our wedding: the cake

I’m a huge chocolate person. I always pictured myself having a chocolate cake with chocolate fudge with chocolate icing. But, when we had our tasting, the strawberry shortcake won my heart reminding me of cakes my grandmother baked when I was a child. I knew I wanted the design to be something simple and modern, so the florist included a waterfall of my favorite flower on buttercream frosting.

The cake inspiration:

(photo via style me pretty.)

our wedding: the programs

Our ceremony programs were simple (in theory) so I printed, folded and assembled them myself. I originally wanted to sew the edge like the inspiration image below, but my machine wasn’t cooperating and it ended up just looking sloppy. Included in the ceremony (and going with the “key theme”), Ryan’s best friend read a sweet reading called “The key to love”.

“The key to love is understanding…
the ability to comprehend not only the spoken word,
but those unspoken gestures, the little things that say so much by themselves.
The key to love is forgiveness…
to accept each other’s faults and pardon mistakes,
without forgetting, but with remembering what you learn from them.
The key to love is sharing…
facing your good fortunes as well as the bad, together, both conquering problems,
forever searching for ways to intensify your happiness.
The key to love is giving…
without thought of return, but with the hope of just a simple smile,
and by giving in but never giving up.
The key to love is respect…
realizing that you are two separate people, with different ideas;
that you don’t belong to each other,
that you belong with each other, and share a mutual bond.
The key to love is inside us all…
It takes time and patience to unlock all the ingredients
that will take you to its threshold,
it is the continual learning process that demands a lot of work,
but the rewards are more than worth the effort –
and that is the key to love.”

I have the best friends ever. One night, when Ryan was at his bachelor party, we shared a few bottles of wine and they helped me cut every single paper cone out. They never did crafty things with me before and I think my OCD and tendency to over think small details scared them. Luckily they showed up on the wedding day, and love me regardless of my neurosis.

(all above photos via John DiFiora Photography.)

The program inspiration:

(inspiration photo sources unknown.)

our wedding: the flowers

From the beginning, I was pretty specific with which flowers I wanted for the wedding. When I first met the florist with a handful of inspiration photos, she asked me what I do for a living. When I told her I’m an interior designer her response was short and sweet. “No wonder you’re a pain in the ass.” She was sarcastic and straight to the point and I loved working with her.

My Bouquet of peonies, orchids, and hydrangeas

The girls’ bouquets with hydrangeas, orchids, and tulips

The boys simple orchid boutonnière

The ring bearer dish. Okay, not necessarily a flower but it deserves some love.

(above wedding photos via John DeFiora Photography.)

The inspiration:

(inspiration photos unknown, june bug, unkown.)

our wedding: us

When you have almost two thousand pictures to look through, it’s hard to pick your favorites. And even after looking through all those pictures, I still feel like the day was such a whirl wind and that that woman in the white dress isn’t even me. Is that crazy? Yes.

Below are some of my favorite photos of just me and Ryan. After the first look, we were fortunate enough to have the rain clear up to take pictures outside.  (I guess I was too stubborn to acknowledge the whole “April showers bring May flowers” bit.) Luckily with the grey skies and a coolness in the air, it made for even better photos.

(all photos via John DeFiora Photography.)