I woke up on the morning of June 30, 2012 and immediately started crying. I'm already typically an emotional wreck, and realizing it was my wedding day took a toll the second I turned off my alarm. Having to stop myself from turning into a blubbering idiot was an overriding theme of the day. My hair and makeup girl showed up at 9 am followed closely by my bridesmaids and my wedding day officially got going.
Everyone talks about nerves and such on your wedding day, but I wasn't feeling it. I was just really excited. Then, I was getting my hair and makeup done around 1:30 that afternoon. Most of my bridesmaids were taking care of making sure the reception area was set up and I was in the room with just one bridesmaid and the girl doing my hair and makeup. It was quiet in the room for the first time when suddenly it hit. My stomach started to tie itself in knots, and my heart started racing. No cold feet for me, but I started to panic about whether Mike would like the dress, my hair, and my makeup. I mean, I couldn't look like shit on the most important day of my life! Thankfully the girls calmed me down and the day resumed.
Of course just after my hair and makeup finishes a couple of the ushers came by to take my stuff up to the room Mike and I would share that night and bring Mike's note and present to me, and pick up my note and presents for him. While my note was written on lined notebook paper, because that's all I had access to the night before, Mike had to one-up me (so typical, haha). They handed me our iPad, which Mike had recorded a video on the night before as his "note". I cried my eyes out listening to what he had to say, and work on a bridesmaids hair had to come to a halt for a makeup fix.
Later I was dressed and ready to go and it was wedding time. It felt like an eternity that I was hidden in a room while everyone else walked down the aisle. Finally it was time, and off I went. He'll probably kill me for saying this, but Mike made me cry when he started to tear up as I got to him. Thankfully I held it together enough to get through most of the ceremony, up until vow time. I'd started to tear up listening to Mike say his, but when it was my turn I literally had to pause halfway through for a moment because I was on the verge of a total breakdown. I made it through better than I expected, which was awesome, but I don't think I heard a single thing our officiant said. I was too busy grinning like an idiot at Mike and forcing myself to hold the tears in.
We were then officially married and got to spend the rest of the night celebrating with our closest friends and family. Unfortunately last minute a few couldn't make the trip for the wedding. One guy couldn't get clearance by his doctor to travel after hitting a deer on his motorcycle the previous month and flying a nice 100 yards down the road. One of Mike's groomsmen also couldn't make it because his wife gave birth the night before. Thankfully one of our ushers stepped up and filled in.
Towards the end of the night something really awesome happened. Turned out there were fireworks over Lake George that night. It was unexpected and I found out about it only the night before. My dad joked that he spared no expense for the wedding, but it was amazing to be able to enjoy those before the party ended.
For the record, I highly recommend using music from the Vitamin String Quartet for pre-ceremony, ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner music. We received so many comments on how awesome it was to listen to. If you don't know, VSQ does orchestral versions of modern mostly rock songs. People had a blast trying to pick out what all the songs were. Since Mike and I don't agree on music most of the time this was a great choice for us. We chose mostly 90's to early 00's music from bands like Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Coheed and Cambria, etc.
Our music lineup (all Vitamin String Quartet covers) went like this:
Parents and groom entrance for ceremony - "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac
Wedding Party entrance - "Soul to Squeeze" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
My entrance - "Beautiful Day" by U2
Recessional - "Today" by Smashing Pumpkins
When we made our entrance to the reception we wanted to choose something that would typically be played at a hockey game for a team's entrance, because let's be honest, hockey runs our lives. We chose AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" the real version. Our first dance was to "Stuck on You" by Failure. Not exactly first dance material, but it's our song and our wedding, so we did what we wanted, decent first dance be damned, haha. People spent all night saying how "us" the music selection was.
We haven't gotten any of our professional photos or video yet, but received so many amazing pictures from friends and family. I figured I'd throw some of those in here and put up some of my favorite shots from the photographers later on when I get them. Before I do I just wanted to throw out a big thank you to everyone who sent either of us messages wishing us good luck and congrats. It means so much to us to see all the support from family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers alike. I'm the happiest I've ever been right now and looking forward to what the future for us holds. Thanks again!
|Sign outside of our reception room|
|Reception room - view of Lake George and surrounding mountains out windows|
|Close up of table settings (annoyed that ribbon came off my favor box)|
|Just pronounced husband and wife|
|Wedding Party (3 guys on left were ushers)|
|Love this photo of ring bearer and flower girls|
|Double Dutch ropes|