The Wedding Reception

What was really incredible of this day was that after months and months of planning, I really didn’t have to do anything. Our combined vision for the day was executed without any efforts by us. Well, I suppose the one exception was that the ladies didn’t want to hang the stuff from the ceiling. I didn’t blame them! So the boys did have to do that. When I walked into the room, I was thrilled with what I saw! I highly suggest any bride to hire a day of coordinator!

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We snapped a few more photos with Evan down at the site. We were on cloud nine, so excited to get this part of the night on the way!-841 -850

Our reception began with a bang! The DJ was getting ready to announce the wedding party when the wedding party found the props from the photo booth! So we all made an entrance with funny costumes on. The wedding party walked into “We are Young” by FUN, and we walked in to “Home is wherever I’m with You” by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros. It’s moments like that that I wish we did hire a videographer. But the photos captured things pretty well!

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Once we were announced, we were invited to be the first to go through the buffet line. Wow, that was nice! I guess that wont ever happen again!! It’s not often that you are the guest of honor, we definitely enjoyed it!

-955The food really was exceptional. We missed the cocktail hour but the Cassie and Pattye saved me a deviled egg and crab cake. They tasted just as amazing as at our tasting with Brooke.

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Dinner was followed by toasts, first dances, a slide show, and cake cutting. The 4 that gave toasts: Maid of Honor (Katie); Best Man (Erin); and both fathers. They all said the most heart felt and kind words. Of course, Erin’s speech was a bit more of a roast than a toast and people thought the speech was terrible, but I guess since I know the nature of his relationship with Kris, it was just more funny and expected to me. Ha

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The next are self explanatory 🙂

-1052 -1062 -1078 -1082After the formal stuff, dancing began and everyone had fun. The photo booth was a hit as was our un-manned bar. Someone snuck in hard liquor which didn’t seem to have an impact on the drinkers so that was great.


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The Marie Callendar’s Crew is still together (below)!?-1102 -1118 -1121

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The photo below is a special one, these are all ATO brothers, including Kris’ grandpa.-1130 -1131

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I have no words to end this entry. The night was amazing but that doesn’t even sum it up! So I’ll leave it at that.


The Wedding Ceremony

Wow, I can’t believe it is already almost February 2013! The wedding is already so far behind us. Kris and I had the most amazing time at our wedding, and if I do say so myself, we threw a pretty awesome party! Everyone said how fun, nice and comfortable the wedding was and also complimented the food….non stop! A tip of the hat to our fantastic wedding planners, Cassie and Pattye at Take the Cake Events, as well as to Brooke at The Devine Plate. They were amazing!

Well, I’ll get right to it. We had a nice morning getting ready at Camp WeChMe. We had a make up artist, but everyone helped with doing our hair.

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The girls and guys all helped Kris and I to get ready and look our best. We were looking forward to the “First Look” where we would see each other for the first time. It was a really nice moment, and we were happy to have it before the ceremony.





After the photos of us, we did some photos with the wedding party, it was fun, except the girls had a tough time on the slope of pine needles in their heels…. [oops]


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We were now calm and collected and ready to exchange our vows in front of all our friends and family. The day was perfect, though the morning had been cold. The clouds were non existent and there was just a very light breeze, enough to keep everyone cooled off. I felt terrible for the boys in their suits!


I loved the pine cone idea that Cassie and Pattye had. They went perfect with our rustic theme and were the perfect way to add a splash of color!

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Our ceremony was nice, and didn’t take too long (I know people can get bored!). We had some nice readings from Native American literature, plus a pause for the string trio to play Blackbird by the Beatles, we read our favorite quote from the Notebook and nailed a box my dad made with love notes to each other and a bottle of wine for us to open on our 10th anniversary. I wasn’t able to get through the vows without some tears, the boys over Kris’ shoulder were making funny faces at me too! After the ceremony, we had some more photos which included all family and the entire wedding party. It took a little more than an hour, while our lucky guests were at the Fish Hatchery enjoying some delicious appetizers and refreshments!

Our combined family is pretty large, we are very lucky to have so many wonderful people in our lives.



The Wedding Idea…

I have all sorts of ideas for my wedding, but I didn’t at first. I wandered around like a lone fool figuring out if a classier event was at the Cal Neva. I am happy to say that Pinterest is saving the day when it comes to coming up with and keeping track of truly spectacular ideas for my big day. I bet brides from way back are so jealous that there wasn’t a pinterest back then. It certainly will make us brides of the future look better simply because we have access to an unlimited source of phenomenal ideas. I wanted to post some photos of my favorite pins but I haven’t figured out how to do that yet. For now, you can just find my great ideas on pinterest and if you don’t have pinterest, highly consider getting pinterest! I’d be happy to give you a tutorial, even if we live in different towns…thats right, I’d be happy to skype or phone you to get you on the pinterest bandwagon. You’d think I own stock in the company or something…wait, are they public?

We are planning to host a rustic chic event. Our colors, with the exception of those of the outdoors, will be grey and yellow. Not that our guests have to wear grey and yellow, but those are our colors, and maybe a few awesome people will wear something entirely yellow to make for some nice pops of color in our wedding photos!