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City Chic Nuptials: The Last Hurrah

After we had our mini-photo shoot, we re-joined our guests on the dance floor.  And boy, was it an amazing time!

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We are rocking out to Lady Gaga in the above two photos.  Obviously.

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Yes, I was a beer bottle bride.  Ain’t no shame!

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These two are getting married this year in Vail.  I can only imagine the antics we’ll take part in at their wedding. 

There was some mingling, too…

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And of course, there was more singing.  There’s a tradition in our family—everyone who gets married experiences it.  All of the women from my mom’s side of the family gather in the center of the dance floor and serenade the bride and groom with a rousing rendition of “Going to the Chapel.”  Sadly, I don’t have any pictures of this because our photog had already left for the evening, but it was a memory I’ll keep forever! 

So, we danced and had a great time.  At one point, I snuck up to the balcony to take it all in.  I watched our guests mingle and dance and tried to suck in every spectacular moment of the day.

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See Madison lifting her arms in glee?  That’s what the whole day felt like to me.

Wow.  Our wedding!  That I had spent nearly two years planning! 

It was amazing.

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And with that, my recaps are over.  I can hardly believe it!  After the reception, we headed out to the bars to continue celebrating, but I don’t have any pictures of this.  I woke up the next day with a terrible hangover, but it was worth it—we had such an AMAZING time all day long and capping it off with a bar run with some close friends was a great way to end the day.  As was the amazing hot dog I ate on the walk back to the hotel at 2am—best hot dog of my life, I swear.  HA! 

Fear not, though, gang—I’ll be back with a few more posts yet this week.  I have a few post-wedding projects I’d like to share, plus I plan to address the two issues I alluded to in this post.  And of course, an introduction to my new blog!  Stay tuned.

 

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Missed something?
First I got a mani-pedi with my sister, then I cried.
Next, we headed to church to rehearse.
After that, we had a fiesta-themed rehearsal dinner at a local restaurant.

In the morning, we went to the salon to get our hair done.
Meanwhile, the guys went to a chili contest and got ready at the hotel.
Back in my hotel room, the girls got ready.
Then, I put on my dress and officially became a bride.

Next, we headed to church!
Everything was set and we found out what happened to the missing groomsman.
Then it was finally time to head down the aisle.
The ceremony happened and we got married!
Afterwards, we signed the marriage license and took photos in the sanctuary.
Then, we hopped on our school bus and headed to Lake Park for more photos!

Meanwhile, our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour and all of our reception details.
We had the Grand March and cut the wedding cake.
Dinner was served, and the speeches were given.
Dancing started, and we did all of our special dances right away.
We slipped away to have another photo shoot while our guests partied down.

*All photos by Sarah Immel Photography.

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City Chic Nuptials: Night Shots

Soon enough, the dance floor was packed.  Our guests were having a great time!

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So, with everyone occupied, our photographer decided to grab us for just a few more fun shots in and around our reception venue.  Here’s a sampling!

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This next series has a cute story to go with it.  We were taking photos and my Uncle Tom, who lives in Colorado and we never see, decided to pop into the shots.  They turned out so cute and are some of my favorite photos!

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Then we headed outside in front of the building.  Most of these photos are in black and white, but I just LOVE the way they look.

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Lastly, we came inside and headed up to the balcony to take it all in.   The night was coming to a close, and soon our wedding day would be over…

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Missed something?
First I got a mani-pedi with my sister, then I cried.
Next, we headed to church to rehearse.
After that, we had a fiesta-themed rehearsal dinner at a local restaurant.

In the morning, we went to the salon to get our hair done.
Meanwhile, the guys went to a chili contest and got ready at the hotel.
Back in my hotel room, the girls got ready.
Then, I put on my dress and officially became a bride.

Next, we headed to church!
Everything was set and we found out what happened to the missing groomsman.
Then it was finally time to head down the aisle.
The ceremony happened and we got married!
Afterwards, we signed the marriage license and took photos in the sanctuary.
Then, we hopped on our school bus and headed to Lake Park for more photos!

Meanwhile, our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour and all of our reception details.
We had the Grand March and cut the wedding cake.
Dinner was served, and the speeches were given.
Dancing started, and we did all of our special dances right away.

*All photos by Sarah Immel Photography.

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City Chic Nuptials: Let the Dancing Begin!

After dinner was over, it was time for the dancing to begin.  We finished up some more mingling and then took center stage for our first dance. 

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We chose this song:

We love Dave Matthews Band and even though this is a newer song, we felt it was really fitting and appropriate for a wedding (honestly, we don’t put much stock into having a “song” so we wanted to find something we liked and felt like we could dance to). 

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Then it was time for the dances with our parents.  My dad and I were up first:

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{Edited to add:  my dad and I danced to
‘The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra}

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Then came Dr. Groomy and his mom:

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a really obscure song called “Mary Sue.”  That’s his mom’s name!}

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This is Dr. Groomy’s dad.  I LOVE this photo!

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And after that, we opened up the floor to our guests! 

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And we had just one more special dance planned.  In lieu of a bouquet and garter toss, we hosted an anniversary dance.  All of the married couples were brought out onto the floor, and the DJ announced years of marriage throughout the course of the song (i.e. “If you’ve been married 5 years or less, please leave the dance floor.”).  The last ones standing were my grandparents, who have been married for 55 years.  They beat my aunt and uncle by only one year!  We gave my grandmother the “toss” bouquet and snapped a couple of photos.

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My Aunt Prue and Uncle Rod (my dad’s second oldest sister and her husband), who have been married for 54 years!

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My grandma and grandpa, celebrating when they found out they won! 

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I’m sure she’s giving some good advice here, haha!

Only a few more recap posts left!  Don’t worry though, I have a few other posts planned as well…and I can’t wait to introduce you to my new blog.  Up next though,  a few more formal photos…and a whole lotta dancing! 

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Missed something?
First I got a mani-pedi with my sister, then I cried.
Next, we headed to church to rehearse.
After that, we had a fiesta-themed rehearsal dinner at a local restaurant.

In the morning, we went to the salon to get our hair done.
Meanwhile, the guys went to a chili contest and got ready at the hotel.
Back in my hotel room, the girls got ready.
Then, I put on my dress and officially became a bride.

Next, we headed to church!
Everything was set and we found out what happened to the missing groomsman.
Then it was finally time to head down the aisle.
The ceremony happened and we got married!
Afterwards, we signed the marriage license and took photos in the sanctuary.
Then, we hopped on our school bus and headed to Lake Park for more photos!

Meanwhile, our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour and all of our reception details.
We had the Grand March and cut the wedding cake.
Dinner was served, and the speeches were given.

*All photos by Sarah Immel Photography.

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City Chic Nuptials: Dinner

And then, it was time to eat.  My dad got up to welcome everyone to the reception:

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And gave a really loud “woohoo!” at the fact that we were finally married.  (This is so typical of my dad…and of me!)

Then, Brother Michael (Dr. Groomy’s mentor & former high school teacher), gave the blessing.

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It was  a very sweet and heartfelt prayer, and it brought to everyone’s attention that we had chosen to be married on a very special day:  the feast day of the patron saint of pharmacy (Dr. Groomy is a pharmacist!).  We did not know this when choosing our wedding date but we thought it was so fitting. 

After that, the salads were served!

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Bibb Salad – Boston Bibb lettuce, roasted roma tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and shaved parmesan cheese, served with Italian herbs vinaigrette

Once the salads were served, the speeches started.  First up, my brother-in-law Jeff.

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He’s quite the comedian and said some very lovely things about our families…specifically, how we are weird in the fact that our two families (mine and Dr. Groomy’s) truly are one big family.  The proof?  Jeff has gone to visit/stay at my parents’ house without Dr. Groomy and I there…and my sister has come to holidays at Dr. Groomy’s parents’ when our parents were out of town. It’s really amazing how much our families have blended and how well we get along.  We are all SO fortunate, because I know that many people really struggle with their in-laws. 

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A few handshakes and hugs…

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And then it was my sister Ali’s turn. 

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She told some funny stories from our childhood (like how she stole my brand new Skipper Barbie and cut off all its hair one year!) and then related it back to how being married means sharing, etc.

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Some more hugs and a little wiping of the tears…

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And it was time for us to thank our guests for coming!

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Of course, we had to give them what they wanted when we heard the clanking of the glasses…

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And we also took a moment to recognize another couple who were attending our wedding.  It just so happens that we now share the same anniversary…and they had been married for something like 40+ years when they attended our wedding!  We honored them with a little toast and a bottle of wine…

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Only it turns out that the husband was in the bathroom at this time.  Too funny!

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After that, it was time for us to mingle a bit while the entrees were served.

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Tuscan Chicken – one-half chicken,
crisply roasted in the traditional Tuscan style with rosemary & garlic,
served with French green beans & roasted potatoes

{I don’t have a picture of our shrimp dish, sadly, but it was
Shrimp Cavattapi – gulf shrimp tossed in light pesto cream sauce,
with zucchini squash & cherry tomatoes}

I got some fun time in with some of my favorite littles…

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And was even able to have some good chats with our wedding party.

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I think I have previously mentioned that we elected not to do a head table.  Instead, we sat with our parents and our maid of honor and best man.  Here’s a shot of the four of us that I just love.  I think we are going to frame one of these for each set of parents for Christmas!

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Let me tell you what though:  going around the room from table to table was really exhausting.  I still feel as though I didn’t get to talk to everyone and I also feel like I really missed out on enjoying my dinner.  We did sit down to eat eventually, but man—it was really tough.  I think, if I had to do it over again, I don’t know that I would go table to table.  I felt like we owed it to our guests and I am glad we did, but given a do-over I think I would let people just approach us.  Food for thought for you future brides out there!

After dinner, the cake was served…

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Spice cake with vanilla bean pastry cream
& cream cheese-white chocolate buttercream

And then it was really party time!

 

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Missed something?
First I got a mani-pedi with my sister, then I cried.
Next, we headed to church to rehearse.
After that, we had a fiesta-themed rehearsal dinner at a local restaurant.

In the morning, we went to the salon to get our hair done.
Meanwhile, the guys went to a chili contest and got ready at the hotel.
Back in my hotel room, the girls got ready.
Then, I put on my dress and officially became a bride.

Next, we headed to church!
Everything was set and we found out what happened to the missing groomsman.
Then it was finally time to head down the aisle.
The ceremony happened and we got married!
Afterwards, we signed the marriage license and took photos in the sanctuary.
Then, we hopped on our school bus and headed to Lake Park for more photos!

Meanwhile, our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour and all of our reception details.
We had the Grand March and cut the wedding cake.

*All photos by Sarah Immel Photography.

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“I Won’t Marry You Until I Have A Job”

Sorry, this is too cute not to share.

{Via this Huff Post Comedy Story}

Did any of you have any goals you had to meet before you decided to take the plunge and get married?

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City Chic Nuptials: The Grand March

Soon, it was time for the guests to sit down so we could get started with dinner. 

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First though, we had to make our big entrance…the Grand March!  If you can’t tell from the pictures, our venue had a loft area that we were able to march down from.  Guests used it during the cocktail hour and we had lounge chairs + couches and an extra bar set-up there.  It was the perfect area to hang out and take it all in!  Here we are right before the start of the Grand March:

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Then our DJ started us off.  We did our entrances to the song “Steal My Kisses,” by Ben Harper.  We thought it had a fun beat and was perfect for a Grand March! 

First came our parents…

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I’m not sure what my dad is doing here but I always laugh and think he’s saying, “Yes, we finally pawned her off on someone!”  Haha!

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Then our little people:

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Then our ushers:

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Then the rest of our wedding party:

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Ryan & Kate

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Guido & Hayley

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Andrew & Beezus
Note:  I realized on my down-the-aisle post that I left them out!  So I went back and fixed it.  So please go back and see how wonderful they looked heading down the aisle at the church!  [Sorry, Beezus!]

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Bill & Kristin

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Jeff & Ali, Best Man & Maid of Honor

Then us!

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With a stop for a kiss of course!

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And then it was on to center stage…

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…so we could cut the cake!

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Look!  We’re cutting the cake “correctly” —the woman’s hand should not be separated from the knife!

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That cake was so good and I had looked forward to it for WEEKS. 
Hence, the attack job I’m doing on it here.

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And then it was time to chow!  Stay tuned!

 

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Missed something?
First I got a mani-pedi with my sister, then I cried.
Next, we headed to church to rehearse.
After that, we had a fiesta-themed rehearsal dinner at a local restaurant.

In the morning, we went to the salon to get our hair done.
Meanwhile, the guys went to a chili contest and got ready at the hotel.
Back in my hotel room, the girls got ready.
Then, I put on my dress and officially became a bride.

Next, we headed to church!
Everything was set and we found out what happened to the missing groomsman.
Then it was finally time to head down the aisle.
The ceremony happened and we got married!
Afterwards, we signed the marriage license and took photos in the sanctuary.
Then, we hopped on our school bus and headed to Lake Park for more photos!

Meanwhile, our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour and all of our reception details.

*All photos by Sarah Immel Photography.

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City Chic Nuptials: The Cocktail Hour

While we were shooting pictures at Lake Park, our guests had moseyed over to the venue for our cocktail hour.

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They picked up their escort cards…

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…and were able to enjoy a few cocktails and appetizers while taking in the beauty of The Grain Exchange Room (and all of the details I so meticulously planned!).

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Our table set-ups…*

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The menu cards…

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The favors and kids’ packs, which included our “kissing wands”…

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Our table numbers…

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The cake (with my “I Do” letters)…

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The chair signs and our “dancing shoes”…

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The cardbox…

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The alternative guest book (that’s not really so alternative anymore!)…

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And my most favorite detail ever, our family wedding photo and wedding dress display:

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Mom Dress

Mary Sue Dress

(Ugh, it pains me to have to blur out the last names on these photos!)
Our guests loved perusing the photos, looking at how many we had collected and reminiscing about the various weddings over the years.  It was really, really cool to see it all come together!

We arrived soon after the cocktail hour started and were able to enjoy a drink and some chatting with our guests. 

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I am so happy to have all of these wonderful photos of the details, because it really was amazing how everything came together.  I am not one for tooting my own horn, but I was so proud of the wedding I had planned for us and all of the amazing little touches that our guests took notice of.  It was the best!

Soon though, it was time to get the party really started.  Up next, the Grand March!  Stay tuned!

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*This would be the point where I would tell you the one negative thing that happened on our wedding day:  my displeasure at our centerpieces and, separately, the fact that the venue forgot to put out the chargers we rented and paid for.  I don’t want to ruin this post by going into a lot of detail, so if you are interested in the story, please let me know and I will write a separate post on those issues.  If you’d rather not hear, that is ok too, but I know sometimes it’s nice to hear about things that went WRONG as well as right, so you don’t feel like you’re alone!

If you have specific questions about any of the projects seen in this post, make sure to check out my DIY tab at the top of the page.  It lists most of the projects I did for the wedding and includes links to their tutorials!

 

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Missed something?
First I got a mani-pedi with my sister, then I cried.
Next, we headed to church to rehearse.
After that, we had a fiesta-themed rehearsal dinner at a local restaurant.

In the morning, we went to the salon to get our hair done.
Meanwhile, the guys went to a chili contest and got ready at the hotel.
Back in my hotel room, the girls got ready.
Then, I put on my dress and officially became a bride.

Next, we headed to church!
Everything was set and we found out what happened to the missing groomsman.
Then it was finally time to head down the aisle.
The ceremony happened and we got married!
Afterwards, we signed the marriage license and took photos in the sanctuary.
Then, we hopped on our school bus and headed to Lake Park for more photos!

*All photos by Sarah Immel Photography.

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