October 9, 2010 was the best day of my life. We were surrounded by 200+ of our closest friends and family. I think the easiest way to share our wedding is through pictures and videos with commentary along the way. We were fortunate enough to have our friend Alyssa with us all day snapping pictures, so everything is documented from morning yoga to bonfires. Here we go…
We had the rehearsal dinner at my parents house and a sleepover with all of the bridesmaids that night. The morning seemed to be going really slowly (we didn’t have to be at the salon until 12:00), so I convinced everyone to do yoga in the living room. My sweet momma captured this on her phone.
Most of Alexander’s groomsmen were musicians so we decided to have them play the music for our ceremony. There were only 2 guys who didn’t play music, but they learned just for our wedding! The guys switched instruments a few times and we had a different one sing each song. It was really special having my brother-in-law sing while I walked down the isle.
Alexander bought me a sx-70 land camera as a wedding gift. He had our friend Drew take a picture of him before the ceremony and my dad brought it to me along with the new gift. My dad then took a picture of me and brought it back to Alexander – It was pretty sweet.
Our dear friend (and photographer) Alyssa drew this tree for us. All of the guests stamped their thumbprint and signed their name. It’s one of the most treasured items in our home.
The Chuppa we are standing under was built by my dad and 2 of my brothers. My dad chopped down the wood at my parents cabin in Georgia. The communion table was taken from the cabin to use for the wedding as well. Sweet touches like that made our wedding so special to us.
We decided to have a photo booth, since we had taken pictures in them since the day we started dating. We walked right to the photo booth and took a picture after the ceremony. You can see the excitement on our faces.
Since the wedding was outside, in Florida, in October we decided to make our programs into fans. We enlisted some friends to make us, and the bridal party into cartoons. On the reverse side the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi is printed.
A few weeks before the wedding I sent my brother-in-law (who was the best man) a video of an amazing speech. The video shows the whole bridal party singing and dancing to fiddler on the roof totally surprising the bride. I told him he better beat that… And he did. He gave a sweet speech and then somehow him and my other brother-in-law got into the Hava Nagila with the jazz band that was playing the reception. All of the sudden the groomsmen picked up Alexander & I’s chairs and started running around the dance floor. It was awesome… and really scary.
Make sure to check back tomorrow as we share our wedding playlist.