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Loxed and Loaded: Our Video

25 Sep

You’ve seen our day in pictures from start to finish. But if you were with me when we were planning, you might remember that video got to be a huge sticking point for us. At the time, I was lucky enough to find Christina Keane. She is a talented videographer and photographer, and we were lucky enough to book her to do our video in a nick of time. Last time I checked (which was admittedly not very recently), Christina was no longer shooting wedding videos, so I count myself incredibly lucky to have snapped her up before it was too late.

I love this video so much. It was worth making room in the budge for this. And I’ve never, not even for a second, regretting hiring Christina and having a video keepsake of our day.

So now, without further ado, here is our wedding video. 🙂

Are you planning on having a videographer for your wedding day?

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Loxed and Loaded: All the small things

16 Sep

Like many a bride before me and since, I was all about the details on our day. And while you’ve been seeing them as we went along, I know one of the things I’ve always loved most are the posts full of the lovely details that made someone’s day special. So all through my planning, I’ve been looking forward to writing this for you.

I was very lucky that our photographer understood how important these details were for me and took extra time to make sure they were captured forever. For me, and for you. So, without further ado, my muchly awaited (even if only by me!) details:

I love a gorgeous hanger shot, but didn’t want my name on mine. So instead, I had this.

Forever hanger

One of my favorite details of the entire day was my flowers. Oh how I loved those gorgeous flowers. I never get tired of seeing them.

FlowersI had envisioned this sweet background to our ceremony of vellum hearts, hanging at varying lengths behind us as we got married. However, due to the weather forecast that weekend (humidity!) the vellum didn’t hold up as intended. Instead, it looked like a soft romantic cascade of petals behind us.

Ceremony backdropAn important part of our ceremony was our toast and drinking of the wine, and also a wine box and love letters ceremony. The details for each along with our rings were waiting patiently on a table in our ceremony space.

Ceremony tableAnd this is a great shot of our ceremony space. You can see the tissue paper flowers on the ceiling, the tissue paper and small round pomanders, and the flower petals down the aisle.

Ceremony decorationsAnd because I loved them so much, here is a good close up of the tiny little paper lanterns that were strung up around the pavilion like garland.

Paper lantern garlandOn the way into the ceremony, guests were asked to take a stone with them.

Take a stoneAnd on the way out of the ceremony, the guests wrote something on their stone and left them for us to keep forever.

Finished stones

We also made sure our guests were hydrated during the ceremony by having bottled water available for them.

Customized water bottles

At cocktail hour, there was our escort card table. Also on the table were our guestbook papers and some of our engagement pictures.

Escort card table

I was especially proud of the last minute escort cards we devised and the set up I threw together for them.

Escort cards

Also at cocktail hour were… well, cocktails. Okay, beer and wine actually, but cocktails was more catchy. At the last minute, I wrote up a sign for the bar so folks would know what their options were.

Bar and bar signI loved the way our reception tables turned out. Here you can see our centerpieces and photo sharing cards. We also supplied the napkins.

Reception tablescapeHere’s a closer view of the centerpieces from the front.

Centerpieces - FrontAnd the centerpieces from the back, with the photo scavenger hunt card.

Centerpieces - BackOur cake table may not have been super elaborate, but I really loved our cake.

Cake tableAnd who could ever forget how much I loved that cake topper.

Cake topper - Front

Cake topper - BackOur fauxtobooth props definitely felt the love throughout the afternoon.

Fauxtobooth propsSome of them even might have escaped and romped around outside of our fauxtobooth too…

Senor duck umbrellaAnd finally, our ribbon wands, waiting for their big moment.

Ribbon wands

All signs designed by Gator Bride Designs. All photographs courtesy of Chad Lippiatt Photo.

What is/was your favorite wedding day detail?

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Loxed and Loaded: We did it!

10 Sep

We got married, we took pictures, we danced, we ate. While in some ways it seems like it was all a happy blur, on the other hand I know I was present in every moment. And I love being able to remember that all this time later.

However, all good things must come to an end, and eventually our party was drawing to a close. To echo my walk down the aisle, our final song was Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ as performed by the cast of Glee. I grabbed Mr. Lox and we tried to figure out how to dance to it.

Final dance

 

As we danced, our guests started trickling out of the pavilion and past our coordinator and her assistant who were holding the ribbon wands I’d made for just this moment. Each person who’d made it this far grabbed a wand and lined up outside the gazebo in the late Sunday afternoon sunshine. And eventually, the song was over, and we followed the path out to where they were all waiting for us.

And as we rounded the corner and stepped into the gazebo, there they were. Our friends and loved ones, still every bit as excited as we were and sending us off with love.

We came around the corner and there they were

 

And so we walked. We walked down the aisle for the very last time on our wedding day, still surrounded by joy and love.

 

We made our way down the aisle one last time

 

And as we made it nearly to the end of the aisle, we shared one last kiss full of the joy we were feeling that day.

Kiss!

 

Kiss more!

 

And that was it. It was the end of our day, but just the beginning of our love story. We did it!

We did it!

 

*All pictures courtesy of Chad Lippiatt Photo

This may be how our day ended, but it isn’t the end of what I want to tell you, dear hive. I still want to show you the details of our day, and our gorgeous video. So our ending isn’t quite yet.

How did or will your wedding day end?

 

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Loxed and Loaded: The Fauxtobooth

2 Jul

Ever since the mount I saw Mrs. Pin Cushion’s fauxtobooth, I knew I needed one of my very own. I dreamed about the pictures we would have. I dragged Mr. Lox to home improvement stores. And my fauxtobooth was born.

Before I share these pictures (which I wholeheartedly love), let me say just a few words. Yes, we should have figured out how we were affixing the background to the frame beforehand. And yes, we probably should have had someone check up on this thing once in a while to ensure it was zoomed in properly (which it only was for like, 2 seconds) and to help people take their pictures or figure out the remote. But even still, it added a ton of fun to our day and left us with these memories that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

Awwww, no props? I’m just glad my Godmother made it over there at all. 😉

These folks were especially peeved to have the only blurry photo of the night. In case you can’t read it, their sign says “Cut the cake!”

The bill for the wedding? 😉

See? Sad about the camera angle and the hinky background fabric. But who could ever be sad about having this awesome picture?

Proof our wedding was fun!

Now, let me tell you why that last photo is so very special to me. It is a recreation of the photo we took before our senior prom. Every one of these girls was in that pre-prom photo, and two of the guys were too! These people have been in my life for that long, and we’re still going strong. Knowing that they are still with me and seeing us together on my wedding day is priceless.

Are you having a photo booth of some kind? Are there any priceless shots you hope to get in there?

*All photos in this post are personal.

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Loxed and Loaded: How Sweet It Is

18 Jun

So, I have a confession. The drawback to writing recaps over a year after our wedding is that I have no idea what our cake cutting song was. I literally remember every other song selection we made… except this one. Mr. Lox says it’s his fault since he picked, and I’m willing to let that stand. I want to say we went with When I’m 64 but I won’t swear to it.

Having said that, I want to talk a bit about these pictures coming up. First of all, I madly loved our cake. Despite my traumatic cake past, and my unsuccessful first trial, our cake turned out to be everything we wanted. It was colorful, not too formal, and most importantly… it had adorable monkeys on top. I couldn’t imagine anything else being there on our wedding day.

Cake before the cutting

Now during planning, I had become obsessed with having a pretty pretty cake stand. I didn’t want the ones from our cake shop because they felt too formal, so I went on a hunt for the perfect stand. In the pictures, you;ll see a lovely white and yellow cake stand. Pay attention, because you won’t see it in any other photos since it was actually too wobbly to use throughout the entire reception. But in deference to my serious wish for this cake stand, they put the cake on t just before our cake cutting so it would be n the pictures. Which has hilariously led to pictures of either me, or the disembodied hand of the Vandiver’s event coordinator holding the cake stand for stability in almost all of the pictures. Go ahead, it’s really okay to laugh.

Now, moving along, we took the knife so sweetly provided by the Vandiver and decided to cut into our cake!

Cutting!

Right about now, it occurred to use that we actually had no idea how to cut the cake. We were both far too happy at this point to care so we just kind of took the knife and gave it our best shot. Our utter lack of a clue on what we’re doing will account for our faces in that picture though.

It is cut!

Check that out, two lovely cuts in our cake! Please note how incredibly parallel they are, without any angle at which they might make a point. You know, in order to make it a nice easy to remove slice. We have no idea how that slice was going to come out, but somehow we made it happen.

Removing the cake slice

We clearly felt like liberating the first slice of cake was a real accomplishment!

Yay cake!

Now, before our wedding day, I had lectured Mr. Lox fairly firmly. I paid god money to have my hair and makeup done, and my dress was hard to clean. So there would be no shenanigans with that first bit of cake. No mashing, throwing, smearing, or anything along those general lines. Lucky for me, Mr. Lox is ever the gentleman and he played very nicely, for my sake.

First bite of cake

Awwwww, so sweet

And with that, our cake cutting was over, and whatever song was playing in the background faded out. Cake was served all around and dancing (to some extent) resumed. Victory!

Victory!

*All pictures courtesy of Chad Lippiatt Photo

PS – I asked Mr. Lox as I was writing this if he remembered what the song was. He did not. Did you put a lot of thought into your cake cutting song, unlike us?

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Loxed and Loaded: Just get dancey

10 Jun

So, one of the more common fears I hear from brides is the fear that no one will dance at their reception. I am here to tell you, that if that happens? It’ll be okay. While we did have a little dancing at ours, the dance floor was not the busiest spot. And despite my fears leading up to the day, that was okay.

After our dance, the DJ cranked up “Raise Your Glass” by Pink and I made doe eyes at my girls. They are so good…. they hopped up and joined me, and we got the party started in style!

Yes, that is me raising my glass and singing along.

Sometime shortly after this, a couple of the guys started tossing around the pomanders from my centerpieces. Luckily, by this point I was all zen bride and just enjoying myself, so I looked at it and decided not to have a problem with it. The tissue paper pomanders especially started coming apart on the dance floor, littering it with tiny little tissue paper flowers. Now I know that is probably making some of you angry for me. But don’t be. The truth is, what was I going to do with 10 tissue paper pomanders after the wedding? And honestly, this is when the kids started really having fun, and the husbands too. And now they all remember it as one of the most fun weddings ever. So even looking back, I’m not mad. Turns out going with the flow was the right thing to do and I’m so glad I stayed calm about it.

If you can’t beat them? Join them!

So if folks weren’t dancing a bunch, what were they doing? Let me show you some alternatives…

Well, we already discussed the pomander action.

There was a lot of socializing and catching up with friends.

And for a while, we all watched this guy break dancing!

Okay, okay, but in all honesty, there was also some dancing.

I can no longer put my hands up… he put a ring on it!

And, just like it’s been since middle school, there was that one slow dance that got most couples out onto the floor. So for just a few minutes, we got a big warm fuzzy and pictures like these.

*All pictures courtesy of Chad Lippiatt Photo

Of course, dancing (or not dancing) was not the only activity at our reception. Next up, we’ll get a closer look at our awesome cake!

Are you afraid no one will dance at your reception?

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Loxed and Loaded: Come What May

3 Jun

When we left off, dinner had just been served and our guests were looking pretty happy. after everyone had a chance to eat their fill, it was time to get the party started again with our first dance.

Now this was something I had been looking forward to for a while. First, because taking dance lessons was easily the most fun part of wedding planning. But also because I had been dreaming of having my first dance to this song for years… I just hadn’t found the right man yet. Luckily, this was my moment.

Mr. Lox and I took the floor, just as we’d rehearsed.

And we turned to hold each other.

And we danced.

Never knew I could feel like this 
Like I’ve never seen the sky before
Want to vanish inside your kiss
Everyday I love you more and more
Listen to my heart can you hear it sing
Telling me to give you everything
Seasons may change winter to spring
But I love you until the end of time


Come what may Come what may
I will love you until my dying day


Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place
Suddenly it moves with such a perfect grace
Suddenly my life doesn’t seem such a waste
It all revolves around you


And there’s no mountain too high no river too wide
Sing out this song and I’ll be there by your side
Storm clouds may gather and stars may collide
But I love you until the end of time


Come what may come what may
I will love you until my dying day
Oh come what may come what may
I will love you oh i will love you
Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place
Come what may come what may 
I will love you until my dying day

*All pictures courtesy of Chad Lippiatt Photo.

Up next, we get the party started for real. 🙂

What was or will be your first dance song? Why did you pick it?

 

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