(pictures tomorrow, if I can convince Kevin to let me. teeheehee)
I have issues when thinking about my wedding. What I mean is, I cannot really think of my wedding without cringing. But only a little. And not because of anything major.... Let me explain...
I wanted to elope.
My mom offered us thousands of dollars to elope! And then she spent all of $700 on my wedding. Mommy rocks the frugality, I know! And it was a nice shindig. I enjoyed my wedding. The worst part was the PLANNING. UGH. If we'd have eloped, there would only have been planning where to go and then enjoying that there beach once we arrived. haha
I think planning a wedding can kill a person. You have two different families of thought, and they clash a lot. I felt like I was stuck in the middle. I know Kevin did too. But I just wanted to marry my dear boyfriend and live happily ever after, even if I didn't get to go to a beach to do it. ;)
I seriously would have been more than happy to elope with the cash. haha :)
But I didn't get to. I ended up having a great big wedding.
And bridesmaid dresses that were red with white polkadots.
I begged for it not to be so. But no one remembers that. Everyone wants to blame everyone else for the polkadots NOW. haha (The polkadots were all my aunt Linda and my mom's fault, btw...Do not let them tell you otherwise. haha)
It wasn't too bad in reality. The dresses were actually cute :)
Ok, who am I kidding, they were a disaster.
BUT they were the only part of the wedding that was. Ok, and... well... my hair was kind of a disaster too...but I won't forgive anyone who won't forget it ;) haha
The rest of it ROCKED. ;)
First of all: I got to marry Kevin. Who wore a red bow tie, by my request, btw. Which saved my life. Because, as it were, the bow tie was crooked throughout the whole ceremony and it totally took my mind off what I was saying. (Is that bad? Should I be admitting this via the world wide web? haha) Hey, I can't help it, I am not a person who is capable of rational thought in front of a crowd. LOL
Second of all: The singing was BEA-U-TI-FUL! We picked out all the cheesy wedding songs :) We had a soloist, Lisa Smith, who was a wonderful singer. She sang the Wedding March for me to come in and sang "We've only just begun" by the Carpenters for our recessional :) (toldja, cheesy!)
My favorite part of the wedding ceremony was when we had her sing "Whither thou goest I will go" It is a pretty little song about Ruth and Naomi, but very fitting for a wedding, dontcha think? I thought so :) She sang it right after we made our vows :) I loved that part.
Third of all: My mom knows how to throw a party. The reception was nothing less than a blast :) Although I wish so many people wouldn't have given us gifts. (I know I am a pain when it comes to being given gifts. It is not that I am not grateful, but I just wanted everyone to come and see us get married, not bring us presents. Really. I am not kidding. We'd already had two wedding showers. We didn't need a thing. Except a house. But that is another post for another time.)
Fourth of all: THE FAMILY & FRIENDS DUDE! My grandma made our wedding cake and her awesome chocolate candy. My mom made the bridesmaid dresses and the side cakes and all the food and the pretty floral things, and of course took care of everything. My mother in law altered my wedding dress for me, putting long lacy sleeves on it. My relatives, including my future mil and sil, decorated the reception building for us (one of our "bridezilla" moments if you ask me, but it's in the past, hopefully everyone forgives us for not helping decorate for our own wedding reception!) My aunt Linda video taped and took pics of EVERYTHING. All but one of my cousins were in the wedding party. Both my sister and brother were in the wedding party. Kevin's only sister and his 2 good friends were in the wedding party. Kevin's dad married us. My dad gave me away. He did it grudgingly, but still, he did it ;) My fourth grade teacher and many of my grade school/jr high/high school classmates were there to see me get married. One of my classmates did my hair for me! I had two hundred guests at my wedding! My best friend from jr high even braved the polkadot dress to register guests for us ;) haha
Basically, I guess what I am saying is: it meant more than anything else to me, having all the people that Kevin and I loved be there and involved when we vowed to start a life together. :)
So even though parts of my wedding were kind of... lame (don't tell my mom I said so, I think she still thinks everyone thought it was the wedding of the year. Because of the polkadots, no less ;) haha You gotta know my mom. LOL) ... it was one of the best days of my life :)