In yesterday's post I shared with you details about the venue where Dustin and Becca had their wedding. Today I'll focus on the ceremony and reception, but first I want to talk about Becca.
Most laid back bride, EVER!!!
I had to post this pic again. Seriously–what bride looks for four-leaf clovers just hours before she gets married???
Becca will be the first to admit that wedding planning is not her thing at all. She explained to me a long time ago that she was never one of those little girls who dreamed about her wedding day. Oh don't get me wrong. The girl had stacks of bridal magazines scaling the walls of their apartment, is very much a girly-girl, and was looking forward to this day very much. She just wasn't into the decision-making. Which was fine. She had her mom, the wedding planner and myself to help guide her...or push...okay SHOVE her (occasionally) in the right direction. Becca's (and Dustin's) main concern was that they wanted their guests to have a good time.
And believe me, a good time was had by all!
THE CEREMONY ::
You can't get to this:
Until you go through this:
The photographer wasn't going to be there until the ceremony began, so I spent the hours leading up the the ceremony photographing what everyone was doing to get ready.
I LOVED what the stylist did with Becca's hair. Gorgeous curls:
While Becca was primping. Dustin and one of his groomsmen, Matt, were watching soccer (of course they were):
The guys have it so easy, right?
Becca gave Tiffany necklaces to her bridesmaids:
And Lockets to her flowergirls:
Dustin gave pocket watches to his groomsmen:
And then it was time for the ceremony to start:
Now as the mother-of-the-groom and the self-proclaimed family photographer I was faced with the decision of whether or not to have my fancy Nikon DSLR with me at the ceremony. Did I really want to be watching my son get married behind a lens or do I want to witness it with my own eyes? I decided to leave it at the main house and just use my iPhone, when needed. And it was a good decision because I was teary-eyed during the majority of the ceremony! I did take several pics with my iPhone. But there is something to be said about just soaking up what is around you without the camera in front of your face. For instance, when Becca was walking down the aisle with her dad, tears of joy were like little diamonds streaming down her face. I don't think I could have appreciated that if I was focusing on capturing that photo. The photographer and other family members were taking plenty of photos of the event that I will be looking forward to seeing!
Side Story: Speaking of tears. Ryley, our youngest son and Dustin's best man, sure turned on the water works (that's one pic I wish I would have taken)! Shocked everyone! When asked about it Ryley said he saw everyone else crying and just got caught up in the moment! What a sweetie!
And then they were pronounced man and wife:
The way she threw her arms around him just made my heart soar!
THE RECEPTION ::
After the ceremony the guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers for about an hour on the grounds in front of the main house while the photographer took photos of the bride, groom and wedding party. The food was awesome and it was a great opportunity to visit with friends and family!
Chris with his brothers, Brian and Scott.
The hall was beautifully decorated in plum and green with splashes of pink and silver. Super pretty colors! Dinner was family-style and I totally recommend this style if you are planning a wedding! Guests didn't have to choose which meal they preferred. They can have a little of everything!
When everone was seated the wedding party was introduced to the dance remix of "All of Me" by John Legend. Being the laid back, football fans that Dustin and Becca are, the bride and groom were introduced to the "Monday Night Football Theme Song." Totally set the tone for the rest of the evening! It was a party!
It's not the best picture (lighting), but the bridesmaids passed out glow sticks, leis, and hats for guests to wear on the dance floor:
The crazy one in the middle is my sister, Kristen.
I danced so much that I was sore for two days afterwards!
Loved watching Dustin and Becca with their younger cousins (my apologies for the lighting!):
Then there is this lovely photo:
Yes, that is my "child" looking for the garter. And that is his bride with the flowergirl on her lap sheilding her eyes. Dustin wasn't going to waste any time trying to feel for the garter just by using his hands. He filipped up her gown and went all in! His dad was proud!
Garter Dance Side Story: Several weeks ago I get this text from Becca:
"OMG? Your son just asked if he can "put the girdle" on me...Really? We were talking about the wedding and what he was thinking of was taking the garter off. We probably both need a class on wedding customs, but he REALLY needs help if he thinks he is putting a girdle on me at our wedding."
Crack...me...up!!! God Bless that child!
I thought I would close this post with two of my favorite photos I took:
Congratulations Dustin & Becca.