Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sunny Afternoon Wedding Day

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
In my previous post I wrote about the morning of my wedding getting ready. Now I'm sharing photos by my photographer, Kellie Warren of KWU Weddings. These are only of the few images she shot and burned on a disc for me the night of the wedding. It was super sweet to be able to walk away with some images - something visual to recall moments that so quickly passed by. 
After we all slipped into our dresses, Kellie took some photos of us on the balcony of the hotel, as well as around the small town. My photographer led us around the downtown area, taking photos of us on old stairwells and cobblestone streets. We made our way back to the rose garden, which was on the way to the venue. While we were in the rose garden, some of my friends walked past on their way to the ceremony. We quickly exchanged hellos, as if the surprise was ruined, but it was still so nice to see familiar faces in my town.
And this is the part that I get stumped - I barely know what words to use to describe how I felt and how it happened. I enter into the reception room through the back in order to not be seen by the rest of our guests and my groom and his groomsmen lined up to walk the processional. Upon walking into the reception room, waiting to start the ceremony, I see all of my favorite vendors and all of my plans and ideas come to life. In that moment, it was hard to take it all in, it was hard to realize that everything was there because we planned it that way. It's still a hard thought to swallow. It was everything I ever wanted. 
I stood at the doors to the ceremony patio with my bridesmaids, peeking out into the crowd. I felt that if I didn't see the ceremony and our guests beforehand, that it would be too overwhelming. So I took a peek at everyone taking their seats. I knew in my head that we had a 5:30 pm ceremony start time. But at that point, I had no concept of time. Even when one of my bridesmaids told me we had 10 minutes, I couldn't comprehend. I just shook my head in understanding, even though I really didn't. I can't say exactly what was going through my head as I waited, I only know that a lot of it was breathe, bend my knees, cherish the moment. Smiling came easy, smiling was the effortless part.
Everyone lined up, my dad by my side, and we were ready to walk the processional. My coordinators assisted in sending everyone down the aisle. I heard the song change from the wedding party song to the song I chose for my dad and I. The doors opened, and we walked. At first, too fast and I felt my dad's pace slow down which was the reminder I needed to be in the moment and enjoy every step. I got 5 feet from S before I started tearing up. My maid of honor said she started counting how long it was after S saw me that he started tearing up, and she said she couldn't even count to 1 before he started tearing. My dad shook S's hand, I gave him a kiss on the cheek, and then S and I held each others hands. 
Our officiant, a friend, told all the readings exactly as I imagined he would. He told my favorite story, a 2400-year-old love story from Plato by way of Aristophanes, about the longing many of us feel for another half to make us whole, that you can hear here. Following my favorite love story was our vows. My vows were inspired by a contemporary poem, making promises like knife-fighting the snooze button to give S five more minutes of sleep. S's vows were inspired by luck and a chance at love. Then we did the rings, followed by the kiss, and then the party.
Our guests went inside the old train depot for cocktail hour while our photographers, family, and wedding party all took photos together. There was a patch of jasmine (most know how much we adore the jasmine that grows in our neighborhood) that looks as if it bloomed just for us to take family photos in front of. There also was the train tracks which run along the building, perfect for photos of just us. 
After cocktail hour and photos, it was time for introductions. We lined up outside of the reception room and our DJ introduced our wedding party, couple by couple. Then he introduced us and we walked in to many cheers to start our first dance that we practiced many times in our living room. Before we could start our dance, guests were already hitting their glasses with silverware - requesting a kiss. We dip-kissed in the middle of our dance floor, just like the movies, and that too we practiced in our living room. 
After our dance together, we took our seats and our toasts began before dinner. We started the toasts with S's younger brother, who spoke about how if anyone knows me, they know that I'm quiet at first, but as I get to know people, I open up and I have so much to say. Thinking of all our toasts now, brings happy tears to my eyes. My maid of honor, my best friend from high school, toasted next and reminisced about how she and I met just before S and I met so she was witness to our entire relationship, journey, and love story. Finally, we ended toasts with my older brother, who said how perfect it was that we ended up together, and that it wasn't a coincidence, that it couldn't have happened any other way. My brother held his drink up, and all of our guests toasted to us with his toast leading the way. 
We ate dinner with glasses of red wine and friends and family coming up to us to give hugs and kisses and well wishes. Our caterer was amazing because they would bring us different plates from each food station instead of us getting up which saved us so much time to enjoy our meals as much as possible. I knew the food was going to be great, but it was so nice to hear from our guests, even days later, how much they enjoyed the food. We  ate from  cheese and charcuterie platters for appetizers while servers passed chicken and onion cornets. For our entree food stations we had chimichurri flank steak, truffle mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables with an aoli sauce, goat cheese raviolis with a roasted red pepper sauce, and a sausage, chicken, and shrimp paella. 
After dinner I danced with my father, S danced with his mother, and I requested a surprise dance with my brother. His reaction was priceless and I picked the perfect song for us to dance together to. Halfway through, our DJ invited everyone on the dance floor to start the evening of dancing. We danced the hora, fan farra, and even the wobble. Desserts were made by our dear mutual friend. When she lived in town she used to have us over for dinner and make the most amazing lavender cupcakes with lemon butter-cream and also mixed berry tarts with lavender-vanilla cream. They were a hit and everyone couldn't wait to get their hands on one. 
Suddenly, it was our last song and we were all on the dance floor, a little sad, but oh-so celebratory. We did our exit and walked one block over to the hotel's honeymoon suite that we were staying at. I could barely fall asleep, details from the entire night ran laps through my head. I woke up the next day, my body tired from dancing, but my mind refreshed, still anxiously replaying favorite moments from the evening before. We sat on the balcony outside with coffee and muffins, as I tried to comb out all of the knots in my hair from a night of dancing and hugging. 
For a photo inside the reception room (we'll get more photos in a month or two from the photographer!) you can check out this Instagram photo from a friend during our toast, this Facebook photo of the room setup from our DJ, or check out our Instagram hashtag, #danielleandsteven. All of these lovely images were photographed by KWU Weddings. Thank you Kellie + Lindsay!
Venue: Winter Park Farmer's Market
Caterer: Puff n Stuff
Photographer: KWU Weddings
DJ: Junction 88 Productions
Dance floor: Letz Dance On It
Chair rental: Orlando Wedding Party Rental
Chuppah rental: Julbilation
Florals: LavenderFanatic.com and Carlstedt's
Dress alterations: Sharon Picone
Grooms suit: Zara

33 comments :

  1. congrats! you look so beautiful and happy :)

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  2. Congrats again! I keep forgetting you're such a newly married lady. :) It's awesome to see the pictures! I love Puff N Stuff and Carlstedt's. Great vendor choices and amazing pictures! You guys look great! Love your last song choice.

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  3. Beautiful photos! You both are such a beautiful couple- thanks for sharing more of your wedding day! Can't wait to see and hear about the rest!

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  4. Congrats again to the both of you! It sounds like such a beautiful celebration. May you two have a lifetime of happiness! These are gorgeous photos!

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  5. Well now I'm just crying all over the place! You two are such a beautiful (and photogenic!!) couple, and you look so wonderfully happy and in love. I love everything about your day, including that dress! your hair! your lavender bouquets! your smile! All of it. Which one of you is Jewish? I am, by never had a lot of religion in my childhood, so I'm debating renting a Chuppah for my own wedding. It looks so beautiful though! Or maybe the Chuppah had no religious ties to your ceremony and it just looks pretty. Totally okay, too! I saw one with string lights wrapped all around it...so beautiful. More more more pictures please! xo

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  6. It didn't take long for me to tear up either just reading this. This is just beautiful. I'd quote my favorite parts of what you said but there are just too many. I particularly love the "smiling came easy" part. And all the little details of moments with your loved ones. I am sure it all went fast, as it does, but it's really lovely that you were able to stop and enjoy so many moments. So happy for you, you two are just the most beautiful couple. xoxo!

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  7. I love Weddings,they always put a smile on my face. Your photos are great and you look very happy! I love all of the lavender touches and I like that the bridesmaid dresses are all different colors. Beautiful pics!

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  8. Congratulations on your wedding. I hope you have a long and happy marriage.

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  9. Aw, congrats! Love to see a bride wearing glasses :) I don't feel like me quite without mine! And the lavender? Lovely!

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  10. gorgeous photos! I love the lavender bouquets :) congrats!!!

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  11. my goodness, this was beautiful! i love that you had that story by Plato told at your wedding. so charming.

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  12. Thank you for your comment on my blog, Yelle! This is my first time visiting your lovely blog and I am really enjoying myself so far :) Congratulations on your wedding!

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  13. These images of your wedding are gorgeous! Looks like you guys had an incredible day:)

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  14. these photos are so beautiful. thank you for sharing such an amazing moment. Congrats lady!!! you are such a gorgeous couple!

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  15. You look so gorgeous and so happy! Congratulations!
    xx
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  16. Yelle, this is so beautiful! It sounds like your wedding went perfectly :) You and S look so happy in all the pictures. I love how simple your decor was, yet elegant and tasteful. The food sounds delicious too! I'm so happy for both of you, it's evident that you guys are perfect together :)

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  17. Oh my goodness. Congratulations! This is beautiful. You seem like an incredible couple, and this seems like a magical day! You are both so beautiful, this is so lovely! So happy for you two.
    Thanks for visiting Infinite Style!

    xoxo
    Juliette Laura
    juliettelaura.blogspot.com

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  18. What a beautiful bride you are! Love these photos - and I adore your lavender bouquets. So elegant.

    CONGRATULATIONS!

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  19. Thank you for sharing such an intimate occasion with us Yelle. You look absolutely stunning!

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  20. Congrats and that pics are sooo nice. I wish you all the best. Have a nice day.

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  21. You make such a lovely, lovely bride.
    Such beautiful photos and I am so glad you two had a wonderful wedding day.

    Congratulations!

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  22. Now this is perfect!!! PERFECT! But minus the people for me ;) LOL

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  23. Congratulations! you look lovely =)

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  24. Beautiful, beautiful post. Just lovely to read all the details (and you'll be so glad you wrote them all down!). You look so beautiful and you both look so happy. Many many happy days ahead for you! XO

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  25. Congratulations, Yelle! Oh I can't believe I wasn't the first to read this post. I wish you two to have a "marriage made of rock" as we say in Romanian!
    You look... divine :)
    PS: I was blown away by the simple bouquets and I must say your wedding glasses are the best ever! xoxo

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  26. Beautiful! I love your glasses.

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  27. new follower to your beautiful blog!! love these pictures, everything is so pretty!

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  28. Hi. I'm here from the Blog Hop. Congratulations on getting married, you're a cute couple! I also love the post about your bedroom. It looks like a boutique hotel in there. I like all the old-fashioned pictures on the wall. Also, your blog design is really different from anything I've seen. Very classy and stylish. A

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  29. I haven't been keeping up with blogs very well lately and saw your comment on Feisty's wedding post so had to come check out yours. Congrats! You look beautiful and the wedding was as well! Love seeing all the photos.

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  30. Oh my days, I'm tearing up over here! What a beautiful bride you make. I love, love, love you blog. Beautiful.

    Lucy xo

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  31. Your wedding was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The flowers, the train depot, the antler centerpieces...but what is most lovely is your retelling of the day. This is great inspiration to me as I work through a series on Our DIY Wedding. Dredging up memories of that special day 4 years ago has been more emotional than I expected! The posts aren't as easy to "knock out" as my typical craft and d.i.y ones...but I suppose they shouldn't be.

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my FLBlogCon Recap. Looking forward to connecting with you in person next year!

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  32. Your wedding was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The flowers, the train depot, the antler centerpieces...but what is most lovely is your retelling of the day. This is great inspiration to me as I work through a series on Our DIY Wedding. Dredging up memories of that special day 4 years ago has been more emotional than I expected! The posts aren't as easy to "knock out" as my typical craft and d.i.y ones...but I suppose they shouldn't be.

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my FLBlogCon Recap. Looking forward to connecting with you in person next year!

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