Alright, I was requested by a couple of readers to share some wedding pics and a recap. Firstly, I’m humbled that any of my readers want to hear more of the details about my wedding. Secondly, I was holding off for fear that things have been all about me and my engagement/wedding/marriage lately. However, I’m throwing caution to the wind and will share the deets!
After all, everyone loves love, right?
No Need to Break the Bank to have a Dream Wedding
There are no surprises, that we planned our wedding with financial caution in mind, eh? We skipped some costly things but on the things we did include, we did it well. My takeaway suggestion to any couple planning a wedding is to decide what truly matters to you about your wedding and put most of your focus on that!
We planned our wedding in a 1/2 hour walk one day. Initially, we thought to have a small intimate ceremony but as we talked we realized there were a lot of lovely people in our lives who wanted to witness our nuptials. With Covid and all, it was easy to decide to skip the big reception with dinner and just have a cake and coffee. That decision alone saved us thousands of dollars.
For us, the meat (or the main course if you will) was the ceremony. Therefore, we did all the things we wanted to do in our ceremony. It was about an hour-long but I believe if you ask anyone who was there, they won’t tell you it was boring.
The ceremony is all about the drama and our pastor helped fine-tune every fun and meaningful detail…
Ways we Were Frugal
Since I know you mostly want to see pictures, I’ll just leave this section short with some bullet points of how we made our wedding tastefully frugal:
- Ordered my wedding dress online for under $200
- Shoes, hair accessories were purchased on Amazon for under $50
- My sister-in-law got her matron of honor dress for under $30 on sale at Dillards
- My niece got her dress at JC Penney’s for around $30
- We got my nephew’s cute Hawaiian shirts at Kohls for around $20
- We and our friends set up our own cake and coffee reception
The Ways we Splurged
There were some areas where we spared no expense and have no regrets!
- Tom and his best man got their suits at Ticknor’s. Men can wear their suits again so we felt this was highly justifiable!
- Our cake & cupcakes for our guests were from a fabulous bakery. We did the tough job of researching bakeries 😉 and did not base our decision on cost.
- We stayed the first two nights of our honeymoon at a quaint bed and breakfast.
The Ways we Were Blessed
We did not plan on so many people blessing us the way they did. I asked a good friend to help me make the reception pretty and she went above and beyond and blessed us with paying for all the tableware and then some.
We hired another good friend’s daughter to take our photographs. However, our pastor’s wife offered to also help as an experienced photographer. They were a dynamic duo, don’t you think?!
My dear friend and former boss made my family a lovely intimate dinner at his restaurant.
And best of all, the people we love laid hands and prayed over us during our ceremony!
Pictures Speak a Thousand Words
Everyone loves to see the groom’s expression as he sees his bride for the first time on the wedding day. I tear up now seeing how he looked at me. All my lady friends keep telling me how apparent it was/is that Tom loves me. Ladies, don’t settle for anything less!!
I’m 48 years old, sober 11+ years, and have done a ton of recovery work to heal, unlearn unhealthy ways, and finally develop into the kind of woman who can accept true love.
This, my friends, is the face of a man who knows how to love. And it’s all because, in his own recovery journey, he’s learned to put Jesus first above all else. ♥♥♥
One of my favorite pictures from the wedding…being blessed to join the union from my cherished Father and Mother. BTW, they both walked me down the aisle! I’m so incredibly blessed by these people who raised me imperfectly, allow themselves to be humbled by Christ, and keep on loving each other and their family the best they can.
The greeters of our wedding were my super handsome and funloving nephews!
My bestest friend since Kindergarten came to town for my wedding. We’ve been through a lot together and I’m blessed to have her by my side.
…there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother
Our pastor provided some unplanned levity during the ceremony and we all had a good laugh. Within a season of love can be a season for laughter!
My sister-in-law who has become of my closest friends and cheerleaders since I’ve gotten sober was my matron of honor. My beloved niece, Abigail, who has only known me sober, was my junior bridesmaid.
I have the most fabulous memories of this day.
Mr. and Mrs!
We had the most amazing live music during the ceremony and when we danced. And it was always about our savior, Jesus.
Fun restaurant. Fun name. Accurate timing.
Um, God’s promise was evident on our day. If you care to see more pics, you peruse them here.
As we begin this journey as husband and wife, we are spending our first year learning to live life as one. Although, we are very excited to see how God will allow us to serve together for people in recovery.
For a grand finale we had this sunset!