Since my husband and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary recently, I thought I would share some of the details of my own wedding with you!
We were married on April 17, 1999 at Pine Island Club on beautiful Lake Murray. This facility is owned by SCE&G and because my Grandfather worked there for many years, we were able to book that venue for our special day. I’m pretty sure April 17th was the windiest day of that year! But, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day!
I was thrilled to have my only sister Jessica as my Maid of Honor. My step-daughter Jennifer (14 at the time) was a Junior Bridesmaid. Jennifer is now married and became a Mother just recently! The flower girl was my step-daughter, Kristen (6 at the time, now in college). She was the sweetest and prettiest little flower girl! The ring bearer was my step-son, Jeffrey (3 at the time, now in high school). He was the cutest little ring bearer and did a super job that day! From his picture below you might can tell he was a hand full at that age! Leading up to the wedding we had our flower girl and ring bearer practice “walking up the aisle” together so the ring bearer would know exactly what he was supposed to do, so cute! It was very important to me to include Jimmy’s children in our wedding. I love them dearly. Jimmy’s groomsmen were his brother-in-law, Matt, brother, Woody and my brothers Jason and Jonathan. I do wish we had done a wedding program to pass out to our guests. At the time, I didn’t realize the importance of listing the bridal party and their connection to both of us (as everyone may not have known), and also I needed a way to explain the special song written and sung by my Dad for me (that was played during the ceremony), as well as a place to thank our families for everything and to thank our guests for coming and sharing in our special day. Plus, it would have been a nice memento to have now! So, make sure to have programs printed!
Photography has really changed over the last several years. Now photographers take the pictures in such a way that “tell your wedding story”, as you are getting ready, all of the behind the scenes details, etc. Plus, you get a cd with all of the images so that you can share the photos with your friends and family! While we enjoy looking at our wedding album from time to time , we wish we had digital images too! Your photos are a lasting memory so be sure to do your research, meet with them and invest in a good photographer, you won’t be sorry! Photographers capture the images that help you remember your wedding like it was yesterday!
Oh, and Videography! Wow, a lot more emphasis is put on that now and I think that is great! We have a VHS tape (I don’t know if we even have a working VCR anymore) of our wedding day. We had an extended family member take the video for us, he was able to catch some really cute moments that we would have never known about but unfortunately I don’t remember the last time we watched it because it is on a video tape. He did a great job for us but obviously it is unedited, not set to music, taken from one angle, etc. These days you can hire a professional videographer to produce a high quality wedding video to capture all of the special memories of that day. It’s your own wedding movie that you can watch over and over and share with friends and family! Make your wedding video a priority! I say money well spent!
Our color scheme was lavender and white. I loved our invitations, they were on “vellum” paper with a detailed edge and were printed in lavender ink. I picked lavender roses and white lilies for my bouquet (still two of my favorite flowers). With me being a florist, many people asked me if I was going to make my own flowers. Actually, I don’t think I ever considered that. I guess I figured this was the one time that somebody else would do the work and I could just enjoy the day! I know DIY has become very popular and for some people that works, but I also know from being in the wedding business that we end up helping a lot of brides at the last minute because of issues they have encountered. Such as, the flowers they ordered online didn’t ship, or the flowers weren’t fresh and looked like garbage, or they realized they didn’t have time to make all of the centerpieces or bouquets like they thought they would, or they didn’t have the help they thought they were going to have, or they realized they didn’t have a vehicle large enough to transport everything and on and on. My advice would be to hire a professional florist (we did), so you can relax and enjoy the day and let them deal with the “issues” , if there are any. In the end, I promise it will be money well spent. Call me! 🙂
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Here are a few photos from our wedding day!