May 01, 2013

My Wedding!

Hi Everyone!

I never realized how much a wedding ceremony could change the dynamic between Mr. P and myself, even though we've been dating and living together for a number of years.  Everything is more about us than ever before!

Anyways, I promised Gummy that I would post some pictures up from our intimate wedding.  We invited only family and a few friends to join us, people that we knew would be in our lives and our children's lives for the rest of our lives.  Having a small wedding was great because we got to spend a lot of time talking with our guests and it kept the focus on how close we felt with all of our guests and we got to see our guests interact and make friends with each other.  They even exchanged funny stories about each of us with each other.  LOL!  No secrets here!

Reading scripture during the ceremony.

Picture with Mr. P's family.

Picture with my family.

First picture inside the house as Mr. and Mrs. P.

Our dear guests whom we feel so honored to be in front of on this day.

This is my little nephew who got all dressed up and was happiest running around in the grass. 

Mr. P and I knew that we wanted a wedding in our backyard ever since we realized owning a home was just around the corner.  Our practical side knew that wedding venues cost a fortune and sometimes come with extra fees or "preferred vendors" that you can't really get out of using or negotiating down the price.  Additionally, some of the venues we looked at charged by the number of guests.  Mr. P and I were not in agreement on the number of guests we wanted to invite above the VIP guests so we decided it was best to stick with our own backyard as a venue and stick with our VIP guest list.  Our romantic side was in love with the idea that we'd start our lives in our new house with a spectacular event and memories, and we'd just be adding to the memories as the years went by.

One tip for keeping costs down if you plan on doing a DIY intimate wedding - don't mention the word "wedding" and don't talk about getting "married."  We did not tell the catering company this was going to be a wedding.  We told them during booking that this was a party and we wanted it self-serve buffet-style.  Only after they arrived and after I changed into my dress did they realize it was a wedding.  This really kept costs down and we had more than enough food left over to send home with our guests.

Our wedding cakes.

Also, with regard to the wedding cakes, we decided to buy several lovely 8" cakes from a local Taiwanese bakery rather than go the traditional tiered wedding cake route.  The Taiwanese cakes were really decorative and gave our guests the option to try whatever flavor they wanted or a piece from every cake.  I found this was really convenient, as Mr. P and I didn't have the time or patience to sit down with a wedding cake consultant to go over decorations, flavors, and what price to be charged by the slice and how many slices we needed for our guests.  I got the idea for multiple cakes as a wedding cake back in college, when I was flipping through a wedding edition of a gardening magazine.

DIY table decorations - spring flowers.

I think my most memorable part of the day prior to the ceremony was panicking and flitting around the house with my makeup half done, my hair half done, and not even in my dress, and trying to cut the spring flowers we bought and arrange them in our mason jars.  I would not have been able to get it all done if my best friend and kindred spirit did not show up to save the day!  I trust her with all things pretty and beautiful.  She was the one who took over arranging the spring flowers into 8 mason jars and tying beautiful bows around the jars.  I wouldn't have been able to do it without her.  Period.  Anyways, at the end of the night, we gave the mason jars with flowers to our guests to take home.  I hope they found a good use for the jars. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post!  Have a great day, everyone!


Gummy @ Gummy Vision said...

Oh, my goodness Mrs. P!!! You look so amazing and beautiful and so, so HAPPY!!! Congratulations!!! Thank you for posting these pics and letting us glimpse into your special day :-) Your backyard turned out the lilac pom poms!! And the cakes look sooo delicious...what a great idea to have different flavors!! Did you have a favorite or were they all equally fantastic? Such a wonderful way to start the rest of your lives together :-) Your nephew is adorable btw!!

Kusanagi said...

@ Gummy

Thank you! Haha, yeah, everything was DIY and just came together at literally the last minute but it was perfect! And all the cakes were great but my far my favorite was the chocolate mousse. LOL. Yeah, it's really hard to resist my nephew especially at meal times. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Kindred! Thank you for you beautiful thank you! I was sooooo happy to be able to help and to be there with you for the event we have thinking about for you for so many years! That was such a happy and beautifullly planned wedding, my dear! Marriage changes the level of intimacy within a relationship and as long as you allow time to yourself and sometimes give Mr. P some "male me time" things should be great. You make such a gorgeous bride!!!!! All my love to you, my amazing best friend and insightful blogist! :D Jen

Kusanagi said...

Hi Kindred! I'm so happy that you were able to be part of the day! You were/are still right about everything you said. ;-) Thank you for everything. Love you, Sweetie!

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