Today is Thursday, March 6th, and Andrew & I have officially been married for one full month! The wedding was beautiful, simple, and small. Things are slowly starting to settle down (except for Thank You cards, those will be my sworn enemies forever) and I’m hoping to get back to posting more regularly! I have quite a few things that I’ll be working on for here but first – a wedding recap in celebration of our one month wed-iversary (because I really just want any excuse to share these photos)!
You can read more about our wedding under the cut which will include some of our photos but for more, visit our photographer’s blog post about our day or check out my Pinterest for a few shots! All of the photos in this post are by Mikkel Paige Photography. 🙂
Our day started super early as our ceremony was to be at 11AM. Of course my brides-people and I didn’t go to sleep until about 3:30AM and then had to get up at 6:30 for Starbucks and readying. The hairstylist (unfortunately) was not the best and she actually ended up making myself and my party about an hour late getting to the chapel – but we didn’t start late!! I was very proud of myself.
All Saints Chapel was amazing. The helper there stepped in for me in a huge way (controlling our music since we had chosen to use CDs), helping to facilitate the rehearsal from the previous night, and being all around sweet and quick the day before/day of. We didn’t do much of any decorating of the chapel because the place is gorgeous enough on it’s own honestly. Our vows included many video game references, a high-five, and curse words (courtesy of my sailor mouth). And we were introduced as Mr. & Mrs. Shantelle! A big oopsie but one of my favorite things about our ceremony. We were cracking up!
Before and in between the ceremony and reception we had portraits and fun photos. Our photographer, Mikkel Paige, was amazing! She was so much fun to work with and we ended up meeting once before the wedding at the Boardwalk Resort in Walt Disney World for breakfast. Otherwise all our communication was online as she’s based in NYC and we currently reside in NC. We also did a first look and some of my favorite photos came from that time (even with the reduced amount we had available) so I’d definitely recommend it to anyone considering it. Neither of us felt that we missed out on anything when it came to walking down the aisle!
Our reception location, Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern, was even more amazing than our chapel! The staff was on top of every detail, the cake I designed came out beautifully at the hands of their baker, Amber, and the food was absolutely brilliant. We didn’t have a food tasting (only cake) and I was a bit worried that the food might be subpar but I was so wrong. I ordered the pulled chicken pasta and Andrew ordered the steak fried rice and both were delicious – though we did end up trading dishes as the fried rice was a bit spicy.
We didn’t get to have our first dance unfortunately (we’ll get it at the vow renewal for sure, though!) but the cake and bouquet toss portion was pretty entertaining! I apparently cannot cut a cake properly and also was aiming to destroy the toss bouquet and the chandelier. Poor Andrew was cracking up while I tried to properly cut the cake and Mikkel had to step in and assist. Then I smashed my mini bouquet into a chandelier and it slammed to the floor on my first throw attempt! Luckily on the second toss it was caught (and it was actually a toss, not a grenade throw).
Right after our reception we headed straight for the airport and flew off into the sunset…metaphorically and literally speaking. But that, my dear readers (what few of you there are) is a story for another post! I’m off to celebrate our mini anniversary with some good food and instagram, as is my passion.
Until next time!
**Bonus fun: Video my bridesdude took of my pre-ceremony (and pre-crying over our “walk down the aisle song” of La Vie En Rose, the Louis Armstrong version) spinning in my dress.