Sorry for the lame-o title. Guys, I’m only a few posts into my wedding recaps, and I’ve already run out of clever titles. I’ve resorted to ripping off mega popular tween movie titles. Sorry about that. No vampires ahead, just early morning adventures at the Wallaby casa.
Where I left off, we fêted our rehearsal at Américas Restaurant, showered our wedding party with gifts, and Mr. W and I shared an emotional ride back to our house. Mr. W dropped me off around 2:00 AM, and between the pampering, the stressful rehearsal, the catching up with old friends and family, and several glasses of wine, I was toast. I fell asleep in two seconds flat.
The next morning, I awoke before everyone else. (Mr. W was staying at his parents’ house, but the out-of-town bridesmaids were sleeping on our living room couches, Mama and Papa Wallaby had taken over our guest bedroom, and Cousin K was fast asleep on the floor of our office. It was a very full house.)
The week of the wedding, the weather forecasts were very unclear about what to expect on our wedding day. One weather website forecasted a 60% chance of rain, while another predicted sunshine. What the heck, weather people? I had no idea what would go down on our wedding day. I just hoped, prayed, and crossed all my fingers and toes that it would be sunny so the wedding could take place outside under the big old oak tree at Oak Tree Manor.
So when I slipped out of bed on Saturday morning, I yanked open the blinds…and beautiful sunlight streamed in the window. I was like:
Peering out at the fields of beautiful blooms at the Skagit Tulip Festival in 2009 / Personal photo
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While I was freaking out in the vestibule, our ceremony was just beginning. We chose the classic “Canon in D” for our parents and wedding party to come down the aisle to. I decided to go as classic as possible for the ceremony, because I liked the idea of having a stereotypical, quintessential ceremony that was the same as the kind I’d performed for Barbie and Ken growing up. Also, I once butchered “Canon in D” at a piano recital, so this gave me some closure on that horrifying experience.
Personal pic / Let’s all take a moment to be thankful this outfit and these glasses don’t exist anymore.
First down the aisle were Mr. Unicycle’s parents, followed by my mom escorted by my little brother. Fun fact: At the rehearsal, for some reason the church coordinator kept telling him that he was “just an usher” even though he was a groomsman, and I think he started to feel a little bad about himself. So now I constantly remind him that he’s “just an usher” whenever he’s annoying me.
Happy Holidays, hive!! I hope you all had an awesome time with your family and/or friends. I was in North Dakota over Christmas where the temperature promptly dropped below zero. Gross. Despite the cold we had a great time celebrating and singing together at church, eating Grandma Sword’s chili, sharing presents, playing games, and gorging on cookies.
I’m actually doing a lot of wedding planning, crafting, and family bonding over the next few days so I won’t have any spare time to write, BUT I will have lots to share with you all starting in January when I’m back in Chicago!
For now here is a project I worked on with Sister/MOH Big Eyes during our time in Bismarck. The back story is that Sister Big Eyes received a new iPad from her school, and she and her third graders made a movie trailer using iMovie. Well, she showed all of us her trailer and after congratulating her on the awesome work, I exclaimed that we just HAD to make one about my wedding too.
When I think about the role of the groom-to-be, I think of two extremes.
Groom #1 is like my older brother:
Brother’s wedding day/ Personal photo
This groom is heavily involved in the planning process. He attends every vendor meeting and is actively involved with every decision. Not only does he care about the DJ, but also the color of the napkins and the type of flowers. He has researched the registry to bits and is quite vocal about his own vision.
Then there is Groom #2:
subola shares the engagement photo used in her save the dates!
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With our wedding less than six months away, I thought I’d share with you some things that have worked well for us so far in this destination-wedding process. A destination wedding requires a lot of time, patience, and effort, but what good is all that if you haven’t properly communicated the details with your potential guests? I’m sure the same is true for local weddings too, so here are some tips on keeping your guests informed.
Image via Etsy shop MyPrimitiveBoutique
We had our date picked about 13 months before the actual day, so we started verbally (and virtually) communicating this to our closest friends and family to ensure that our VIPs would informally save the date.
Like many of my fellow blogger bees, I’ve been MIA for a while due to the holidays. But I miss you guys, so I wanted to pop in briefly to say hi.
This Christmas has been an extra special one for multiple reasons: (1) My brother got married!! (2) My brother got married in Mexico, so we got to go to Mexico!! (3) The Whale family decided to spend Christmas in Mexico! (4) It’s the first Christmas Mr. Whale has spent with my family!
So far, we’re having a blast! Here’s a little teaser of what’s been going on. This is the dancer covered in lights who danced on stilts for much of the wedding reception. Yeah, that happened. I’m now basically convinced everyone should get married in Mexico.
Can you guess who’s not Latina?? That would be me, the ghostly white face in this picture
And not only have we had an AMAZING time, Mr. Whale and I are even more sure than ever that we belong together after some crazy adventures along the way. He was super nervous to leave the country, since it’s his first trip outside of the US. And even though we missed our flight to Mexico, had to fly to Guadalajara instead of our original destination, then take a taxi to the bus station, and then take a nine hour bus ride through the Mexican countryside to get to the hometown of my brother’s wife, we made it through without any cross words to each other.