This was one of the things we went back and forth on the most during our wedding planning. It was one of the most expensive items on our wedding budget and that cost was something I worried about a lot. After deciding to go with our initial choice, it couldn't have been more perfect. While the venue itself may have been a little more expensive than we wanted, because of it's gorgeous views and natural beauty, we were able to save on flowers and decorations to help make up that cost in our budget. Six years later, we still go back and visit, have joined the wine club and just feel at home at this special place.
I love that we personalized our design and choices of each layer of our cake, even if we didn't eat more than the bit we served each other. We went with three different flavors, one for each tier. We choose pink champagne, almond poppyseed with raspberry filling, and carrot cake. When deciding how I wanted the cake to look, I had a specific vision in my head, and that vision totally came to life! I wanted there to be a subtle design, with some color mixed in throughout. And sing my maiden name was Hart, I wanted hearts to be the design. I am absolutely in love with how it turned out!
We tried to incorporate different family traditions and memories throughout our wedding. One of the biggest ways we did that was our wedding date. We were married on the same day that my Grandparents and Great Grandparents were. For our flowers, we had chosen gerber daisies to be used for our bridesmaids, groomsman and parents. Daisies are my grandmother's favorite flower and the flower that my grandfather always used to give her. I wanted this day to be memorable and symbolic for my grandmother too. I was so grateful she could be there to celebrate with us, especially since she got sick and passed away just a couple months later. Having her there meant everything to me.
Our Bridal Party:
We had some of the best friends and family in the world stand by our side that day. But one of the most memorable was our ring bearer. Maybe because he was 6 foot and had sleeve tattoos, and walked down the isle with our 3 year old flower girl, all while holding a ring pillow. It was the greatest decision and something we still talk about to this day.
Honestly, six years later, none of the details or little things that didn't go exactly as planned matter at all. I am still married to my best friend and I couldn't imagine that day going any differently. In six years we have traveled, built a house, said goodbye to my grandmother and Dan's father and welcomed our beautiful daughter into our lives. Through the happy times and sad ones I wouldn't want to go through life with anyone else by my side!
Happy Anniversary Dan, here's to 50 more!