Hey guys! Guess what….we finally had the big day! All that time and planning finally came together and we had an absolutely perfect day. I was so completely overwhelmed by all the love we felt on Saturday, between messages online from friends and family who were unable to make it, to all the help we had setting up it was impossible to feel anything other than love.
You guys have been following along with our wedding journey since the engagement, and now I get to show off some of the pictures I have of the big day. We’re still waiting to see what our photographer got, but here are some shots from our friends and family.
We had spent the weekend before the wedding doing some yard work, some absolutely amazing friends went up north with us over the Labor Day weekend and put in a LOT of labor. We cut the grass (using weed whackers no less) in three large areas, got a lot of the decor made, and finalized our plan for where everything would be happening.
We drove back home on Monday exhausted but happy with the progress. Because we were doing so much of the wedding ourselves there was still a very long to-do list, but most of it had to wait until at least Wednesday. I was very lucky to have so many blogger friends willing to step in and help me keep things running around here, so that made it a lot easier to concentrate on the wedding stuff.
Wednesday was a big day. Our roommate Meaghan volunteered to help make the cupcakes, so we took over my mom’s kitchen and spent a couple hours doing that. We made three different varieties, salted caramel, white chocolate raspberry, and cookies & cream. If I never make another cupcake again I’ll be happy, but in all honesty it was completely worth it. We saved a lot of money doing this ourselves and they were totally delicious.
Next came my wedding henna. Jillian is a good friend who also is an amazing artist and she kindly did my henna. I loved it, it has mostly faded, but I still can’t help but stare at my hands. It was incredible to watch her move so fluidly across my skin, and the final product was totally worth it. If you’re in West Michigan I highly recommend Jillian for any of your henna needs.
Once that was done it was time to get serious about packing. I’m one of those people who procrastinates hard core when it comes to packing. This meant I needed to do about 2 loads of laundry and pull together all of our wedding stuff before we left on Thursday.
We also needed to print off the kids coloring books Meaghan made, create and print off our programs, make sure nothing got left behind, and try and get some sleep. I think it was about 3 am before I finally got to bed. Because there was still so much to do, and really no reason to get up to Traverse City early on Thursday we ended up leaving around 5pm.
Sadly, my goal of not leaving anything behind went out the window before we even left town. Dustin realized he forgot his contacts, but declared them unimportant and we continued. Then I realized about an hour later that I had forgotten my whisk attachment for making frosting…but we decided we’d make due with 1 (that we borrowed from my mom). About another 30 minutes later we realized I forgot the iron too.
Sigh. At this point in the trip we turned to Meaghan and asked what she forgot….While she tried to claim nothing we later realized she forgot her camera, which we wanted to have on hand for back up pictures.
That’s when we realized two things. 1. No one besides the 3 of us had a key to our house. 2. We needed help! So we texted our wedding planner extraordinaire, Angel, and asked her if she wouldn’t mind breaking into our house and grabbing our left behind items.
I wanted to get at least our favors made on Thursday night, but we got distracted by a game of Life. The Pirates of the Caribbean edition! Dustin has this uncanny ability to win every game we ever play, and this was no different, but it was still a riot. Luckily we were able to crank out all our s’mores fairly quickly and get to bed at a decent hour.
Friday was when things really started to come together. People started showing up to help, we did our last trip to Meijer to get everything we needed, and I started to stress out a little bit. We had a lot to do and a limited amount of time and power.
Now I know how weird that sounds, but one of the things I love most about the property is the fact that it’s all off-grid. All of our power comes from solar and wind, after two trips of basically no wind we were really happy to see the wind turbine happily spinning Friday, but we also knew that could change at any moment.
Friday was also the day that our wedding planner and her family got up to the property and set up camp! It was SO good seeing them, and not just because they brought all the lost items from our house! Angel and Thomas are basically our heroes and we’ve adopted them as family. Which means any time we get to spend with them is a bonus.
Their kids are also pretty awesome and were HUGE helps over the weekend! They worked so hard and never complained. I can’t say enough how much I love our friends. As we finally dug into the to-do list it quickly became apparent how much we needed to do.
Meaghan and I got to work on the cupcakes and realized that together we make some pretty awesome cupcakes. What I lack in cupcake skills I totally make up for in frosting and was able to keep Meaghan fairly sane when the frosting was giving us fits.
Then we realized the wind had basically stopped….and we had used the microwave. Our power supply went down precariously. I was about ready to cry at this point. Showers still needed to happen. Dishes needed to be rinsed. And it was about 10pm.
We got the cupcakes finished.
I got the dishes rinsed.
Dustin forced me to sit and eat.
And I marveled at how the to-do list kept getting longer.
I was ready to be done at that point. The kids headed off to bed, we headed for the showers, and I was never more ready to see my bed!
That’s it for today guys! If I keep going this post will be way to long! So I figure this is a good point to break off. Don’t worry, I’ll have more up soon, and hopefully we’ll have the pictures soon from our photographer to share. Thank you so much to everyone who sent us a message or commented on Facebook. Our day was really something special, made more-so by everyone who took time to wish us well!