WHEW! What an ordeal, haha. I will try to recap everything the best I can. I don't have pro pics yet and there are surprisingly few non-pro pics, so I don't really have much of those to post. I have added some PIPs at the bottom!
things went wrong with the wedding. One GM showed up an hour late pre-ceremony for pictures. One GM left without saying goodbye right after the grand entrance. The DJ was supposed to play one long song for both the parent and WP processional - but he read my directions wrong and played it twice (one time for each processional). My bouquet was wilted and didn't have pearls in it like it was supposed to. There weren't supposed to be flowers on either of the cakes, and they were both covered with and surrounded by flowers. People started eating dinner during the cocktail hour. People were eating cupcakes off the cupcake tower before the cake cutting. One of my SILs wore a white dress. That same SIL knocked red candles over on me and RUINED my wedding dress, along with most of the pictures of the night. During THAT commotion, DH and I missed both my dad's speech and the BM's speech because no one would hush up or move over so we could see or hear - everyone was crowding around asking what happened to my dress. The canldes on our table were SUPPOSED to be white tealights, but they were red votives, otherwise we wouldn't have had that problem to begin with. Non-white-dress SIL took it upon herself to use MY photog that I paid for to have her family portraits done, which made us late getting pictures finished. It also made us get less photos than we wanted of MY family. THAT SIL complained about everything all night and was very rude to everyone. Most of the guests left early. The reception was supposed to last until 8:30, but the staff started BREAKING DOWN AND CLEANING UP at 6:30. My DOC had saved us a plate of food and cake, but someone who was cleaning threw it away, so DH and I didn't get to eat any of the food at our wedding. The rude SIL put on jeans and a tacky t-shirt DURING THE RECEPTION and started cleaning. She actually took food and flowers AWAY FROM MY MOM and threw them away. She also moved all of our stuff somewhere and didn't tell us. We were missing purses, keys, phones, etc. There was no coordination about who was supposed to be bringing home what, etc. so we THOUGHT we were missing things that turned up later at someone's house, etc.
All in all, I have been trying to just FORGET my wedding. We did get some nice compliments about the vows (which I wrote most of myself), the decorations, the fun music selections, the dancing, and how much FUN people had. I'm just glad I'm married and that's OVER WITH!
If anyone is interested in my HM, I have a really long detailed recap of that (with links to pics) on my month board. http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-club-boards_november-2011-weddings_super-long-aw-back-hm-pics-little-perspective-crap-wedding_.0
This picture was an accident, haha. My feet were hurting and every time I sat in a chair my "torture device" longline bra needed to be readjusted. So I just plopped down in the floor and my dress poofed out around me. The BMs grabbed the photog, bouquets were arranged, and this photo was born!
I think this was during our vows.
My cupcake tower
DH's bacon chocolate groom's cake
A picture of us after the ceremony.
A picture of us with the whole WP after the ceremony.
A picture of us with my family.
Our first dance.
The Cupid Shuffle! That was super fun. Notice my white platform flip flops for dancing, haha.
Me, MOH, and a BM taking a break from dancing.