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.)
With a desired list of decorations in my hand and a love of vintage in my heart, I made my way to the beautiful barn that contains all of Treasured Rentals‘ goodies. Since I wanted to make a fun afternoon of it, I invited Bridesmaid Smiley along. This proved to be an awesome decision, since she kept me from renting everything in the store. Because basically, this GIF sums up the experience I had that afternoon…
There were no truer words to describe walking into a barn full of the most lovely, beautiful vintage wedding decorations, ready to be added to the rental list for my wedding. I may or may not have pinched myself upon first seeing it all. I liken it to a man walking into a showroom full of shiny new cars, mesmerized…except, my shiny new cars came in the form of old pretty stuff that I actually got to take out of the showroom and out for a spin (at least for the night).
Hey there, hive. I just wanted to apologize for my recent blogger absence. My amazing grandpa just passed away, so life has been a little chaotic. I though this would be a good place to shout from the proverbial rooftops—I love you, Grandpa Joe!! OK, back to the happy stuff!
A little story to start todays’ post out…
Seven Valentine’s Days ago, Mr. O and I made reservations at the Johnny Carino’s (Italian food…yummmm) here in Bend for a delicious lasagna dinner. Halfway through the meal, our waiter—a young gentleman, who looked to be about my age—got down on bended knee and handed me a box of chocolates. Mr. O and I were both squirming a little (Umm, hello?! Can’t you see we’re on a date here? With each other?!) when he told us that the restaurant staff had decided to give us the annual award of “sweetest Valentine’s Day couple.” Then a group of retirement home carolers serenaded us with love songs while we ate. Oh. Em. Gee. Proudest moment of my life.
So, every year on Valentine’s Day, we’ve returned to Johnny Carino’s in pursuit of the sweetest couple award. We never won again. We actually never even saw anyone else get *our* box of chocolates and the waiter on bended knee and the geriatric carolers, so maybe it’s not something they do anymore. But I tell ya, once you get a taste of being the sweetest person in an Italian restaurant…you want more.