Three years ago today I married my favorite person.
We decided pretty early on that we wanted a simple event. We had the wedding in a beautiful brick, old-Virginia church that required almost no decorating.
Our priest was robed in his best for the occasion. I love this picture. We had a full, formal Episcopal liturgy with communion. I didn’t want the service to be a showcase of the bride, so the wedding party (groom and attendants then attendants and bride) processed into the church with the entire congregation standing and singing a hymn.
Bouquets, boutonnieres, and the flowers for the alter came from a local florist who also supplied us with buckets of freshly cut Spring flowers that we arranged in vases for the reception.
The reception was in the courtyard of the church hall. We spent all four months of our engagement collecting antique teacups and saucers, and we had enough for each guest. When people entered the reception hall, they saw little collections of teacups and flowers everywhere and were directed to pick their favorite cup and tie their name onto it with a paper and ribbon. We served a tea-feast (cooked almost entirely by our friends), tea, champagne, and punch. And everyone walked around drinking out of their teacups!
My husband went with a simple suit from Banana Republic (see his awesome bow tie further down), and my mother and I made my dress. This was something that I felt really strongly about when planning the event! The fabric is Chantilly lace and yards and yards of dupioni silk. We sewed for 24 hours over two days and finished 90% of the work. My mom finished the details. I wore my mother-in-law’s beautiful veil.
After eating and drinking, guests played boules. (Spot the red bridesmaid’s dress. Each of my bridesmaids made their dress with this amazing rich rose-colored linen. A-mazing.) We sat around in the sun for hours and then drove to our house and had our first evening at home together. It was simply lovely.
And here’s one final tidbit: I didn’t know that wedding blogs existed when working with my then fiance on the plan for the day! We just sat down and said to each other, what do you want this day to be like? And then on April 19, 2008, we committed ourselves each to the other in marriage, and, with the help of our friends and family, we celebrated the day.