When were you married? August 6th, 2011. It was HOT.
Where was the ceremony? In Nashville, TN at the Iris Garden in Ellington Agricultural Center. The temp had risen to over 100º and it hadn’t rained in weeks so we have a lot of brown irises in our pictures! It all turned out great though. Our best friend Jordan presided over the ceremony with a Harry Potter book. It was so hot we cut the ceremony down to literally five minutes so we could take formal pictures and get the heck to the air conditioned reception!
Who made your dress? My new uncle! My husband’s uncle worked as a designer for Alfred Angelo his entire career, now retired. He also designed wedding dresses for Givenchy, Dior, and Versace. I know, right?! I flew up to Pennsylvania where he lives and I got to try on several dresses that models wore for photo shoots. I was completely satisfied to just borrow one of these amazing dresses when he said, “Oh no, dear, we’re just getting ideas.” He took me into his studio and I got to choose from all kinds of lace, fabric, accessories. I felt like a princess and every part of my dress was a custom detail. I decided on a pink dress with white French Chantilly lace overlay. It had Swarovski crystals sewn in to the neckline and veil, with buttons all the way down the back to a chapel length train. My bridesmaid wore an Alfred Angelo dress.
Were there any mishaps? There were plenty! My favorite, though is about my shoes. As I mentioned before, we were having this terrible drought in Nashville–there were water rations going on–and then on the morning of my wedding the floodgates opened and this weird, cloudless summer rain starts pouring down. It rained for my pedicure, getting my hair done, lunch…. ALL DAY. We were getting married outside and I did not have a tent. While my father stressed about what to do with guests and coming up with a Plan B, my uncle and I stressed about my walking down the aisle in my heels. He was worried I would sink down in the mud and trip, so we ran out on the hunt for white flats. We found a pair of sandals at DSW with a gold detail. I was so stressed out I didn’t even care that they didn’t match but Uncle Kevin said, “Leave it to me!” And came back later with lace from my dress sewn onto the shoes where the gold was! About an hour before the ceremony, the rain stopped and the sun shone with all its puddle evaporating glory. It was amazing, and I’ll have those shoes forever. I sold my heels on EBay.
How was the reception? The reception was the best part. Brandon and I frequented this amazing Chinese restaurant in West Nashville called Lucky Bamboo. The food was legit, and they had this stage area with formal seating where they held traditional weddings. We asked if we could have our wedding there and they were so shocked/excited. We were the first Americans to have our reception there. We had to explain a lot of things about American traditions (and teach them how to tap a beer keg) and it was so much fun picking the food dishes and looking through their music choices, which were all in Korean and Chinese. We just brought our own playlists and set up an iPod. No guest ever had an empty glass, everyone loved the food, and we danced all night long.
Anna, Lindsey, and Sarah will all report on their weddings (or the fantasy versions of them) in future columns.