I know it’s been a while since I have blogged, but things have just been crazy busy! We FINALLY had our wedding, which was amazing, but nothing has slowed down for me at all! But honestly, I wouldn’t change it. Life would be so boring if I didn’t have anything to do.
So, as I said, we are married…. again, lol. The wedding was more than I could have ever imagined. Though there were a few bumps in the road, I never let it get to me and made it through without any breakdowns or anything! People kept asking me if I was ok because I was so calm and collected. My chairs and tables were supposed to be delivered the day before at noon, but at 4:00 they hadn’t arrived. I calmly contacted the vendor and asked what was going on. They informed me that they had me down as picking them up, but I specifically asked days before when I called to add more tables and chairs when they would be delivered, and I was told noon. But I kept my cool and agreed to allow them to bring them promptly at 8:00 the next morning. And that is just one of the bumps that I handled like a champ. Not that my inner biotch wasn’t screaming inside or anything, but I told myself that I would not let ANYTHING ruin my day. And nothing did!
So when I sent out my invites, I expected to only get back the statistically numbered 80% or so, but shockingly we received all but maybe 5. And of the total RSVP’s, only 2 didn’t show. I was shocked to say the least. But knew that we had invited all of our closest friends and family, and they always support us in everything that we do. So when I walked out and seen the full house sitting there, I was taken back. Just the most amazing feeling to have everyone we love the most there to share such a special day with them.
So we get through the ceremony, and then on to the good stuff… the reception. It started with our first dance, which was a mystery song. Chris decided he wanted to surprise me, so I gave in. Against my own will too. It was very hard to give that up as I have always imagined dancing to something we both choose together. But I put my pride aside and let him do it. So let me just paint the picture for you…. We walk out as we are introduced, the DJ (who was amazing) announced that this song was chosen by Chris and was a surprise, and then the song came on…. Well, I am sure my eyes were bigger than ever when the head banging heavy metal song came on, and I grabbed Chris’ arms and gave him the look of death and told him this better not be the song. He commenced to head banging for a few seconds, thus making me a wee bit upset, and then the DJ cut the song off and said he was kidding and played the real song. The song he chose was “What a Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwo. I t was beautiful and took me back to our amazing trip in Hawaii. I was very proud of him for picking such a beautiful song.
I have to say, we seriously have some of the best people in our lives and they sure know how to have a good time. We had everything from little ones break dancing, to one of our closest friends Anthony showing off his Michael Jackson dancing skills on the dance floor. My cousin Onie shocked the hell out of me when she sang a song that Chris and I danced to. Of course I bawled my eyes out. Onie and I have not only been cousins our whole life, but best friends. It meant sooo much to me to have her sing at my wedding. And to hide it so well. My parents also surprised us with Charlie Gear, whom is an AMAZING fiddle player.
There is just so much that I could say about this day, but it would be a novel. But I do need to give credit where credit is due. My venue… AMAZING! We chose Swore Cottage in Weirsdale, FL which is owned by Scottie and Larry Swor, two of the nicest and welcoming people you will ever meet! I first seen this place when a friend of my shot a wedding there several years ago, and in turn referred a friend there for her wedding. Through seeing both of the sets of photos between my friends shoot and my other friend’s wedding, I was in love. Not only is this venue beautiful, but it is so accommodating in many ways. When you rent this venue, it includes two beautiful cottages for you to stay in from Thursday before the wedding, till the day after. It makes things so much more relaxing and stress free. There is also some extra space for RV parking, and plenty of parking for guests. They have all sorts of items you can use like an arch, a bar, wedding swing, and sooo much more! It really is the total package! So if you are looking to have an amazing outdoor wedding at a beautiful venue, PLEASE check out Swor Cottage! I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed!
My food… OMG, where do I start when it comes to the food. Well, it was in one word, AMAZING! My aunt Cheri went above and beyond for me. The food is still being talked about two weeks later! But I had no doubt that she would give me anything more than the best. You know why? Because she is the best! Everyone I talked to said how they have never had such amazing choices, and food that delicious at an event! But I knew this would be everyone’s reaction because she seriously has some mad skills in the kitchen! One of my friends was worried that there wouldn’t be enough food left because she was at one of the last tables to go eat, but I laughed when I heard that because I was there when we purchased everything for the food….. and it was A LOT! And that might even be an understatement! So if you are looking for someone to cater your event in the Nashville area, or even FL (I will gladly pay her gas money), she is the best. And she is another one that won’t disappoint! I can send you over 100 references just from my wedding alone! No joke!
My DJ… So, do any of you listen to 93.7 K Country? If you do, then you know him. Lewis Stokes from K Country was our DJ, and he was amazing! He came highly recommended, and boy am I glad I went with him. Not only did he keep things going and on time, he played all the best music, took requests, and even allowed Chris to pull a big one on me with the first dance surprise. When we met with him before the wedding, I knew we chose the right DJ. He was so personable, and he didn’t kick me out when I rambled on and on (I do that a lot). But he was a trooper, and we were reassured that we had made the right decision after that meeting and again at our wedding. So definitely consider Lewis for your DJ if you are planning a wedding or event. No doubt you will love him!
My photographer… I hired a friend of mines sister Marcy, whom I had only met twice. She lives in NY, but when I spoke to her about doing my photos, she made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I flew Marcy in the Thursday before the wedding, and she spent the whole time with me helping in any way she could. At times she was helping in the kitchen, running errands with me, helping load and unload things, and of course taking photos. She was a godsend, and I am so happy that I asked her to come join us and photograph our wedding. It was almost like she was part of our family. She certainly fit in, that’s for sure. I highly recommend her to anyone in NY looking for someone to capture that special day.
And last, but certainly not least, my parents! If it wasn’t for my parents and all their support throughout all this, we couldn’t have had such a successful wedding. Not only did they help us monetarily, they helped us do it all. From decorations, crafting, cooking, loading, unloading, and sooo much more. They were my saving grace for sure! I couldn’t have done it without them, and that goes for many things in my life. I am very lucky to have the parents that I have. And I thank god for them every day!