I just wanted to give you an apology for my absence as of late and my spotty blog posts—I fully intended on scheduling a bunch of blog posts for my wedding/honeymoon absence, but I got sick the week leading up to the wedding, and the morning of the Big Event it fully manifested itself as the flu. Self-care was a bit more important. (Sorry, guys.)
Anyway, I’m back and feeling much better! Our wedding was perfect and everything I hoped it would be (minus chugging PediaLyte from the bottle all day and puking my guts out every half hour the night before. TMI? Sorry.)
Our venue was a beautiful old schoolhouse surrounded by wheat fields, about half an hour away from where I attended high school. We decided on a fall theme (duh, because I’m Marge, Autumn Queen) and tried to incorporate wordsy things as much as possible because J. and I both have English degrees. (He’s an English teacher, and I’m an editor.)
Our ceremony was outside, surrounded by lush maple trees and plenty of pumpkins. I bawled like a baby walking down the isle, even though I carefully picked the music so that I WOULD’NT cry and kept telling myself I wasn’t going to. We had our good friend officiate the ceremony because we wanted someone we knew well and felt comfortable around.
Our flowers came from my cousin Jordyn at Floral Mountains—I carried a gorgeous bouquet of dahlias and oak leaves down the aisle, and our centerpieces were pumpkins filled with flowers. Didn’t she do an amazing job?! Go check out her website ASAP!
Our reception was held inside the schoolhouse in the old gymnasium—it still has the original floor, and one of the original basketball hoops is still up. We cut a lot of costs by making a lot of our own decorations and thrifting what we couldn’t make. The venue also provided a ton of extra stuff for us, like cute chalkboards we could write quotes on.
Our guest book was an old dictionary in which we asked guests to choose words they thought best described us or were best suited for the day (another cost we cut). Everyone had a lot of fun picking out words, and J. and I were so excited to sit down and look at them all!
We served a buffet of chili with all the fixings, cornbread, and a hot cocoa station. A former co-worker of J., who used to bake cakes professionally before going into the education field, offered to make our cake as our wedding gift. It looked like a birch tree and had three different flavors: pink champagne, key lime, and chocolate peanut butter. And I made our cake topper—I’m pretty proud of how it turned out!
I wore a tea-length lace dress with a sweetheart neckline and corset lacing in the back (purchased on eBay for only $80!). I accessorized it with a birdcage veil featuring red flowers, my grandmother’s wedding pearls and earrings from the ’60s, red-toed shoes from Modcloth, red lipstick, and a faux-fur white stole with a brooch to match my necklace.
Our first dance was to Annie’s Song by John Denver—a personal favorite of mine, and which I later learned my parents had also played at their wedding. Cue all the emotional tears.
And now for the picture you’ve all been waiting for: our rings