I was a bit frazzled from, well, stuff going wrong, and we were running out of time in the reception and our photographer’s time. Thus, I put on a brave face and decided we were going to cut the cake ASAP, just so we would insure that we would get some pictures of it.
I believed I talked in great detail about the sheer number of cupcakes we tried out in order to pick a bakery for our cupcakes. We ended up picking Cakeology, half because their logo is a panda (and what can I say, I’m a sucker for cute logos) and half because their cupcakes are delicious.
Photo by Lisa Rigby Photography
Well, this ended up being our cupcake tower on the day of. We had a small cutting cake on top with some of our flowers on top. On the bottom, we had four different types of cupcake, german chocolate, peanut butter chocolate, strawberry white chocolate, and peach melba.
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Even though it’s inevitable this year that the focus of gift-giving in my family is going to be on our one-year-old (and the only grandchild on both sides), I still want to take the opportunity to choose nice things for The Dude, my mom, and my in laws. Since the in laws are in Colorado and we’re traveling by plane to visit them, we have to choose our gifts wisely; we can either buy small things, or we can purchase online and have them shipped directly to Colorado, then wrap them when we get there. (We have done this the past couple of years, and it works out pretty well!)
I’ve also got a few things I’ve been eyeing for myself.
WHAT I’VE ASKED SANTA FOR
Handmade Linen Cocktail Napkins from Smith Handmade, $23 for a set of 6
I realized after busting out the “nice” napkins for Thanksgiving that my nice napkins are actually puke colored, perpetually wrinkled (yes, I tried ironing them), and non-matching. So I think it’s time for something new and cute! I am obsessed with the neon + neutral combo (still not sick of it).
Yes he is.
Because it’ll be the height of summer, Mr. Big has settled with a lighter coloured suit. Most of the wedding will be under cover, but during photography, we’ll have the sun beating down on us. Mr. Big has since told me that he doesn’t intend to wear a suit jacket because of this, with which I agree wholeheartedly. The jacket will be a prop—something to sling over his shoulder during photography. The fabric that we’ve settled on is cotton—which is light and breathable in the heat. It’ll hopefully negate most of the heat. He’ll also be wearing a vest over his custom-tailored shirt (more on that later!). The guys won’t be wearing boutonnieres, but we’ll be getting some for our fathers.
When we first started thinking of the groom and groomsmen wear, I was stumped! I’ve never been very good at fashion and men’s fashion is completely out of my league, so I was completely out of my depth. Mr. Big, however, is very good at knowing what to wear with what. When we went shopping at the local “super mall” back in November 2012, Mr. Big was explaining what would look good with what and what he wanted.
He knew what he wanted to go for and it impressed me. I always knew he had a good eye for things, but seeing it in action during shopping was awesome.
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Ceremony Part I Here.
Sparky and Miss Campfire, you have heard these readings of love and have now arrived at the time to express your love and commitment to each other.
Miss Campfire, do you take Sparky to be your husband, as the companion of your heart, to share the joys and challenges of your life, to support and help one another, to celebrate each other, and to grow together in love?
After Father C delivered the homily, he invited us to join him on the altar, along with our two witnesses, MOH Long Legs and Best Man Tequila.
“My dear friends, Miss Waterfall and Mr. Waterfall, you have come together in this chapel, so that the Lord may seal and strengthen your love in the presence of your family, your friends, and the Church. Christ abundantly blesses this love. He has already consecrated you in baptism and now, he enriches and strengthens you by a special sacrament so that you may assume the duties of marriage in mutual and lasting fidelity, And so, in the presence of your families, your friends, and God, I ask you to state your intentions.”
- Miss Waterfall and Mr. Waterfall, have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?
- We have.
- Will you love and honour each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?
- We will.
- Will you accept children lovingly from God, and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his church?
- We will.
“Since it is your intention to enter into marriage, join your hands and declare your consent before God and his Church. But before you do, we will pray for you and bless your hands”.
Whenever I think of a wedding tasting, I imagine a couple having a one-on-one meeting with a catering team, having a bite of this or that, and providing detailed feedback on each dish. You know, something along the lines of, “Sure, Ms. Caterer, we’d love to serve the halibut, but we’d like you to go a little heavier on the paprika,” or something like that. I have no idea where I got that impression from, but that’s what was in my head.
Our tasting was like the exact opposite of that. But it was so much fun!
Truth be told, Bees, Stallion and I had been looking forward to our tasting for ages. I mean, it’s food—what’s not to get excited about?
We hadn’t attended any tastings prior to booking our venue. The catering is handled by the hotel restaurant, which I’ve eaten at plenty of times over the years, and we knew going in that the food was great. The way our venue handles the tasting is like a test run for a real wedding. They bring in all the staff who work weddings, the rooms are set up like a wedding, and they even bring in local vendors for anyone who is still looking. The tasting is open to both couples who have already booked their weddings and those who haven’t. And, of course, most of the food that we have to choose from for our menu is available for us to taste (or pig out on).
My dad hitting up the raw bar, which we are SO including in our cocktail hour. Please ignore the dress pants + sneakers combo.
Our wedding is in about nine months, and since the early stages of planning, we knew that there was going to be some issues with the guest list. I have a huge family and a few close friends, while my fiancé is completely the opposite. He has a very tiny family and tons of friends. Our guest list has about 240 people on it—much more than my parents can afford to pay for. To add to this issue, my fiancé feels that all of his friends need to bring a date. That would probably put our guest list at 300 people! So what I would like is to have only married or engaged people be allowed to bring their significant others, and maybe those who have been in long-term relationships. But I don’t think it is necessary for every single person to bring a date, especially since his friends are all friends with each other, so it’s not like they won’t know anyone there. I have told him that it’s just not feasible for everyone to bring a date, and that my parents can’t afford it. However, instead of understanding he just pouts and says that he just won’t invite those people at all then, because “they won’t want to drive all the way here alone.” Anyway, that’s just a small part of the problem…