Attending: We had what I thought was the perfect amount of people at our wedding. We had just under 100 people come, and it was mostly family and a few very close friends. It was just the right amount to be able to go talk to everyone there without feeling overwhelmed. We had a lot of out of town guests, and one of the most exciting things was that Thomas's sweet grandparents and aunt came all the way from England to our wedding!
Bridesmaids: My dear sister (on my right in this picture) was my Maid of Honor. My other bridesmaids were three of my wonderful girlfriends from my sorority in college. I loved being able to celebrate with these awesome girls!
Cake: Our cake had chocolate and vanilla, and it tasted amazing! It was over 100 degrees on the day of our wedding though, so the swirls didn't hold up too well.
We also had a cookie table! My mom, grandma, other relatives, and family friends baked all kinds of awesome treats to have out on the table for the guests! It's a tradition from the Italian side of my family, and I loved it!
Dress: I loved everything about the wedding, but I really, really, really LOVED my dress! It was exactly what I had in my mind. I loved the sweetheart neckline, the touches of lace, and the a-line look.
Thomas was a complete sweetheart and hand-sewed letters onto a blanket. He proposed on a picnic on our dating anniversary, and it was so very special, especially because our first date was a picnic (and the fact that he spent so much time sewing on the letters)! :)
Flowers: I know I just said I really loved my dress, but in terms of details my flowers were my absolute favorite thing! Our florist did such a wonderful job, and the flowers were about half of the cost of other florists we looked at. I thought they were absolutely beautiful!
Groomsmen: Thomas's Best Man was his younger brother. His other two groomsmen were my brother and one of his good friends and roommates from college. Again, an awesome group of people that we were so happy to celebrate with!
I had to throw this picture in because it makes me laugh. I made us t-shirts to wear the day after our wedding. My sister and brother got us bride and groom hats, and I loved them!
My family reunion was the day after the wedding since everyone was in town, so we went to that in the afternoon and then headed off to our honeymoon! My in-laws were extremely generous and allowed us to use their time-share and paid for our flights, so we were able to go to Kauai. It was an absolutely incredible week that neither of us will ever forget!
Invitations: I had to black out some of the personal details in Paint, but these were our invitations! Our wedding color was light blue with touches of gray damask, and I loved how the invitations turned out. We had a "belly band" with "T&C" on it that went around the invitation and response card, which I thought was a fun, modern touch.
Justice of the Peace:
Our priest was the priest from my home church and he was a joy to work with. We were actually very blessed to work with him and also with the priest from our Newman Center at school to prepare for the wedding. I thought all of the pre-marital counseling before the wedding was one of the best parts of planning!
Keepsakes: We did a candy bar for our favors, and it was so neat seeing it all come together on the day of the wedding!
Thomas is absolutely amazing and made all kinds of things for the wedding, which I will talk more about in part 2. He designed these super cute bags for the favors. We ordered cheap white bags online, Thomas created the labels, and we printed them out on name tags. They took a while to assemble, but they were definitely worth it!
I am not a wild and crazy girl, so my Bachelorette party was perfect for me! We went out to get our nails done, and then we went out for dinner at Firebird's. We went back to my house for the night to play games and have a sleepover. It was such a fun night with my wonderful friends! My sweet little sister planned it all! For Thomas's Bachelor party he went white water rafting with his friends, and they had a blast as well! Low key, but still super fun! :)
We had traditional music during the ceremony, and our first dance was to Michael Buble's Everything.
Part 2 is scheduled to post tomorrow!