Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sarah's Wedding

Sarah is hitched.

We hitched her up, but good.

Today I have experienced a very particular variety of exhaustion. It's been a long week, but lawsie lou, it's been a fun one.

(Speaking of "long week", it may take you roughly 5-7 days to make your way through these photos.)

Most of the decor came straight from Sarah's childhood barn, in Ohio. Her beloved Dad Larry had an eye for what's cool way before it was cool at all. He passed away years ago, but his spirit was ever alive on this loveliest of days. I cannot count how many times I thought of Larry and how much he would have adored what we came up with - with his help. I remember looking out at the crowd during the ceremony and seeing Sarah's mama sitting with an empty chair beside her. It was one of many moments that made me weepy. Then I looked around, and I saw him in the chipped up paint and the rusty gates and especially in his beautiful girl. He was with us there.

The rehearsal on Friday night ended with hurricane-force winds and torrential downpours. We were a bit jittery about the Big Day weather, and with good reason.

But in the end, blue skies.

Now. A word about the photos.

My honey took all of the photos on this post. Scrolling through them today, we realized that out of the 300+ pictures he took, he somehow managed to not capture a single shot that included the ceremony site with both chairs and flowers.

We have this.

And then we have this.

This.

And this.

To say that I was perplexed would be true. To say that I was frustrated would not be untrue.

So, I emailed fellow bridesmaid Tianna for back-up...only to find her in the exact same situation, which cracked me straight up.

In fairness, flowers were put out at the last moment and chairs were quickly ushered into the reception tent, leaving little time for overlap. And Cory was in charge of parking and Silas patrol. And, did I mention that he built the entire ceremony set-up? The morning of the ceremony?

Single ladies: Do not rest until you secure for yourself a Cute Maintenance Boy.

Miss River was the smoochiest flower girl evah.

Rehearsal was sketchy. She marched down the aisle scowling at everyone and repeating "I. Don't. Want. To."

But when it mattered most, she hit it out the park. True, she got a last-second case of the shies and compensated by holding her little basket up in front of her face, but she did it!

Have I ever told you how much I adored our dresses? Ya'lls, they had pockets. For most of the day, I had two copies of vows, crib notes for my toast, two tissues and a compact in my pockets. I am immeasurably comforted by pockets. I am relaxed by the very word "pockets".

Pockets.

Wait, did someone say "toast"? Oh dear.

I will not be showing pics of the bride, because she's picky. And persnickety. And her trust in me wavered ever-so-slightly after the infamous Ozzy post.

But mostly, I want to wait until the official photos come back from Lyle, the slam-dunk photographer. He cracked us up the whole day through. I can't wait to share some of his good stuff. All in time, my pretties.

I do have pies, though!

But no food. Holly Molly, was that food ever divine. Cory was clearly too busy stuffing his face to consider your feelings.

He did shoot this through the wavy glass of the arched windows. That's worth something, right?

We had so much fun on this day and the days leading up to it. Sarah is loved by so many fantastic people and as luck has it, she shares many of them with me.

Bride and Groom were both smiley and relaxed. Sarah's vows made me want to sob. Rick's made me laugh. It was such a pleasure to host this day. It was an honor to be a part of it and to bear witness to the true start of their life together.

That Sarah, she knows how to throw a party. She had the dancers dancing and I'll be darned if she didn't emcee most of her reception. (The lady's dangerous with a microphone.)

Mrs. Hughes, I hope the day was every beautiful thing that you hoped for.

51 comments:

  1. Lovely wedding site! I was in my best friend's wedding this weekend and our dresses had Pockets too! I carried deodorant in mine for a while for outdoor pics since the heat index was near 105. Then I traded that in for the groom's ring and tissues. Good stuff those pockets!

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  2. Holly Molly Farmgirl - what a swoony wedding. Just gorgeous! Lovely dress, lovely flower girl, lovely matron of honor/toast giver/hostess, dreamy flowers. Can't wait for a peek at the bride. Ain't love grand?

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  3. I'm SO glad you posted these precious pictures of Sarah's most perfect day! I loved them. The flowers were perfect and the arched windows were amazing!! The colors were absolutely divine. Can't wait to see pictures of the beautiful bride!

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  4. P.S. You and Ruby River look ravishing!

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  5. Oh my goodness...this is gorgeous...you should go into custom weddings! Beautiful...can't wait to see more pics!

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  6. the photos are gorgeous. well done!

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  7. This weekend I was also at the wedding of one of my dearest friends and my pockets were also stuffed with bridal essentials - chapstick, lipgloss and unfortunately, Midol. It was such a splendidly perfect day. Looks like yours was much the same! Well done!

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  8. Oh, happy lovely beautiful day!!!

    : )

    Julie M.

    ps I prefer "Spinster Cat-Lady." Single is such a solitary word.

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  9. Beautiful, Shannan!! I was worried for you the night before! I was telling my sister how I was afraid that the horrible weather would ruin your (Sarah's) wedding. Oh ye (me) of little faith! Looking forward to seeing pictures of the blushing bride. I am also very persnickety with people posting pics of me. :)And that picture of you and Ruby...GORGEOUS!!

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  10. Sigh. Dream wedding. Dream dresses for the attendants, too--who knew?

    Way to go!

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  11. simply beautiful!!!! And might I add I loved your hair.

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  12. STUNNNING! loved it! and I agree with julie your calling is sounding off here...do you hear it?

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  13. Thanks. It looks like an awesome day was had by all. I saw the FB pic and cannot wait to see more. I am so happy for the two of them. You all did an awesome job.

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  14. wow! so pretty :) and you and the sweet flower girl aren't to shabby either :) I love your dress... you will definitely be able to wear that again. you guys did a great job!!

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  15. Oh my beautiful day! I was so excited to stop by this morning and see pictures and these did not disappoint! What a perfect wedding. I hope my girls have something so lovely and personal one day. And P.S. Do you even know how gorgeous you are?

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  16. Simple, but elegant, totally beautiful! I love it! So glad that her day turned out to be wonderful!

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  17. It was a perfect outdoor wedding! You girls -- and Cory, of course -- did a fantastic job setting up.

    And a word on the food, it was divine! Those wraps, I think I could have eaten 5 or at least 2. Yummy! And the pies just seemed to make everything right.

    Perfect wedding!

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  18. You look so great in that color! I bet the wedding was lovely and by looking at those pictures I bet you had a wodnerful time!

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  19. What a beautiful day! I can't wait to show my daughters what can be done on a summer day. It's just how I want them to get married! Well, when they are old enough! :)

    Relax today, and enjoy the fun memory!

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  20. The wedding backdrop is lovely. I love junk but had never really considered it for a wedding (BUT SHOULD HAVE). Wow. Beautiful. And right up my alley. Thanks for sharing such a gorgeous, sweet wedding.

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  21. Beautiful, Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL!! Your dresses were lovely. :-)We had those hurricane force winds, too and I was without electricity for the weekend. I am so glad it didn't ruin your friend's day.

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  22. What a beautiful wedding. Love the OHIO accents. Wish we could see the bride.
    It reminds me of my friends daughters wedding. Flowers, accents, pies, and etc. It was in OHIO as well. Good job.
    Now rest. That flower girl is the cutest one I have ever seen.

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  23. Amazing wedding. You guys did a fantastic job!

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  24. Wow!!! How beautiful and creative!! You did an amazing job!

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  25. YOU looked so beautiful. What an amazing day. It was simply stunning...every little detail was so sweet. I want more!

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  26. WOW! I wanna see MORE pics!! LOTS and LOTS more:) That is just awesome. Love it. Glad it went so well, you truly outdid yourself. And you looked beautiful too! Along with your adorable little daughter:)

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  27. Looks like an absolutely gorgeous wedding. I love the flowers! And yes, I totally get it about pockets!!

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  28. Oh my goodness, Martha Weddings worthy for sure, I'm calling Darcy Miller....

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  29. Looks like a beautiful wedding. This is what I would have wanted if I had had a summer wedding and not a December wedding. Funny thing - I think my little brother was at the wedding.... I'm going to have to ask him. A couple of his friends from school got married outdoors this weekend up in your neck of the woods. Just proves what a small world it is!

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  30. Absolutely gorgeous & so creative! How I wish I was a real friend so I could have witnessed it with my real eyes! Nice job!

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  31. That is so awesome... I'm laughing because just this weekend, I found out that a wedding I was very much looking forward to being in, and wearing a bridesmaid dress the exact same gorgeous color as yours, was being canceled so the couple could elope an save money. At least the bride is paying me back for the dress. (And mine didn't have pockets.)

    This is super creative and pretty! I love weddings.

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  32. Absolutely gorgeous! Between this wedding & the shower you gave, you might just have to start doing this on a permanent basis! What a talent you (& your hubby) have!

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  33. How magical! So much love went into every detail-just as a special day should be. I'm thinking you might have a new career as a wedding planner!
    xoxoxo
    Char

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  34. The day was beautiful and sunny - as was the bride. The setting couldn't be more "Sarah" and I'm glad to sport a half-face burn from witnessing the event myself. You were gracious, giving hosts, and Sarah - above all - is very lucky to have such wonderful friends! ~Cortney

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  35. I too thought of Gloria the proud Mamma!! And I thought of dear Larry,I know Sarah carried him in her heart all day too!! He would also have had a smile as big as the sky to see his little girl marry such a great guy. You did a fantastic job Shanny. You have amazing talent and my goodness this will all be practice for when the sweet flower girl has her "pecial" day. Cor did a great job too and from what I hear we can't blame him for eating instead of shooting pictures. The back drop was beautiful!! Keep the pictures coming,especially of the bride and her handsome groom! I did miss Ralphie though. He was probably looking for his suit and time got away from him.

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  36. I would've loved to have been at that wedding. What a special day. I'm so glad the weather worked out for you. Want to know something funny. At first I read this post wrong and I thought the bride was walking down the isle saying, "i don't want to." I had to go back and re-read. Phew! I was mistaken. You throw a dang good shindig girl. I'm supposed to be cleaning right now. I'm way, way behind on blogging (again) don't tell ANY of the other bloggers that I logged on to see the wedding. Let's just keep this our little secret. Back off I go.

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  37. What a beautiful day! I love all the little details! You guys did an amazing job!!

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  38. As lovely as I expected. You look gorgeous!

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  39. love your dress so much! the color is divine. beautiful day!

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  40. So glad the weather behaved. I just about cried for you when we were huddled in the basement Friday night. I figured everything had been blown away! God is good, and what a beautiful day you ended up with.

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  41. Absolutely beautiful! You looked so pretty in that dress. A great color for you.

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  42. congrats to miss Hughes!! What a gorgeous wedding site, the windows had me at first glance and then well the flowers popped in there and you my dear look darling in your dress with pockets...I too love pockets, I feel more comforted by the fact that I can hide nervous hands in my pockets if need be! can;t wait to see the slam dunk photographers pics!

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  43. I made just enough time to whiz through the photos of the wedding. DREAMY!!!
    LOVE IT!
    LOOOOVE IT!!
    LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE IT!
    JOB well done Sis!!
    I thought of you SO much and even more on your birthday. I hope it was a good one. Happy be-lated Birthday.
    xx
    Lil sis

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  44. Why do I think I just looked at a sneak peek of some awesome magazine spread? Seriously...I want to see MORE! This needs to be in Country Home or Country Living or whatever magazine is left because it is more than worthy!

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  45. Hmmmm, I thought I commented on this, but apparently not. What can I say? We rocked it. We did. I love the 11th hour inspiration. The ceremony backdrop was better than I could have imagined. Props to Cory! Loved the photos! Can't wait to see more.

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  46. Ps. So glad you didn't title this Ozzy's Wedding. I might have killed you. :)

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  47. Wow!!!
    Shannan you did such a great job! What a husband you have too..
    You guys put together a beautiful wedding. I love everything about it.
    My husband and I eloped... I have always wanted to renew our vows... Hopefully someday...... if we ever do I want to hire you!
    You looked beautiful!! Love the dress!
    Hugs,
    Maria

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  48. Simply delightful and perfectly beautiful... Just like you! :)

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  49. Oh, and I love, love, love Ruby's dress! Where DID you get it!? Pretty sure my little Bella would ruin it in one wear, but it's the perfect white eyelet dress... :)

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  50. The wedding looks amazing. I love your dress! I would love to have heard your toast! Love the flowers hanging on the shepards hooks!

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