I’ve been to (and in) a lot of weddings over the last few years (I was a bridesmaid in 6 out of 7 of my own bridesmaids’ weddings), so when it came to planning my own wedding, I found it was helpful to use those experiences as a guide of what to do, and what not to do. We really wanted to have a day that not only was one that we would never forget, but also one that our friends and family would be able to enjoy. That ended up being the biggest guide to most of our decisions, from the venue, to food, to timeline, we tried to make choices that would help our guests have the most fun. Though it probably goes without saying, our own wedding was easily my favorite wedding that I’ve ever attended, mostly because I got to marry the man of my dreams, but also because it was honestly a perfect day, and I think many of our guests had just as much fun as we did.
One of the most rewarding things about our wedding is how much my (now) husband, Keith, helped with the planning and a lot of the little details. With the help of his mom, we designed the invitations and programs together. He helped me paint a few things and helped me out with some of the signs we made. Also, his favorite color is green, so we decided to make that one of our wedding colors, and he took care of picking out the outfits that he and his groomsmen wore. Having his support and input really helped us have a wedding that had a lot of things that we both enjoyed, and a wedding that truly represented us as a couple.
We wanted to keep our ceremony pretty brief, mostly due to my nerves of being the center of attention in front of so many people, but also because we wanted to move on to the party as soon as possible! It was important to me that I could include all of my family in the ceremony, so I had my two younger brothers be ushers, my three older sisters were all bridesmaids, my niece was our adorable flower girl, and my four nephews carried signs down the aisle right before my entrance that said: “Here Comes The Bride”. Our officiant, Adam, approached the ceremony by speaking directly to us and he gave a wonderful message that I know neither of us will ever forget. During our five months of engagement, we were able to do premarital counseling with Adam and his wife, which was a wonderful time of Keith and I getting to dive deeper into each other’s lives, but also made it possible for Adam to give us such a personal, meaningful, and applicable message as we entered into marriage.
When the ceremony was over, it was so convenient to have the reception in the same building, as our guests were able to immediately head downstairs and enjoy a variety of Kombucha flavors, another one of our favorite details that we continuously hyped to all of our friends leading up to our wedding day! Even though walking down the aisle and seeing more than 200 people stare at me was the most nervous I’ve ever been, it was such a joy to go around with Keith during the reception to talk to and thank each of our guests individually. Our reception was a blast. The setup was beautiful, we had great food, great company, and we danced the night away. We both really enjoyed the father-daughter and mother-son dances, and of course our first dance. My Matron of Honor was my older sister, and Keith’s Best Man was his older brother, so it was a lot of fun to have both of our older siblings toast to us and tell stories about us, and it meant a lot to us to have speeches that were so heartfelt and personal.
By far though, Keith and I would say that our favorite part of the day was when we went around the neighborhood where our venue was with our photographer to take photos as a couple. It was great partially because it was a beautiful day and a beautiful area, but also because we got to slow everything down, get away from everyone, just enjoy each other’s company, and let it sink in that we were finally married! Our happiness was captured beautifully in those photos by our very talented photographer, Emily Kowalski, and we love looking back on our most perfect day and remembering the special moments.
– Bride, Marci