Monday, August 15, 2011

Wedding Reminiscing: Top 10 Things I Loved about Our Wedding

It's almost our THREE year Anniversary.

Yes, I'm well aware that this blog should be called "Newlyweds Next Door No More" or something, but I still feel like a Newlywed and I like my blog, so it stays as-is. My blog = my rules.

Since I've been thinking about our wedding, I though it would be fun to remember the top things I loved about our wedding

1. The guy I married
Duh. What kind of wife would I be if I didn't say that? But really, he is the best. I though that then and I think that now.

2. Our Ceremony
I loved the entire ceremony. It really was the most important part of the whole wedding. I loved the readings, the music, the Pastor, the message, our attendants, the view, the sand ceremony, and the San Diego summer air. Our vows was one of the best moments of my life.

3. Our Faith and Our Families

I love how we focused on our Christian faith in our ceremony. And I loved how our families played an integral part in the ceremony with readings and songs, and in the reception with hosting and toasting.

4. Our Friends
Never again in our lives will so many of our friends from childhood, schools, work, church, and beyond be in one place (except our funerals... how sad is that?). So many people traveled from afar to be there for us, which meant the world to us.

5. Having a Turquoise and Tangerine Wedding
When we chose these colors as our wedding colors, I quickly found out that they are not common. But I loved having a tangerine and turquoise beachy wedding. It reminded me of a sunset hitting the ocean. To add the perfect amount of "beach-chic" we decided to accent with pencil starfish and sand dollars.

This was my turquoise and tangerine wedding inspiration board...

And this is our REAL turquoise and tangerine wedding collage.

Not bad, huh?!

6. My Dress

I LOVE that dress. Still. Period.

7. The Band and Dancing the Night Away
I wanted a dance party and I got a dance party. The Ultratones rocked and I literally danced until the last song at 1:00 AM. I wasn't about to leave that party early.

8. The UpLighting in the Ballroom
I know this is a random thing to love. But just $400 turned an ordinary ballroom into a spectacular tangerine and turquoise paradise. The uplighting was the most ambiance-changing decor item we did.

9. The flowers
Our florist did a fantastic job on our wedding flowers without breaking the budget! My bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquets were made with ivory/tangerine roses, ranunculus, and gerbera daisies and was garnished with beautiful turquoise beads. But our ceremony flowers were my favorite! I loved the rose garland with starfish that got we married under.

10. My DIY Projects

I unleashed my creative juices (and saved a ton of money) by doing a bunch of DIY projects for the wedding. It was so much fun and it really added a special touch to the ceremony and reception. My three favorite DIY projects were the starfish escort cards, the sand dollar charity favors, and the ceremony programs.

I also did ceremony signs, reception signs, reception table names, menus, out of town gift buckets with a letter, thank you cards, a card box, and photo collages for the entrance to the ballroom. Just message me if you want any of my templates!


Jessica @ Acting Adult said...

I love this post idea! What a wedding. I love the color scheme and the use of up-lighting. Made for some awesome photos of what I'm sure was a wonderful wedding.

moderndaywife said...

Beautiful wedding post :-) Loved your colors!

Dee Stephens said...

#4 was one of my favorite things about our wedding too.
Love your uplighting! I planned to do that but cheaped out at the last minute when I knew I was going to have to pay for it! Looks GREAT!

Ashley said...

Beautiful wedding!

Lindsey said...

I love your color scheme and your dress is gorgeous!!

Meghan said...

This post is so fun, happy almost anniversary!! Looks like it was a fabulous wedding. I would love to see your program template- I thought we had programs squared away but there was a mix-up with an Etsy seller.

Jodi said...

Love love love your wedding colors. Orange is the color for MS so I've become an orange lover and all shades of blues are my fave. Great combo! If I ever get married I want to do a beachy theme.

Mrs. Newlywed Giggles said...

I still consider myself a newlywed too. :) I don't plan on changing my blog name either.

Perfectly Imperfect said...

your wedding is still one of the most gorgeous ones I have ever seen. what a beautiful day!

Brown Girl said...

It looked beautiful! I loved your colors!

Rachel @ My Happily Ever After said...

gorgeous! isn't lighting the best? no one believed when i said i needed lighting for our wedding (seriously...they should listen to the event planner here) and everyone totally loved the effect! congrats on your almost anniversary!

Mrs.Olson said...

Oh I just love when you talk about your wedding. SO PRETTY ! We just had our 3rd anniversary. So exciting and yes you can call yourself a newlywed as long as you want !!!

BeckyJo606 said...

Such a precious post! I loved reading it today! Happy Anniversary!! :) Your wedding was so beautiful!!

The Mrs.! said...

Yep....that made me want to put my toes in the sand!!!! Beautiful!

Lil' Woman said...

Your wedding looks beautiful!

The Coach's Wife said...

wow..your dress! so beautiful! I have never seen your color combo, but it looked great! You did a fantastic job with it!

Faith said...

what a beautiful wedding! you were a stunning bride! love your colors and the flowers!

Sarah @Newlywed and Decorating said...

Your wedding really was beautiful! And your dress is gorgeous! You be a newlywed as long as you want to- I plan to :)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Oh my gosh! I want that wedding program template!! That's so awesome that you made it yourself. Programs are so expensive!!

Laura said...

Your wedding pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I am planning my wedding for next July 21st- and would absolutely LOVE any templates you're willing to share! Thanks!

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