I decided to not spend an arm and a leg on our stationary. My sister helped me design our invitations, while I created programs on my own. I used the best shimmery card stock and simply printed them on my own computer (two per page, then cut them in half.) We also wanted to keep things fun, so I added one fun fact about each of our wedding party members.
The Chapel of the Centurion was not my first choice. I had planned on having the ceremony at the same location as our reception but my family nixed that idea. This chapel was quant and more importantly, close by. I didn’t want our guests driving a far distance in between the wedding ceremony and the reception. The coolest part about The Chapel of the Centurion was that it was located behind the Fort Monroe walls. You literally have to go through an old, historic fort’s walls to get there!
My good friend Steve Campbell of My Wedding Violinist played before and after our ceremony. Months later and my grandmother is still raving about how perfect it was to have him play. (And he plays all over Virginia if you are looking for a violinist!)
I wish I could’ve been a fly on the wall for whatever conversation was going on between our two dads (below.) They clean up well though, don’t they?!
We didn’t have a flower girl, but we did have two ring security guards. The bow ties and t-shirts were all DIY between me and a couple bridesmaids. How stinkin’ cute are these kiddos?! Benjamin (dark hair) came all the way from Switzerland to fulfill his duties, while Anthony (the blonde) traveled from New Mexico. They boys took their job very seriously, can’t you tell?!
For some strange reason, my dad and I all-out sprinted down the aisle. Afterwards, so many guests kept asking why we were walking so fast. Honestly, it’s all a blur to me! I guess we were just in a hurry to get the show on the road!
What the camera missed here was my dad “showing” Michael that he would be watching him! If you didn’t know my dad, it would’ve easily been mistaken as a threat. I love the look he has on his face as he is walking back to the pew… almost the same look Jack Bauer has as he takes down the bad guys and narrowly escapes trouble. #badass
Apparently something funny happened.
And then things got real.
And then we got married!
Then we had a singing flash mob in the church to sing us out… Two of my good friends randomly stood up, for no good reason, other than to sing “Oh Happy Day!” Then the bridesmaids, grooomsmen, and parents all joined in with singing and clapping. No big deal or anything. It’s not like we are rockstars, that’s just how we roll.
And if you want to catch up on any of my past Wedding Wednesdays you can do that here: