For the sake of those in their ceremony planning phase in search of ceremony inspiration, I’ve decided to opt for a very long post to have it all in one place. Scroll through the photos or read through the words. We gathered bits from here and there and everywhere with the intention of only using words that were meaningful to us and our wedding ceremony. So I’m going to jump write in and add some commentary in italics throughout. All photos captured by the talented Isos Photography
On behalf of Amy and Joel, welcome and thank you for joining us today. They are so grateful that you have traveled from near and far to share their joy during this wonderful moment in their lives.
Your presence here today is special. You are celebrating with them the love they have discovered in one another and supporting their decision to commit themselves in their journey through life together. We would also like to acknowledge those joining us in spirit today.
At this point we were laughing at ourselves. We’d had a long, serious talk about finances and then threw all logic aside and purchased a ring. This is another moment that makes me smile when I think back on it. We can try so hard to ignore our desires, but every once in a while letting them win the battle is such a joyous feeling.
Once we owned the ring, next up was the question of when would he propose?! Again, I’m laughing as I look back on how we were behaving in these moments—lovestruck teenagers walking around wearing giddy smiles. I wore the ring around as we shopped for his camping trip, and swooned.
Now that we are LESS THAN TWO MONTHS away, I might have to post a bit more frequently about the wedding to get all of it in. I still feel like I have a million things to do, but I can’t quite put my finger on what all of those things are…I think it’s just an inevitable feeling right before your wedding.
As I mentioned in my last few wedding posts, our officiant for the Mexico wedding is going to be my brother-in-law! We still haven’t fully decided on whether or not we are going to go through all of the legal mumbo jumbo to get legitimately married in Mexico (we’re leaning toward saving that for when we are back in the States).
I also mentioned that when we asked our officiant if he would conduct our ceremony we presented him with a little riddle and his shirt for the day. I should have included this picture in the last post, but Mr. Stingray was holding it hostage! Really I just didn’t even know it existed. Anyway, here is the shirt our officiant will be wearing!
Alternate title: “How I Fell in Love with Another Man”
Since our venue is pretty all-inclusive, we didn’t need to search separately for a caterer or a bakery, or to bring our own alcohol. All of those things could have saved us money if we had prioritized the money over the ease of paying one place to do all of those things for us. With a longer engagement, I may have been more apt to do more things ourselves. But with only three months to plan and execute an entire wedding, I have been grateful that we opted for the “easy” plan.
Our cake will come from Lincoln Bakery, in Bellevue. More on that later.
The catering and alcohol is done by The Chadwick, with neat little packages tied up with a bow, so all we needed to do was point to our choice of package. We’re opting for the buffet with the house brand bar package, but we did purchase some upgrades, like an additional hour of bar (for $2.50 a person—what a steal!), and a champagne toast to have at midnight.
Despite the forks in the road, and the otherwise bumpy paths that collided and are now the relationship Mr. Prince Charming and I are treading, neither of us flinched when asked about marriage, even in the beginning.
Sure, months into the relationship the last thing we were thinking about was molding our two lives into one. We were dating! It was fun! When it was the two of us, we were able to ignore the glaring bits of life that we managed outside of our relationship. I imagine it’s similar for many people when they begin a significant relationship—being in the presence of that person is the bright spot in your days.
Maybe it’s because we’re older. Maybe it’s because we fell into a very comfortable stride early in our relationship. Maybe it’s because we adore each other. Whatever it is, the people around us noticed. Even those who didn’t truly know us knew well enough that we’d found a really happy situation. The questions about our future plans popped up early and often. We didn’t necessarily brush them off, but we both knew the answer—we’d get there. We’d get married…on our terms, in our time.
After 47 (estimated) trips to the craft store, 13 months of planning, seven tuxedo rental shops, and two cake redesigns, the Puffers are married!
We’re married! / All photos in this post are personal.
Our Friday the 13th wedding went off without a hitch (at least, not a major one), so no bad luck on what some people deemed a questionable wedding date. Two days later, we sailed off into the sunset—literally—on our honeymoon cruise to the Bahamas. Now we’re back at work, eagerly awaiting our pro pics and reveling in our newly wedded life.