Hello hive! I’m excited to join this series created by Miss Border Collie and Mrs. Barn! I still love talking about weddings (always will!) but as a new mama, my brain is mostly focused on parenting and/or sleeping, so it’s been nice to sit back and answer these fun post-wedding questions! Hope you enjoy!
All photos by Crystal Liepa Photography unless otherwise noted.
What was your biggest priority for the event?
I have two answers. Number one was making sure our guests were taken care of and felt comfortable. Many decisions were made regarding our wedding because they benefited our out-of-town guests, such as, the rehearsal dinner venue being walking distance from the hotel, the hotel wedding itself that offered transportation to and from the airport and a place to crash after the wedding. Number two was photography. I wanted gorgeous photos.
What was your biggest concern for the day?
Our biggest concern was weather. Even though all events were taking place indoors, I desperately wanted some photos taken outside. It was early March in Minnesota and the temperature that day was in the 30’s. It ended up raining/snowing while we were outside which meant my hair was in danger of falling flat and my dress was soaked at the bottom, but in the end it didn’t matter. Some of my favorite memories are of cuddling with my hubby under the bridge before our ceremony.
What DIY project did you care about the most?
None of them, I hate DIY (which in my case stands for destroy-it-yourself). I loved all the DIY projects from our wedding, I just didn’t work on many of them, haha. I relied on my amazing family for help in this area, my sister made the bridesmaid necklaces and bouts, my mom made the sword escort cards, a family friend painted the castle, and another family friend helped design the centerpieces. What did I do you my ask? I glued the letters C-A-R-D-S on a box.
What was your worst wedding-related nightmare?
I’ll consider it a mental health win that I do not remember any of my wedding related nightmares. :)
Did you actually eat?
YES! I’m proud to say I ate a few apps, and most of my dinner. The key for us was utilizing a sweetheart table because it allowed us a few moments alone. And since we did a receiving line post-ceremony there wasn’t a mad dash to make it around to each and every table.
What is your favorite picture?
Ahhh, I have so many! But I will play the game and only pick one. This photograph of Mr. Sword and I is dreamy, romantic, dramatic, and beautiful. I’d say it represents our fairy tale wedding nicely.
(Bonus: Here is Mr. Sword’s fave wedding photo! I love that he has one!)
What was the worst thing that happened at your wedding?
We were lucky to have nothing major happen, just a bunch of small things. It rained, our photographer forgot to get a few important shots, they started our first dance song at the wrong part, our bathroom baskets were stolen after the reception, etc. But the BEST worst thing that happened was my sister and best friend getting stuck in the elevator! The Embassy Suites’ elevators were slow and terrible and right before family photos these two got stuck! I was a bit panicked until I realized what was going on and after that I just thought it was the funniest thing ever. Such a good story to tell!
What is your favorite wedding memory?
Again, this is so difficult. I have so many moments that stick out to me, such as my mom and sister helping me into my dress, my aunt and grandmother seeing me for the first time, walking down the aisle with my dad, saying my vows to Mr. Sword, our handfasting, and dancing the night away with our awesome family and friends.
There is one moment that stands out as supercharged and perfect. We planned this first dance fake-out where we cut from a slow song (Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years) to a fast song (Pink’s Raise Your Glass) and on the last chorus our entire bridal party joined us on the dance floor. It was exhilarating and love-filled and I will never forget it!
What did your guests mention the most after the wedding?
Our guest could not stop talking about how much fun they had! We still get compliments randomly from guests telling us what a blast they had at our wedding and how convenient it was. Everyone loved our personalized ceremony, the lovely and funny toasts, and especially dancing to the ceilidh band!
What did you do after the wedding?
Mr. Sword and I left a little bit before midnight (when the reception ended) and rode the scary elevators up to our room for some alone time and to pass out. That said, many of our guests went to the hotel bar or the bar across the street to keep on partying!
Bonus: Did you have a private after-party with your new spouse or crash afterward?
squeezed my swollen and tired body into slipped into my white wedding lingerie after getting out of my dress. So yes and then definitely yes. :) Getting married is exhausting!!