Mir from Woulda Coulda Shoulda is getting married and they are hosting a virtual wedding shower over at Maya's Mom. As a wedding present we are supposed to post some pictures of our own wedding. So this is for you Mir - I wish you love and joy in your new life!
PS - I don't have a scanner so these are pictures of pictures...forgive their wonkiness.
Husband and I got married at Kemper Center in Kenosha, Wisconsin. We fell in love with the location because it was halfway between my WI relatives and his IL ones. Plus the building was gorgeous, right on the lake and a lot cheaper than doing it in a Chicago mansion where they wanted your firstborn as a down payment. Once we booked the place we found out it was one of the most haunted spots in WI. (Boo!) It was a nunnery for a long time, and eventually became a school for girls. They say you can see the hooded nuns in some of the windows. We never saw any but there was this skinny hallway that ran alongside the nun's cells. Both husband and I ran like hell when we had to walk through that section. Truth be told we thought it was kind of interesting that it was haunted as we decided that ghost nuns would have to be somewhat cool. Plus we ended up with a female Lutheran minister so we figured that would appease them.
We originally booked the hall for October (my favorite time of year) but learned from our florist that Kemper Center was renowned for their Kiddie Haunted House. Which would be going on DURING THE WEDDING. As cool as we were with partying with the spirits, we opted not to have the monster mash sound effects as background noise for the ceremony and changed our date to early December. It was actually lovely since the church was decorated for Christmas.
After the ceremony, guest had cocktails in a pretty room with a fireplace and string quartet (did I mention I was working at a dot-$-com at this point in our lives?) Then they walked outside down a path of luminaries to the reception hall.
The only blip in our wedding was that the Kemper center coordinator forgot to hire the caterers! My sister Tela tried to keep it a secret from me as long as she could so I wouldn't blow a gasket. The DJ kicked in early while we waited for the local restaurant Tela contacted to bring over some steaks. Luckily everyone was feeling great from the cocktail party and just went with it. Instead of a big wedding cake we ordered tiny ones for each table - with no caterer there was nobody to cut them - but the guests all grabbed forks and just dug in. So see Mir - even mishaps can end up being part of the celebration!
I loved our favors, each couple got a box with a note that said how much laughter meant to us in our lives and we hoped they would share our joy. The box contained all sorts of gags and pranks from this vintage shop called Uncle Fun in Chicago. In the cocktail reception we had a vintage love quiz and golf pencils out too.
At the reception, we handed out bubbles that everyone blew during our first dance. (At Last by Etta James) And my dad and I danced for awhile (Tennessee Waltz) till he decided that his Aunt Ella could cut a rug better than I and pulled her on to the dance floor.
Husband and I went to Antigua for 10 days on our honeymoon. Can you imagine going somewhere with your husband for 10 days. Nonetheless a beach where tropical drinks were served to you ALL DAY LONG? No, I can't either. We had put out a Polaroid camera and blank book out near the guest book at the reception. So we got to look through an instant wedding album while we lounged in our chairs. Very cool, and the pictures got progressively more risque as the bar kept serving.
And though husband and I were and are still so in love, we had no idea of the amazing gifts our marriage would bring to us in just a few years time.