This installment of my ‘Looking Back’ series* focuses on one of the details about our big day that I am very grateful for: we went a little overboard.
As many of you know, Mr Corn and I were married at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. After the ceremony, we hosted an authentic New England clam bake. Considering how close we were to the water, and the food we were serving, it only made sense that every detail at our wedding was based on our New England Coastal theme.
Everything, that is, except for these guys:
When our site coordinator at the Fort mentioned that we could hire Revolutionary War reenactors, Mr Corn and I both knew they would be perfect for our event. We didn’t care that they had nothing to do with being ‘New England Coastal’, we figured they would be fun. Then we found out we could have an authentic Revere Cannon lit as well! We went back and forth on the cannon for quite a while, but in the end we decided that hiring the reenactors was the start of going overboard, so we might as well go completely!
And, you know what?
IT WAS GREAT!! Our guests LOVED it!!
The soldiers and the cannon added elements to the day that truly made our wedding unique and fun. The best part was that even though we only officially hired four reenactors, about 12 showed up. My guess is that the Civil War reenactors and the Revolutionary War reenactors are actually the same people. Since there was a full Civil War reenactment taking place inside the fort the weekend we were married, we figured they were all excited about an opportunity to wear their other outfits and just showed up!
One of the reenactors handed out our programs and acted as an usher:
I was escorted from the fort to my dad by a team of four reenactors, while four others stood along the side with their swords raised in salute:
When we got to my dad, they ‘presented’ me to him…very official:
As Mr Corn and I turned to face our families, we were announced as husband and wife and then the cannon went off! It was LOUD but such great fun. Then the reenactors saluted us as we recessed:
A shot of the Revere Cannon:
A group shot before the reenactors headed home (and by ‘home’ I mean ‘back-into-the-fort-to-change-back-into-their-civil-war-outfits’):
Do any of you have anything ‘overboard’ planned for your wedding?
*Previously in this series…
I’m so glad I did this:
renting a full length mirror
setting my DIY deadline for a week out from the wedding
making arrangements for my disabled father so he could participate
having an ‘open-door policy’ at the site where I got ready
I wish I could fix this:
being too proud to start a few minutes late
not testing all of the directions before sending them out
forgetting to pause before rushing down the aisle
handling the cake cutting logistics