Writing about the wedding is such a daunting task. Every time I try, it sounds so gushy and cheesy, so I’m just going to keep this short and simple, and let the photos do most of the talking. And there are a lot of photos, because I’m terrible at choosing favorites.
Just a little gushing: I’m not a “wedding girl,” per se, but I’ve done my fair share of fantasizing, and this turned out to be one of those few times in life where the reality actually surpasses the fantasy. The whole day was better than perfect.
My favorite parts:
1. Seeing Derrick for the first time while walking down the aisle. He has the most beautiful blue eyes, and they were open so wide and he looked so handsome. The sight of him took my breath away.
2. The wedding address. One of our closest friends officiated, and he wrote the most thoughtful, meaningful address I’ve ever heard. It made most of the wedding party (and probably a good number of guests) cry. We’ve gotten so many compliments, people have been asking us for copies of it ever since. If you’re interested, you can read it here.
3. Right after the ceremony, the wedding party all went back up the stairs to the balcony overlooking the courtyard and stood there hugging and laughing while Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros was still playing. Everything else that day happened so fast, but for those few moments on the balcony, it felt like time stood still. Derrick kept kissing me and all I could think was that I’m the luckiest girl in the world.
4. The toasts. Especially my dad’s. They were all hilarious, but also so sweet and moving. I wasn’t prepared for how overwhelmingly loved I felt that day, not just by Derrick, but by all of our family and friends.
5. The reception and photobooth pictures. Derrick and I laughed so hard when we got them back. I highly recommend having a photobooth at your wedding so that everyone can get some camera time. It’s like getting 300 extra gifts.
Ok, gushing complete. Enjoy the photos.
Credit where credit is due:
My mom (a real life saint) did most of the heavy lifting with the planning. So any and all compliments should be directed to her.
Our photographers, The Mullers, are undeniably the best wedding photographers I’ve ever seen.
The florist, Linda Hill of Town & Country. She made the place look like a fairy tale.
Tim and Ryan of The Benson Soap Mill, who made the coolest wedding favors ever for us.
Frank, our officiant, who wrote the best wedding address I’ve ever heard.
Cupcake Omaha, for making us a croquembouche (I would advise all future brides to involve cream puffs in their weddings if at all possible, big hit).
My talented aunt Karen, for managing to make the groom’s (delicious) confetti cake look incredibly classy and beautiful.