If you hadn’t already guessed from the title—spoiler alert! We’re not serving cake at our wedding. Cake’s not our favorite, it’s pretty pricey, and the last few weddings we’ve been to, we’ve been too busy dancing to even sit down to taste the cake. Mr. T and I both agreed that pie was a better fit for the farm vibe at our wedding, so that’s what we agreed on! If you’re not sold yet, check out this wedding pie bar inspiration:
There was never really any question that our ideal wedding would be on the Cape. Mr. H and I have been going there every summer since we were babies,and since we started dating in 2005, we’ve been coming here together as well. The salty air, the sand stuck to your feet, the scrub pines…all of it just seemed like the perfect setting for a wedding, for our wedding (eek!). But where, exactly, would we have it? We set out with my parents one rainy weekend in January 2014 (yes, I wasted no time in getting down to wedding-planning bidness) to visit just about every venue on the Cape that met our criteria:
No carpeting (We both hate, hate, hate carpeting, and as a detail-oriented type-A, I especially dislike how hard it is to match decor to the usual brownish/goldish/reddish carpeting of hotel ballrooms.)
Fits 200 people
Oceanfront or view
Highfield Hall. This one isn’t waterfront, but it is one my momma found in her online hunting, so I thought it was worth a shot! It looks a little bleak in these photos because it was (a) rainy and (b) winter, but it would look gorgeous in the summer with all the flowers in bloom.
One of their outdoor ceremony sites is on a grassy knoll, in front of a couple of big, beautiful trees.
One of my favourite parts of wedding details are the invitations suites. I just love how they are the perfect opportunity to showcase your wedding before the big day. Considering one of my favourite places to browse the aisles at is Staples, I think it’s safe to say I have a thing for office supplies and stationery. Seriously, a new pack of pens can make my day. Don’t even get me started on filling out a fresh calendar.
I know that people spend a lot of time writing their wedding ceremony. Um, we didn’t. Pastor York had two versions of the ceremony: traditional and contemporary. We chose contemporary and told him that we also had personalized vows (in addition to the traditional ones), and I told him that my mom wanted to do a reading. Voila…our ceremony was “crafted.”
Here was our ceremony text with some photos thrown in.
Welcome! Good afternoon. We are gathered here today in the presence of family and friends, to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments. We are here to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words that will unite Kelly and Timothy in Holy Matrimony.
As I relayed in my last posts, we spent the vast majority of our time in Negril lounging around and stuffing our faces. But lest you think we were total bums (we were), we did get into a couple shenanigans on our “mini-moon.”
Of course, by “shenanigans” I mean we went to the spa, took a harrowing walk down the road for breakfast, and jumped off a bridge together.
The one thing we pre-planned before our trip was a spa appointment. The Rockhouse Spa gets rave reviews and is relatively affordable. We selected the couple’s romance package, which included a body scrub, a wrap, and a massage. The treatments were so relaxing they lulled me to sleep! Mr. Crab was teasing me about snoring during our wrap—so embarrassing!
While it was easy to choose who we wanted in our wedding party, it was a challenging task to figure out how to dress our nontraditional wedding party! Should the bridesmen dress the same as the groomsmen or differently? We wanted to make sure our wedding party looked cohesive, not like they all stepped out of different catalogs.
Our approach started with selecting looks for the traditional members of our party: the groomsmen and bridesmaids. Mr. T started shopping for his wedding suit months ago and he selected J. Crew’s Ludlow suit in charcoal. He decided that he would like his groomsmen to wear suits in various shades of gray. Most of his guys either already owned a gray suit or were in the market for one, so this worked out really well. The guys will also wear green ties, which we will purchase for them, and boutonnieres of greenery that I will DIY. The gentlemen will look something like this, but with jackets instead of vests.
Then came the ladies. I love the look of mixed up styles and colors on bridesmaids! I have three beautiful ladies all with different body types and skin tones, and I wanted them to feel comfortable in what they were wearing. I decided on knee-length chiffon dresses in various shades of coral and peach, like this:
The wedding bubble is an interesting world to be in. When you’re planning a wedding, you’re well aware of the trends and the current practices. Sometimes it’s easy to forget what you’ve actually encountered in your everyday life versus read about hundreds of times before on the internet.
Wedding websites are one of those things where it seems like everyone has one. It’s common practice in the wedding world; however, I personally have never been to a wedding where there was one.
Since I recently started a business, I was just in the throes of website building. As someone who has been blogging for over five years, I know a thing or two about HTML and putting together a website. Moving over to wordpress.org was a big leap in skill level, and after a few too many moments of frustration, I managed to build a self-hosted website I’m pretty proud of.
Our wedding is fairly atypical, and we really wanted an easy way to communicate with our guests beyond the detail card in our invitation suite. (We’ve already explained everything to the grandparents in person.)