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Our Wedding Day Recap, 9.24.16

I was so excited to receive our wedding photos recently and to sit with my husband and son and remember the day! I’m thrilled with how our wedding day went..it was simple, a bit of an offbeat wedding, it was very us, and most importantly it was full of friends and family. I couldn’t have ask for a better day. All of our visions for the ceremony and decor came together perfectly and we even had the ideal weather.

We were up at the crack of dawn to meet at our venue, set up, and hurry back to get ready.

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Our wedding bands were made by Staghead Designs and made of ethically sourced elk antler and iron wood. The rings are absolutely gorgeous in person and I can’t recommend them enough for really unique, high quality jewelry.

Our decorations mostly consisted of bones, skulls, rustic elements that we found in nature, and a few small purchased decorative items.

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I  made my bouquet out of pages from an old copy of Alice In Wonderland and painted them with water colors.

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We took serious photos…

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We took silly photos…

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We had inside jokes…

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…and musical mess-ups… 🙂

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…and it was everything I could have asked for.

Our officiant was my husband’s cousin. He and his wife (who got married in a lovely wedding last fall that we attended – complete with cheese hats!) flew in from Milwaukee to attend. He’s an excellent writer and crafted a ceremony that was perfectly us, with a focus on family, friends, and funny moments in our relationship. When he was able to work Sharknado and weird taxidermy into our ceremony, I knew it was going to be perfect.

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Yes, my husband is squatting down here to kiss me – he’s 15″ taller than me! There are many short jokes made at my expense… 🙂

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Our invitations specifically noted that this was a casual, family friendly wedding and we were happy to have lots of children in attendance! Our pavilion happened to have a playground immediately next to it, which was a huge selling point when we chose our location. I love that our photographer captured a lot of photos of the kids!

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Our cupcakes were baked by a friend, and our lunch was catered by Mission BBQ, and both were amazing! Our friend made strawberry, vanilla, red velvet, and Guinness cupcakes.

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Instead of a guestbook, we used our Instax camera and my son had a great time collecting photos of all of our guests. He is currently in the process of assembling a scrapbook with all of the instant photos he took that day. He loved being the photographer and told my husband he’d be ready to be his assistant very soon.

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Our photographer was Barbara O, who exceeded all of my expectations. As a photographer, choosing someone to shoot our wedding was by far the most stressful part of wedding planning. I went through dozens and dozens of portfolios. Barbara is not only a skilled photographer with a style that I absolutely love, but she is friendly, very attentive, and blended in with our guests perfectly. I’m so happy with her work.

Looking back, I am still incredibly moved by our family and friends who attended (especially those who traveled long distances!), many of whom also helped us set up, clean up after, and otherwise make our wedding day a reality. So many people jumped in to help without hesitation and I feel loved beyond words for this!

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