Big news to tell all this week, starting with today. OMIGODLETSGETSTARTED.
First off, tomorrow is, of course, the day Sarah Seven and I announce the massively fortunate Sarah Seven dress giveaway winner. AAAAAHHHHHH I KNOW. So… uhhh… you’ll probably want to be here, unless of course you’d rather be square. Totes your call, as always.
Anywho – wait… were you guys waiting for something? I have this feeling you guys have been waiting for me to tell you something. Can’t quite put my finger on it. OH YEAH.
BAMBINO “BAM BAM” MCPUPPYPANTS, Jr!
The junior is meaningless, I’s just likes its.
P.S. – We took that photo in Central Park on Saturday; I love it because it’s like his class picture or something.
My outer dialogue: Ok, moving right along! Got a fantastic wedding for y’all today!
My inner dialogue: OMIGOD I’M SHAKING. I HOPE YOU LIKE HIS NEW NAME. I REALLY, REALLY, REEEAAALLLLLY HOPE YOU LIKE IT AT LEAST A LITTLE BIT OH PLEASE, PLEASE LIKE IT.
Alrighty then! Today’s wedding was submitted by the beyond marvelous Mark Romine of Mark Romine Photography, and I’ve been excited about this little gem right from the moment he shot it over to me…
Know why? Because it’s got those key elements that always make me smile…
Little kiddies looking adorbs in their wedding garb… hugely smiling faces, despite the weather situation… and love, love, love.
That’s what it’s all about, amirite? Happiness, in spite of it all. Because really, if it rains, it rains. YOU CAN’T HELP THAT. But what you CAN help is how you experience it. And Katy and Ryan did it like no others. You wouldn’t even know it rained, when you look at the happiness throughout this wedding!
Here’s Katy, our beautiful bride, with every last itty bitty detail of her wedding day:
Details of the day:
The wedding took place at a Tudor style estate in Bloomington, IL. The estate is covered with well manicured gardens and a huge open lawn on the back side of the house. We really wanted to have an outdoor wedding and reception and after finding this property it offered exactly what we were looking for. We chose to have the wedding ceremony on the open lawn on the back side of the house, followed by a reception in a brick courtyard also on the property.
I knew having the wedding outside would be risky and was willing to take the risk. The weekend started out so beautiful, so I was hopeful the wedding day would be perfect, but as the wedding day progressed rain clouds began to roll in threatening the wedding ceremony. We debated about moving the wedding inside the house or off-site. My husband being a pilot and always aware of the weather, was tracking the rain on this iPhone.
As guests began to arrive they were greeted by a lone bagpipe player and directed to the ceremony location by small handmade signs along a windy brick path. Due to the rain guests began to gather inside the house to stay warm and dry. A basket of shawls in our wedding colors were laid out for guests to grab in case they got cold. This turned out to be the best thing I could have done – everyone was so thankful to have them since the rain brought with it a slight chill to the air.
Ryan was able to find a break in the rain was coming and we decided to stick to our plan and get married outside. My wedding planner raced to wipe down seats and arm guests with shawls and umbrellas and we kicked the ceremony off.
We did little to decorate the wedding ceremony location, as the place had so much natural beauty already. We did line the aisle with lime green pomodors and framed the alter with a simple green archway. I wanted to keep everything simple to keep focus on the natural surroundings and gorgeous house. The ceremony began with my twin niece and nephew heading down the aisle as a string quartet played. We asked a close friend to oversee the ceremony, but invited my father to lead us in a family prayer along with my mother and Ryan’s parents.
After the wedding ceremony our guests were lead to the reception area by a bag piper player. The reception area was partially tented and partially open. I loved the idea of our guests dining and dancing under the stars. It was risky and unfortunately the rain came, but our guests made the best of it and embraced the on again off again rain. We kicked off the reception with the Purdue Flight Song to pay homage to the place we met and fell in love. It was really fun because so many of our friends from Purdue were there too and joined in the fun. The rest of the evening was filled with wonderful food, delicious dessert, great family/friends, and of course a little rain. We played off the rain by having our first dance under an umbrella. We chose not have a wedding cake and instead choose a variety of our favorite desserts and a not of my southern roots including Irish torts, Key Lime Pie (Ryan’s Favorite), Pumpkin Pie (seasonal) and Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie (Katy’s Favorite).
When Ryan and I got engaged, I really wanted a destination wedding. Ultimately we narrowed our search to Bloomington to include family/friends we knew could not travel. Looking back at pictures of that day it looks like we had a destination wedding. The venue, rain and bag pipe player gave guests the feeling of being far away in Scotland. I guess I got my destination wedding after all.
Wedding Favors: I wanted our guests to have a taste of our hometowns, so we pair a small Dr. Pepper (made in Dallas – home of the bride) with a small package of Beer Nuts (made in Bloomington – home of the groom). The Dr. Pepper and Beer Nuts were tied together with green ribbon and displayed on a table with old crates
Programs: We designed, printed and assembled the wedding programs. I had a very specific design in mind and wanted a program that would offer plenty of space to share details about our wedding party and important people in our lives. So, we chose a five tiered program printed in navy ink, backed with navy card stock and tied with lime green ribbon. This task proved to be more challenging than I realized between formatting the document and cutting the paper. Since we chose to do layers each tier had to be exactly the same and cutters don’t cut everything exactly the same. Yikes! In the end, I think each one had slight imperfections, but the overall look was exactly what I wanted – so couldn’t be more happy.
Family Prayer: I asked my father to take part in the ceremony by reflecting on the meaning of family and the role our families will play in our marriage. He ended his speech by inviting my mom and Ryan’s parents to the alter and lead us in a family prayer. It meant so much to me have him part of the ceremony and it demonstrated the joining of these two different families.
Seeing Ryan 1st Time: Ryan and I chose to see each other in a private meeting before the wedding. It was so special to have that time to just see him, hug him and talk to him before heading down the aisle. It made for such a special private moment
Sippy Cup – At our engagement party I spilled a glass of red wine all over my mother-in-laws white carpet. So, Ryan’s cousin brought a sippy cup of red wine and a bib to the wedding reception to make sure I don’t spill red wine on my white dress. I stuck to beer the rest of the night.
First Dance: I look back on these pictures and just love that Mark (our photographer) had the idea to do this. It was really neat to be out there having our first dance in such a unique way.
Navy, Deep Purple and Lime Green
The groom and groomsmen work navy Brooks Brother suits with purple ties
The brides shoes were navy flats – comfortable for the uneven surfaces and playful in color
Bridesmaids wore navy knee length dresses with purple shawls and mix of purple flowers in the bouquet
Tables: Navy table cloths with purple/lime green centerpieces
Wedding Invitations – navy card stock with white print
Hire a wedding planner! I did not live in Bloomington while planning my wedding and my job was quite demanding at times. It was so amazing to have a wedding planner to keep you on guide you through the process and keep you on-time and on budget. Not only did she do amazing things during the wedding planning, but the day of. She anticipated all the issues that might arise and was prepared to face anything head on. The rain certainly complicated our day and she made it appear effortless. I can’t say enough good things about having a planner to help you.
Pick a few things that are really important and stick to your guns, but we flexible on other things. The vendor, flowers, location, and all the details of your day won’t always be exactly what you wanted, but remember those few things that were really important and make sure those are where you focus your time and attention.
Make it personal – make your wedding day a reflection of your personality and style – that makes it so much more fun and interesting!
And now, some words from the floral/event designers, including a note on having a Plan B:
September 25, 2010 started out as a beautiful sunny fall day. So there was a chance for rain, how bad could it get? Let me tell you the temperature dropped and the guests from Texas were freezing. The beautiful outdoor wedding remained beautiful but wet. My heart sank as I saw Katy, the bride, walk out of the dressing room, she looked so worried. It was no surprise that her thoughts were about her friends and family. She said, “I just want everyone to be comfortable and enjoy themselves.” I hugged her and reassured her that it was going to be wonderful and it was. You know most Brides would have been thinking about themselves at that moment but not Katy. Here she was about to walk down the aisle , outside mind you in a light misting rain and her thoughts were about her guests. Katy & Ryan did not let the rain dampen their spirits. They even shared their first dance under an umbrella together. The colors for the wedding were navy blue with pops of purple and green brought out in their bouquets and decor. Their special day was filled with heartfelt touches that displayed just what a sweet couple they are. Their favors were snacks made in their hometowns. Guests received a glass bottle of Dr. Pepper, made in Katy’s hometown of Houston, Texas, and Beer Nuts, made in Bloomington, Illinois, where Ryan grew up. They even had a basket full of pashminas for their guests who got a little chilly.
One thing to keep in mind when having an outdoor wedding and reception is to always be prepared for the worst scenario, and make sure you are ok if you have to go with Plan B.
They look pretty happy to me. What do you think? ;)
Phew! You guys, this was a really hard post to finally write. I was seriously very anxious about announcing his name. I want you to like it. I also wonder what you’re thinking re: his nom de plume; shall we continue with McPuppyPants on the blog? Or go with Bambino from here on out?
Also, what do you think of this bangin’ wedding? :)
xoxo! – Alison
Photographer: Mark Romine Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights / Caterer: Station 220 / Event Planner: Simple Elegance Events / Floral Designer: Simple Elegance Events and Wedding Designs / Reception Venue: Ewing / DJ: Premier Productions