Well, the boxes are unpacked, the name change process has begun, and now we’re living together as husband and wife.
Our wedding was a small private affair, as I’ve written about. Everything went gloriously. We had the best wedding team I could have asked for. Jen, Alex, Olivia, Jessica, Andrea, Kim, Rachel, and Joe (and some staff members whose names I did not learn – sorry!) gave us an amazing day. Kim and Rachel made sure our day ran flawlessly on the hotel end of things. Our guests were comfortable in their rooms and the decorations were entirely taken care of based on how I’d asked the room to be decorated. Rachel was with us the entire evening along with some wait staff to ensure everything was perfect. Jessica made me beautiful and turned me into the bride I wanted to be. Jen and Alex, our husband and wife photographer duo, were with us most of the afternoon and into the evening. I cannot WAIT to see their photos. We had photos of just us – minus family – taken on the shores of Lake Superior. We had snowy covered boats docked in the harbor and the Ore Docks as a backdrop. That’s right - we got snow and ships in our photos. Andrea designed me beautiful flowers that I am currently trying to dry and save. She was the one who suggested the ranunculus, and I loved them. And then Joe, our cake guy. He made us a perfect almond and pomegranate cake. It was designed simply to match my flowers and accent the doily my Aunt Sally gave us. Olivia was our officiant and did a perfect job. We chose to have a friend do the ceremony, so it was perfect for us. That was our team, who I cannot stop saying wonderful things about and thanking. Oh – and someone in there from Kim’s end of things made dinner and it was delightful. That’s one person I did not meet.
Our ceremony was short and sweet. A few simple readings and basic vows. I was not into the whole “write our own vows” so we used traditional vows. The only thing we changed was to eliminate the “obey” mumbo jumbo since we’re both people with rights and opinions, and “til death do us part” since I plan on spending eternity with Jake. However, my dress was so tight, I spent the entire ceremony focused on my breathing. Shallow breathes so as not to rip the seams. I don’t really know what happened the whole time. Good thing Jake and I created the ceremony and chose the readings so I knew beforehand what would be said! I even said “I do” at the wrong part. Oh well.
Our photography session was so much fun. Jen and Alex know how to put any couple at ease. We had so much fun with them. And as they are now award winning photographers, I feel like we got the best of the best. Which we did. I cannot wait to repost their wedding blog of us in a couple of months and show the world their work.
Our reception was simple. Pasta and stir-fry buffet. Since we are not dancers (and you can’t make us) there was no first dance or any of that. We created a wedding playlist to enjoy through dinner and spent about two hours enjoying our meal. And cake that also came with cheesecake. Mmmmmm.
And then we got the big fancy suite. The hotel was so sweet that they even gave us champagne! This hotel nailed the entire wedding. We couldn’t have asked for more. From the moment our guests arrived on Wednesday until we all left on Friday, they were nothing but attentive. Everyone stayed on site, and the ceremony and reception were also there. It was really the easiest thing in the world for us. I would highly recommend anyone to get married at the Landmark Inn and utilize their amazing services.
The only two bad things that happened? I popped the zipper on my wedding dress and my mom had to sew me in. Right before I walked down the aisle. And then someone hit my car and drove away in the night. So I’m stuck with that bill. Awesome. Luckily I had a good enough spirit about it that my reaction was “well now the back of my car matches the back of my dress.”
Now on to some photos!!!