Today is our fourth wedding anniversary. I feel like I remember every moment of the day we were married. I looked forward to it for oh… forever. Basically the moment AJ proposed I had the wedding planned out… and so four years ago today I was confidently and happily getting ready for the ceremony. Everything was scheduled so that we weren’t running around and stressed out (nothing like putting a damper on your wedding day to start it by feeling stressed and end up fighting with people). When it came time to go to the church I was relaxed, calm and yet so excited!
Our photographer was Dan Nystedt. I’d seen his photography while I worked at Gordon College and was impressed. He has more of a photo journalistic style than doing many formal portraits so we have loads of photos of people dancing at the wedding.
I had a small wedding party: Meredith, my sister-in-law; Danielle, my bff since junior high; my sister, Kim and my friend from my semester in Colorado, Krista (who happened to get married nine days after us!). The photo below is one of my favorites from the wedding, it was snapped while we sat in the limo and waited for the go-ahead to go into the chapel.
My mother and April, AJ’s mom, lit the candles at the front of the church before the ceremony… I chose this photo, even though you can’t see them too well because I just love the flowers. I worked with Erica from Lilac and Lily Floral Design and she created masterpieces in all varying shades of whites with green berries and twigs.
The bridesmaid’s dresses… oh how I loved them.
I found these dresses at Ann Taylor before AJ and I were even engaged… only they were way too expensive. And then, somehow, I managed to find five of them for $40 each at the Chestnut Hill Mall (right near Boston). They are this gorgeous raw silk. I ended up giving them to the girls as their bridesmaids gift. They each chose a pair of dark brown heels from three options I selected.
The buckets on the pews were from Christmas Tree Shop and we found some thick dark brown ribbon to tie them to the pews with. Erica then filled them with a few white hydrangeas.
If you have read the “Our Story” tab you’ll know that my dress was a bridesmaids dress that I purchased in a very light ivory and then ordered three extra yards of fabric to make a train. I had found this Vera Wang dress that I was in love with but never found a wedding dress that was similar until I found this dress… it’s not the raw silk that I loved but it was still gorgeous. And cost, with all the alterations, extra fabric purchased, etc. around $700 (not dirt cheap but also not what you’ll see on “Say Yes to the Dress”).
Remember in the movie “27 Dresses” how they talk about the best part of the wedding being the groom’s face as he watches the bride walk down the aisle? That’s my favorite part too… this was AJ as he watched me coming down the aisle.
Let’s talk for a minute about his boutonniere. At first the plan was to do a simple Calla lily and then about a week before the wedding I saw a Cape Cod wedding magazine where the wedding party had starfish (the orange kind) in this boutonnieres. I immediately called up Erica and told her I was going to give her some starfish for our boutonnieres.
This isn’t the best photo of either of us but it’s one of the only ones that shows my clutch. I found it on major clearance at Coach and it was perfect with the dresses and ties.
One of my favorite spots on the campus is the old stone mansion, Frost Hall. We went here to have some photos taken after the ceremony.
You can see this a little in the photo above, each table was named after a place on the North Shore (the area north of Boston where we live). We gave salt water taffy in those little blue boxes as favors and had little quizzes about AJ and I on the table to get conversations started. All the stationary, like our boxed wedding invitations, had a vintage map of the North Shore on it as a border (this was designed by Jessica Brand Alves).
We opted not to spend a lot of money on a wedding cake and instead did an ice-cream sundae bar with ice-cream from Captain Dusty’s (the site of our first, blind, date).
The food was incredible… we gave guests a choice between tenderloin, salmon or a vegetarian option.
The highlight of the event though, was something I didn’t plan.
After AJ and I walked in and were announced he grabbed the mic from the DJ and told me he had a surprise for me. I just about died of fright because I was so nervous that he was going to make me speak in front of everyone (one of my worst fears ever is public speaking even though I’ll do it if I have to). He didn’t expect me to talk… instead he danced and sang his way through Hooked on a Feeling. It was hysterical and started off the reception on such a fun note.
So, there you go… our wedding four years later.