Wedding Wednesday

Wedding Wednesday: The Reception

1. how it all began: how you met, first date, first kiss, how long did you date? first picture together…..etc.
2. when you knew he was the one: self explanatory.. but how and when did you know?
3. proposal: how it happened, how long were you engaged for? was it a total surprise? pictures of that… etc.
4. the ring: tell us about it! did you pick it out? did he? pictures! tell us about his ring too!
5. engagement/bridal pictures: let’s see em!
6. the colors: show some of the flower and colors you used
7. the dress: was it what you always imagined? did you have it made for you? white or ivory?
8. the little accessories: you know, veil? shoes? jewelry?
9. the reception: where was it at? show us some pictures! what day did you get married?10. the cake/food: i love food. so tell me about what you had at your wedding!
11. your song and/or the first song you danced to at your wedding: share a music video or lyrics if you can!12. favorite part of the day and least favorite part of the day: can be anything.
13. honeymoon: where did you go? was it good? 😉 haha…jk.
14. thoughts on marriage: what is the easiest/hardest part? if you could change anything, what would it be?
15. first place that you lived together: pics if you have them!
16. kids: do you have any yet? if not, when do you plan on it? how many do you want? any tips on good/bad birth control?
17. most recent picture of you and your significant other and what you love most about them 🙂 and any other thoughts.

Above photo courtesy of Valor Photography 

Since I haven’t yet talked about where we actually got married, I thought I’d share pictures of the temple where we had our actual marriage ceremony (for more information about why temples are important to our religion, click here). Matt and I chose to get married in the Bountiful temple, which holds special significance for us because we both are from Bountiful and we also both went through the Bountiful temple before our respective missions.

We got married on the most springlike day of our whole wedding week: Saturday May 7, 2011. The sun was shining, the smell of spring blossoms filled the air, and we were just as twitterpated and excited as could be. Matt was so anxious when I met up with him and his dad at the temple–I could tell he just wanted to get the whole thing over with already. I guess I was a little anxious too, but not from nerves: I absolutely knew I was about to make the best decision of my life. Our marriage ceremony was special and inspiring, and I felt so loved and blessed to be able to know that I can be with Matt forever.

Here are some more pics taken around the temple (photos courtesy of Chelsee Hanna Photography)

Since I didn’t care too much about where we actually held the reception, we just held it at our local church meetinghouse. We hired a decorator to come in and make the gym look not so gym-like, and I was happy with how it turned out. (All photos below taken courtesy of Valor Photography)

We actually did something pretty unusual and held our reception in the afternoon from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. (right after the wedding luncheon). Smartest. Idea. EVER. It meant that we didn’t have any long waiting periods between events and that we were able to just go off and relax after all the hoopla was over with.

Neither of us were too keen on the idea of a line, but I figured we couldn’t get away from it, so we ended up just spending the whole hour and a half greeting a nonstop stream of wellwishers (I was so surprised at how many people came out–I felt so loved!!). Since I’m not going to do a post about our wedding song (because we didn’t have one), I’ll just mention in here that we had Frank Sinatra playing in the background while people milled around, ate, and visited with each other. The entire thing was very relaxed and low-key, which was just how we wanted it to be. I didn’t want a super formal reception or anything, which was one reason why we chose not to do a dance-type thing (and because Matt claims he’s not much of a dancer).

We got a lot of compliments after the reception, which was gratifying; I was so pleased that everyone had a good time and appreciated how hard the decorator had worked.

That’s really all I have to say about that. I will say this though–I am pretty excited to post pictures for next week, because the food was by far my favorite part of the whole ordeal (duh). So stay tuned!

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