Our cake was absolutely amazing. My friend, Annette has a cake business and was the one that we asked to make ours for the big day, We picked red velvet and banana pudding ass our flavors.
The leftover flowers that weren't used for centerpieces and bouquets, Austin's aunts used for the cake. It turned out so amazing.
Another bouquet that Austin's aunts made for us. They were stunning.
I love how our seating arrangements turned out, We had 10 tables, so I bought 10 gold frames (from the dollar store) and used the same font that I used for our invitations.
I wanted to include the family and friends that either couldn't make the wedding or had passed away, but we wanted to still be a part of our day. Austin and I contemplated different ways that this could be done and I came up with a couple.
1- I had specialized pins made (which I talked about in a previous post) of my dad and his grandpa, My picture pin was on my bouquet, Austin's was on his tie.
2- I had white roses in our bouquets, as boutonnieres, and in our centerpieces (this was one of the last gifts I got from my dad, white roses).
3- Austin gave his grandma a wooden ball that sound "toit" on it. Standing for "when I get round to it", which is a phrase (and similar ball) that his grandpa used to have,
4- The last thing I did was create the above album that had pictures of family and friend in it. I tried to incorporate everyone from the wedding because they had all been a part of our journey together. One of the best parts of making this book, was going through dozens of old photos.
The above giant R was our "guestbook". One of Austin's amazing aunts found it at a garage sale and painted it for us to use for guest signatures.
(above) This gift was so sweet. My friends in Pensacola made it for us. I can't tell you how much it made me gush. So in love with it. And them.
I loved having some of my bridemaids' parents are the wedding. They were a part of my growing up and are like second parents to me. It was so special to share this day with them~
My amazing family. My aunt is one of my all time favorite people. She's a rockstar and I love her.
We have the most amazing friends and family. Not only are they so much fun to hang out with, but they were so wonderful to us at our wedding. A couple of them even stayed late after the wedding to help us clean up and box things up. I am forever grateful for these amazing people.
The speeches were amazing. My girls made me laugh and then cry like a baby. Kim even included my dad and had us toast to his memory. Gah-I want to cry just thinking of it now.
The guys were awesome. They made us laugh our butts off. And they were so sweet and sincere.
We couldn't have picked better people to surround ourselves with.
Yes, we had a candy bar. We couldn't get married at a candy factory and not (seriously, they have a candy limit that you have to meet... lol). But sooooo good.
One of the absolute highlights of the entire night (for all of us) was when Austin surprised me (and most of the guests) and took out his guitar and serenaded me with "Suit and Tie" by Justin and Jay-Z (which is one of my all time favorite songs!!)! It was such an amazing moment.
Our first dance was to Vance Joy's Fire and the Flood. Quite a long song, but we had so much fun going back and forth between lovey dovey and funny during this time.
Austin dancing with his grandmommy is one of the sweetest moments that I hope never to forget.
For our exit, Austin's family got us Auburn shakers. Because yes, we are HUGE Auburn fans.
The table pieces came together so wonderfully.
I bought music paper from etsy, gold mercury votives from Joanns and Michaels, candlesticks from all over (and even painted some with glitter), found the numbers from Michaels, borrowed vases from my mom's boss and my matron of honor (from her wedding), and of course the flowers were put together by Austin's family.
To top it all off, my stepdad ordered champagne flutes decorated especially for the wedding as gifts for the guests.
Everything looked exactly how I hoped it would.
It was the most amazing and perfect day. The day I married my best friend, while surrounded by family and friends.