(Guest book crayons!)
So here’s the real wedding post. The one where I skip all the details that took up so much of my thoughts before and tell you the important stuff. The stuff that still makes me thrilled to this day when I stop a second in the midst of job searches and all the rest and think about that day, and every day since.
(Decor + delicious Turley from my Dad’s collection)
See, I don’t think our mostly self-catered, self-organized, casual setup would work for everyone. About 10 minutes before our ceremony started, I was wondering whether it was even going to work for us. I had planned to go back to the pavilion in my wedding dress and help set stuff up, because that’s what I do. I’m a control freak, and hate asking for help, so of course I was going to set the tables, right? Well, people had other ideas. I was to have an “entrance”, which meant family and friends would be doing the setup. And you know what? I showed up and everything was gorgeous, everyone was happy, and our families and friends had pulled together and made everything possible.
Was it exactly as I envisioned when I was agonizing over program details and centerpieces? No. Did I care? Not one bit. Because that was the moment I felt like we were really a family, people were rooting for us, and we were incredibly lucky to have such awesome people in our lives. And bloody hell, if that’s not what weddings are all about, then who wants one?
(From the ceremony – my lovely MOH is behind me)
Anyway, this blog post is sort of a one-sided perspective on the whole thing (which honestly is not that uncommon — I think most wedding blogs are written by women, and most discussions of weddings are the same… A shame, really, though after physics, it’s sort of refreshing to actually be in the majority for once.) But I think James and I felt the same way about this. Both our families seemed to have a blast, which was the best part — the part we talked about for weeks. We certainly had fun. And I haven’t even mentioned the thoughtful, funny speeches people put together, the song people wrote for us and sang, and all the words of love and support we got from everyone — some of which were literally sent from the other side of the globe.
For those of you who read this blog who attended the wedding, either in person or in spirit, thank you for being incredible. We couldn’t have done it without you.
(All photos were taken by our photographer, Jerry of JW Photography. If you want contact details / info on an affordable photographer in Southern CT, just send me an e-mail or leave a comment and I’ll give you contact details.)