Our wedding was at six o'clock in the evening. We debated having it earlier, since we would be serving dinner at the reception, but 6:00 was as early as we could have it, as I wanted "in the evening" on the invitation... anything before 6:00 would have read, "in the afternoon"...These things would only be important to a bride! Ha...
The reception was held at DW's family's lodge. I wanted an outside reception and the lodge was the perfect location, not to mention the sentimental aspect of it.
The week of the wedding, both of our families worked at the lodge to get everything ready for the big day! The fence was painted, fresh flowers planted, new mulch brought in, everything pressure washed, the grass mowed and the yard raked...then my Georgia family arrived on Wednesday and the "transformation" began! My Aunt still owned her bridal shop then, and she was a wedding planner! A little more southern and small town than the J.Lo version, though!
Here's everyone working to get the reception site ready:
/p>The family doing a few finishing touches at the lodge the day of the wedding.
See all the luminaries on the walkways? I had seen them in the Martha Stewart wedding magazine and wanted them everywhere! They were white luminaries with scalloped tops and had white satin ribbon that ran through them to group them together. At night, they were beautiful and I loved them!
I also wanted the luminaries hanging from lights in the big oak tree that hung over the drive at the lodge. That's my Dad & cousin in the bucket hanging the lights and DW's dad on the ground holding the cord.
These are just a few more snapshots of the reception site before they all left to start getting ready for the wedding.
When my parents and I went to the rental place to pick out all the things we were renting for the reception, I saw this "stone" bridge that I had to have. I thought it would be beautiful at the lodge, so we rented it, too....
The tables...our favors were already on the table. I wanted something to do with a "rock" since DW proposed with a limerock... we decided on ordering custom colored rock candy (it was sage green to match the wedding color) and when you opened the box, it said, "Love's road is rocky..." (then you unwrapped the candy and the message read, "with a sweet ending.")
We asked several of my aunts and uncles to help serve at the wedding. It was very special for me, because it was like all of the family helping "host" the reception. Hospitality is huge in the south and especially in big families like mine. So having some special members of my family help play host/hostess just made sense to us. This is my great aunt (my Papa's sister) and uncle who we asked to serve the punch.
After we arrived, and my Dad welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming, and the preacher had blessed it, the meal was served.
I dont have any pics of the main food, but it was great... steak kabobs, green bean bundles, pasta salad, heart shaped biscuits, and I cant even remember what else!
I'd always wanted to have dancing at our wedding. The first wedding I remember going to that had a DJ and dancing was my cousin, Sara's. Her wedding was so much fun and I remember dancing with my other little cousins... too funny, seeing as how I was probably about 8 years old at the time. DW and I neither one are big dancers. In fact, I have the coordination of an elephant on roller skates. I just can't dance. I don't remember dancing much that night, other than our first dance and dancing with my Dad. But, I do remember a few of the girls in my family dancing and I remember laughing so hard and loving that moment.
My Granny and Me dancing
(*I so wish I had left my veil on....I regret that everytime I look at the reception pics! I had even chosen a short one so that I could leave it on...but for some reason insisted on taking it off...)
So many beautiful flowers! St. Lucia was the most beautiful place I've ever been. To have the mountains and the beach in one place was gorgeous.