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Wedding Day – July 26, 2014

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My and Anthony’s wedding day was the best day of my life. After months of planning, all the small details and organization, money and time spent all paid off. It may be cliche, but it is true! I loved every minute of the wedding and really made an effort to be present and soak in every moment. I was so happy to see so many people I loved, and was taken aback that they were all there for us. It was an overwhelming day and filled with so much love, I could not ask for anything more.

The morning started out a bit hairy. I woke up (not bright) and early. It was raining, and raining hard. From the 10 day forecast on it said that it was going to rain at some points during the week and weekend but never once did it say it was going to rain on Saturday. I had a brief moment to myself to freak out, then calm down before the day started. At 8am I had my first knock at the door and it was both Courtney and Thea, the hair stylist for the day. I stayed in bed and my PJs for awhile while breakfast was delivered and more people arrived. The morning was spent with bridesmaids in hair and make up chairs. Tilly came and hung out for awhile, and received lots of presents for being the best flower girl ever! My photographers arrived, and I asked them if they thought it was going to rain all day and they said no. It was the first time I believed it, since I know they watch the radar and wouldn’t lie to me to make me feel better!

Ian delivered my gift from Anthony, a new Marc Jacob’s watch! Tilly loved it, and asked to try it on and then told me that my prince (which she called Anthony Prince Tony the whole weekend), told her that she could have my watch. She is so cute she almost got away with it! I had my gift sent up to him, personalized cleats. What else? We had lunch delivered and it was my time for hair and make up! Both ladies were incredible and made everyone look amazing. I gave the bridesmaids their gifts, a personalized hanger with their name as well as a Kate Spade clutch to use for the night. It was finally time for the bridesmaids to put on their dresses and head out for the venue.

Side note – I made a “wedding document” that consisted of all the Google docs I had created for the wedding that included everything from the detailed day of timeline to seating chart to bus list. I also had a giant day of emergency kit, which we actually broke into more than I expected! You can never be too prepared.

We arrived to the venue as early as we were allowed so we could take as many pictures as possible before the wedding. I got into my dress, and we had our getting ready shots. Kacey started crying the second I stepped into my dress and didn’t stop until the next day! Having known her since we were 8 years old, I can imagine it is so emotional and I don’t know how I am going to handle myself at her wedding next month. Brittany was solid in helping me with all the details from doing my bustle to handing out tips and making sure I was okay. Steph was a ton of fun and kept me feeling light and happy. Courtney, where would I be without her? I didn’t have to worry because she was there doing it for me. I did a first look with my dad. He had no idea what my dress looked like so that was a lot of fun. Then it was time for the real first look! There Anthony was, standing with his back to me as I headed out to see each other for the first time on our wedding day. Everything felt perfect. We took pictures together, pictures with our wedding party and then had time to relax in the bridal room while the venue and vendors made everything perfect. 

Finally it was time for the ceremony. I heard the music for the bridal party walking out and watched them leave one by one. I waited in the back with my dad and as Anna told us to take our time and cherish those moments, and we did. The music changed to my Debussy, and we walked out together. I saw everyone stand, and saw Alex and Steph Thiel and Julia and Jeffrey standing so tall. My dad shook Anthony’s hand, gave me a kiss on the cheek and handed me off.

The ceremony was perfect. Leslie did such an incredible job, and it was special having her up there – someone who has known us through our whole relationship and watched it grow. Thomas did our reading, which was perfect since I consider him equally my and Anthony’s friend. And of course you want your one friend with an accent doing your reading! Courtney sang and Ian played the guitar to Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling in Love. That was the moment I lost it. I had it altogether and hadn’t gotten too emotional, but the second they started and I could see my families face in the front row watching them, that was it. I have some nice ugly crying pictures! I took a deep breath, got my handkerchief out of my pocket (yes my dress had pockets!), and got myself back together. 

Our unity section was a hand ceremony. Leslie asked us to hold hands and told us about what our hands will go through in our lives. From wiping away tears, holding children, giving support, it was beautiful. Leslie gave the marriage address and we exchanged our own written vows and then traditional vows where we said I Do. Our written vows we had not shared with each other before, but Leslie had read. They ended up working out perfectly and mixing so well. I think it gave everyone a chance to hear how much we love each other. With that it was the exchange of rings! Where I had a minor speech slip up which made both Anthony and Leslie laugh at me!  “I give you this uh-ring”. A moment to remember! With that, the ceremony was over! We had our first kiss as a married couple and walked up the aisle to I Wish They All Could Be California Girls, which was so much fun! I turned to the crowd and everyone was waving their ribbon wands. It was such a sight to behold! I was overcome with happiness as we walked up the aisle through the ribbons and onward.

The cocktail hour took place on the lawn while we did family formal photographs. We finished early and could join the crowd. Everything looked beautiful. The lawn games of bocce and the corn hole were being used. People were enjoying the many drinks we had, which included Bud Light, Franzenkaner, and Heavy Seas IPA. We had Chardonay, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir. We also had Pimm’s Cup as the specialty cocktail to go along with the London theme, and Kevin was amazing in providing Mead! It was Martha Washington’s recipe and perfect for a summer day. 

Dinner was next and we were introduced under the tent as Mr and Mrs Anthony Kellaher! Food was fantastic, though I wasn’t even hungry I ate. I think I was just too excited. My father’s toast was touching. I didn’t care how long it was, I could have sat there and listened to him talk all day. My sister’s speech was amazing and touching. Then the best men, Stu and Andy had an equally hilarious and sweet toast. It is fun to have people say nice things about you all day! We snuck away for a bit to take a few more pictures and had time to talk to some of the tables. 

Then it was time for the first dance. This was the part I was most nervous about – second to reading my vows. Anthony and I cut down a lot from our classes (as our teacher was insane), but we threw in a few turns and cuddle moves. It was a lot of fun. Next was my dance with my dad, which was choreographed from walk out to final bow. We did a fox trot with a small swing section in the middle. He has been working for a couple months on it with my mom, I learned it less than two days earlier. I think in the end we got all the moves, there was one part I blanked and had to let him lead me to the next step. Those two dances were my favorite parts of the night, if I could repeat just those few minutes I would! I think my dad and I surprised people with our dance. I know he did an incredible job, and my parents have found a new hobby! They continue to take class even now that the wedding is over.

Then the dance floor opened up. And it was wild! The DJ is incredible and kept everyone dancing all night long. As our photographers said, they had never seen anything like it. Not just the number of people dancing, but the amount of good dancers on the floor. From my actual dancer friends like Alex, Brittany and Kacey to my dance party friends like Erin and Julia to the crazy antics of Kevin, Jeff and Emmett to the perimeter dancers like Dan C and James U. At one point I looked over and Dave was jumping rope with his tie! There was double dutch and a high kick competition and the night ended with a big circle around us, finished off by a round of high fives and a lot of bows. We were all sweaty, happy and not wanting the night to end. I have never had so much fun in my life. It didn’t hurt either that the playlist was all my favorite songs from a Kesha medley to Britney, Justin, and some old hits like Valerie! 

We all left the venue and met back up at the hotel bar. From there, Kevin’s room. Anthony and I stayed up with some of the final people until 3am. We didn’t want the night to end, clearly! 

Sunday, we had breakfast in the hotel restaurant so people could drop in and say goodbye on their way out of town. 

It was an incredible night. The best ever in my life. I love everyone who came, who was involved and helped and gave their support to the two of us. It wouldn’t have been the same without each and every one of them! 

All You Need is Love!

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