Friday, October 29

{What went wrong}

I was really debating on writing this post. I really was. But for the record, I feel like I'm writing this more for me than anyone. I have considered all of the wedding planning I've documented and all of the wedding recaps sort of a virtual memory. So when I write this one, it's just so I can get all the 'oopsies' out and exposed. Don't get me wrong, our wedding was one of the best days of my entire life. There were ups and downs, tears and laughter, and so many hugs!
So here it've seen the good, but here is the bad and ugly!

1. I had a total break down on the rehearsal dinner night. Like total-bridezilla-crying-yucky breakdown. And unfortunately it was in front of our bridal party and both parents. Everyone (but the person who caused it) was understanding and supportive, which almost makes you cry harder, ya know?

2. I never got my dress pressed. I called my mom on the way over to my parent's house (where we were all meeting) and she asked me if I had everything I needed-veil, jewelry, shoes, dress...which she then asked if  I got it pressed. Oops. That never happened. If you remember from this post, I got my dress from another bride who did the same thing I did, ordered a dress and then changed her mind! When I got the dress, it was a perfect fit which means no alterations. I was going to get it pressed because it was wrinkled from the mail, but...

3. My mom didn't get to see me put on my dress. She had to go to the reception site to set up the flowers, and she was running around getting everything done and she missed it.

4. Our florist forgot the peonies for our cake. We ended up having an extra centerpiece so my mom just grabbed the flowers out of that and put them on the cake.

5. We never got pictures of our programs and bubbles/snow. I have a few extra of everything so I just took photos of them, but we didn't get any on our day.

6. Our unity candle was a floating candle in a vase that I got from work when my Grandpa passed away. I made sure Ryan grabbed it and brought it to the ceremony site, but it got lost in communication that it had to be filled with water. So we had a non-filled vase and a non-floating candle. And then we couldn't get it lit. Our pastor made the announcement that it was supposed to be a floating candle and even though we couldn't get it lit, our marriage was still going to work. Haha.

7. We were 45 minutes late to the reception. Our groomsmen surprised us with a limo, which was so sweet and super fun, however since I didn't know I wasn't able to put it in the timeline. We had a photo booth and our guests were a little bit later anyways (our family took pictures a little later than planned and the friends who could drink went out to get a few before the reception, so it ended up ok!)

8. The caterers left right away leaving lots of thirsty guests. But don't worry-they left a sports cooler (one of these little numbers...
...full of the extra drink (they wouldn't charge us for water, but I wanted some lemonade for the guests to drink if they wanted to) they charged me for. Awesome. 

9. Our caterer threw away our top 'anniversary' layer of our cake. They rushed out of the center without giving us the cake which they locked in the back. No problem, we'd pick it up after our honeymoon. We went on our honeymoon and when we get back, I call them to find out that they threw it away.

10. We found out that we had to take down the hall that night. I was told that we could come the next day to take it down. But when my dad called to find out how to lock up, and they informed him that the hall had to be taken down because people were coming the next morning at 6:45 am to set it up. My poor family!

11. Ryan didn't put his wedding night bag in my car and so it was stuck playing musical cars until we got to the reception. When we were ready to leave for the hotel, Ry realized that it was in the car of a guest who had already left. So we tracked her down and my fil drove to pick it up. But it left this...

A very TIRED Bride and Groom!

All in all, we had an amazing wedding and I love all the memories we made. Knowing all of the mistakes, I still would get married, because our wedding wasn't about the wedding. It was uniting two people and committing our lives to each other. And that's the most important thing. 

Tuesday, October 26


Since I wasn't 21 when we got married and it turned out that only about 1/4 of our guests would be drinking, we decided to go with another activity. A rented photo booth! It turned out to be a HUGE hit with all our guests. The rental also included a guest book with all of the photo booth pictures and everyone was given a chance to sign it next to their photo. It was really cool! We even bought some props for the photo booth. We're really glad that we did it and it's really fun to see people having fun! 

My Parents...Haha

We got to make our own logo that went on the bottom of the strips. It has our date 06.11.10 on the top right and on the bottom it says 'Thank you for celebrating with us!'

If you would like to see more photos...please go here!

All photos from Shutterbooth website

Saturday, October 23


We had a lot of details in our wedding and our photographer did a great job of capturing them. I think she had way too much fun while we were getting ready taking photos of the little things. 

Our rings

My Jewelry

Bridesmaid Bouquet and our handmade invites (click here to see process).

My shoes and My Bouquet (done by andylou flowers)

My Hair and my hair flower (done by etsy owner ilzememories)

My veil (done by etsy owner abusymother)

I had this charm of my Grandpa on my bouquet. He passed away last February, but was still with me on my wedding day.

Our Cake. The topper was bought at

Our Birdcage card holder. I made the sign in the same ribbon that was on the bouquets and the centerpieces and the paper is the same paper that we used for the invites.

Our centerpieces and favors. Our favors were so so so cute. They were all different, but still in pink and sangria. They all had an envelope on the front that had a packet of wildflower seeds in them and on the back there was a poem that I wrote. It said:
Thank you!
For you, enclosed, is some wild flower seed, 
When you arrive home, some love they will need.
Find a nice place for them to bloom,
Preferably outside in the dirt, not in a room.
We hope when you see the flowers grow,
You think of the vows we made and the love we show.
We thank you once again, for coming and sharing our day,
Please enjoy your time here-eat, dance and play!
With love, 
Ryan and Sarah K

It also had our new address and our irave photo sharing site (btw, awesome idea!!). 

Our head table.  It had our unity candle in the middle was a floating candle in a vase.

(These were taken by me)
Ringbear pillow my mother made and baskets

Our bubbles and snow. Go here for more information and photos!

Our Thank Yous
(Also taken by me)
My MIL did these along with the invites and favors-all in the same colors and with the same stamp!

Lots of Details! :)

Photos taken by Jenny Venema Photography

Wednesday, October 20

{Reception Part 3-Flower and Garter Toss}

We did the traditional garter and bouquet toss. It was actually really fun! 

I pretended to throw it. It was really funny!

This time I threw it for real. 

Jessica caught it! :)

Ryan...o dear.

Grabbed the garter...with his teeth. 

And my 7 year old cousin, Jason, caught it. O no!

We did the traditional throw, but we did not have the catcher of the garter put the garter on catcher of the bouquet's leg! That would've been really weird!

Sunday, October 17

{Reception Part 2-Cake and Dancing}

Our Cake was yummy and our dance floor was hoppin! Remember this post about our cake...?

"Be nice..."

Maybe not.

I got him!

Our first dance was "Stand by Me" by Ben E. King

I love how this looks. Our family and friends are awesome and helped us set up!

Father/Daughter Dance. 
"Butterfly Kisses"

Mother/Son Dance
"I hope you dance"

Snowball Dance
(If you've never heard of a snowball dance, it's super fun. Every minute you change partners when the people on the dance floor grab a guest.)
"Lean on Me"

Dollar Dance
This is our awesome DJ, Dan Plew


Wednesday, October 13

{Reception Part 1}

Our reception location was about 25 minutes away, and when we got there, we were all ready to party!

We entered to the song "All you need is Love" by The Beatles. So, to set the mood...

I love, love, love the way my dress twirls.

Best Man Speech

Matron of Honor Speech.
She did it all without her notes...she's freakin awesome.

After speeches, it was dinner time. I had always heard that you never get to eat, so I totally chowed down.

We had yummy, yummy food. SO yummy.

Signing the Marriage License. I suppose we should do that, huh?

 And sealed with a kiss! :)

Coming up next...Cake and Dancing!