Bridal Blogger Kristy: Our Wedding Day! (With Photos!)
Even though I wasn’t a wedding daydreamer as a little girl, in the weeks leading up to our wedding, I’d daydream often. The designer in me kept wondering how everything would fit together, but with a week left before our wedding, I stopped worrying, because at that point, the decisions had been made and the details were in place and the weather was as unpredictable as any other day in June.
The day before and at our rehearsal dinner everyone kept asking Eric and I if we were alright, how were we feeling, and what were our thoughts? We would simply respond, “We’re ready to get married.” We’ve been ready for years, but in those last days, I realized that everything was seamlessly falling into place. Eric and I, our friends, and family were overjoyed, happy, and ready to celebrate our marriage.
And the day could not have gone any smoother, or have been any more exciting and perfect. Looking back on the day, it seems like a bit of a blur, but every decision we made, every moment of the day, completely exceeded our expectations. I think this speaks volumes of the extremely professional and outstanding vendors we chose. They were an amazing crew of behind-the-scene perfectionists. If something did go wrong that day, we never knew because of their attentiveness and professionalism. And after all that wedding planning, and now having experienced an amazing wedding day, I can lend this advice: Hire vendors that you are comfortable with; people who you really feel will guarantee your happiness on your wedding day.
So, what were my favorite moments, you might ask, and what was I glad that I spent time and money on? What were some things I’d change? My favorite memories were the unexpected ones: The Mr. Softie truck that came down my street as we left my parents house, giving us a few moments for pictures before rushing into the limo. The little bit of time spent walking down the aisle with my dad and dancing with him. Dancing the night away with my mom, sisters, cousins, family, and friends. Our s’mores bar was delicious. Starting an Instagram hashtag for our wedding a week or so before and letting everyone know it at the reception—we immediately had a mini memory of the night before it was over. All the little DIY details: our cake toppers; our fingerprint tree; the bridesmaid’s bracelets—a friend made out of my parents old forks and knives—the to-go bags of Eric’s Mom’s infamous chocolate chip cookies, all made the week before by my Jersey girlfriends, mom, and sister; and the magical feeling of the day—the love, happiness, and joy on everyone’s face. And our ceremony—oh, I just loved it.
I can honestly say that the most memorable part of our wedding day was our ceremony. It felt like Eric and I were the only two people our officiant and friend, Joe, was speaking to during our ceremony. The sun was shining, the temperature was bearable, and the words said during our ceremony were memorable and fitting. That little half an hour seemed like hours in wedding time and I feel like I could play back the entire ceremony in my mind word for word.
Now, the cocktail hour and reception were a bit hazier, with ‘hellos’ and hugs and kisses to friends and family. The band (Heath Allen Entertainment) and caterer (Conner Catering) kept everyone happy with good food, drinks, and music. Our bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony set-up, and reception hall exceeded my expectations tenfold by our florist (Eventricity), and I was complimented by the head of our facility on hiring an amazing group of vendors. And I can’t forget the man who followed us around all day and night, our photographer, Matthew Hall. We just received our pictures online this week, and were blown away by their beauty. He’s given us a gift of reliving that special day visually and I can’t thank him enough for his outstanding work.
I would honestly not change one thing about the day, and I say this not to make my wedding day sound perfect and make you believe nothing ever goes wrong on a wedding day—but Eric and I reminisced a few days later and just smiled and laughed thinking about the entire day, and that will be how we forever remember that day. So with that I say, enjoy the day, be happy, be excited, be a little empowered because there’s only a few moments in life when you can be and this is definitely one of them. Happy planning and happy wedding day!
What other advice would you give brides-to-be for their wedding day? If you’ve already tied the knot, what was your favorite memory?
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