J&A22 Sep, 2018
The story of our wedding
We got married just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at Butler Country Club on Saturday, September 22, 2018. It was a perfect September day with overcast skies and temps hovering between 60-70 degrees. Our style was classic and elegant with a down-to-earth modern and natural flair. Our colors were dark teal/deep jade, gold, a touch of burgundy in the flowers and lots of eucalyptus greenery.I wore the Narissa gown by Sottero and Midgley - I wanted something classic yet different and I found just that in this gown. Jaryd wore a classic black tuxedo from The Black Tux and look unbelievably handsome (I'm not biased or anything..?). The bridesmaids looked gorgeous in their deep jade, mix and match, boho-style ShowMeYourMumu dresses while holding burgundy dahlias in their bouquets. The groomsmen were striking in dark gray tuxedos also from The Black Tux. The fathers wore black tuxedos to match the groom and the mothers each wore jewel-toned dresses - plum and navy.
A violinist set the stage for our romantic outdoor ceremony on the lush greens of the country club golf course. The ceremony was made extra special with my godfather officiating and the ceremony script being written by us. Writing our own ceremony script was really special and sweet - it made the whole experience so much more romantic and sentimental because we were so intentional with every line that was spoken. It helped us really appreciate the moment even more than we would have otherwise.
Following the ceremony, guests headed over to the covered patio for passed hor d'oeuvres and cocktails, including our signature cocktail - a blackberry fizz martini, which included in-season blackberry preserves, a squeeze of lemon juice, vodka, and topped with prosecco. Guests were entertained by a pop-rock violinist for the hour.
All wooden signage was cut, sanded and stained by Jaryd and custom calligraphy for the signage was done by a friend, Kaitlyn Calligraphy. For our guestbook, we really wanted something we could hang in our home and look at for years to come instead of shoving under the bed, so we chose a wooden board with our last name circled by a beautiful wreath that guests signed around with gold, copper and silver sharpie pens - it turned out beautifully.
The reception space was beautiful with floor to ceiling windows, string lighting over the dance floor, and lots of eucalyptus, candlelight and wood pieces. The maid of honor, best man and father of the bride all gave excellent and beautiful speeches and Jaryd's uncle delivered the blessing. The mother-son, father-daughter and first dance all went off without a hitch. For dinner, guests chose between Prime Rib, Chicken Riviera and Eggplant Ratatouille served with chive mashed potatoes and green beans with julienne vegetables.
Then the party really got started! After a couple songs, we surprised by grandparents by playing my Pap's favorite song - My Way by Frank Sinatra. My grandparents have been married for 57 years and we are all incredibly close to them. Jaryd and I wanted to ensure we honored them during our wedding. My grandparents have always been big dancers - they love to dance together. A few months prior to our wedding my Pap was having trouble walking, so we were really worried he wouldn't be able to enjoy himself dancing with my Grammy at our wedding. But when that Frank Sinatra song came on and the dance floor cleared, man, my grandparents floated effortlessly around that dance floor. My family surrounded the dance floor, arm in arm, all in tears. Eventually Jaryd and I joined them and then my parents. We then switched so I was dancing with my Pap and Jaryd was dancing with my Grammy. It was a special moment that I will never forget for as long as I live and I know my grandparents will never forget it either - by the looks on their faces I think it might have been one of the happiest moments of their lives.
We had the best night ever as the dancing and drinking continued. We had an incredible sunset that night, it was orange and purple and almost looked as if the sky was on fire.
The reception was set to end at 11pm, so we planned to have pizza and breadsticks delivered at 10pm. IT WAS A HIT! Who doesn't love pizza and breadsticks after a night of such celebration? The goods were devoured in about 15 minutes.
The came to an end with us being surrounded by all of our loved ones holding sparklers and us running out the country club doors. We spun and dipped and kissed and laughed. It was a magical way to end the most magical day.
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