Here is the Princess strutting up and down the damn aisle wearing the garter to show said nameless person where they could shove that opinion....You go girl! Who said it had to be on the aisle in the damn ceremony anyway?
This lucky bug was a baby with only TWO spots, just like the happy couple! And he wasn't ready to leave yet which gave the groom a chance to chase around her skirt for awhile... Some things are just meant to be I guess. Funny though with all the stress and chaos of the day I completely forgot this touching time until I saw these photos. Lucky for us someone knew how odd we are and that this would make me smile. Thanks Alan! Then again, do not risk enlarging this one for a closer peek unless you want to be horrified at the stray cat hair clinging to her dress. Hey, priorities girl, I told you my house didn't get clean and a fancy dress doesn't not register fear in the eyes of my herd-ANYONE is fair game for a fur ball or two....
So, hours later, eyes glazed and everything begins to look alike. But wait, you suddenly open a shot like this...
This I like to fondly call my "WTF hawk photo". Are you joking here dude? We pay you by the hour for photos of the big day, Princess, etc. and we get sent a random shot of the damn hawk that lives in the tree at Princess's new home? The same hawk that lives for the day he can catch her precious little dogs unaware and eat them for breakfast? That hawk? The one who I secretly cherish as he assists with rodent patrol in my garden in the winter, but shhhh, don't tell Princess. Oh hell, I have small dog too and cat that thinks he owns the yard, oh well, Ralph has made it 15 years with this hawk family and he's still kickin' right? But a photo in the wedding album? WTF right?
OK, said photographer rocks afterall, I forgive you for the bizzarre shots now really I do. Almost makes me wish I had a serious camera that can make things look like this. Almost.
Now, back to details, details, details. We stumbled on this great Kleenex in the clearance bins at Michaels last summer before the not to be wedding date. Bought a boat load for 50 cents a pop to use for the wedding. I laid them on the chairs in the family row (good move Lisa-major use there) and scattered around the reception area. Here is a sneak peak of a after wedding shot when Princess and her new MIL are exchanging some touching moments. It all started when she thanked her for having the groom and letting her share him...ahhh...then came the flood...but wait, check out the kick ass tissue!
Love this one!
Now, let me show you what really happens to these babies in the sun. These were extra we wanted on the buffet table. Were left in tupperware, in the sun....
Now, remember when I mentioned the miniature gazebo at the rehearsal? Well, day of, up it came and was tied severely to the deck. See, prior to the day, we planned this for emergency rain backup, all guests stand deal. Well, Prince Charming decided you can't put this up last second like I wanted, so he had to do it ahead of time part way. So, he got it up half height and left it in the center of this deck. Well, that night, along came the MASSIVE wind and drove this Major steel structure clear across the deck and caused huge tears in the screening on two sides. Plus, I have to now find a way to put it in the design instead of the backup last minute idea. So, it got shoved to the corner, tables moved to shelter the cake and guest book/gift table. Not too shabby after Prince spent an hour tying on ribbon to hold up the darn screen to not decapitate our guests.
Ok, so I thought you would like to see the guest book instructions. Rather complicated but I thought with this, plus a couple of us did ours ahead for reference.
Wrong, most guests completely screwed it up, but hey, can't blame a girl for trying can you?
Random, but my friend Lisa is MORE OCD than I am. Check out the lovely fruit plate she crafted (minus the kiss ass dip I had to serve with it still in the fridge darn it).
OK, enough food, lets see something else.
This one shows her putting on the "borrowed" piece of her puzzle. They are the diamond earrings that were the last gift my father gave my mother before he died. I wanted her to wear the matching necklace, but had no idea the chain was so darn long. I am wearing that one, the longest one nestled in my saggy boobs over there....nice scratches everywhere from trimming the damn rose bushes last minute too.
OK, seriously bad hair and wrinkles
But damn I love this beautiful girl that is my baby, and is now all grown up!
More important details here.
Now lets see some real detail shall we?
Even better. This one shows a bit of the lovely hanky Lynn from The Vintage Nest sent for her special day. I wasn't getting the blue part, and Lynn nailed it. I used it to wrap the stems of her bouquet. Right above it is the antique locket that was my Mom's with her photo and my Dad when they were dating I gave her. Can't see it, but it is there.
Better detail of her bouquet. Still clearance flowers gals.
Here is a shot of the toss bouquet I made.
Love this shot of Alicia's bouquet! Hers was way different since she was the best "person" for Andrew she got the teal treatment.
Here I am beginning to do the darn bustle on the dress. A lovely lady in town hand did her bustle just perfect, but to get ahold of it to pull up, you have to trace down the seams, locate a TINY thread and pull it out for the loop to the hidden buttons. KEEP a large safety pin handy, you are going to need it. And pay CLOSE attention when they show you how to do it, you will freak when the real time comes!
Here is a close up of the front, she wanted their monogram. see all the pink dots? This isn't easy in a rush I promise you!
Here is the cake topper (clearance at Michaels). The couple had blonde hair when we bought this, groom had yellow spotted tie etc, and bride had yellow flowers. A little acrylic paint, and magic new topper! Grand total=$8
Now, the couple loved the idea of remembering past family. The groom lost his older sister only a couple years ago to a drunk driver. VERY sensitive to anything concerning her. Princess wanted to to a candle, he freaked that if it had her name he couldn't burn it, a vase might break, on and on. So, I stopped asking and did it myself. I got a sale frame with enough slots, reprint favorite pics of those lost souls, printed a poem, and bingo. Now, as I said, he is VERY sentimental over her, so I wanted to sick the frame in a out of the way spot, but would be there none the less. Nope, Princess said stick it in a empty chair in the front row, so her wish was my command.
Ok, so I know this is all a bit random and backwards. But you should expect it from me by now.
This is way out of order, but just cracks me up. I had never heard of such a thing, but they insisted on including the Covenant of Salt ceremony in their day.
Now, the idea is you each take grains of salt to share with each other as a symbol of your valuable love. Notice, both appear to have shared a bit too much salt. I really thought their heads would cave in from dehydration at this point and it was close for a bit! HA!
Again, cheap overlay fabric on my rusty old outdoor table. Works for me!
Here is the alter fully assembled. Light up arch with coupon at Michaels. Second arch I bought but too darn cold to plant flowers yet. Flower garlands sale at craft stores. See the pearl monogram hanging at top of front arch? Dollar bins at Michaels! See the former date glitter pumpkins in the garden? Massive amounts of rolled tulle (sale and coupons) wrapped into arch.
Here is a shot of the actual aisle. Notice streamers and bows in rows toward the aisle? We had signs directing guests to enter from outside rows. Originally they painstakingly laid silk petals down each side of the runner and made a terrific heart where the couple would stand in petals at the alter. Well, then Mother Nature came along and gave us the casual wind blown look. The MIL had a tearful meltdown, Prince cussed, and I laughed my ass off-what else can you do? Besides, kind of like this look...
Ok folks, like I said it is all in the details. Or rather, it is the damn details that will kill you before you finish. Now, lets move on to some doggy porn shall we?
Now you know how she REALLY feels about all this dress up nonsense...
This is her, Grandma, make her stop now look. Sorry Gidget, it only goes downhill from here!
Seriously Grandma, make it stop NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok you spoiled little granddoggie, give grandma a kiss and I'll make it all better!
But wait for it, the look of PURE BLISS>>>>>>>>>