Far Beyond Forever: Details and Favorites

One of my favorite things to remember in the weeks leading up to our wedding came from our very own Mrs. Yorkie: “Don’t let the details become bigger than the purpose.” I even wrote it on a Post-It and stuck it above my work desk!

Nevertheless, there were lots of pretty details to our wedding, some of which you may have seen before but here they all are in one post to do them justice.

‘Something old, and something bee-orrowed':

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My bouquet, wrapped in lace from my mom’s 35 year old wedding dress! I’m so glad my mom didn’t mind me cutting up the sleeve of her dress for this, I loved carrying a piece of my parents’ wedding down the aisle with me. The hair flower was borrowed from the ever-fabulous Mrs. Cupcake, and it matched what I was wearing perfectly.

‘Somethings new, borrowed, and blue':

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The ‘new’ was obviously my dress, which I absolutely love and wish I could wear again right now. My ‘blue’ were my shoes, which I had dyed to that fabulous color, and my ‘borrowed’ is the necklace draped from the top of my perfume bottle – the necklace was a gift from Mr. GP to his mom, years ago!

Moving on to the ceremony, there were the flowers lining the aisle,


Our programs,


Sunglasses for people to take because the guests were facing the setting sun (so much for a funny rhyming sign – I think my brain was fried by the time we printed the signage out the night before we left!),


and the bunting, fluttering in the wind!


After that, we had our cocktail hour with delicious food – one of our stationary setups consisted of three different appetizers each paired with a complementary Dogfish Head beer.


The one shown in this photo was a crostini topped with grilled flat iron steak, stilton cheese and caramelized onions (yum), paired with the 60 minute IPA.

Once we got to the reception, guests picked up their escort flower,


and took their seats at the lovely tables that greeted them!


Throughout the reception, people took advantage of our two flip-flop baskets (each pair was held together with leftover labels we printed for our water bottles… what?! we printed too many!),


and signed cards for our ‘guest box‘ next to a flower arrangement with lilacs that smelled heavenly (the cards to sign were spread out on the table below the glass shelf that held the instructions and the box to put them in):


Then, at the end of the night, here’s how we thanked our guests for spending their evening with us, celebrating our newly minted marriage.


We had three different kinds of favors that guests could choose from: chocolate chip cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, or blue & yellow jelly beans! Luckily for Mr. GP and me, there were a few leftovers of each after the wedding, so we thanked ourselves for having a wedding and chowed down while reading the sweet and funny notes guests had stuck in our guest box.

There were a couple DIY projects that got missed in the pro photos (inevitable), but luckily I think we have guest photos of each!

Finally, I couldn’t resist throwing in a few of my favorite photos that haven’t made it into my posts:


I mean, come on – look at those baby blues!


I love this close up with some of my bridesmaids.


Mr. Guinea Pig’s brother is definitely NOT a dancer, so when Mr. GP’s mom spotted him on the dance floor, this look of delight resulted. I just love how happy they both look in this photo as she goes in for a hug!


Hahaha – BFFs.


Proof that (not-so-) shorty(s) can get low. 😀


Mr. Guinea Pig shares a moment over milk and cookies with two of his best friends.

Okay, okay – I’ll stop there! It was hard narrowing down photos to put in recaps (clearly, since I still managed to have 15 recap posts of our wedding day). But I hope all the photos have given you a sense of what our wedding was like – how surrounded by love we felt, and how much fun we had with our friends and family.

All the details were fun to dream up, plan and execute, but in the end the things I most love looking back on from our wedding are the photos with our guests, and the incredible display of support we had for our marriage. It means the world to us that they took time out of their lives to celebrate with us! So don’t forget: the details are fun and make things beautiful, but don’t let them become bigger than the purpose (getting married)!

Up next: a fond farewell

*** All photos in this post copyright Amy Deputy Photography ***


Mrs. Guinea Pig

Baltimore, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2010
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  1. Member
    MrsSl82be 9010 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:47 pm

    Loved your wedding, and recaps. I have such a soft spot for blue, its been my favorite color since I was born, and I have never wavered!! And it really doesn’t matter what color, I love all blues equally :) Now, if I just had some baby blues like Mr GP’s to stare into all the time…but at least hubs has some killer green eyes 😉

  2. moonbeam Member
    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:48 pm

    All so pretty and picture perfect.

  3. knitting Member
    knitting 1072 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:49 pm

    Those hydrangeas are so pretty!

  4. beagle Member
    beagle 1381 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:58 pm

    I loooove all your details!

  5. msjellyfish Member
    msjellyfish 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:58 pm

    Gorgeous details Mrs. GP!!

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    Miss Twigs 126 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:00 pm

    Great pics! I particularly like the flowers lining the aisle.

  7. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:01 pm

    Love the picture of you getting down on the dance floor!

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    mjchexum 485 posts, Helper bee @ 2:03 pm

    those pics are amazing! everything looked beautiful!

  9. scissors Member
    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 2:04 pm

    Lovely details. As I’m a hungry bunny right now, I particularly like the food deets! :)

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    kayakgirl73 2593 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:04 pm

    GReat pics. Your wedding was beautiful.

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    kayakgirl73 2593 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:05 pm

    DOn’t leave join uson the Newlywed boards.

  12. misspug Member
    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:10 pm

    such fabulous and pretty details! i *cannot* get enough of those escort cards. those were unbelievably awesome.

  13. msgiraffe Member
    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 2:16 pm

    All your details are amazing!

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    Miss Peach Tree 339 posts, Helper bee @ 2:21 pm

    So pretty! Love the blue pattern hearts on your program. And the shoes! They turned out so great!

  15. meerkat Member
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:31 pm

    Everything was just beautiful and the programs – WOW!

  16. trailmix Member
    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:39 pm

    Gorgeous gorgeous details!!

  17. frozen yogurt Member
    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:40 pm

    GP, the details are awesome!! I love the beer paired with the food, yum!

  18. frenchfries Member
    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:45 pm

    I love all of your details — all of them! And I’m so glad you shared the pictures that didn’t “fit” into other posts…they’re awesome!

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    jgoulart 1069 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:55 pm

    NO! You’re not allowed to write a fond farewell. :(
    You’re wedding has been such a pleasure to follow along with, I love your colors and everyone always looks like they’re having a ball!

  20. glasses Member
    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:07 pm

    Such lovely details! The beer with the appetizers- DROOL!

  21. earrings Member
    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:48 pm

    Your wedding was so gorgeous :) Love all the details, and thanks for reminding us of Mrs Yorkie’s saying as well.

  22. Pincushion Member
    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:35 pm

    No! Don’t be done yet-I love all of your posts!
    I love the dancing photo with Mr. GP’s tie flying up . . .how did he do that? He must have really been rocking out!

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    MissCatherine 278 posts, Helper bee @ 4:41 pm

    Oh no! Don’t leave us yet, Mrs GP! Such pretty details.

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    bmore 360 posts, Helper bee @ 4:45 pm

    I absolutely love that beer pairing idea!

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    EmeraldR 753 posts, Busy bee @ 5:13 pm

    Oh my goodness! I wrote that some quote down. I have it on a post-it over my desk, too!

  26. sand dollar Member
    sand dollar 1334 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:15 pm

    Wow. I just love me some details. Your shoe shot is so lovely, that blue pops so much.

  27. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:34 pm

    I am in love with your escort flowers :) They are my favorite.

  28. cheeseburger Member
    cheeseburger 1020 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:43 pm

    omg! LOVE the details. it all turned out so well!! can I have some of that dogfish head, please?! and please don’t leave us! also, thanks for the extra pics! love them!

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    Coffeecake 347 posts, Helper bee @ 10:10 pm

    Oh man, did you have the 120 minute IPA too? That stuff is so hard to find, and sooo good! I like the pairings idea though. And great pics!

  30. lioness Member
    lioness 819 posts, Busy bee @ 10:15 pm

    Ohhh the detail posts are always my favorite! Yours is no exception :) Absolutely stunning, Mrs. GP!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:45 am

    Love your details! The shoe/perfume bottle shot is so cool!

  32. msbuttons Member
    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:33 am

    Your details are all so fabulous. I love how the apps were paired with a specific beer; it is such a cool idea! I also love the photo of Mr. GP having milk and cookies with his friends…like little boys at a sleepover…haha!

  33. cola Member
    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:45 pm

    I big puffy heart seeing all your details in one post!

  34. taffy Member
    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:10 pm

    The details are amazing!!!! The escort flowers… *swoon*

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