May 14, 2005
Justin and I have been married for 6 1/2 years and I wanted to share our special day with you. So here are our Wedding ABC's.
I'd say we had about 150-200 guests
I had 4 bridesmaids. My best friend Lauren from elementary school, Bonnie my sorority sister from college, Crystal my good friend from college, and Alex my old neighbor from Tennessee
Our food cake from a butcher in Peoria and our cake was designed by Justin's Aunt Lil and was made by her friend.
I loved my dress! I got it at House of Brides in Schaumburg. It was the most expensive piece of the wedding. My dress was made by Impressions and so were the bridesmaids dresses.
Justin proposed December 20th of 2003 and we were married May 14th 2005.
Our flowers were done by Leo's florist in Peoria. Well my bouquet was done by them and we rented two fake flowers for the alter. The grooms flowers and mothers flowers were done by them too. My mother in law maid the brides maids flowers.
Justin had 4 groomsmen- Darien his bestman and childhood friend, Adam his high school friend, Joe his childhood friend, and Tate his friend from the college years.
Our honeymoon was to our now favorite resort El Dorado Royale in Rivera Maya Mexico. We stayed 6 days and 5 night, which we now learned is not long enough. We booked through Suzi Davis travel in Peoria. We went May 16-21.
Our invitations were very simple and classic, silver and white with a Chinese symbol.
Justice of the Peace:
I suppose this means the preacher. Our preacher was Justin's childhood pastor Phil Summers.
As a keepsake for us, we had guests sign a book and take pictures with a disposable camera.
We had my bachelorette night in downtown Chicago. Bonnie, Crystal, and I took the train into the city and stayed at a hotel. We went to Excalibur and ate at the new Rock and Roll McDonald's.
Our wedding music was pretty traditional. We could not have dancing out our reception so Justin made a cd of songs from Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts that played during the reception.
Justin's parents got us a cool room at the Day's in for our wedding night. Who would have thought the Days Inn Mortin would have a room like this.
On the day after our wedding,
we went to my parents to open gifts.
Old, new, borrowed, blue:
My something old ?
My something new was my dress and jewelery
My something borrowed I don't remember if I had anything borrowed.
My something blue was my garter.
Our photography was done by a friend of Justin's, he did a great job for a good price.
Justin recreated our first date of dinner and a movie. I kind of messed it up a bit and he asked me in the Olive Garden parking lot in Peoria. Afterwards we went to see the Lord of the Rings the Return of the Kings. It was such a special night!
We had make your own sandwiches, lots of cake, and music. No dancing or drinking was allowed. So we had a post reception, reception at one of our favorite bars Sully's.
Feeding cake, none got on the dress.
Feeding cake, none got on the dress.
They were horrible and I think they came from Payless. Before the reception I changed in to comfortable red flip flops
Trash the Dress:
Nope...it's still at mom and dads. Al thought I would like more pictures in it one day, I just do not want to trash it.
Having our post reception at Sully's and then going to Richard's to play pool. We got to incorporate some of the places we loved while dating.
We recited traditional vows.
Since the wedding was in Peoria, having to coordinate everything when I came down to visit was rough at times.
We didn't have a flower girl or a ring bearer. There were also very few children invited to the wedding.
The party did not end until pretty late. We almost fell asleep at the hotel before heading to Sully's after the wedding. The next day we drove to Chicago to mom and dad's before heading on the Honeymoon on Monday.
Thank you for reading my Wedding ABC's. It's always fun to look back at our special day!