Extravaganza is about as far from the truth as it gets. It’s was quite possibly the most peaceful wedding day ever. No drama, no worries, and very few frills! Just the way we wanted it. Andy came home from work early on 2-22-2012 to help me make the appetizers and get ready for the 6:00 pm ceremony. Our 4 guests had a 7pm board meeting in our lobby, ha! The show had to start on time!
I decided to show Andy is wedding band before everyone arrived. I love, love, love these pictures of Andy… the lighting was perfect and he really was so excited to see that thing! The ring has a funny story too.. We actually bought Andy’s wedding ring from his ex girlfriend. True! She worked at Zales and got it for us at wholesale price. It is a tungsten carbonate ring. Here is a very similar one from Zales. (Andy’s looks almost identical to this one from Amazon.)
- Tungsten is a super hard metal. It can not be cut off of your finger… there is hope that the ring could be broken off of your finger.
- Tungsten is a darker metal than silver or platinum.
- Tungsten resists scratches.
Here are our rings. I do not have a wedding band. We’re thinking it will be an anniversary gift down the road? That along with tattoos of our initials… or maybe just a big ol’ J for Andy!
The dress details…
Our wedding party…
Andy’s office had an interesting reaction to our whole wedding debacle. At first they didn’t think we were serious about the living room wedding thing with 4 guests, and at one point the ladies in his office were planning our wedding for the office conference room! In the end, they just wanted our day to be extra special which we really appreciate. Andy’s office gave us a generous gift certificate to Casablanca, a fancy cafe with beach views, for our wedding meal. These are the only pictures from our delicious, fancy, wedding dinner!
I forgot to mention the ladies in his office also decorated his car with red hearts and lots of streamers! Look at that, we even had a getaway car!
Since we didn’t have a photographer, there are not a ton of pictures of Andy and I. One of these days, we are going to get a real photographer, put our happy day sign back up, bake lemon blossoms and have a pretend wedding! 2-22-2012 was a happy day!
Andy’s office gave Andy the day after the wedding day off. We toured the Bonnet House, ate pizza on the beach, and swam in the ocean. It truly was wonderful.
Since C.R.A.F.T. is all about Creating Really Awesome Free Things I feel like I need to give you the love celebration budget break down:
- Marriage license – $93.00
- Flowers – Gifts
- Decorations – hand made and up-cycled with lots of love 🙂
- Food and beverages – $22.00 for the ingredients I did not already have at home
- Invites – hand made and my stash of card stock and a good ol’ XACTO
- Wedding Bands – Andy’s was $30 and I’m band less. (The diamond in my ring was a generous gift from my parents!)
- The dress – 1st one cost $24.99, the winner was a gift
- Notar y- $65.00
- Wedding night dinner – Gift
Of course this type of wedding is not for everyone. And honestly, I’m still a little nervous I hurt my grandparents feelings. It was nice that our parents were totally on our side for the simple, DIY wedding we imagined. After all, my parents eloped, without telling anyone, and went to an amusement park in Houston, TX for their honeymoon!
Psst… Here is the whole wedding saga if you’re interested: the wedding announcement and plan is here, and then Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 of the living room ceremony. You can find more on the wedding after math here: DIY thank you cards, how to change your last name, and the super simple wedding scrapbook.