Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Details!!

Here's how my wedding day went.....

I stayed up until 1am Saturday morning because I was struggling with what to put together for Kenny's gift....I wrote him a letter and printed it with a picture and framed it. I put together a little bag for him of goodies too. I barely slept at all, it was a very restless sleep when I did. It was just my mom and I here, so it was very quiet and peaceful. When I woke up for good I got in the shower and then starting thinking.......of all the things I could have done, all the things I needed to do, and then I started getting nervous and jittery!!! My mom got up and we packed her van with my dress and accessories, programs, and anything else needed, and she dropped me into the arms of 5 of my bridesmaids at the hair salon. One of them prompty asked me if I had eaten, which I had, but I mentioned coffee and 10 minutes later I had a large double double from Starbucks in my hand. Now that's service!! I started getting my hair done and I was still a ball of nerves, but as the hairspray was layered on, my nerves were calmed. My aunt and cousin showed up, the flower girls, and some more ladies and that made it all better, along with some of the bridesmaids, and it was a really fun, relaxing, bonding time!!! Kenny called 3 or 4 times, but I wouldn't talk to him for fear that he would need me to find something that he lost or needed and I'm sorry, but I wasn't about to do that on our wedding day!! He had him momma to do that for him on that morning!! So one of the girls manned my phone!! I had my makeup done too, and I looked AND FELT like a rockstar!! We got to the church and things started to happen....the girls got dressed, then with their help and my momma's help they got me dressed, and Bethy gave me my something blue. Kay put the garters (Kenny wanted me to wear 8 of them but he settled for 3....it's a long story) on while the photographer snapped pics. The videographer suggested that since there were coke and diet coke cans in the room, and they matched the red dresses, that we do a coke toast on video, so we did and it was awesome!! I held the diet coke can and everyone else held the regular coke cans and we all sang and did a little toast!! The photographer took me by myself to a pretty place in the church to take pictures with just me and my flowers, and then he brought me back to the room for pics with the girls while the wedding planner made sure the groom was hidden! Then we ate Pot Belly sandwiches and relaxed and soon it was time!! My dad came in and so did Kenny's parents, and Kenny's dad brought his gift in. He gave me a beautiful jewelry box (Tasha, he must have been thinking the same thing Chris was!!!) with a Jurassic Park DVD in it because that was the first movie we saw together.....ahhhh. Then everyone left the room and I was alone for 7 minutes. 7 whole minutes. I stood in front of the mirror and couldn't even believe it was happening!! It was for real!! Then my dad stood in the doorway and gave me the play-by-play of what was happening because I had to stay hidden. The wedding planner motioned for us and then we stood in the door of the sanctuary and then I was walking down the isle!! I kept my eyes on Kenny the ENTIRE walk down the isle. I stood there with my dad for what felt like forever, and I kept thinking, don't lock the knees, don't trip on the dress, don't cry. I never cried, neither did Kenny!!! The whole ceremony took about 35 minutes, and I honestly don't remember much of it, thank goodness we had it taped!! Kenny kissed me for a L O N G time when we were declared husband and wife, that part I do remember!!! The reverand said over and over during the ceremony that I was Kenny's gift from God, and that as he holds my hands in his, he had to look at my hands and recognize that they are his gift from God. Everyone commented that that was the most meaningful part of the ceremony, and I think it was too. We laughed a little during the ceremony, which took the edge off. The reverand commented a couple times on Kenny's rotten jokes and EVERYONE laughed. It was pretty funny. I have to say that seeing all my bridesmaids up there in that beautiful red choked me up a little. I love those girls, I've been in most of their weddings or involved in their lives for forever, and they rock. All 10 of them, plus the junior bridesmaid my cousin and the 2 flower girls. Love them all!! After the ceremony we walked back down the isle (I forgot my flowers!!! the matron of honor was still holding them!!!) and then we dismissed each isle, which was nice because we actually got to talk to everyone! Then we signed the marriage certificate and did pictures for forever!! The photographer took some awesome shots, the last one at the church was called "Marilyn Monroe and James Dean" and I won't tell you what it is, I'll just post it when we get it back, but I can asure you IT ROCKS!!! We left the church in Kenny's brothers RED Thunderbird with the top down and followed the best man and his wife to a nearby sports bar for a quick drink before the reception. When we got there THE ENTIRE WEDDING PARTY had a room in the back reserved and we had no idea!! It was amazing!!! We were only there for about 30 minutes, then on to the reception!! When we got there the wedding planner and DJ came out to greet us and then they lined us up for our big entrance, which lead right into the cake cutting (or SMASHING as I fondly recall it). Then the best man, a groomsman, and my matron of honor gave their speeches, we did the toast and the blessing, and ate dinner. If you can believe it, I had zero appetite. I was just thirsty, but drank water, no alcohol for the bride!!!! The rest of the evening was a blur, I remember it all, but not in the order it happened....we did our first dance, which had a unique spin to it. About 2 minutes into our song, the DJ stopped it and put on a number that we had prearranged that included snippets from about 15 songs that we had a dance routine to. So we did our little surprise dance, and then ended it with the ending of the first original song (I'll post the video when I get it back, it's PRICELESS....) and then we danced to our REAL song, by Aerosmith of course:) We danced with our parents, and instead of the dollar dance, Kenny auctioned me to the audience....the best man paid $220 to dance with me!! Woo-hoo!!! I threw my flowers and 2 girls rolled on the floor to get them!!! Kenny went up my leg to get the garters and came out with a thong, an empty bottle of Captain Morgan, a strapless bra, and some other crazy stuff the best mad was handing him under the chair I was sitting in...that was hilarious!! Then he threw the 2 garters and things got all crazy from there. We danced and talked and had a blast the rest of the evening. Our photographer was awesome, our videographer was awesome, the night was the best wedding I've ever been to! We left at 1230 (there was no cleanup for us at all, how's that for a great ending????) and went with 2 other couples to Denny's where I had to sit in a chair across the table from everyone else because my dress wouldn't fit in the booth!!! We stayed in a hotel room because there were so many people staying in our house. It feels silly to stay in a hotel room just miles from your own home!! Anyway, Kenny was VERY tipsy when we went to sleep so ya know, we slept. Hehehehe. Sunday morning we woke up at 9am and both of us felt funny, and sad. It was all over!!! But seriously, it was the best day ever. I married my best friend. I vowed my life to him, and I would do it all over again and again and again. He has now named himself "Chubby Hubby." What's not to love??? I'm sure I'll remember bits and pieces of the big day as time goes on and I'll share them whenever I do, but basically, that's our wedding day!!

6 comments:

Tan said...

It sounds perfect, girl!! I LOL'd at "the best wedding I've ever been to!" and "Chubby Hubby." Oh, and $220 for a dance?? You are the bomb!

Tasha said...

You described it perfectly...I feel like I was there..It sounds perfect..All that planning and stressing paid off..I am so happy for LL and chubby hubby. What a great idea to auction off the bride...I wish I would have thought about that...

Vader's Mom said...

Sounds like a wonderful fun day!! You were a beautiful bride!!!

Lori said...

that's awesome girl! I can't wait to see this video!! You guys had alot of fun stuff thrown in at the reception. I could see "Chubby Hubby's" input! ha!

Steff said...

What a beautiful bride! What a happy couple!

All the best for all the rest of your days. :)

LaskiGal said...

What a blast!!! "The whole ceremony took about 35 minutes, and I honestly don't remember much of it, thank goodness we had it taped!!" Same here! It is crazy how quickly it goes .

Sounds like such an awesome time. Now you and Chubby Hubby get to enjoy the best part--the marriage.

I loved the pictures. I almost left some comments, but didn't want your family to go thinking some random person is admiring your photos.

You were simply beautiful!!! You were glowing with happiness (I'm pretty sure it wasn't just sweat!).

CONGRATULATIONS!