but we didn't do that because there were some broken-hearteds that hated the idea. so we threw an $11K wedding that represented us well, complete with a B&B hilltop outdoor setting, authentic mexican cuisine from one of our favorite local restaurants, a patio reception with an unattended bar due to a language barrier with our authentic mexican "caterer," and 130 of our nearest and dearest partying with us until we were too tired to party any more. well, really until midnight, because that's when they had to leave. but i was tired by 2 pm, so it felt like i'd been partying for 100 hours.
so humor me as i share some goodness from that day. let me start with 10 seconds after the ceremony. that should just about sum it up.
photo by april alcorn
GOD, how happy do we look?!
no, but really. there were beautiful things going on, i swear.
photos by april alcorn and misha kligman
we hired a whopping three legit vendors (hence the pricetag), and DIYed the bejesus out of everything else. flowers? friends and fam. dj? ipod. i was up until midnight the night before finishing the mix. you'll be able to tell by how half dead i look here in a minute. caterer? el cheapo (but massively delicious) local restaurant. desserts? family. wedding cake? designed by two of my insanely talented friends. one of my best friends performed "on a night like this" by dave barnes when i came down the aisle, and it was everything i could do not to cry like a baby, i was so happy he agreed to do it. eric's dad married us. we had a photobooth situation going on, which doubled as our guestbook (total hit). the photog was a good friend from college, and the videographers we flew in from florida. because they were amazing. and it would have been a much cheaper wedding if we'd opted out of that, but my sentimental self couldn't leave it out. and i'll NEVER regret that decision.
as you can imagine, my brother's toast stole the show. we're not really that close. jk, we're bfs. and he was my man of honor/entire bridal party. we bought eric's CK suit (a twofer deal - he has a matching one in charcoal and looks delectable in both, if i do say so myself) and since the other gentlemen had black suits, we just bought them ties and called it good. plus some pretty awesome manly gifts, of course.
anyway, the point is, two years later, i can't imagine my life without him. everyone says that, i know, but it's completely true. i really hope everyone knows what it's like to have a real, true, honest love in their lives. the kind that doesn't judge, doesn't hold you back, sees you and appreciates you for everything you are, is your perfect complement and just loves the hell out of you. i mean, eric really said it best a few years ago when we were discussing relationships and how amazing it is to find that one....he said "honestly? all of you (women) are crazy. it's just a matter of finding someone that can handle the right amount of crazy."
and so he did.