Mike has an amazing gift for graphic design and he was able to put several of the ideas I had for our save the dates and invitations into one cohesive package. This was one of my favorite parts of the wedding planning process because Mike would put a draft together, print it out, we would edit what we liked or wanted to change, and he would do it all over again. It was at this point, that I really saw us be a team and it was such a great glimpse at what we have we have to look forward to as husband and wife!
Mike and I love getting mail, I mean we get truly excited to receive mail from our friends and family. So we decided to forfeit a guest book and have our guests write us their well-wishes, advice, memories, whatever they wanted and drop it in our mail box for us to open at our one year anniversary. Our ceremony backdrop, was one of my favorite parts. I came home one day to Mike drawing a "to scale" model of the backdrop. He was beyond excited about it and even wanted it to be the headboard above our bed when all was said and done. It's one of my favorite memories of our wedding planning process because it truly goes to show the kind of amazing heart he has.
As with all brides, the dress was a pretty big deal and having lost my mom five years ago it was very important to me that my dad went dress shopping with me, he was actually the one to pick out the dress! I opted to not do a first look on the wedding day with Mike; as nontraditional as most of our wedding was, I had always dreamt of seeing my husband-to-be while on my dad's arm. So I had a first look with my dad instead. This was one of my favorite parts of the day, he is truly my best friend and I couldn't have thought of a better way to honor that relationship that day.
The other moment I will savor was the moment I saw Mike when I started walking down that aisle, there are truly no words when you see your almost husband standing there waiting for you. Details went just beyond the decorations, we had Mike's dear Aunt Connie officiate our wedding, his Aunt Tessa do a special reading, and our dear friend Father Dave bless our wedding rings at the ceremony. It was really important to us that we gave our guests a backyard barbeque experience filled with family, friends, games, good food, and love. We tried to think of ways that we could keep that feeling, while also giving our guests the impression that we had lifted a room, with all of the amenities of the city, and placed it smack dab in the middle of the forest. It truly was a labor of love, not just from Mike and I, but our family and friends as well. Because of that love and support, we truly had the perfect day tyin' the knot in the forest.