I’ve never shared my wedding here, and I’m not sure why. I guess I was keeping private this ridiculously special time in our lives, I swear I have no idea why, but two-and-a-half years later (wow – time flies!), and with plenty of requests for a peak inside our wedding day (I love you guys! And the blog gives me added courage …), I figured, now was as good a time as any to share a look at our own wedding. I am a wedding fanatic – and of course, that’s no secret to anyone. Post-wedding, I still have a blog fully dedicated to weddings and events, and I happily browse wedding sites and pick up wedding magazines at the grocery store, for research sake, of course. And though I found plenty of inspiration for our own wedding, I worked tirelessly to make sure the whole weekend (we had a destination wedding), was so very us. My husband was full of ideas and opinions too (ladies: don’t be fooled by the idea that the groom has no interest … plenty of them do!)
We chose a campy resort in Maine, which was crazy since Mike and I were both born and raised in Miami. But we wanted something unique, relaxed, just a little bit indie, and chock full of great food, wine, and beer. And I suppose our closest friends and family were used to our kind of crazy. Migis Lodge, this picture-perfecting setting on Sebago Lake in Maine (in what seemed to us city dwellers, the middle of nowhere), had great big cabins and a gorgeous dining/dance hall all of which could be rented entirely to our wedding guests on off-season. (That meant that 100+ guests from Miami, LA, New York, North Carolina, and so on, crashed this idyllic lakeside resort for the weekend … and boy, were we loud.) We chose the last possible weekend before the lodge closes for season, October 30th, to be exact, and greeted our guests from all over the country at our little escape. It happened to be freezing that weekend (thank goodness for my courageous bridesmaids!) We hosted meal after meal, starting with a wine tasting and a Friday night dinner full of lobster and homemade blueberry muffins and donuts and macaroni & cheese all served on metal trays, a campfire complete with s’mores and warm hard cider … and singing (my family does a lot of singing), a big Maine breakfast, a picnic lunch, Bingo (yep, my pick!), board games, boat rides, one crazy fun Saturday night party … and after-party, and a big hungover brunch. And between me, my mom, my dad, my sister, Aunt, and everyone else, we planned the whole thing.
Not everything went off without a hitch: I made far too many DIY projects (seriously, it was out of control!), cameras were lost in the woods (I’d venture to guess that wine was the culprit), an ill-planned boat ride arrival left me shivering in my strapless couture gown most of the ceremony, we forgot both the bouquet and the garter toss during the party, and I ate carbs … all weekend long.
But when I look back, all I see was the most perfect weekend of my life. Hubby and I sobbed like babies. Yes, we were that couple. I’ve never felt so much emotion, so much joy, so much excitement. Mike and I were together since high school, but that day, overlooking the lake, with all of my favorite people, it all felt so new and alive. I still get that feeling all of the time. I stare at him and I think, “My g-d, I’m lucky.” I also think, “What a hunk.” And I remember our wedding day, holding hands, him trying to warm my goose-bumped arms, laughing, crying, crying a whole lot, and I love that day.
Get the story of my wedding dress, here.
Whew! That was a long one! (and I hope you enjoyed!) Share your funny/adorable/sob-worthy wedding stories here and on the Lionsgate Facebook page, in honor of the upcoming release of the movie, The Big Wedding coming up on April 26th.
An uproarious romantic comedy about the ties that bind, THE BIG WEDDING centers around Don and Ellie, a long divorced couple being forced to pretend that they are still happily married at their son’s wedding. Among all of their family and friends, the hoax snowballs, culminating in a series of surprising outcomes on the way to “I do.”
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