Yesterday was our first anniversary. We took the day off, revisited our college town where we met, and played in the sun with Melba. One year ago, we were surrounded by people we love, and had an absolute blast promising to leave each other forever. It was a beautiful, rainy day that flew by so quickly!
During the ceremony, we passed our rings around to our family and friends and asked them to bless them with their well wishes and warm thoughts for us and our future.
Ringing the church bell is one of my favorite memories of our wedding day.
Our reception was held at Minnetonka Orchards just outside of Mound, Minnesota. It POURED rain, but apparently that’s just good luck, right? As soon as things dried out, we had yard games (bean bag toss and croquet), then drinks and dinner. Our best man made the bean bag boards for us, and I painted them to match our invitations. Signs around the orchard directed guests where to go, and were painted on old pieces of barn board from my Dad’s farm, which he then nailed to pitchforks to stick in the ground.
We used twine and clothespins to attach the placecards to old garden gates, also from Dad’s farm. We didn’t want to do a traditional slideshow, so stuck some of our favorite photos on the gate as well. We love Scrabble, so we added magnetic Scrabble tiles to the gate too. I just used kraft paper and a Martha Stewart punch and a fancy white pen to make the placecards. Simple and inexpensive, and I absolutely loved them.
Many of our grandparents have passed or could not attend, so we wanted to honor them by displaying their wedding photos. The purple and white sampler is made of lace and bits of fabric from family heirlooms, and was lovingly handcrafted by my mom. The typewriter was my Grandma’s, and was a big hit with the guests – some of the notes we have from our guests are hilarious! My mom planted the centerpieces, and the wood slices came from Mike’s Grandpa’s land.
Since the city noise ordinance made our dance end at 9, we started early, then just had a bonfire after the dance, which is really more up my alley anyway. Some old friends played guitar and tambourine, and we had smores and drinks as the night wound down. So much fun! Can’t wait to see what the next year will bring.
All photos by Geneoh Photography. http://www.geneoh.com/