Apr 9, 201201:13 PMMy Wedding Story
The Journey From Engagement To The Aisle
Shedding My Expectations
So, the Civic Center was booked for Oct. 20. I spent half a day wrestling with the calendar half expecting that another perfect fall weekend would appear. I spent another half a day in what I knew was a futile attempt to find an until-now-undiscovered charming venue within 40 miles that would seat 200. No luck. And, then I had an idea. My dad is having a new machine shed built and it happens to be on our farm about a mile from the church.
Why not? Stranger things have happened.
And, so we begin a quest to transform it for one day. There are drawbacks … unlike the Civic Center, there are no round tables and perfectly acceptable looking chairs in the closet. There is no staff to set up those tables and chairs according to my faxed diagram. There isn’t a full kitchen for the catering staff and there’s only one restroom. But no one else has ever had a wedding reception there. It will be unique, it will be ours and it will be fabulous. Most importantly, it will be Oct. 20.
With that settled, the planning could begin. Some things were nondecisions. For example, I’ve known for approximately 27 years that Sybil will be my matron of honor. Aaron’s 6-year-old son Taylor was adamant from the beginning that he would NOT be the flower girl, so we felt like he and Aaron’s brother Lucas were perfect best men candidates. My dear friend Leigh Annie is my bridesmaid and my adorable cousin Page is the flower girl.
Most everything else is requiring a little more thought. Colors are pretty much settled: chocolate, aqua and ivory. After a flurry of e-mails, lots of pictures and I think more than a little surprise on Sybil and Leigh Ann’s part that I didn’t have much of an opinion on the subject, we decided they would each pick a dress in chocolate to suit their own style. Now, we have to find a dress for me ….
By the way, Aaron says the idea to have the reception in Dad’s machine shed was his.