Since this blog started out as a wedding planning blog all of this stuff can be found in my Archives but for anyone who is new or too lazy to go back through here's a quick rundown of my wedding.
Engagement- 2/14/09 after only 6 months of dating.
Yes we were nuts and NO I don't typically recommend an engagement that quickly. Fortunately it's worked out for us so far.
*How could you say no to this ring?*
When- May 22, 2010
Fun Fact- we picked this date because it was a combination of our birthdays (5/12) and (10/22).
Where- Hollin Hall in Alexandria VA
It's an event space, that is also used as a church on the weekends. It has some beautiful gardens where we had planned to get married but thanks to the rain we had to move the ceremony inside to the reception space at the last minute.
It actually turned out to be much prettier than I thought it would be so all that weather anxiety was kind of pointless.
Fortunately the rain stopped so we were still able to get photos outside afterwards.
Dress- I loved my dress. And still do. It was all lace just like I wanted and cost just under $900 (not including alterations). I kept losing weight due to stress and my poor alterations lady finally told me she could not make the dress any smaller. It was still a bit too loose (especially on top thanks to having no boobs) so I kept having to pull it up all night.
Wedding Party- Kristian had 2 co-bestmen (two friends from childhood) as well as two other friends. His nephew was a jr. groomsman
Three of my sorority sisters (one of whom is also a childhood friend) were my bridesmaids along with Kristian's older sister. Kristian's two nieces were jr. bridesmaids and my two nieces were flower girls. The youngest flower girl had an ear infection and was not happy that day so she ended up not walking down the aisle or posing for many photos.
Fun Fact- My MOH and another bridesmaid were both pregnant at the time, thank goodness we had empire waist dresses.
My older brother walked me down the aisle. And my other brother was an usher.
First Dance- "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz. This was the song that was playing when Kristian proposed.
Colors- Black, white, light pink and dark pink.
Flowers- Roses, Peonies and Hydrangeas. My bouquet was all white and the bridesmaids were pink.
My mother-in-law and her sister did our reception flower centerpieces
Cake- We had three layers, all different flavors (white cake with raspberry, chocolate and the top layer was carrot which is Kristian's favorite).
We exited with sparklers.
We spent our wedding night at a hotel in Old Town Alexandria which was beautiful and had the most comfortable bed ever.
Two days later we left for our honeymoon in St. Lucia.
I really did enjoy our wedding day but I'm glad it's over and I never have to plan another one. As for what I would change? I probably would have planned an indoor wedding from the start to avoid all the weather stress. I would have stressed regardless but not quite as much.
Also, I didn't really like our DJ. He played the wrong version of our first dance song (I wanted an acoustic version) and I just thought he could have done more to get people dancing.
Finally, even though I loved our photographers and our pictures there were several posed family and group shots that we never got. In all the craziness they just got missed and I know my mom especially was disappointed.
I don't regret the money we spent because I had always dreamed of my wedding day and knew I would regret it if we didn't do as much as we could given our budget. And we were still able to buy a house less than a year later and afford to have a baby so if didn't prevent any of that stuff.
Two things I for sure wouldn't change would be my dress and the person I married.