Last year I recapped our first year together, and this year I thought I'd share our wedding day with you! We were so happy and felt so blessed by everyone who attended our wedding and set aside time to spend the day with us. (This is a very photo-heavy post!)
Then we packed up and headed to the church to put on our dresses, do the finishing touches and take pictures.
My best friend got me this hanger with my soon-to-be-new last name. I was so glad to have gotten pictures of it, because it got lost that day. I was so sad! Also pictured: my engagement ring and the necklace I wore on that day.
My parents and I decorated the sanctuary the day before. We were able to save a significant amount of money on final costs by using fake flowers for the ceremony site. Our reception center pieces were also done by the florist who took care of our bouquets, but it made sense to use fake flowers for the ceremony. I mean, you're in here for maybe 45 minutes at the most? It worked out well.
My dad and I walking in! I walked down the aisle to this song from the movie "Somewhere in Time," which is the movie from which my parents got their inspiration to name me "Elise." So, it's kind of a special movie for me and my family! Also, I knew I was going to shed some major tears walking down the aisle, which is probably the only reason I wore a veil, haha.
Funny story. We had some issues with our rings! Whoever tied the rings to the pillow we used tied them really. freaking. tight. It took all the men to try to get it untied! It was a nice bit of comic relief in the ceremony. I was laughing so hard!
I love this picture of us. We walked out of the sanctuary, looked at each other and just had this moment of understanding where nothing needed to be said. It was amazing.
We took a bunch of pictures inside the church and then headed to Lake Michigan's beach, where our reception site was located, and took some more pictures with our group.
We had our reception at the Illinois Beach Resort in their beachside room. We got to see the moon rise out of the water as the evening progressed! It could not have been more perfect.
For dinner, we served a salad of spinach, anjou pears, heirloom tomatoes, walnuts, and basil balsamic vinaigrette. The main course was a choice of chicken Marsala, glazed salmon, and a vegetarian lasagna all served with roasted red potatoes and marinated grilled vegetable.
Father and Daughter" by Paul Simon.
Everything" by Michael Buble. Another first song runner-up: Griffin House's "Better than Love."
As part of our wedding package, Luis and I were able to stay in one of the suites at the resort that night so that we could leave the next morning for our honeymoon to Galena, IL. The room was beautiful and they had fresh fruit and champagne waiting for us when we got there! Luis and I didn't really eat much during the wedding day because of all of the craziness, so we ended up making a 2 a.m McDonalds run. We brought it back to the resort and stuffed our faces on the deck and listened to the waves crash along the shore. It was perfect.
As we drove to our honeymoon destination, we felt so full of love. Not only for each other, but for everyone involved in the planning and everyone who came to celebrate with us. Our wedding is something we look back on with joy and happiness!