Monday, September 30, 2013

Bubbling with Joy: We're Hitched - Let's Eat!

Post-ceremony, the excitement was high.   Those moments just afterward when you're kind of floating around are so, so wonderful, and I am thrilled that not only did we get to spend that time with our family and friends instead of having to run off to take portraits, but also that our photographers were able to capture many of the fun post-ceremony moments for us.

Just after our walk down the aisle, Mr. C and I had a few giggles about the fact that we just got hitched.

 There were lots of hugs going on, too (I love this one - girl hug vs. guy hug!)

Seeing friends I hadn't seen in a long time was so nice.  

There was a lot of catching up to be done!

Lots of emotions came out, too (this is an old family friend of my mom's I hadn't seen in many years).

A big hug from Mr. C's mom. 

Mr. C had a laugh with his uncles about the bullet he had in his pocket, which he actually showed me during the ceremony when it was time to exchange rings.  He had gone shooting that morning with his buddies and thought it would be funny.  Always a prankster.  (To be fair, it did make me laugh!) 

We stepped away for a moment to bustle my gown, and Chicago J told me about how my dad cried during the ceremony.  She almost got me crying just telling me about it!

My sister wanted to see the rings and I asked her to help me switch them out so the wedding ring was on the inside instead of the outside (I wore my engagement ring on the correct finger during the ceremony).  

Everyone generally milled around having appetizers and visiting the bar (which, by the way, was open pre-ceremony as well.  If you're so inclined, your guests might love it - most of our friends were pretty excited to have a drink in hand during the ceremony.  I'm pretty sure Mr. C would have had one too if I would have let him!)  We had all sorts of options at the bar, including some tasty sangria, cocktails, wine, and Lone Star, but my favorite part was the ice cold bottles of Shiner Bock!

After we said a quick thank you to our guests, we opened up the buffet line for everyone to load up on all you can eat Salt Lick barbecue.  Mmmmm.  It was quite a spread, and I saw many a guest head back for additional helpings.

Our wedding coordinator put together plates for me and Mr. C - she said under no circumstances was I to go anywhere near the buffet line in my dress!

This photo of Mr. C and I sitting down for dinner shows a few things.  One is a last minute project I took on a couple of nights before the wedding - embroidered Mr. & Mrs. signs for our chairs.  Another is that we actually ate dinner at our wedding!  So many friends of mine told me they didn't get a chance to eat.  We made sure to actually sit and have some of that tasty food - and we're glad we did.  And third - I love that Chicago J and NYC J are totally chowing down on dinner in the background - heehee!

How will you spend those moments just after your ceremony?  And are you going to make sure you eat?  (I highly recommend it!)

***All photos by Lindsey & Beto Photography.***
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

One Year Ago...

On September 29, 2012, I married the man I love.

The memories are bright and clear and warm as I think about that day.

Our first year of marriage has filled my heart to the brim.  I never knew love could grow so large.   

Happy anniversary, honey.  If all the years of our marriage are as full of love as this first year, we are in for some kind of wonderful life. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Bubbling with Joy: Delightful Details

Hive!  I have been gone for soooo long I fear you may not remember me!  I did have a good reason for being M.I.A., but after some time settling in with our little one, and with our anniversary fast approaching, I feel quite compelled to buckle down and finish up my recaps.  For a quick refresher on our big day as blogged so far, links to my previous recap posts can be found at the bottom of this one.  (I'm really not kidding that I think you might not remember me!)

I left off at the end of our ceremony, as Mr. Cauldron and I walked happily back down the aisle.  Before moving on, I think it's time to share more about some of the day's details, both professional and DIY.

Our table centerpieces were flowers by the lovely ladies at Posey, along with hand embroidered table names in oval embroidery hoops , and Ikea frames that had info on one side about what boat part the table was named after, and on the other side had the menu for the night.  (Names and frames made by yours truly. )  Mr. C and I and some of our friends were at the "compass" table, which had a fun mix of flower vessels.

Some of the tables had a similar mixed grouping of flowers, and others (like the "bow" table below) had one wooden box with a larger arrangement in it.  I liked that not everything was exactly the same.

Here's the boat part explanation for the "cleat" table: 

Our tables overall turned out beautifully.  In addition to the centerpieces and votive candles, each table had a burlap topper (made using this pattern) and rolled napkins wrapped with woven/knotted jute napkin rings.  My awesome mom made all the toppers and napkin rings.  Also, I decided not to spring for floor length linens, and honestly, they really wouldn't have made much of a difference.  If you're not going super-formal for your wedding, I say spend those dollars somewhere else!

In order to find their seats, guests picked up their favors on the way in - compasses with kraft paper tags printed with their name and their table name.  I made the tags on our printer at home and then we tied them onto the compasses with yarn - I think they turned out pretty well!  That same table also had a box for cards, which had yarn-wrapped wire that spelled out "cards" propped in front of it - a bit hard to see here, but it's there.  Our guest book was also there with a little explanation about why we were using a calendar!

I also made paddle programs for the ceremony on our home printer - since we had planned to have the ceremony outside, I was expecting folks would want something to fan themselves with.  Not as necessary for the indoor ceremony, but still useful as programs!  I was happy with how they turned out, too, but boy did they take a long time to make.  I only have a picture of the front, which I've had to mostly redact since it's a big list of names!  The back listed the order of ceremony and also had a thank you to our guests.

The font on our invitations (designed and printed by Janie at We Heart Paper) helped me tie everything together.  The beautiful calligraphy on the envelopes was done by NYC J's sister A.  I had to cover most of it up here, but trust me, it was gorgeous!

So there you have it, some of the details that made our nautical + rustic chic yet down-home vibe come to life.  The delicious barbecue may have helped add to the down-home part.  More on that coming up!

***All photos by Lindsey & Beto Photography.***
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