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A Love Story, Part Four: Wedding

July 3, 2014

Christian and I had a very small wedding. Small like only 6 other people besides the two of us: our parents, the pastor, and the photographer. Originally, we’d planned on eloping and getting married just the two of us on a beach in San Diego (Fletcher Cove, to be exact), but that was until we found out Fletcher Cove didn’t allow weddings on the beach, not to mention- our mothers guilt-tripped us into inviting them ๐Ÿ˜‰ Then we thought about having a small wedding on a beach in Florida, but trying to plan even a small wedding out of state, having just moved cross country twice (not to mention the financial recouping we were doing) – the stress was a bit much. My parents asked if I might like to have it at their house in Indiana (the house I grew up in). I’d never thought of that before. They live out in the country, with beautiful trees and flowers all around. Not to mention the location obviously held a special place in my life. I loved the idea of having it in a place that would be completely private with full control of the “venue.” ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s so quiet and peaceful out there, and the more I thought about it, the more I loved the idea. And so, that’s what we did.

The months and days leading up to the actual day were so much fun. We had fun planning the details and there was never a moment I felt stressed. We took a few trips to Indiana to meet with a caterer, our photographer, and to get our marriage license, but for the most part I could just do everything from Chicago.

For Christian’s wedding band, we actually ended up getting it from a ring show in Chicago. It took him all of 5 minutes to pick out the one he wanted – and it was only $40. (Oh yeah!) We were so excited, we did high jumps in the parking lot. (Until I pulled something in my shoulder and we had to stop.) (And in my defense, I was wearing heels, so…)


A couple nights before our big day, X took me to see Michael Bolton in concert. (Yes, I know what you’re thinking. I have the most amazing man in the world to take me to my 239852 MB concert, let alone our 3rd one together.) The rest of the time was spent with my parents and brother, along with Christian as we ran errands after errands getting things ready. Those were some of my most favorite memories of all the planning that went into our special day. Nothing felt crazed, we took our time, we spent hours in places like Hobby Lobby and Lowes, collecting last minute things like flowers and lantern & twinkle lights. (Highlight of one of these errands was when Christian and my Dad went to Michaels by themselves and were mistaken as a couple. Lots of laughs over that one!) After all of the errands were done each day, we sat back and enjoyed grilling out and dinners out together. Those were some really fun few days.

The day of the wedding, my mom and I shared a little coffee date together at Starbucks early in the morning and then went to a spa to get a pedicure, manicure, and our makeup & hair done. It was totally a girly morning and nothing about it felt stressful – it was just about enjoying our time together and getting so excited for the rest of the day – it was my wedding day!

My dad and Christian spent the morning putting out palm trees and flowers, and hanging lights over the back deck. I didn’t know they were doing this until I came home and seeing all of their hard work in the beautiful details was so sweet and special! (And super cute that they did that together.) Christian’s parents soon joined us and all was ready for our little big day.

Instead of the “unity candle” we switched it up a bit and changed it to some “unity sand.” My childhood friend (who had since moved to San Diego) went to Fletcher Cove, collected sand from our favorite spot, and mailed it back to me so that we could still have that place be a part of our special day.

It was the most beautiful day and I’m so glad we didn’t elope – it was so important to have our parents there to celebrate with us! We wrote our own vows (not a dry eye!), said I Do, kissed and then celebrated with our 6 guests for the rest of the evening in the dining room I grew up having so many celebrations in ๐Ÿ™‚

It really was so special to have had our wedding take place in the home and woods I grew up in for half my life. I love that I can look at all of our pictures and know so well what the surroundings look like.

We drank margaritas and ate the most amazing food that my parents had catered in. We listened to hawaiian music and even had our own little wedding cake. We told stories, shared our favorite moments of the day, laughed and cried, and I’ll tell you what- that evening was truly a “snapshots of the soul” kind of evening.

At one point, my dad said to me, “Em, you guys should dance! You know, like the traditional first dance!” So Christian and I went to my parents formal living room – just the two of us – and danced. I couldn’t tell you what song we danced to but I do know it was slow and it was good. It wasn’t “our song” but it was our day. Our moment. And for two people who’d sworn we’d never get married- we sure had come a long way.

I love our story, the whole thing. I love it because it’s real and it’s ours. But most of all, I love our story because it’s one that’s ongoing. There is no “The End” – only a “To Be Continued.” And those are the best kinds.

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Wedding Details:

Dress:ย I purchased the very last one available of a discontinued dress at… (are you ready for this??)ย David’s Bridal. Never in a million years did I see myself buying my wedding dress from David’s Bridal, but I really fell in love with this dress. And since it was on sale from being the last one, I paid $200.
Flowers:ย I had my bouquet made by the amazingย Gina Louisa Designs. It’s a crazy story as to how I met this dear person (long story short, I met her through work) but I LOVED that she creates with silk flowers. (Oh yeah, those flowers are fake! But you can’t tell, can you?!) I was so in love with the idea of being able to keep my wedding bouquet years after the actual event. It’s currently sitting in a vase in my office ๐Ÿ™‚

All of the other flowers were picked up by my dad and brother from our local grocery store flower shop – is that not the sweetest? My dad knows me pretty well when it comes to my taste in flowers and colors and I think he did a perfect job. Our table was beautifully decorated.

Food:ย Catered byย Sweet and Savory. Our food was to die for!

Cake:ย Lemon cake with buttercream frosting (amazing!), made by my all time favorite cake shop,ย Classic Cakes. Hands down, best cake I’ve ever had.
Photographer:ย All professional wedding photos were taken by the unbelievably talented photographer (and friend!),ย Lane Lewisย out of Indianapolis. (She is also in Louisville quite often and will travel, FYI!)

(If you’re wondering about our honeymoon, we celebrated that one year later in Maui.ย You can read more about thatย here.)


Need to catch up on this story?

Part One: We met in an alleyย |ย Part Two: Engaged. |ย Part Three: Cross Country Move(s)

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  • These are beautiful photos!! You looked stunning..!! And a beautiful day – what a special way to celebrate you and Christian's coming together as husband and wife. I think this is the perfect wedding – all of the details meant something special to you and you'll remember them forever. I love that you were so relaxed and able to enjoy absolutely everything about planning the details and leading up to the big day. That alone is a marvel and something so wonderful to have for the rest of your life ๐Ÿ™‚

  • What a beautiful story….and what a gorgeous bride! Your photos are amazing. Love how this day was all about what truly matters, your love and family. So priceless.

  • I just completely teared up! I love this so much. Thank you for sharing this with us and for linking up!

  • This is so special and amazing. Gorgeous photos and I love that it was at "home" but you still did all of the fun stuff like DIYs and extra decor. Beautiful!

  • I love your wedding story. I have always told my mom that I am having the smallest wedding. There is nothing wrong with big weddings, just not my type of event. I loved seeing your wedding pictures! So personal and emotional. I loved it and you looked GORGEOUS!

  • This is so incredibly sweet! I love the pictures from your day, they are filled with a touch of magic ๐Ÿ™‚ There's something so special about small, intimate weddings. Love it!

  • Your wedding looks absolutely perfect! I love the simplicity of it all. The only reason I'd want something bigger is that I have friends who I can't imagine NOT having there… but I love everything else about it. So pretty, so simple.

  • That is a beautiful wedding! I was on the elopement bandwagon until my parents guilt tripped me, too! We spent the most money on the photographer, and I'm glad we did, because it's really the only way that I remember a lot of the day, plus the pictures are so special!

  • LOVE THIS. You two are too adorable together. My brother in law and future SIL are having 12 people at their wedding- small too! It relieves so much of the stress!

  • This: "I love our story, the whole thing. I love it because it's real and it's ours. But most of all, I love our story because it's one that's ongoing. There is no "The End" to this story – it's a "To Be Continued." And those are the best kinds."

    I cried after reading that line.

  • This is so sweet!! I love how intimate the setting and everything was. What more do you need, really? And guess what. I got my dress at David's bridal too. No one even knew! They were so surprised when I told them. You look so gorgeous!!

  • I just LOVE this! So sweet and beautiful pictures! One of my best friends found her dress at DB and it was so incredible!

  • awe I've loved following along on your love story journey. What a perfect day you had! Loved that you kept it simple and true to what you are celebrating. You look so beautiful and happy!

  • I love that the "happy couple" were the ones who decorated the yard! Haha!! That cracked me up about them in Michaels!

  • oh I love it, so cute and absolutely perfect for you guys!

  • This post makes my heart so happy!

  • Absolutely beautiful photos, and a beautiful day by the sounds of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • LOVE this. Like… LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is what I'd like to aim for one day. So special! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • You look so beautiful and SO happy. Also, loving the new look on the blog!

  • Yay, the wedding story! ๐Ÿ˜€ You were gorgeous, of course, ๐Ÿ™‚ and yay for flowered, one-shoulder dresses! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And hey, I used fake flowers too! Though half my bouquet was preserved roses–I didn't want a dead bouquet to keep around! Looks like such a beautiful wedding, and amazing (and lucky!) that is was so perfect and stress-free!

  • This is such a cute story! I'm glad you decided to not elope so your parents could be there. And I love the flower in your hair! You both look so happy.

  • Your wedding photos are so beautiful! I love it that you had a small wedding, it's so nice to just have the people closest to you present. It's sweet that you had the wedding at your parent's home, because it's a special place for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oh I just love your wedding! gorgeous! I love how small and intimate it was! mine was quite the opposite we had nearly 300 people there. oops. But your wedding was perfect for the two of you!

  • Thank you!! ๐Ÿ™‚ (I am a big fan of huge weddings… they are my favorite kind to attend as a guest) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Lady this gave me chills!!! So intimate and lovely. I am not sure how I missed this in my catching up but wow!

  • Thanks, Brittany! ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a pretty perfect day!

  • I feel like I just finished a romantic novel. I've been reading your stories from start to finish since I'vebeen up this morning. Why, because if I'm going to spend 12 months of bliss with you, I want to know the total person I'm giving my time for!! LOL!! Anyways, truly lovely! You two are like a puzzle, can't complete it until all pieces fit.

  • aw! This made my day!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you. xoxo