“Our wedding day was beautiful! We had a vintage/wintery feel throughout, and I felt beautiful the whole day! I purchased my Martin Thornburg Aura dress from the Allure Bridal Boutique of Gainesville. ( an amazing group of women!) We had about 50-55 guests, so it was what I would consider a more intimate affair with mostly family and very few very close friends. It was exactly how we wanted it. My Godmother married us, which was very special, and I loved having a first look with both my Dad and my husband before the ceremony. I also really enjoyed having a last dance; it felt like it was just my husband and I together. I strongly recommend brides and grooms have a last dance to share together. We had a glow stick send off, which was tons of fun! And I really liked being able to spend time with friends and family that we haven’t seen in a long time, some of them never before in person which was a very special treat! We had two unity ceremonies – a unity candle and a lasso, and wrote our own vows which I thought felt really special. I will say this: a lot of things did go WRONG! Brides and grooms, expect for things to go wrong! But despite the things that happened, we still enjoyed the day knowing we’d still have our friends and family around and that at the end of the day we would be legally married to each other.
One of my favorite things about the ceremony was that we faced each other the entire time. I struggle with anxiety, and I didn’t feel any of the eyes of the people around us; not the guests, not the vendors, nobody. It felt like it was just him, our officiant, and I, and it was nothing short of perfect and magical. One small detail I really loved about the reception was that my Mom and a few other family members made what we call “capias”… little flowers with ribbon. My maternal grandmother had passed away in October after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s/dementia, and it was her wish to make the capias for my wedding back when she was well. Having the capias there made it so that she was still there with us to celebrate.”