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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Second Chances

I am finally doing something that my friend Natalie over at Mommy of a Monster (I Mean Toddler) and Infant Twins has been encouraging me to do for a while now; enter Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.

This meme is hosted by Mama's Losin' It each week she offers different prompts to chose from and you write about the one you picked, hence tapping into your more creative mommy side. So, here goes nothing!

Prompt #2: If you could do your wedding over again, how would you do it?

I was fortunate enough to have the gift of a wedding re-do and this time with the right groom!

My husband and I have been married for three years this August and like most brides, whenever I think about our wedding day, I feel all warm and happy inside. It was the perfect day.

My second wedding was exactly what I had wanted the first time around: small, intimate and all about the two of us and our love for our closest family and friends.

Since I had been married before and could care less about having another big princess/fairy tale-type shindig with everyone I have ever (or in some cases never) met as guests, we decided to keep it simple, yet elegant.

It was held in our home and we invited 40 guests (27 were in attendance).

You'd think with such a small gathering at home, planning would be a cinch.

Not the case.

All of the typical wedding planning frustrations over menu options, scheduling conflicts, budget constraints and discussions about cake flavors and invitation wording existed, but we had fun planning this amazing party and would both do it again.

We hired our favorite restaurant to cater, help with service, set-up and clean up. We hired a local Spanish guitarist to perform, rented tables, chairs, linens and glassware and asked a friend of a friend to make our cake. Champagne, beer and wine were purchased at Costco and I ordered my dress on I was shocked when it actually fit, which has never happened to me before... EVER! It was the dress I was meant to wear.

One of the sweetest moments was when my sister sang an impromptu solo of "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" and I love that after the cake was cut, our living room turned into Dance Party U.S.A.!!

Nope, I honestly wouldn't change a single thing.... Okay, there was the sweaty photographer that we had my mother-in-law ask to leave shortly after dinner was served. To be fair, there just wasn't enough for him to shoot. We stayed in the same location and he had the same three dozen guests as subjects.

I was pleased with his work and here are three of my favorite moments he captured:

Second changes are pretty rare and I count my lucky stars that I was able to have this one.

The best is yet to be.

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Anonymous Maureen said...

That sounds and looks like a beautiful wedding! Love all the pictures :D

Stopping by from Mama Kat's

May 27, 2010 at 2:22 AM  
Blogger Life with Kaishon said...

I love the last picture. So beautiful!

May 27, 2010 at 4:20 AM  
Blogger myorii said...

Awww, that does indeed sound like the perfect wedding :) 33 people!? Wow, that is small! But I do agree that small and intimate is the way to go. I love the pictures you chose for your post. You look so incredibly happy in the last one :) I also love the bobble head cake topper! So original!

Welcome to MamaKat's!

May 27, 2010 at 5:19 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

LOVE the cake topper :)

That last picture is amazing - I hope you having it framed and hanging in your house!

I think small, intimate affairs are the best. Because only the people that you love the most in the whole entire world shared in one of the most important days of your life!

Thanks for the shout out, and I hope you're hooked on MamaKat's now, too!

May 27, 2010 at 6:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you had the wedding you wanted. That's the most important thing. We are happy you have joined our family.


May 27, 2010 at 7:24 AM  
Blogger Jeanette said...

I love those pictures too. And your dress did fit perfectly. So meant to be.

May 27, 2010 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger KLZ said...

What gorgeous photos. And I love the idea of a spanish guitarist - wish I'd thought of it.

May 27, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger CaJoh said...

Those are great photos. I especially like the one of you two coming down the stairs.

I like those kinds of weddings where you don't have to go anywhere between the ceremony and the reception. My sister got married in a hotel and had the ceremony and reception in the same hall.

Thanks for sharing,

May 27, 2010 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Those pictures are amazing! Especially love the last one. You look so happy!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

May 27, 2010 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger liz said...

What a great day you guys had! And I LOVE the cake topper!

May 27, 2010 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

This was beautiful and the pictures are amazing

May 27, 2010 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Mama Kat said...

That third picture is perfection!! Sounds like the day was amazing for you!

May 27, 2010 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Mrs Gloves said...

I love your wedding topper!

Stopping by from Mama Kat's.

May 27, 2010 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

It was an absolute beautiful wedding! It will forever one of the happiest memories in my mind too. I am so glad that I was one of those 33 people you invited! Haha! : )
I loved that I got to sing at your wedding too! That was such a treat for me too!

May 28, 2010 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger The Empress said...

Hi. Found you on the blog review. They were right: you are very personable, and positive, and friendly.

I'm your newest follower.
LOVE the last picture of you on your wedding day.

How wonderful that you are grateful for second chances.

Nice to meet you!

May 31, 2010 at 8:48 PM  

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