So I'm thinking this should have been one of my first posts, due to the fact that it was one of the most significant days of my life, but alas, here we are half way into 2012. This is going to be UBER photo heavy, so I thought that I would prepare a mood/playlist that you might want to build for yourself on Youtube or Spotify or something. I'll give you a minute to compile:
- Here Comes the Sun by Yo Yo Ma and James Taylor (Our first dance song)
- I Will Not Take My Love Away by Matt Wertz ( Our good friend, Brian played this song during the ceremony)
- Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder (The quartet played this as our processional. B.A.)
- Say Hey (I Love You) by Michael Franti and Spearhead (Our entrance song into the reception)
- I Was Made for Sunny Days by The Weepies
- You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne
- Dela by Johnny Clegg
- Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes by Kristin Andreassen
- You and Me by Dave Matthews Band
- This Will Be (An Ever Lasting Love) by Natalie Cole
I had trouble sleeping the night before Sunday, May 29th, 2011. I didn't have cold feet, but I was completely consumed with thoughts like, "This is it. After a year and half of planning and waiting, it's here. Today is my wedding day. The only wedding day I'll ever have. Am I ready for this?" At 6 a.m., I decided I needed to get out of my little room and get some air, luckily I passed my mom on the way and she came down to our hot tub with me. I soaked and breathed in my mom's comforting words and soothing voice. I was going to be just fine.
The girls and I got our hair and makeup done, the flowers arrived, and it was finally time to put on my dress:
Gosh, I loved that dress. It was the first one I tried on. I loved the cotton fabric, the delicate appliques, the buttons,THE POCKETS! Oh, the pockets! It's really a tragedy that you're really only supposed to wear a dress that gorgeous for one day.
One of the most unforgettable moments for me that day was when my dad saw me for the first time. It was absolutely perfect.
Before we left for the church, we hurried outside for some group photos. Seriously...how stunning are these girls!?
Meanwhile, the boys were already there, getting ready and looking quite dapper.
Quick pause for some details of the ceremony at Fairview Presbyterian Church.
It was go time. After some prayers and group song (seriously, how can you NOT sing "Going to the Chapel" with your bridesmaids at the top of your lungs minutes before you say "I do"?), we all lined up to walk down the aisle.
The girls walked gracefully to "While Sheep May Safely Graze" and then it was my turn. The doors opened, "Canon in D" started, my dad gave my hand a final squeeze and off we went...
Except for the unity candle that wouldn't light, it was a perfect ceremony. I loved the imperfection. It was so personal and so us. It was such a blessing to have our family and friends play a role in the ceremony. My Nana read from Colossians, my Aunt Karen played "Come Thou Fount" on the piano, our friend Brendon and his quartet played throughout, and Brian played an acoustic version of our song, "I Will Not Take My Love Away."
After some quick family photos, we took off to the Welkinwier Estate for the reception!
We had a few minutes to snack on some delicious hors d'oeuvres and blueberry mojitos, before we went down to the ruins to take some group shots:
We had a spectacular meal, accompanied by great toasts by my dad, one of my best friends and the greatest Maid of Honor in all of history, and David's best friend Paul.
It's true when they say that you don't eat at your own wedding. Soon enough David and I went back down to the fields below the house. (I'll spare you and just post some highlights.)
And all too soon, it was time for us to say goodbye. The night had come to an end. I remember feeling so incredibly happy to finally be married. To leave with my HUSBAND. But I was so sad that it was over. But I couldn't dwell. There were extra long sparklers to light!
I can't say thank you enough to my parents, the Breitmayers, and our entire support team of vendors. You gave David and I a perfect wedding. It's so important to have vendors that you trust, and that really care about you and your event. We couldn't have asked for better. Here they are:
Photographer: Nicola Herring Photography
Florist: Laurie Sasko Designs
Hair: Avante on Main Street
Bridal Make up: Michaela Parlett
Church: Fairview Presbyterian Church
Quartet: Shaw Strings
Reception Site: Welkinweir Estate
Caterer: Bause Catered Events
Favors: Madison Ave. Confections
I'll close with the verse that Nana read at the ceremony because I think it sums up what we continue to strive towards as we build our marriage, even a year later.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:12-17