As I wrap up my posts about our wedding (see getting ready and portraits), I know that I can’t just stop blogging about weddings! I will have to keep searching for fun ideas or talk about the gagillion of weddings I’ll be going to in the next year, including a friend from high school in Arizona, a friend from college in New York and relatives in Maryland, we may even have a wedding in Hawaii! I think my budget for the next year will be going towards plane tickets, hotels, wedding presents and dresses, most likely via Rent the Runway. I also have a second reception coming up at my parents’ home, so I’ll tell you how that goes as well!
But, back to the wedding. We had a simple non-denominational wedding. It was personalized for us by our officiant, Mark Giller of One Heart Ceremonies. We filled out an extensive questionnaire which was then used to create the ceremony. It featured a reading from Corinthians and a Native American blessing. Since I was raised by Jewish and Catholic parents, respectively, and James was raised Christian, this was really a good way to branch our beliefs. While I thought that I might cry, I didn’t, I was really focused on James the whole time. We were both so elated to be getting married! James did get a bit emotional (aka tiny tears) when I walked down the aisle with my dad, which was adorable!
Music was an important decision to make, and I really had to think about it but finally we decided that the wedding party would walk down the aisle to “Spring” by Vivaldi, from the Four Seasons. I walked down to Pachelbel’s Canon in D. At the end of the ceremony we played “L O V E” by Nat King Cole.
Following the ceremony we had our cocktail hour and reception. The ballroom for our reception was behind the ceremony so everyone hung out in the ceremony area or the hallway behind the ballroom. The food was absolutely divine. My favorite was pork belly on corn bread. Mmmm so good. The wait staff was fantastic and even brought James and I drinks and food as we took some final photos with our families.
Our DJ, John from Music Speaks Volumes, was amazing! He kept the party going the whole time, playing music from all eras. My second cousins, James’ youngest brothers and our friends kept dancing all night. If one of those groups wasn’t on the dance floor than another one was! We started the reception with our first dance, which we decided on: “Your Song” by Elton John. It was perfect, minus the fact that my feet were killing me, but we snuck to the sweetheart table when John invited the guests to join us so I could kick my shoes off and take a huge swig of water, then back to dancing! (Later that night we danced with our parents to “You Are The Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder.)
We had an absolute blast talking with everyone at our cocktail hour and reception, as well as dancing and eating. My mother-in-law made a movie of photos of James and I growing up and finally our years of dating. It was really wonderful. I don’t think I would have changed a thing about our day. Here, some more photos of friends, details of the reception, etc:
It was a truly amazing day. We still talk about it! If you have any questions about our vendors or planning, please be in touch! I really trusted all of them to do a great job and do what they do best, and I got the perfect day. Completely stress free! I have a gagillion more photos, so if you want to see more, just let me know!