Looking down at a centerpiece on the table
Flip flop basket that I made for our guests. This was a HUGE hit! It was displayed by the DJ booth
Mike and I walking into our reception. We walked into Bruno Mars, “Marry You.”
Nervous for our first dance
Our first dance was to “When You Got A Good Thing” by Lady Antebellum.
Melissa gave the first speech of the evening which was so incredibly beautiful. I was holding back tears the entire time.
Mike’s brother, Ryan gave the second speech and this is us hugging afterwards
My mom giving a speech
Mike’s other best man, Russ giving his speech
Typical Hope dance moves
Doing a line dance
I’m very expressive when dancing, can’t you tell?
Again with the expressions..
Throwing my hands up to dance
The next portion that you are going to see is that in our religion, you dance the “Hora.” In which, the Hora song is played. You first dance in a circle and then the bride and groom get lifted on a chair. I was dreading this the entire night. I don’t like getting lifted on a chair. It’s very scary! Also, the guys at one point lifted Mike so high that he almost hit his head on the chandelier. I thought we were going to end up in the emergency room. Thankfully, he was okay!
Mike getting lifted on the chair
So not ready for this
When Mike almost hit his head
Me dancing with my Dad to Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight”
Mike and his Mom dancing to the Rascal Flatts, “My Wish”
The biggest let down of our entire wedding was our wedding cake. I had mentioned that there was a problem with it and now I am going to explain what happened. I had sat down with our baker and went over with him numerous times through email and in person what we wanted. It was a VERY simple design. He even took a swatch of the bridesmaids dress color so that he knew what color purple to make the fondant around the tiers of the cake. I thought with all of my heart that this was going to turn out the way that I had planned because it was going to tie my dress to the cake and pull everything together. Unfortunately that was not the case. First, I’ll show you a few things on our cake table and then I will explain more about the cake.
We Do that I made for the cake table
Our cake server and knife
Alright, so an hour before the ceremony, I realized that I had never seen the cake. I asked my two bridesmaid’s Courtney and Tarra to go take a picture of the cake and show me. So they went out and showed me a picture and I gasped! This was my first and only bridezilla moment of the entire day! It was NOTHING like we talked about at all! I absolutely HATE flowers on a wedding cake. It may be for some people but it’s not for me. There were flowers all over our cake. There was a silver ribbon wrapped around the cake that we never spoke about. It had NO bows on it that I had asked for and it had a weird pattern on it! I immediately got the banquet manager and told her what happened.
The baker made hot pink bows which we NEVER discussed and they were made with frosting and not fondant and melted off the cake. So rather then talk to me about what was going on, they put flowers all over the cake and made it look terrible. I was so upset. I called the baker and he screamed at me like a lunatic on the phone accusing me that it was my fault. Are you kidding me? This was an HOUR before I walked down the aisle. I couldn’t deal with it anymore so I handed the phone back to the banquet manager. She was so upset too. So she passed out champagne to our guests as they were walking into our ceremony. It was a nice touch but it still didn’t make up for our wedding cake.
I hate looking at pictures of the cake because I absolutely hate the cake. The only thing I like on it is our “G” cake topper. I decided that on our one year wedding anniversary, I am going to a local bakery and asking them to make a small replica of what our wedding cake should have looked like. What a disappointment. Our cake was supposed to be a replica of Bethenny Frankel’s wedding cake because it matched my dress. Instead of the red on the cake, it was going to have purple and no bow on the top because I had the cake topper. It was supposed to look like this:
Beautiful. I love that design. Now you will see our cake:
Our wedding cake
You can clearly see that it looks NOTHING like that picture that I have posted. I was beyond the point of upset. I barely looked at the cake the entire night. I was so upset. I spent so much time talking to the baker and giving him that exact picture and this is what we turned up with? What a disappointment. The fact that he was screaming at me on the phone and couldn’t apologize was such a low blow. I would NEVER recommend him ever. Thankfully that was the only major mishap and I can deal with that and move on. It still makes me mad though.
Cutting our cake
Feeding each other cake
I love this picture of the 3 of us! <3
Me throwing the bouquet to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”
Mike taking off my garter to Def Leopard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me”
Mike throwing the garter to Nickelback’s “Animals”
Our candy buffet which was our favor to our wedding guests
Last picture of the best day of our lives <3
Overall, I have to say our wedding day was truly one of the best days of my entire life. If I could relive it again, I would. I totally would. I took in every single moment and really enjoyed myself. I was so happy and so was Mike. It was everything that I dreamed of and more. I worked so incredibly hard on every single detail and aspect of our wedding and I am so proud of how everything turned out. I really poured my heart and soul into all the details and I am still amazed by what I was capable of doing. I know that was the first day of the rest of our lives together. We were both so exhausted by the time our wedding ended.
We drove ourselves home and had to take home everything that we brought. My car was packed to the brim. We had to unpack the car and finish packing for our honeymoon. We were home for a matter of 2 hours before we had to drive to the airport for our honeymoon. We were exhausted, happy, and running on pure adrenaline. I loved every second of it. Stay tuned for our honeymoon!