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Wedding Recaps: Unforgettable

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One sort of ingenius idea that we had (not that I’m bragging or anything…) was to have one big combined dance for our parents dances. Instead of just me and my dad, then Shaun and his mom, we decided to have three couples out on the dance floor at once – me and Shaun, mom and dad, and my new in-laws. After about a minute, our DJ called for us to switch partners, so I got to dance with dad, Shaun got to dance with his mom, etc. We switched up a couple of different times, and it made for some really fun photos. The song that we all danced to was “Unforgettable” by Nat Cole (re-recorded after his death by his daughter Natalie Cole, so the version we used included both of their voices).

Unforgettable, that’s what you are
Unforgettable, though near or far
Like a song of love that clings to me
How the thought of you does things to me
Never before has someone been more


Unforgettable, in every way
And forevermore, that’s how you’ll stay
That’s why darling, it’s incredible
That someone so unforgettable
Thinks that I am unforgettable too

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Wedding Recaps: Our First Dance

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret about the first dance – it’s pretty awkward. It’s a little strange to have an entire room full of people staring at you while you awkwardly sway back and forth to a chosen slow song…we didn’t take dance lessons or choreograph anything, so that’s exactly what our first dance was. Still, I’m glad we did it and that we have a song that’s got special meaning for our relationship now.

Our first dance was to “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” by Elton John.

There was a time I was everything and nothing all in one
When you found me, I was feeling like a cloud across the sun
I need to tell you how you light up every second of the day
And in the moonlight, you shine like a beacon on the bay

And I can’t explain, but it’s something about the way you look tonight
Takes my breath away
It’s that feeling I get about you deep inside
And I can’t describe, but it’s something about the way you look tonight
Takes my breath away
The way you look tonight

With a smile
You pull the deepest secrets from my heart
In all honesty
I’m speechless and I don’t know where to start

And I can’t explain, but it’s something about the way you look tonight
Takes my breath away
It’s that feeling I get about you deep inside
And I can’t describe, but it’s something about the way you look tonight
Takes my breath away
The way you look tonight

Wedding Recaps: Cutting the Cake

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One of the last things that we did before our photographer left for the night was cut the wedding cake. Let me start off by saying that I loved our cake! It was so beautiful, and I was completely thrilled with how it turned out. I was a little awestruck when I saw it for the first time! And it tasted amazing too. Each layer had two flavors in it: chocolate chocolate chip and raspberry swirl. They were special and unique flavors without being too crazy. There were kids at our wedding, after all, and we wanted them to enjoy the cake too!

Another thing about wedding cake…I hate the tradition of smooshing cake in each other’s faces. I hate it in a “I paid a lot of money to look like this today, so please don’t ruin it with frosting, thank you very much,” sort of way. I get that it’s fun to some people…but not me. Luckily, Shaun and I were 100% on the same page with this. We don’t have those funny pictures of an impromptu cake fight, but that’s perfectly alright with me.

How do you feel about wedding cake – do you ever eat it? And how do you feel about the face-smashing tradition? Love it or leave it?

Wedding Recaps: Sunset Photos

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I know that I’ve said in just about every post that this set of photos was my “favorite” from the day…but these sunset photos that our photographer took in a field across from the banquet hall after dinner are divine. To me, they’re high-fashion meets country living, if that’s even possible. They remind me of photos that you see in bridal magazines…except the subjects of the photos are me and my husband! I still can’t quite believe that when I look at them. I have a hard time picking favorites out of these, because they’re all just so perfect.

One of my absolute favorite photos. Gorgeous.

I love that these photos, even more than a lot of the others I’ve shown you already, really capture who we are and where we’re from. But at the same time, they’re beautiful, artistic, and worthy of being blown up for a large canvas on our living room wall. Which is exactly what’s going to happen with that first picture 🙂

Wedding Recaps: Kiss! Kiss!

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It’s been a little while since I posted my last wedding recap. But now that I have my computer back and I have access to our wedding photos again, they can resume!

You know when you go to a wedding and everyone clinks their glasses a million times to get the bride and groom to kiss? Well, we don’t completely hate the tradition, but we wanted to have some fun with it as well. So every time that the crowd started clinking their glasses, we chose a couple at “random” to kiss as well. Our photographer managed to catch pictures of all of the lucky (or unlucky!) couples we chose, and it’s definitely one of my favorite pages in our wedding album. Here are a few of our favorite photos:

The first “victims.” Except not really…they volunteered!

Shaun’s friends Tyler and Melissa – we’re going to their wedding next weekend 🙂

And my friends Sam and Eric, who got married last weekend! They played the same game during their dinner…and took revenge on us.

My little brother and his girlfriend…they were so embarrassed. Teehee.

Shaun’s aunt and uncle really got into it…

And us…of course 🙂

The Lost Weekends & Color ADD

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Do you ever wake up on Monday morning and just feel a little bit defeated? On Friday I was so excited to have 3(ish) full days to get caught up on work…but did I? Absolutely not. So today I’m back to the grind and catching up…this semester is getting the best of me pretty quickly! We did have a great weekend though – Shaun and I attended the wedding of one of my close friends from high school. They’re one of those couples who you can just tell how much they love each other when they look at each other, so it was a really touching ceremony and a really special day.

Shaun and I all dressed up for the wedding! I love the colors, the pumpkins and gourds from my grandma’s farm…and the puppy photobomb.

Look familiar? Their ceremony was at the same chapel and performed by the same minister that ours was! It was a gorgeous day, and the fall colors were in full swing in the background as well (although you can’t really tell from this picture.

The photos are really dark, but you can just feel how much these two mean to each other. They’re both amazing people, and I’m so happy that they’re happy together.

In other news, I’ve had a bit nail-polish ADD in the last week/several days. It seems that no matter how often I change my nail color, I’m constantly thinking about what I’m going to do next. And the second that it gets even the tiniest chip, I remove all of it and start from scratch again. Here are just a few of the colors I’ve been wearing since my last polish post on Monday, including the one that I’m wearing right now:

Julep “Sienna”

This is the color that I intended to wear to the wedding, because I thought it complemented the colors of my outfit nicely. Unfortunately, I got a massive chip on one of my nails the night before. Which led to…

L’Oreal Pro Manicure “Sweet Nothings”

Apologies in advance for the sloppiness of this mani, but I did it in about 20 minutes at my parent’s house as we were dropping off the dog on our way to the wedding. Since I’m back and forth all the time, I keep all of my nail polish things at my apartment, but that meant that I had nothing to whip up a new mani…so I had to borrow my mom’s colors quickly. It took about 3 coats to get it this dark, and by the time it finally dried, there was no time for clean-up.

Revlon Colorstay “Stormy Night”

The color I’m currently wearing. It’s a bit more purple than the pictures show, but I love the almost-purple, almost-gray shade.

Other than the usual business for the week ahead, I’m excited to be participating in two nail polish swaps with other blogs – we’re sending out our packages to our partners today, and I believe next week will be the big blog reveal. I can’t wait for my partners to see the polishes that I picked out for them…based on our limited conversations, I think they’re really going to like them!

Linking up with Mani Monday and the Nail Files!

Wedding Recaps: Let’s Eat!

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Once all of the pictures were done, we were finally ready to relax and let loose! And that started with dinner at our reception hall, Beverly Gardens. It’s your quintessential small-town banquet hall, but the food. is. amazing. We chose to go with a package that included baked and broasted chicken, beef tips with mushrooms, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans. They also serve dessert on the table (in addition to our wedding cake which was passed out later!), which included an assortment of tortes and bars and cheesecakes and such, and a staple from back home…kneecaps. So much small-town, rural farming Wisconsin goodness! If we do anything right…it’s comfort food. 🙂 The best part is that it was all “family-style”…like a buffet brought right to your table.

Making our entrance! Gotta love that carpeting…

Shaun welcoming everyone to dinner. He was so nervous for this part, but he did great!

Shaun’s great-uncle saying the prayer before dinner

Our parents were both ready for the party to start too

Wedding Recaps: Love Train

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As I’ve mentioned in the past, my husband loves trains. So after the ceremony and official family portraits were finished, we hopped on our trolley to the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay…to take some fun photos with trains! This was originally supposed to be a surprise for Shaun, but we’re not great at keeping secrets from each other. (His birthday is coming up and I might have already given him his present about a month ago…) Regardless of my ability to keep a secret, I think we got some awesome pictures! Here are a few of my faves:

I think this is one of the biggest steam engines in history, if I’m not mistaken. Shaun has a photo with this exact train from when he was about 5 years old, so now we have one together. 🙂 Forgive my wonky looking bustle…it wasn’t cooperating at all  at this point.

This picture feels like an old-timey movie to me. Love it!

After a finishing up with the trains inside the main building of the museum, we headed outside to see the others.

One of the curators brought around an old passenger train and let us take pictures inside, which he said he doesn’t do for “just anyone.” 🙂 Unfortunately they weren’t super pretty inside (it is just a train after all) so the pictures weren’t my favorites of the bunch, but I did really like this one.

really loved these pics on the open air car. The museum custom built it to resemble similar old cars, but to suit their own purposes. When you visit the museum you can go on a 1/2 hour ride around the grounds on the open air car…which I begrudgingly had to admit to Shaun was pretty cool. Usually the train rides he likes are boring, but this one was pretty fun! (We didn’t have time for a ride that particular day, but as I’m sure you can guess, we’ve been there several times other than this one.)

Wedding Recaps: Family Portraits, Extended Version

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Much like our immediate family portraits, extended family portraits were something that we were very happy to have set aside time for on the day of our wedding. It’s not too often that we get all of our large families together in one place – it always seems that at least one person is busy or out of town…I have two uncles who live in the south who I hardly ever get to see, and they both made it up for the wedding! And Shaun’s family is the same way. It’s also fun to look back on old family portraits and see how everyone has changed throughout the years – and now we have these to add to the bunch.

This one isn’t really a family portrait, but I love the photo of Shaun and my grandpa

My mom’s family, and Shaun and me with my mom’s parents

My dad’s family, and Shaun and me with my dad’s parents

Shaun’s mom’s family, and Shaun and me with Shaun’s mom’s parents

Shaun and me with Shaun’s dad’s parents – they didn’t want a full family photo, but I’m glad we still got one with his grandparents!

Wedding Recaps: Married!

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I still cannot describe the feeling that I got when our minister, Gloria, announced us as husband and wife. It was the most amazing feeling in the world…I remember feeling like the luckiest woman in the world at that instant, and I hope that the feeling never leaves. Sometimes I still cannot believe that I’m married, especially to a man as amazing, kind and fun as Shaun. But it happened!

Sealed with a kiss. This part of the ceremony wasn’t too bad either. 😉

Poor Shaun was so nervous about being the center of attention that he looks a little grumpy in these ceremony photos. But he said he really was very happy, he was just trying to “surpress his emotions.” (Aka…not cry in front of everyone we know.)

After the ceremony, Gloria pulled Mike (the best man) and Amie (the maid of honor) aside to sign our marriage license as witnesses. I didn’t realize that these pictures were happening while we were in the receiving line, but I’m glad our photographer got to be there to capture the moment that our marriage became legally official. (I know, shocking that that part would seem important to a law student.)

So there you have it…officially hitched! And time to party! (Almost.)

All photos by Tricia DeWar Photography.