Wedding: Part Three

Part Two

Part Three: The Reception

I really wanted to have a dance. I found an elementary school / community center where we could do it about 15 miles from the chapel. We ate and danced in the dining hall. The lights and colored hardwood floors were really fun, and there was plenty of room for people to sit and eat, stand and mingle, or dance. My favorite part? The children’s art that lined the hallways.

We couldn’t do a slideshow, so I made photo trees. I scanned a bunch of photos of LT and I growing up. Then I printed them at Walmart, cut them up, and my personal assistants punched holes and added the ribbon. They really should have been paid for all the work they did. I am so grateful to them!

Here’s the centerpiece for the head table. I bought decorations that I would be able to use in our new home together. The vase was $20 clearance at JC Penney’s. Filling the vase are the fresh anemones that I had originally planned to use for our bouquets. I am actually really happy I ended up using fake flowers (see my bouquet at left). All the candles are in our home now.

After a yummy lasagna meal, I got to cut the cake with LT’s saber, a Marine Corps tradition. Our cake was carrot with a cream cheese frosting. Everybody else got a marble sheet cake made, cut up, and served by the caterers. The carrot cake was AMAZING. I am pretty upset nobody saved another piece for LT and I!

Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of the centerpieces for the guest tables. On each table was a white tablecloth. In the center was a black “puddle” of fabric, on top of which we’d scattered black river stones and white glass stones. In the middle of the black fabric was a clear plastic square plate (check the party section) with tea lights and mason jars. The fabric and mason jars were reused from my matron of honor’s August wedding. Favors were three jingle bells from Michael’s tied with ribbon with a tag that had LT’s and my name on it, with our wedding date (yes, I altered the photo for privacy’s sake). Guests could jingle the bells to make us kiss, and could take them home as Christmas ornaments.

I hated the thought of buying a pretty guestbook only to have the first two pages filled with names like an impersonal roll call. Instead, I bought a scrapbook and put a page at every table along with a box of crayons. People could be more creative and have fun while waiting for their food. We got a sweet note or a doodle from everybody. After the usual (husband, dress, ring, bouquet), this is my favorite keepsake of the wedding.

After dinner, dancing, and dessert, I tossed the bouquet and LT and I made our escape to the Saint Paul Hotel, where we stayed a few days before we packed up all my belongings and made the move to NC. I think you know what happened next.

Photos by Beautiful Era, friends and family.
Location: Oakwoods Room at Eisenhower Community Center/a>

Wedding: Part Two

Part One

Part Two: The Ceremony

“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” was the processional, and we all sang the third verse of the hymn during the ceremony. A friend of mine played the violin for us. “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” was the Wedding March.

My little brother was our ring bearer, and my cousin was the flower girl. The dress and pillow were eBay finds. The basket was from Michael’s. I willingly gave up my dream of having the ring bearer dressed up like Frodo Baggins (ha…hahaha). I still would have liked to have a picture of it, though!

We got married at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel in Minneapolis. I especially like how it harkens back to castles and the story of how we met.

The chapel granted my wish of stained glass windows. LT’s church met in a gymnasium, and mine had a contemporary auditorium. Anything comparable to the chapel that would let us have LT’s dad marry us was at least $3,000 to rent. Our entire budget was $5,000, so this was a great find—$500 with military discount—and it was perfect for us.

This is one of my favorite photos. The chapel let us use all of their candles and candle holders for a small fee. We were married after Christmas, so they nicely left up the Christmas lights and red ribbons for us. The caretaker was seriously the sweetest, cutest old man I’ve ever met (you know, besides my great grandpas).

To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish ’till death do us part.

LT’s dad was a Navy Captain. After he retired, he became a pastor. It was important to LT and me to have him perform our wedding for us.

One of my favorite features of my dress: POCKETS.

Did I mention LT and I are big Star Wars fans? He was slightly upset because his uniform restricted him from putting his arms above his head. Dress blues aren’t exactly combat-ready.

Photos by Beautiful Era. Location: Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel

Next: the Reception.

Wedding: Part One

I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out how to consolidate my favorite wedding photos into one post. Yeah, not going to happen. So, for the next three posts, you will be getting the scoop on our vintage-inspired, 2009 Minnesota Winter Wedding (yes, you read that right.)

Part One: Before the Ceremony

The Groom and groomsmen. LT is in the center, with C and J on the left, his brother S (best man) and F on the right.

LT’s brother is in the Navy. The other guys were in tuxes that they owned or rented. Bowties and no vests.

My dress was a vintage-inspired Oleg Cassini dress from David’s Bridal. Pearls were borrowed from my grandmother. I wanted flowers in my hair instead of a veil. These were from Michaels. My shoes were from Famous Footwear. It wasn’t easy finding flat, ivory dressy shoes!

I ordered wholesale anemones for our bouquets, but they didn’t open because of the cold (a warm 20 degrees). Thankfully my bridesmaids and I made some bouquets with fake flowers for the outside photos, and we ended up using those for the ceremony. Mine were large ivory and tan peonies, and theirs were fake anemones (gorgeous white flowers with black centers). We cut them to length, wrapped with floral tape, wrapped with thick blue ribbon, and embellished with thin white ribbon.

Left to right: A, my best friend from childhood; E, college roommate; me; R, matron of honor; L, college friend and C’s wife. E was a saint, and tried on dozens of dresses before we found these. They were perfect, and they cost less than 40 bucks! Wraps were from David’s Bridal.

We decided to take photos beforehand. This is after we saw each other the first time.

So ready to spend the rest of my life with this man. (Yes, that is a sword. A saber, technically.)

Photos by Beautiful Era. Location: Minneapolis Sculpture Gardens

Next: The Ceremony