Brad and I got married at 2:00 pm October 16, 2004 after dating for 5 years. The weather was PERFECT. The day started out pretty rough for me. I think I stressed myself out trying to do a lot of the preparations myself and woke up sick. I pretty much threw up from the time I got out of the shower until we arrived at the church 4 hours later. My poor bridesmaids, hairdresser and makeup artist were so patient with me. My hair wasn't quite as practiced but I was too tired from being sick to really care or get her to fix it. Thank goodness my florist's husband was a doctor and they were able to give me something that curbed the nausea without making me drowsy. It was not the way I pictured my wedding morning but the rest of the day went great.
My dress was a ballgown with pearl and rhinestone beaded bodice with an organza full skirt. It had sheer cap sleaves and a pearl/rhinestone banding around the neckline, waist and hem. I first saw it in a Bride's magazine and loved it. My mom and I drove to Low's in Arkansas after I had looked at a few other shops and tried several on. Low's was awesome! We went during their semi-annual sale so our appointment time was slightly limited but we still had a great time. My mom was rooting for another dress that I previously had my eye on but once I put on this one, I knew that was it. I found my tiara at Hancocks for only $15! I chose a simple white tulle veil that I think was 3 layers. My shoes came from Payless and I loved them. Now when I watch "Say Yes to the Dress" on TLC and watch Bride's trying on $5,000 gowns, I just can't imagine spending that much!
My boquet was gorgeous! I think they were black magic and charlotte red roses and they were secured with white satin. It was exactly what I had imagined. The bridesmaids flowers and the other arrangements were very pretty, but not quite as I pictured. I loved the bright colors and fall flowers, though and they looked great with the Apple Red bridesmaids dresses.
My bridesmaids were all friends from college except for Kirstin who was my best friend in junior high. The other girls were Alyssa, Haven, Cathryn and Laura who was my maid of honor. I was the first to get married so this was new to all of us! Everyone except Laura has gotten married since and I have been in all of their weddings. The only thing I would change about who I had would be to include Lea Ann. I couldn't talk Brad into having another groomsman and I wanted an even number of attendants but if I could go back I would have included her. She was there for all the events anyhow!
I had the girls sign my shoes. Supposedly the first name to wear off is the next to be married. I think it came true! I think Alyssa and Kirstin's names were the most worn and they got married the next summer, 2 weeks apart
Brad's best man was his dad. The other groomsmen were his brother Andrew and friends John, Brandon and Justin. I could not get the picture of the guys to focus at all!
My nieces Hannah and Emma Claire were the cutest flower girls ever!
I decided to make the unity candle the center of the decorations and had them placed center stage on the Lord's Supper table. I had 2 runners monogrammed with a "G" and "S" and they were placed on either side of the unity candle with each of our candles on top. I still have the candlesticks we used for them.
My dad hired a string quartet for the music. It was so beautiful! He also had a friend from church sing "Jesu Joy of Man's desiring". I had been imagining how it would sound and when we were at the back of the church and Lawton being to sing, I became overwhelmed and cried. My friend Paula also sang during the ceremony. I had planned for a college friend to sing "How Beautiful" but she backed out 2 weeks before the wedding and Paula stepped in. She did great!
Us and my family. Oliver was so little (about 15 months) and Alex hadn't even been born yet!