Time for part 2 of our wedding recap! In part 1 I showed you guys our bridal party and family photos so be sure to check those out if you haven’t already. Wade and I knew we wanted to take those photos so that after our wedding ceremony finished we could roll right into the reception without much pause. I’m so glad we did, I feel like it helped to shake off some of the nerves to get those major photos out of the way and enjoy that time with just our best friends and family before moving on to the wedding itself.
Our ceremony and reception were held in the same location (also something I’m glad we did!): Cedaridge Event Center in Centerton, AR. Cedaridge was the perfect size and had everything Wade and I were looking for in a simple space that emphasized the beauty of the nature around it. Since the outdoors are so important to Wade and I in our relationship (we LOVE hiking and we’re big into taking care of our planet), getting married outside was our number one must-have on our wedding day.
For the ceremony, Wade and the groomsmen walked down the aisle together to stand at the pergola and waited for the ladies to come next. The band we had hired to play for our ceremony learned one special song that I requested – Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” – and were instructed to play the song after the guys got to their positions so that the girls could walk down as the song was playing. I had seen Farmer and the Markets play at our local farmers markets (go figure) on numerous occasions and I was hoping they would be able to play for our wedding. Luckily they were happy to!
Surprisingly, I didn’t cry as my mother walked me down the aisle to meet Wade but I’m happy that the joy of the occasion seemed to overwhelm the sadness of my father not being there to take his place by my side for that walk. Once we took our places under the pergola our good friend, Matt, officiated our wedding. As I had mentioned before, the only request we had for Matt was to say a few lines from a poem that I had stumbled across on the internet a while back and instantly knew it was meant for our wedding day.
Wade and I wrote our own vows. They made everyone cry and laugh, they were filled with love and devotions for each other. While I was initially nervous about reading these vows in front of everyone – words that I felt were almost too private to share with anyone but Wade – at that moment that I read those vows everyone else seemed to fall away from the picture.
We exchanged rings, Matt announced us husband and wife, and we sealed the deal. The whole ceremony ran so smoothly, it was a great relief! The only thing that went wrong – and really it was just funny more than anything else – was the aisle not being wide enough for us to walk back down it since my poofy dress was determined to get stepped on by Wade. Nobody tripped, that’s what matters!
The reception kicked off with our first dance. One song in particular has always meant a lot to me because it was one of the first songs I remember Wade introducing to me early on in our dating. “Lovelier than You” by B.O.B. is a mix of slow and upbeat and never fails to make me think of Wade every time I hear it.
Wade and his mother danced to “My Wish” by Rascal Flats – a classic. I just loved their faces during this dance!
On to another important detail of our wedding that we were determined to get right: the food. Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ catered our wedding and I would highly recommend them. Everything was delicious! The only thing we had a hard time finding as far as catering went is someone who would do mashed sweet potatoes as a side dish. So…we made those ourselves! And I’ll be damned if those weren’t the best mashed sweet potatoes I’ve ever had. It took my mother and I almost a full day to bake over 40 sweet potatoes, prep them, mash them, and mix in the other ingredients, but it was so worth it. Everyone raved about them. I used Budget Bytes’ recipe sans the nuts (I prefer my sweet potatoes to shine on their own without boulders getting in your way while you’re chewing them).
For beverages we had unsweet and sweet tea, water, an assortment of beers and wine, and a specialty cocktail: sweet tea mojito. Our friends Ashley and Medgar each gave a speech and they did a fabulous job.
Our cake was from Chuck’s Bakery – but decorated in sage and berries by my bridesmaids and myself! – and the pies were from The Wooden Spoon restaurant. The pie bar was a hit! I like pie better than cake and Wade prefers a simple white cake if he’s going to eat it. All of the desserts were fantastic.
The rest of the evening was spent talking with family and friends, throwing the bouquet and garter, and dancing with our bridal party. Our videographer just sent us our preview of our wedding day which I have below. I could rewatch it over and over again. My advice to anyone who’s wedding planning: invest in a quality photographer and videographer above all else. You won’t regret spending a little extra to have those memories captured for a lifetime. Many thanks, again, to Brittany Coffee Photography and So Loved Studios.
Our wedding highlight reel!!!
Hair: Cabin Red Salon in Bentonville, AR – my hairdresser for many years did my hair for my wedding day per special request from me.
Makeup: Studio Visage in Lees Summit, MO – Breanne is my sister-in-law and I highly recommend her as a professional makeup artist
Flowers: Woodbine Mead, LLC in Springdale, AR – a farmers market vendor in Northwest Arkansas
Chair and tablecloth rentals: Intents Rentals
Bartender: Tie 1 On in Rogers, AR
Linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud