Sunday, November 7, 2010

Wedding Talk With Sarah, A.K.A... (well, nevermind that)

You may recall that CMB and I had the high honor of hosting my Best Girl, Sarah's, wedding, back in sultry June.

I've patiently, then not-so-patiently, then downright impatiently awaited the arrival of her Big Day pics so that I could share the exquisite loveliness with you. The day was so beyond perfect. The bride was entirely, magnificently, all-eyes-on-her gorgeous and happy. It's only right for me to share the love.

It's only right to share the whole lot of it - the good, the bad, the poop on the grass - as told straight from the mouth of the ever-swoony Mrs. Hughes.

We sat down a couple of weeks ago along with our trusty side-kick and fellow bridesmaid, Holly, with plates of Sarah's apple pie on our laps, and dished.

FPFG: Let's get down to business! What was the most stressful part of preparing for your wedding?

SJH: (Glares) Well, the tight budget is kind of a given. Aside from that, it was definitely the food. Specifically, trying to accommodate, at the last minute, "picky eaters" and kids. My MIL felt that I should add supermarket fried chicken to the planned, gourmet picnic menu. In the end, I compromised by adding a ham and cheese wrap, which Rick (husband) likes to point out were eaten in greater number than the other options, but whatever.

We also decided to serve homemade pies instead of a traditional wedding cake and with just two weeks left until The Day, I still had nothing lined up! Serendipitously, my caterer came through with a last-minute suggestion, and, in the end, we had fresh strawberry pie, blueberry pie with crumb topping, and old-fashioned apple pie lined up and ready.

FPFG: It's common knowledge that no wedding goes off without a hitch. Were there any "little things" that went wrong on the Big Day?

SJH: Let's see... the best man realized 10 minutes prior to the ceremony that he didn't have a belt, Rick wore black shortie sports socks and would have gotten away with it had his parents not noticed and made him switch socks with his dad, a kid crapped on the grass during the toast at the reception, my nephew (ring bearer) was rumored to have picked his nose during the ceremony, and the DJ goofed on the recessional song.

FPFG: I think what that's called is Wedding Day Charm, right? Except for the grass pooping. Nothing charming about that...

FPFG: Speaking of the recessional song, mad props on that! Tell us about the song you chose and why.

SJH: We chose Crazy Little Thing Called Love, by Queen. It was a painfully long process to find the right song and be in agreement on it. We knew we wanted something fun, something that popped. We listened to so many songs!

FPFG: While we're talking about music, rumor has it that I missed the best moment of the entire day - your solo turn on the dance floor! Dish it, girl.

SJH: I've been waiting all my life not to get married, but to dance at my wedding! Anyone who knows me well knows that I secretly picked my solo dance song five years ago. Dance All Night, by Ryan Adams. The lyrics say it all so perfectly. It was exactly what I wanted to do - Dance all night.

FPFG: Tell us your best moment of the day.

SJH: It had to be watching my mom dance to the Whistle Song by Juelz Santana. Come to find out, it was Rick's dad who somehow lured her out. I never dreamed that she would get down at my wedding! It was so much fun to see.

I also clearly remember walking down the aisle and seeing so many people who had been at my dad's funeral and were now there for my day. It was so meaningful. I really wanted all of my guests to know how much it meant to me that they were there. I strived to make it personal and special for them.

FPFG: OK, I'm all out of order here. (Who hired me???) Back to the preparations, did Cute Maintenance Boy come through for you?

SJH: Yes! He's so relaxed! He did an amazing job with setting everything up for the ceremony and the best part is that my Dad would have loved it. I could totally see them working on it together.

HBY: Did you think about your Dad a lot that day?

SJH: I did. I thought about him so much leading up to the day. Using things he had collected over the years for the ceremony decor was the perfect visual reminder of him. I had always dreamed of getting married at home, and in the absence of that possibility, I was glad that his presence was such a big part of the day.

FPFG: How happy were you with your Matron of Honor?

SJH: She went above the call of duty by single-handedly (along with CMB) organizing and designing my ceremony design. And Holly hooked me up with my photographer, my caterer, my minister (her dad!), my programs and my invitation. On second thought, I'd like to retroactively make her my maid of honor!

FPFG: Why, I never!

FPFG: On a scale of 1-10, how happy were you with your hair?

SJH: Ten Plus!! My hair looked A-mazing!

FPFG: Do you have any final thoughts to share?

SJH: One thing I loved most about the day is that unlike what everyone says, it did not go too fast. It went slow. It was long and good. I enjoyed and remembered every part of the day and I was well aware of it throughout the day.

FPFG: Last question - Have you forgiven me yet for the Ozzy Incident?

SJH: I have forgiven you until one of your readers brings it up again.

FPFG: You heard the girl, readers. My fate rests in your hands.

Sarah - I love you and the memory of your wedding has burrowed deep into my heart. Thank you for allowing me to be such a big part of it all and thank you for sharing it with all of us here!

Smashing photography by Scrole Vision.

Divine food by Cuisology.

Dreamy pies by Joan Mansfield.


  1. Beautiful. What a gorgeous wedding! And such a fun interview... loved it! :)

  2. What a wonderful post. Everything was beautiful, especially the bride. It looks like a perfect day and this was a wonderful recap and tribute!

  3. Well done, Barbara! ;) I'm honored you wanted to share pics and more dish from my wedding day with your blog friends. It was fun to look back and reflect on it! I'm still glad you didn't ask any probing Q's about the honeymoon phase. I am gearing up for my grilling of you sometime soon.

  4. Wow. Amazing pics...LOVE the touches...and will bookmark these ideas for my baby girls when they get married...that's years away! :)

  5. That is the most tasty looking wedding food I've ever laid eyes on. Oh, and I am pretty sure I can smell that green grass.

  6. Shabbs, I'm bringin' up the Ozzy incident - ya'll have a lifetime to make up - I need to know. And, I need to meet this Sarah and partake of her victuals. Pie over wedding cake anyday - LOVE the black and white photos. The whole grass poo thing is kinda freaking me out. Over and out.

  7. Everything turned out so beautiful. What a fabulous day to remember.

  8. Gorgeous pics. I remember this. Can't believe you just now got the pictures! I love country weddings. If I could go back that is soooo what I'd do. But I'd have to have wedding cake, because I LIVE for wedding cake. It would be red velvet with cream cheese frosting...oh I digress. Did mention how beautiful you looked that day Shannon?? Wowza:) And your friend is awesome...getting out there and dancing by herself. Talk about BRAVE!

  9. What a breathtaking day!!! The colors, the flowers, the setting, the people --- it is all perfection. I can only imagine how divine of a maid of honor you would be.


  10. Beautiful pictures! Like I try to tell brides-to-be, it's all good if the groom and bride show up and say "I do!" The rest is just the beautiful icing on the cake!

  11. Sarah,
    You were a smashingly beautiful bride. The joy just radiates off of you. Your wedding was gorgeous and exactly the kind of wedding I hope my girls have one day. I love small intimate weddings! You and Shannan are so lucky to have each other!

  12. A BEAUTIFUL wedding for Sarah....nothing short of what a friend would do for her best friend!! Everything was gorgeous!!

  13. wowsers! can i have you organize and set up my next wedding? this is just wonderful, and so homey and the pictures are breathtaking. you've missed your calling: i'd say you need to be in journalism! you and your friend are just adorable, especially together!

  14. Ahhh I love this interview! And the photos...just beautiful. Sarah, you made a beautiful bride. And Shannan, you looked beautiful too. :)

  15. The very first thing I noticed was Sarah's hair....absolutely gorgeous hair, and the second was her beautiful wedding dress. So pretty and the bridesmaids dresses were just beautiful as well. Toss in a lovely country setting and an even more lovely BFF and you can't go wrong!

  16. You all look SMASHING... it makes me miss you all so, I want to come visit and linger over pies while discussing these wedding details, in more detail... and see ALL the pics. XOXO

  17. Beautiful bride and a beautiful wedding. Every bit of it beautiful!

  18. We had a very similar wedding for Abbie a year ago June. Great minds...
    Everything was gorgeous.The bride was beautiful! What great memories.
    I would like to hear the Ozzy story- please indulge us! Sarah, you will just be more endearing to us.... I am sure.
    oh, and a KID pooped on the lawn... what the what!!!! I was thinking it was going to be that rascally cat then you said kid! Was Everett there? ha ha
    Great interview Oprah.

  19. What kind of camera do you guys use?
    The photos are amazing!!!

  20. What a great interview and the pics are brilliant.. your type of "reportage' going smoothly along.... but I must say..Crazy little thing called love.... got me smiling! Well done!

  21. This was so fun to read! Her wedding was gorgeous! ...And what a special bond the two of you share! :)

  22. What a fun post and a great way to have her remember her wedding!! Love all the pictures, now I want to do my wedding again :)

  23. Such beautiful pics, Shannan!! And what a fun interview! :)

  24. oh my goodness, homemade pies instead of cake. i. love. that!! everything looked just beautiful!! what a sweet friendship you two share!

  25. Ok being a hairdresser I have to say the hair was fabulous Sarah's and your too Shannan. I love weddings and your's looked wonderful! I love those country simple weddings that still look elegant. I have my wedding pics up so if you get a chance to sneak a peek. I really wish we would of had better pics but it's hard to orchestrate it all. Traci

  26. You forgot to add - super sweet house courtesy of FPFG! I swear girl the outside reminds me of our house growing up, which has now been expanded and sided green, but at one point - yes very much the same!

    What a beautiful day - I wish I was invited Looks like a blast was had by all - but if I was invited two kids may have pooped in the yard b/c Everett would have been there!

    PS - our limo forgot us so we rode in a camper - the most epic fails make the funnest memories!

  27. What great memories for 2 BFF's :)

  28. Was so fun to look at this wedding experience. It's been a long time since I've been to one, so this was a nice post to come by!

  29. Wow, you look just like Katherine Heigl, only prettier!
    Am blog hopping and can never resist wedding pictures. Tell your friend that her wedding dress is stunning! She was such a beautiful bride. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself!

  30. oh, gorgeous day, gorgeous ladies, and the food! :)

  31. One clarification on photos, Shan. Two of those photos were by Tianna. The one of the lovely Ruby looking up at me and the one of the tent by night. This popped into my mind last night and I wanted to be sure to give credit where it's due! And I'm loving all of these comments, they are so sweet. And everyone is right: MY HAIR AND DRESS ROCKED!

  32. what a beautiful wedding...I love it and all the details:) And you looked beautiful!!!

  33. Great new pics. I have been waiting since the little lady gave me a sneak peak. Sarah is one in a million! Great day!

  34. You have a beautiful blog and I love your photos!
    I'll definately check back :-)

  35. I love the interview. The bride sat me down and I enjoyed ever word of it. The pictures were great and the photographer did a wonderful job. The location was awesome, and it all worked great. I think her "issues" are very minor. I think it is unfair that she had to mentioned my socks. I could of worn Pippy-long-stocking socks with all the rainbow colors and little toe gloves. No one would of seen them because I was standing up. The only way they saw my socks is when I was sitting down. The little man who ninja pooped during the best man speech was to funny. No one noticed but a few and the parents. He dropped drawers and it was over in second. Parents were on it and it was all cleaned in seconds. No one notices but six or eight people. It is a wonderful story that I will remind (smelly revenge) the ninja wedding pooper in 5-10 years. Thanks for the most wonderful wedding. The day was a dream come true. Great ham wraps. The bride was a dream come true. It could not be any better. Thanks to everyone. :the groom...