Yesterday, we shared our DIY wedding invitations and thank you cards and we invited you to our wedding. A reader also asked what made us get married when we were so young and so quickly after meeting each other. I think this is a great question and the perfect time for an answer. Um, basically, I thought Ben was amazing from the moment I met him. Oddly enough, he thought the same about me, though I didn’t learn this until shortly after he returned home. He sent an e-mail to my sister, thinking it was my address. (We had the same initials and worked for the same company, so our addresses were nearly identical) I was so disappointed that he didn’t contact me, but then my sister forwarded me his message. From that point, we talked for at least four hours a day and got to know each other. We visited as often as we could. Ultimately, a long distance relationship is really hard, and we didn’t want to wait any longer. Even though we were young, we had never felt that way about another person. It just felt wrong not to be together. I know that sounds so cheesy and cliché, but it’s hard to leave someone you love so much. So, we got married! We didn’t (and still haven’t) questioned if we made the right choice.
How about we take a look at the venue, our aunt and uncle’s back yard. Yes, they are crazy awesome and let us
invade borrow their beautiful home for the weekend.
Their back yard is as amazing as the front, which is where the ceremony took place. Large rose bushes and landscaping pavers lead the way to a small patio. The pavers served as the aisle for the wedding party. The men entered through the fences and the women entered just to the right, out of the photo. Both parties met up to join arms after the sundial.
Here’s another angle to give you a better idea. Oh, and the screened porch in the back was the perfect place to set up the food, hence the fruit tower. If you zoom in, you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Just beyond the ceremony patio is a white pergola, fountain at center. This may be where I have a love for pergolas.
To the left, we placed about 40 chairs, knowing our ceremony would be about fifteen minutes long, we knew guests wouldn’t mind standing.
With our guests seated, the ceremony began. The perfectly symmetrical landscaping of cherry trees, evergreens and beautiful urns with floral arrangements was better than any other venue we could have gotten.
The temperamental early Minnesota summer threatened to rain on
my parade our wedding. For that reason, we rented two tents for enough space to comfortably seat 175 people (I blame my mother for the large guest list) and leave room for a bar and dancing. Oh, and that beautiful barn served as our backdrop.
Let’s go in for a closer look. The tables at the very front were the head table with three round tables behind for our VIP guests. You know, to give our parents, grand parents and special friends the best view.
Beyond the three round tables, we placed long rows of tables for everyone else. Guests made their way over to the reception area after congratulating us in the receiving line.
Fortunately, the weather held out for us. A few light sprinkles as we exchanged our vows and that was it. The overcast day made for perfect, squint free wedding photos, too. Though the temperature was slightly cooler than average, it was excellent dancing weather.
Want to know what’s on the tables? We’ll share that tomorrow.
Where did your wedding take place? Indoors, at a church? A beach destination wedding? A courthouse? A backyard wedding like ours? Maybe a place I didn’t mention?