Holy moly do I have a post for you! (Does anyone say holy moly anymore?)
I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, and by a while, I mean since I got married in October 2016. So when I asked on Instagram whether you guys would be interested in a blog post about my wedding, and the answer was a resounding YES, I finally felt motivated to sit down and write this post.
That is, until I started going through my photos and thought, “oh, this is a good one to share!” and “oh, yeah, I definitely have to share this one” and “oh, oh, oh this one too!” Until I had about 70 photos saved on my desktop and was like, “wait, I can’t share all these photos. Too much, Rebecca, TOO MUCH.” And then I thought, “well, maybe 70 photos isn’t TOO many.” And then I was like, “no, no, no, no, NO, that blog post will be wayyyyy too long.” RIGHT?
I feel like I should back up a bit for some of my newer readers and maybe for some of you that have been reading my blog since 2009, but are like, “I don’t remember this shiz, Rebecca.” I feel like I should back up a bit because what is a wedding recap post without the story of the people who were married in said wedding recap post? Right? Right.
Jeff and I met on my first day of college in 2005. Technically, we met on MySpace. Yes, MySpace. In fact, ‘MySpace’ is how I answer most questions about the length of our relationship.
“How long have you guys been together?” “MySpace.”
If you want to read the whole crazy story of how Jeff and I met, head on over to this post I wrote on our five year dating anniversary because if I try to include it in this post (with the 500 photos I want to share with you), you’ll surely be here forever.
Jeff asked me to marry him on October 11, 2015. We had just moved to Asheville and it was the first sunny day after three straight weeks of rain. He proposed at sunset on top of Mount Mitchell while we were literally sitting in a cloud. It was absolutely perfect.
Planning our wedding was a full-time job, but was definitely made 100 times easier by all of our wonderful vendors. It wasn’t until we started looking for a venue that we realized that Asheville is a destination wedding location and although we lived in Asheville, all of our guests did not. We also learned pretty quickly that almost every couple in the world wants to get married in the fall, so in order to lock in our date, find our venue and book our vendors, we had to move fast.
We set our date for October 9, 2016, and there were definitely moments during that year of planning that I thought I was losing my mind. Almost our entire wedding party lived in New York, which meant I was traveling back and forth from Asheville every two months. Dress shopping, my bridal shower, my bachelorette party, assembling center pieces, tons of planning: all took place in New York.
But it was all worth it in the end. Everything turned out beautifully and there is absolutely nothing about our wedding day that I would change.
I could truly write an entire book about our wedding, all the decisions, all the details and all the people who were involved in our beautiful day. I realize that this post is already so long and I applaud you if you’ve made it this far. This wouldn’t be my blog if we didn’t talk about food though, right? So bear with me while I subject you to a few more photos.
Since Jeff and I had been together for so long before we got engaged, you can probably imagine how big my Pinterest wedding board was by the time he popped the question. The possibilities were endless but throughout all of the wedding planning I did in my mind, one idea stuck with me and luckily, Jeff was on board: a brunch reception. If you know me, you probably already know that once I get something in my head that I want to do, there’s no turning back. So when I said I wanted a brunch reception, it meant I wanted a BRUNCH reception. I wanted an omelet station, a macaroni and cheese bar, a pastry table. I wanted mimosas, I wanted bloody marys, I wanted it all. Thankfully, our wonderful caterer came through and our spread was more than I could ever have hoped for.
And then of course, we had a cake and pie buffet. I mean, who do you think you’re talking to here?
If you’ve gotten this far, congratulations and thank you for reading! To avoid making this post three years long, I left out a lot of details and pictures of family and friends. If you’re obsessed with wedding photos like I am and would like to see and learn more about the little details of our day, let me know and I will write a part two. You’re always free to email me too if you have specific questions. (Note, if you haven’t already, hover your mouse over each photo for more details)
Our day would not have been what it was without all of our wonderful vendors, and though I’m over a year late, I’d like to acknowledge and thank all of them here:
Venue: Yesterday Spaces
Bar/Wedding Planning Services: Cordial & Craft
Cake/Pie: Short Street Cakes
Flowers: Brown’s Floral Design
Photographer: Carrie Turner Photography
Hair/Makeup: Adorn Salon
Wedding Rings: Zest Jewelry
Wedding Favors: Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon
Invite Printer: Blue Ridge Printing
Have a wonderful day! <3