Finally, a post about our wedding! It was the most wonderful day…everything went as we hoped it would, or better. Every time I go through our wedding photos, I get a huge grin on my face. Here are some of the things that made for such a perfect day:
Our amazing family and friends! Everyone that came to our wedding contributed to the awesomeness of the day. It was just incredible to have so many of our favorite people together to share in our celebration.
Our friends and family were so helpful in making everything come together. Through the planning stages, our families and close friends were a HUGE help. And on the big day, we were so lucky to have our friends Tom, Corey, and Cortney photographing everything going on. Shannon somehow managed double-duty as a bridesmaid and a photographer. My dad worked like crazy to have everything around the house and tent look perfect, and then surprised us by spray painting “ELLEN + JEFF” on the grass in front of the house.
My friend and pseudo-niece, Crystal, saved the day by doing some last-minute restyling of matron of honor Susan’s hair. She also picked up flowers for me and all of the bridesmaids to put in our hair, put them in our hair for us, and tied the bridesmaid dress’ sashes into pretty bows. Thanks for helping us look pretty, Crystal!
Our band, composed of good friends and my nephew, Shane, was awesome. They played a few songs of personal importance as people were arriving, then “Linus and Lucy” as the flower kids did their thing. When the bridal party processed in, they played “You’ve Got a Friend,” and then when my parents and I came down the aisle they played “My Girl.” As Jeff and I sealed the deal with a kiss, Arya played the riff from Prince’s “Kiss” and then after the ceremony they played “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” We are very lucky to have such talented friends, and it was awesome that Shane worked so hard learning the guitar parts for these songs, and then Arya worked with him shortly before wedding to make sure he was comfortable with his parts.
I loved how our ceremony went. The readings were all fantastic, and I think everyone really enjoyed Mary Jane’s reading of “You Are to Me.” And Steve looked so proud and happy as he officiated.
It was great to see family and friends reuniting, little kids running barefoot, and everyone enjoying yummy vegetarian food (thanks, Longfellows!). And Greg, our best man, gave a wonderful toast.
Lua’s vegan cupcakes were lovely and Susan’s big cupcake that we used for the cake cutting was so good that we just wanted to keep eating it, way beyond the traditional ceremonial bite.
Jay did a fantastic job DJing and it was fun seeing so many friends and family members (age 2-93!) out on the dancefloor all evening. The Soul Train and dance off moments were pretty fabulous.
It was so awesome that our friends Mike and Curtis brought a big pile of hula hoops with them from Boston! It was a great option for non-dancers and people who wanted to get out of the tent for a bit. Everyone had a blast hooping.
As the evening wound down, we were left with just a few friends sitting in the grass, relaxing after an amazing day.