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Dance, Dance

So, after taking a deep breath, we headed off the lawn and over the to the patio awning adjacent to the reception hall.  Whew.

(taken by Katie B.)

We chatted for a few minutes and then headed inside for a pseudo receiving line and kicked off the cocktail hour, before slipping out for some family portraits, then bride & groom shots – don’t worry, I’ll share those later, but I wanted to skip up to some of the most exciting ACTION shots you’ll see…the dancing!!

It started off calm as Liz, Scott and Ali entered…

..which quickly turned into the jubilance of Jenni & Matthew’s announcement!  How about another one?!  And extra large, okay!!

Hehe, but really, I love how they really set the tone for dancing and having fun at our wedding!

We had romance…

General craziness…conga line + line dancing…

Friends with more talent than I will ever have…

..but I still danced my little heart away…

All gorgeous photographs by Amanda McMahon…and if you’re wondering why this post has no music suggestion, it’s because there were so many fun songs that night that it would be hard to pinpoint just one that I’d want to highlight!! =)

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Effervescent.

Immediately following our pronouncement of Man and Wife, the music started.

(Obviously not our ceremony, but this was the inspiration clip!)

We took a deep breath then started the walk out, hand in hand.

Ahhh…I felt like I was floating.

Siiggghh.

(of course, anything pretty here is thanks to Amanda McMahon photography)

We Do.

The mood was set, we were at the alter and that, my friends, is where it begins.

Our officiant, Tom, started the ceremony with some words of welcome to our guests, then proceeded to the introduction of the concept of marriage, and the importance and significance of what was to take place that day.

If I hadn’t mentioned this before, I actually wrote the entire ceremony, but was very happy to have had Tom graciously perform it…I did some mixing, matching and constructing of words, verses and quotations from Reverend Judith Johnson’s Wedding Ceremony Planner, which probably was one of the best investments I made, wedding purchase-wise!  I followed the reverend’s suggestions closely, by intermingling tradition and personalization – and one of the highlights was definitely the reading performed by my bestie, Liz.

She read, “Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog,” by Taylor Mali.  Here’s the full text:

First of all, it’s a big responsibility,
especially in a city like New York.
So think long and hard before deciding on love.
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:
when you’re walking down the street late at night
and you have a leash on love
ain’t no one going to mess with you.
Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable.
Who knows what love could do in its own defense?

On cold winter nights, love is warm.
It lies between you and lives and breathes
and makes funny noises.
Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs.
It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.

Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.

Is love good all the time? No! No!
Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.

Love makes messes.
Love leaves you little surprises here and there.
Love needs lots of cleaning up after.
Sometimes you just want to get love fixed.
Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper
and swat love on the nose,
not so much to cause pain,
just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again!

Sometimes love just wants to go for a nice long walk.
Because love loves exercise.
It runs you around the block and leaves you panting.
It pulls you in several different directions at once,
or winds around and around you
until you’re all wound up and can’t move.

But love makes you meet people wherever you go.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.

Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops.

Another highlight was the ‘hand ceremony,’ which was another aspect that I really wanted to incorporate – we did this right before the vows and the rings.

Speaking of the rings…we had a little snafu, involving Tom trying to give Eric his ring to me, instead of mine.  Haha.  Moving on, though! =)

After that, comes my other TOP 3 moment of the ceremony…the reading of the Apache Wedding Blessing by our Best Man and Maid of Honor!

Now you will feel no rain,
for each of you will be shelter for the other.

Now you will feel no cold,
for each of you will be warmth for the other.

Now there is no more loneliness.

Now you are two persons,
but there is only one life before you.

May your days together be good and long
upon the earth.

I love that series of pics, as it reminds me of those old flip books…and in the fourth pictures, you can see a bubble over us, as we had distributed bubble wants with the tag, “blow bubbles of good wishes with e+k are pronounced mr.+mrs.!”

With that, we were married!

Stay tuned for the very next post, also known as the recessional, which was so magical I feel it deserves its’ own post =)

All gorgeous images thanks to Amanda McMahon Photography.

I once again interrupt my recaps with a special EXTRA on Rehearsal Dinner Style!

Just a few minutes ago, I found myself following the links from my e-mail sent from dElia‘s and I was temporarily transported back to middle school times, as I recall browsing their catalog each month.  I clicked on over, and saw some really cute new spring items, and was inspired to create a “look” – and where better to debut it than this wedding blog?

So, here goes:

Picture a spring afternoon, with the scent of sweet, tall grass drifting through the air.  The wedding will take place under a large oak tree which will be donned with cherry-blossom pink lanterns the very next day…

1. Alayna Shirt Dress, $44.50 (in Natural)

2. Blowfish Saloon Flat, $39.50 (in PINK)

3. Gwendolyn Necklace, $24.50 (GOLD)

Total for look: $108.50

(All items & images from dEliA’s.com)

Light Speed.

During the course of your wedding planning, you’ll hear it 100 times:

“Remember, no matter how much you plan, the big day will just rush by; savor every minute and just relax and enjoy yourself.”

Well, friends, I have to say, this couldn’t be spoken wiser. I loved November 21, 2009 and will always remember it – but boy, were they right when they said it would go fast; and it all started with the ceremony.

I entered the Town Center building at 3 o’clock sharp. That’s when the ceremony was gonna start, and I could peek through the windows from the reception hall through to the adjoining lawn and see our guests waiting. I hid in the hallway and talked with my dad, and he asked if I was ready; ad for the first time, I was getting a little nervous. When I gave the okay, it was time to start, and they sent my hubby-to-be out to start the whole thing.

Now, cue the beginning of the selected ceremony music:

So then, came the mamas…first the Mother of the Groom, and Scott, the Groomsman.

Then, the Mother of the Bride, with Matthew, the Best Man.

As you can see, your ‘aisle’ was quite long and grassy. Everyone was doing great with it, though!

Next up, bridesmaids.

First, Ali – my lovely almost-sister-in-law.

Then Liz…bff since forever.

Then, Jenni, the Maid of Honor (and, of course, my fantabulous sister).

Yipes. Everyone was poised, waiting, and they were waiting for…me! Cue next song…

Yes, in fact, the world did feel black and white! It was a surreal feeling for everything to be actually happening, after months of visualizing, guessing and planning. And though the music was all instrumental, I could hear the lyrics to my processional in my head:

We were strangers, starting out on a journey
Never dreaming, what we’d have to go through
Now here we are and I’m suddenly standing
At the beginning with you

No one told me I was going to find you
Unexpected
What you did to my heart, when I lost hope
You were there to remind me…this is the start

And Life is a road and I want to keep going
Love is a river I want to keep flowing
Life is a road now and forever
A Wonderful journey

I’ll be there when the world stops turning
I’ll be there whenthe storm is through
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you

As I walked toward the gazebo, I could see all the wonderful friends, family and loved ones that had traveled from near and far to witness this special day. And this is, literally, when everything came into focus, and splashed into color. But nothing was brighter then the sun that shone on my gorgeous almost-hubby 🙂

It was unreal. And wonderful.

We were strangers on a crazy adventure
Never dreaming how our dreams would come true
Now here we stand unafraid of the future
At the beginning with you

Sigh.

All photos by Amanda McMahon.

Crisis (averted)

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Let’s roll!

Soooo…when we last left off, we were shoving money in the hand of the make-up artist, and jumping in the car; but not before confirming with Amanda that we, in fact, were going to have to skip the first look; of course, I was a little miffed about it, but what can ya do?  The time was ticking!

Liz channeled her inner Danica Patrick and we zipping down the 417, en route to Lake Nona.  We made some good time and one of the moments I will probably remember forever was the expression on the gate guard’s face when she asked for I.D. to get in, before she noticed that I, the bride, was in the backseat!

Eric was a little concerned about where we were, but his steady voice reminded me that everything was fine.  Sure, we had to change things around, but now, it was down to the important part: we were about to get married!

Pics courtesy Liz; and yes, I picked BTTF music – hey, I was feeling pretty epic! =)

Gettin’ Purdy.

Wow, where does the time go?  Nevermind, let the show go on…

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When we left off, I was rising to the sweet aroma of cinnamon, as my lovely bridesmaid Liz was baking us a cluster of sweet, sticky cinnamon buns..

(source)

Sooo yummers…yeah…*wipes drool off face* but yeah, it was a nice way to wake up!  I was all clean and smelling ever-so-‘Daisy’ and pulled on my burgundy Puma track jacket over my grey cami and charcoal yoga pants, then slipped my feet into my worn-in black and pink Fit-Flops.  Emerging from my room, I stepped out into the suite’s living area and opened up my MacBook, pulling up iTunes and checking some last minute Facebook.

(self photo)

Sitting around the table, Liz and I chatted casually about the day ahead, and entertained ourselves by flipping through different favorite songs of our past, while taking nibbles of the tasty pastries and long swigs of Tropicana Orange Juice – out of the tiny cartons, of course!  Before long, however, we were sensing the time, and I exchanged a few texts with the Best Man, Matthew, who we convinced to bring us some bagels and coffee, in exchange for a peak of our ‘penthouse’ digs.  There was a pretty neat view from up there, after all!

(photo courtesy Matthew Muehlberger)

By this time, it was getting closer to GRT (get-ready-time!) and Amanda showed up, without a hitch!  Minutes later, her assistant also appeared; now we were just waiting for my hair and make-up girl, and so Amanda took advantage of the time by getting some really nice detail shots:

While she was snapping away, I started to do a 1/2 freak out, as my beauty girl had still not arrived.  She did call, a little after my initial wave of concern, and I handed the phone to Matthew, who would then become the Human Mapquest.  He steered her through, and finally, about an hour late, she arrived so we had to get crackin’.  I didn’t let the ire show, though =)

The time was a tickin’, and Matthew had to go on his merry way to continue his duties, but I was getting dolled up, so that’s all that was on my mind!  Liz snapped a few pics herself before she retreated into her room to start her prettying-up process as well…and about 1 1/2 later, the transformation was complete!  It was time to get in that dress!

Step 1: step into dress, making slight attempt at modesty – notice lovely strapless bra and blue slip on display!

Step 2: Hold dress up, while bridesmaid wrangles dress.

Step 3: Suck it in, just a little, so bridesmaid can lace you in, creating a lovely silhouette, (lol).

Step 4: Stay standing straight, so laces can get that extra special attention, before the bow is tied =)

Step 5: Admire the full effect in the mirror!

By this time, I was starting to sweat it a little, as it occured to me that we were going to miss our first look, a decision I had been hemming and hawing over through the planning process (evidenced here and here) but I just thought of it as a way of the heavens telling me it was not meant to be.  So, we piled into our vehicles and made the 15-ish mile journey over to Lake Nona, where the fun (and the guests, bridal party, and of course, my groom!!!! were waiting).  Oh boy.

Did anything trigger a rapid course of events on your wedding day?

(All beautiful images from the artistic genius of Amanda McMahon)