Now that everything has calmed down since the wedding, I can finally make a blog post about it! This is going to be a 2-part post, with this post doing a recap on the wedding and things that happened, lessons learned, etc. The second post will cover all of our wonderful vendors, and specific pictures for each of them.
Our wedding at a glance:
We both wanted something very “us” and very relaxing. I didn’t want to be pulled in all different directions, and didn’t want a lot of scheduled events. We both envisioned getting married outside surrounded by greenery, and having an open reception where guests could mingle and not be in a single room.
Our wedding ended up being exactly that! We were absolutely thrilled with the final result, and wouldn’t have changed a thing.
Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Heritage Sandy Springs, Sandy Springs, GA
Ceremony: Heritage Green
Reception: Williams-Payne House and Heritage Park
Theme: Enchanted Forest
I began planning before he proposed right after he proposed, and hit the ground running with contacting vendors. We had 14 months to plan, and with Q1 2015 an anticipated hectic time at work for both of us, I wanted everything planned by end of 2014 for the big stuff. We were successful – we booked the venue and photographer by May, the caterer, baker and officiant by July and the DJ by August.
I really loved the planning process – since part of my day job is managing events, I treated our wedding just like another event, which made the process seem less stressful and more enjoyable. Tastings were probably the best part of the planning process for both of us – I mean, who doesn’t like to be pampered with prepared food?
At the beginning stages of planning, I didn’t plan on making the ceremony that unique. I figured I would hire an officiant, and use their script. But once I started doing research on officiants, and reading their sample scripts, I began to imagine our ceremony and pictured it much more differently than before.
The ceremony script was a blend between Rev Deanna’s work and some of our own personal touches, such as the vows and handfasting ceremony. During the planning stages, I knew the script was very “us” like we wanted, but I didn’t know how much it reflected it until we were standing in front of friends and family, actually performing it. It felt absolutely perfect, and I couldn’t imagine changing a single thing.
Irish Blessing, read during the handfasting:
You are the star of each night,
You are the brightness of every morning,
You are the story of each guest,
You are the report of every land.
No evil shall befall you, on hill nor bank,
In field or valley, on mountain or in glen.
Neither above, nor below, neither in sea,
Nor on shore, in skies above,
Nor in the depths.
You are the kernel of my heart,
You are the face of my sun,
You are the harp of my music,
You are the crown of my company.
Excerpt from “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” by Louis de Bernieres, read by my mum:
“Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your root was so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.”
Pre-ceremony: Variety of “nerdy” music including Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Skyrim
Party Processional: “When Ginny Kissed Harry” from Half-Blood Prince
Bridal Processional: “Frostfall” from Skyrim
Handfasting Ceremony: “A Window to the Past” from Prisoner of Azkaban
Party Entrance: “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley (you got rick rolled!)
Grand Entrance: “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy
First Dance: “A Kiss to Build a Dream On” by Louis Armstrong
Father/Daughter: “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
Mother/Son: “Feeling Good” by Michael Buble
Cake Cutting: “Sweet Disposition” by Stringspace Quartet
Garter Toss: “Bonafied Lovin'” by Chromeo
Bouquet Toss: “Spice Up Your Life” by Spice Girls
Last Dance: “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams
- Pork Crostini
- Spinach Artichoke Bites
- Brie with Raspberry Jam Bite
- Around the World Display with Assorted Fruits and Cheese
- Pulled Pork Sliders with Toppings/Sauces
- Pecan Encrusted Fried Chicken
- Fried Green Tomatoes with Bacon Jam
- Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese
- Herb Grilled Squash and Zucchini
- Summer Cranberry Salad
- Cornbread Bites and Rolls
- Canned Sodas and Bottled Water
- Beer: Yuengling and Sweetwater 420
- Wine: Cabarnet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc
- Spirits: Jack & Coke (His) and Spiked Peach Sweet Tea & Lemonade (Hers)
We had a great time at the reception. We had corn hole on our Hogwarts vs. Game of Thrones boards, dancing in the gazebo, and the food and activities up in the house. Kenny (the best man) and Heather (the maid of honor) gave stellar speeches, ending with my parents sharing that they like Brad’s sometimes better than me (ha!). The night ended with a ton of dancing from everyone, and an Uber back to the hotel (yes, you heard me right – it was awesome, and only $12!).
So, thank you to everyone who came to the wedding, spent time with us, and made this day memorable. We appreciate each and every one of you, and the way you have touched our lives up to now, and how you will continue to play a role in our lives together. We are excited to officially have received all of our wedding photos, so hope you liked the sneak preview of them – I’ll be posting the full album on Facebook sometime in the next week or so. Stay tuned!