7 Quick Takes Friday - August 31, 2012

Tomorrow, Collin and I celebrate eleven years of wedded bliss! In honor of our anniversary, I'm treating y'all to quick takes of some of my favorite wedding memories. Aren't you lucky?

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These were my "wedding tennies." I flatly refused to wear heels; I wanted to be comfortable on my wedding day and not spend the entirety of my dance with aching feet. My mother bought a $10 pair of white canvas shoes at Wal-Mart and decorated them with beading, lace applique, and tulle. They were so comfortable!

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These were the centerpieces on our reception tables. My mother borrowed the rose bowls and mirror tiles from a friend of hers whose daughter had recently married, so they didn't cost us a thing. She decorated them with tulle and I bought white floating candles shaped like roses to put in them. We had little wedding bell favors on all the tables as well.

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My wedding dress! It was $250, and I paid $50 dollars for alterations. It was actually my second choice because I couldn't afford my first choice, but I was still pretty happy with it (and even happier with the price!).

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The first song we danced to as man and wife was Elvis' "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You," but this is what I consider to be our real wedding song:

The deejays played Don McLean's "American Pie," but Collin and I and all of our friends spontaneously started singing the Weird Al lyrics instead -- and each one of us knew every single word by heart and were singing in unison, complete with dramatic gestures. It was quite a performance.

My, my this here Anakin guy
Maybe Vader some day later, now he's just a small fry
And he left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye
Saying, "Soon I'm gonna be a Jedi."

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Our cake was actually made of styrofoam. Only the top was real cake. See, we had a dessert reception with cheesecakes and a topping bar, so wedding cake would have been rather redundant, and I'm not a big fan of buttercream cake frosting. We did save the top to eat on our first anniversary, but it was disgusting. :P

The topper is a blown glass blue rose. I couldn't find a topper I really liked anywhere, and then I ended up getting the rose as a shower gift and thought it was perfect.

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These glasses were my favorite wedding gift, given to us by my best friend and college roommate, Rose. They're called "Arthur and Guinevere" goblets. A funny story about these - Rose had purchased and shipped the glasses to us weeks in advance so we could use them at the wedding reception. I unpacked them immediately after they arrived, and it's a good thing I did, as the company had accidentally sent us two Guinevere goblets! I called the shop and explained that our wedding was not, in fact, a same-sex union, so I'd need an Arthur to replace one of the Guineveres. :) They were aghast at the mistake and sent us an Arthur right away.

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This is a big group shot with Collin's entire family (siblings, parents, and maternal grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins). For whatever reason, we hadn't had time or hadn't been able to take a picture with them before the ceremony, so we did it after -- and it ended up being one of my favorite group shots of the whole day! Collin's grandparents used it for their Christmas card that year.

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  1. I absolutely love this!! Happy anniversary!!!

  2. Happy anniversary, Joanna! :) Beautiful pictures! I love your shoes and the idea of a cheesecake bar.

  3. The "real wedding song" is hilarious. We all learned so much about you reading this set of QTs! Nicely done!

    Why, oh why, didn't I think of a dessert reception? YUMMMM!

  4. Congratulations on 11 years!

  5. Sorry, Elvis is still the wedding song for me. The other one was just the most fun song of the night. :)

    I love you more every passing year, darling. You've been the greatest earthly source of joy in my life and lifted me to a nobler state than I ever thought of. I look forward to growing in Christ with you for the rest of our days.

  6. happy anniversary. Are cake topper tasted great on our one year. sorry that yours did not. looks like you had a lot of fun. I also wore tennis shoes it was awesome and so much more comfortable then high heals which I do not even wear now. Congratulations on eleven years. have a fun and safe time.

  7. Happy anniversary! I love the pics. You guys are so awesome.

  8. You're going to laugh but the first thought I had was "it must have been a Midwestern Lutheran church". They are an interesting architectural style and almost all of the country ones are pretty interchangeable.

    Happy anniversary.

    1. Yes, Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, ND :)


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