Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Celebrate Three

Three years ago today...goodness, how time flies.

I promise I won't revisit this occasion in detail every year, but this is the 1st anniversary I've spent as a blogger, so you'll just have to endure. Thanks. :)

Steve proposed on February 11, 2006 - you can read about that here if you wish. I knew I didn't want a long engagement. In my mind, engagement = torture. Conveniently, my Maid of Honor, Katie (not to be confused with Matron of Honor, Elaina), had plans to travel abroad in the summer, so it only made sense to have the wedding before she left. We decided on Friday, May 19, 2006.

I was not the girl who had her dream wedding planned since age 8. The only thing I knew was that walking down a long church isle, wearing a puffy, white dress, with hundreds of eyes watching me was not my idea of a good time.

Eloping might have been my first choice. Destination wedding second. But for the sake of close friends and family members we decided to stay local but still do it small. Choosing an outdoor venue in February, in Minnesota, was a bit tricky, but as soon as I pulled up to Irvine Park, I knew. This sweet little treasure spot bordering downtown St. Paul was better than anything I could have dreamed up.

As any outdoor-bride would do, I anxiously followed the weather forecasts for weeks prior to the big day. Rain. Rain. More rain. Mr. Sun decided to temporarily show his lovely face on the afternoon of the 18th as our wedding party gathered for rehearsal. That night: more rain.

I chose to spend my last night as a single person at Katie's house squished into a double bed with both her and Elaina...loved it. Woke up in the morning to more rain. Called the city to make sure the park's grass would be mowed. Blinked back at my reflection in the mirror...one big, red zit in the center of my nose.

Katie's parents made breakfast and we took our time getting ready. By the time we left, the rain had ceased, the clouds parted, and the sun shone brightly. It was about 70 degrees, and hardly a breeze. Perfect.

I really wanted my wedding to be as practical as possible in all aspects. Katie and Elaina chose to wear a ruffled shirt from Arden B, a cotton skirt from Limited, and shoes from Target. I think Steve and his groomsmen's clothes were from JCPenny's or Sears. The little ones (our niece Kara and best little friend Greyley) wore dresses made by my mama. I've been so happy to see these items worn after the wedding - knowing that money wasn't spent on one-time garments. Even Sabrina (teacup poodle) had a dress (not shown) that she's worn a few times since the wedding!

I had a less than wonderful time shopping for my wedding dress. I don't do fluffy, formal or white very well. Require all that from one garment and you've got one bummed out Jillie. I'm also uber modest and didn't want to go strapless or halter. And on top of all that I really wanted a tea length dress that wouldn't drag in the dirt and would display my cute peep-toe shoes (randomly bought at a liquidation store a few months back, having no idea when I'd wear them). Alas, I settled for a plain, strapless, ivory and rum colored, tea-length gown from David's Bridal purchased off-the-rack in hopes that I could find some sort of shirt that could be tucked into the sash. At the last possible opportunity, I found a lace shirt...I don't even know where...and it worked. Now, breath.

Flowers: Pink Gerbera Daisies beautifully arranged by Steve's cousin Janice.
Photographer: Showed up and did us proud.
Decorations: Tulle, flowers, ribbons.
Programs: Handmade by the groom.
Pastors Mick and Nate: Thoughtful words of wisdom.
Rings: Carefully tied to the ring barer...Sabrina, the dog.
Music: Three-string orchestra.
Transportation: Rented, white Hummer driven by dear friend, Tony.

Oh, the list of details could go on and on.

We had our reception at the historic Forepaugh's Restaurant located next to Irvine Park. It was a perfect fit for our Shabby Chic theme. We partook in the most delicious hors d'oeuvres and German Chocolate wedding cake (my mother-in-law MADE the cake!).

I hear a lot of "if I could do it over, I would do such-and-such differently". I don't feel that way about my wedding. Of course there are some minor details we would fix, but in all, it was my perfect day. In the midst of all the wedding madness, I was able to focus on what was really taking place. I think I might have even tuned in to a heavenly choir singing. :)

Our first three years together have been even better than anticipated. I'm so excited for what's to come in year 4 and beyond.


Anonymous said...

Hi, Jillie. Welcome back. Will we hear about the getaway? Maybe tomorrow... About today's blog, yes, it truly was lovely and very enjoyable--all of it--all of you. This picture of the cake is fabulous. Danna rocks. (TW)

Girly Muse said...

I adored your wedding. It was perfect from start to finish.
And that cake is STILL the cutest cake I have EVER seen.

Boutique Girl said...

Looks like it was a beautiful day! Thanks for sharing!