His tungsten ring represents his strong but fun personality with its bright blue inside. Our ceremony took place outside on a lake with picturesque gardens and scenery. The bouquets and garlands were loose and flowing, with peaches, light pinks and natural greenery, including succulents. Guests were given a small succulent with their escort card to match the bouquets. The cocktail hour took place in a wine cellar where guests could choose bottles of wine from around the world to enjoy. The reception got off to a rambunctious start when we transitioned from our first dance of Lee Brice’s “I Don’t Dance” immediately into “Shut Up and Dance with Me” and everyone rushed the dance floor and surrounded us. Guests spent the evening dancing, snapping silly shots in the photo booth, or devouring the food from the buffet or chilling out with ice cream from the ice cream truck. The whole day had a light, cheerful atmosphere. We wanted our guests to feel our genuine love and know that they were loved, too. We could not have imagined it going any better.
Your favorite part: I was captivated by the way my groom was looking at me during our ceremony. I felt the rest of the world around us blurring away and focused purely on how much I love this man. This allowed me to savor every word of his vows and take in our reverend’s wisdom. I wasn’t thinking about anybody that showed up late, who was sitting where, or even about the little gnats flying around our faces. He didn’t take his eyes off of me and I could feel our love like a current between us. I could live in that moment forever.
If you could change one thing about your wedding what would it be? I wish we had a longer reception to keep dancing the night away! There is nothing like being surrounded by the people you love the most who are all there to celebrate you. The wonderful venue staff had a tough time getting everyone out of there. I could have danced and laughed until sunrise!
Advice for other brides: RELAX! People were constantly asking us if we were stressed from planning or freaking out when it was getting close. The goal of the day is to marry the person you love and as long as that is accomplished, there is nothing else to worry about! Chances are, you’ve got it all under control, and if not, you probably won’t even notice if something doesn’t go exactly as planned. Focus on your man and feel the love around you.