Good morning sweet friends! I hope everyone is having a great start to their week this Tuesday morning. If you missed yesterdays post you can click here to get an inside look at our wedding day! Today, however, you are in for quite a treat! I am dishing some of my craziest stories from our wedding, so grab some coffee or tea and be prepared to laugh!
To start, I thought I’d share a pre-wedding funny story… my bridal session. I was SO excited to slip on my dress a few weeks before the wedding to snap some pictures in it with our wedding photographer, Mary. We planned to shoot on Palm Beach Island at a church, but God had a different plan haha. For starters, it was around 85 degrees outside and humid. I slipped into my dress in a bathroom and tried to refrain from perspiring. Once I was in my dress we started to roam the grounds to shoot – My hair is not great in humidity and I was SO hot (I don’t know how brides get married outside in FL!!) Long story short – we ended up getting kicked off the property because you aren’t allowed to shoot there… So I carefully hobbled over to my car (mortified) and jumped in the back seat (trying not to wrinkle or get anything on the freshly pressed dress). My friend Katie got in the driver seat and blasted the air (we were dying!). We ended up getting kicked off another property as well and so we settled on shooting at our church. I was praying William wouldn’t drive down Flagler as he was supposed to be meeting me for our marriage class right after the shoot! The photos turned out great and the catastrophe made a funny story! Below are photos of me stuffed in the backseat after the incident hahah
My mother in law and I were scheduled to road trip up North Carolina for the Tuesday before the wedding to start our wedding week! (And this was not our first rodeo, my mother in law and I had gotten to go on more than 3 road trips across the southern region over the course of our 6-month engagement!) I had left a lot of loose ends for myself to tie up Monday the day before we left… First being that I had turned 21 that June and was on the brink of my license expiring (how convenient… because I had to get a new one after changing my name anyway but I would not be able to leave the country for our honeymoon without a valid ID and could not find my passport anywhere!) So the day before I was scheduled to leave for our wedding I went to the DMV. I patiently waited for what felt like an eternity until my number was called. I got to the counter and the gentleman kindly notified me that I would not be leaving there with a new license. Apparently, I forgot about some ticket I had gotten in Chicago and had to settle that before they could issue me a new license. After a few stressed out bride tears I settled for a State ID. He took my photo, printed it out and I was on my merry way. Well… so I thought. I was on my way to a last-minute hair appointment when I decided to look at the ID… Everything was correct, my name, my birthday and even the address…. but it said I was a male! How does that happen?!? I guess male is the default in their system but it just added to the slew of craziness that happened that week! And it made for lots of laughs going through customs to our honeymoon! My poor husband haha
Next up, the horse debacle! I had been dreaming of leaving our wedding in a horse-drawn carriage. The venue was so charming and it just seemed so fitting, I mean, who doesn’t want to feel like a princess on their wedding day?! Well, I had finally convinced my Mom and Will that it was a great idea. And within the same hour of finding out, I was now legally a male in the national database of driving records (which I have now received mail about enlisting in the military since I was registered as a “male”) I got a phone call that the horse that we were going to use to leave our reception had sadly passed away!!! And I didn’t even care about our exit anymore it just made me so sad for the horse!! What a way to start an hour-long hair appointment, I was anything but relaxed!
Luckily after the DMV fiasco, William was SO sweet and drove me to all of my appointments (hair and nails) because it there probably should be a law about brides driving a few days before their wedding with all the emotions and never-ending to-do lists running through their brain! Once we had gotten home my incredible friend Katie insisted on coming over to help me finish packing up for the wedding. She had a huge exam the next day but stayed up until 3 am helping me pack 6 large Rubbermaid bins full of wedding stuff, running to CVS to resize pictures, printing escort cards, packing my honeymoon bag etc. We loaded (aka filled to the brim in every nook and crevis) up the largest SUV we could rent ( also the last Yukon XL in the state of Florida after hurricane Irma) and after 3 bowls of ice cream ( I had at least 1 bowl of ice cream every night the week of our wedding and it was amazing!) we slept for 2 hours. We woke up and Katie headed to her exam (she is the most selfless friend ever – and always so joyful to help) and my mother in law and I were ready to hit the road! I was SO excited to be done planning and packing and head to my favorite place in the whole world to marry the man of my dreams. We got in the car and I know you will not believe me when I say this…. but the car would not start! I’m telling you it was CRAZY! So we waited for AAA to come to give us a jump and ran to every rental car place in our area to see if we could swap cars but there was nothing of this car’s size available. Our only option was to go and get a new battery put in the car! 4 hours later we finally hit the road, in what we found out was a “presidential car” that can go through red lights without being pulled over. (Don’t worry, we didn’t test it out 😉 )
Our 12-hour road trip went by in the blink of an eye as we giggled and chatted the whole way up. Not to mention I was trademarking my grooms company on the way to our wedding weekend!
We made it!!
Trucking all of our wedding stuff in the hotel.
It took 3 trips! Haha
I forgot to mention that part of the “stuffed car” was from the golf clubs and bows the boys insisted we take up for their leisure golfing and hunting before the wedding! Haha I love them
I had most anything that could be shipped sent to my sister in laws house in NC. Since she was in the wedding party I wanted the gifts to be a surprise!! Well, it backfired when I opened the monogrammed pajama shorts and one of my girls’ monograms was wrong! The woman from the Etsy shop was really nice as it was her mistake but then I set off on my honeymoon and completely forgot about the incident and it’s too late now! Haha sorry, Steph and Katie!!
My sweet mother in law went with me to get my nails done for the second time because the color I got the first time looked so transparent and didn’t look like I had gotten my nails done! (Her wedding planning notebook <3 she’s the sweetest!!
This picture captures us PERFECTLY haha (He was in hunting gear, these are NOT his street clothes!!) Grateful no one fell out of a tree hunting 2 nights before our wedding 😉
I honestly can’t say that anything went wrong on our day. If it did, no one told me!!! Or I was too in love to care or tell! Haha but in the moment of our day, nothing leading up to the wedding phased me. Any challenge, obstacle, disappointment or unforeseen circumstance had no power over me or my heart. And I am so grateful the Lord gave my heart that undoubtable knowledge.
The final story is quite comical. As I mentioned in yesterdays post, Williams parents booked us an amazing presidential suite at the Embassy near Raleigh Airport for our wedding night. It was basically like a penthouse with a double wall fireplace, 16-foot ceilings (maybe higher?) and it was so cozy (unlike a normal hotel room). We were able to really enjoy our evening and looking back I think I felt like I was floating on a cloud. One of the SMARTEST and most helpful things someone did was Williams mom packed up some food from our reception and some cupcakes and sent them with our driver to our hotel. (If you’re planning your wedding, I highly recommend you have someone do this for you!!) My cousin/Maid of Honor Jessica sent our wedding cards with us so that we would have some cash with us for our honeymoon – also a great idea!! We spent part of our wedding night opening cards and specifically speaking about each person at our wedding (we had a pretty small wedding) and how we were so grateful to have them there (Which I loooved doing, it was really sweet). After that, we decided to pack up our room so we would be ready to spring out of bed at 3:30 am to head to the airport! (Both of our moms were so nervous we wouldn’t wake up!!!) Well, good news!!! We did wake up and make it to the airport on time (and our photographer and vocalist met us there that early to pick up my wedding dress and drive it home, they were so kind!!). However, my mother in law also got a phone call that day from the hotel guest services saying we left a bunch of our wedding cards in the suite!!! Luckily they mailed them to us and all is well!!!
Thank you all for taking the time to spend part of your day with me! It is so special looking back on these precious moments and sharing them with Y’all! I hope you got at least one good laugh from all of the silly stories! I will be back on Thursday! Let me know in the comments if you have any crazy wedding related stories! I would love to hear 🙂