Our Story: Charlie and I met during my senior year of college, when I frequented a certain local college bar where he was bartending. After I graduated, he asked me out on a whim, and I said yes, also on a whim! On the surface, we had very little in common – as Charlie’s dad so eloquently put it in his speech at our rehearsal dinner, “She was sort of a hippie, and we were all wondering…how’s this gonna work?” As they say, opposites attract! We found common ground in that we share the same core beliefs in the importance of strong relationships with family and friends, as well as a “work hard, play hard” mentality. In 2011, we purchased a home together, but due to the craziness of life, we were not able to get married just yet. This wedding was something we had both been dreaming of for many years!
Wedding details: We knew from day 1 that we wanted to blend a bit of traditional wedding elements with a lot of personal details that make us who we are as a couple. The obvious example of this is that we had a rainbow-themed wedding. I have loved all things rainbow since I was a kid, so this was a no-brainer for me. Charlie and our bridal party ended up getting really into the theme as well! Once we had our color scheme, it was time to start crafting! I am a craft-a-holic, and I knew that I wanted to make many of the decorations myself. It all started with the bridesmaid bouquets, which I made out of crepe paper. Things quickly escalated and the next thing I knew, I was making every decoration myself, from the aisle decorations in the ceremony, to the centerpieces, cake topper, all of our signs, our programs, my bridesmaids’ jewelry and groomsmen’s cufflinks…everything! Even though there were many times where I wanted to give up and “just hire someone!” I am ultimately happy that I did everything myself, with help from family and friends (especially my mom). It’s something we all can look back on and be proud of!
Wedding details: We got engaged while on vacation in the Outer Banks, surrounded by many good friends. That same day, one of Charlie’s best friends asked if he could be our officiant – of course we said yes! We met with him in advance to discuss the logistics of the ceremony, but left the details up to him. I was really curious to know how things would work out, but was so busy with other aspects of the event that I was glad to have one less thing to worry about. Boy, did he WOW us and all our guests! Our ceremony was the perfect blend of funny, personal, creative, and touching. Many weeks later, we are still getting compliments about how wonderful he was!
Special memories: A hilarious, unexpected moment was when a table of my cousins started cheering and waving their napkins in the air during dinner. Within a few seconds, every other table started waving their napkins in the air, and the next thing we knew, the entire room was filled with rainbow napkins, loud cheers, and laughter. It was amazing to see everyone we know partake in this impromptu rowdiness!
Favorite memories: One of our favorite memories was the best man speech. Charlie’s 2 best men (and many of his groomsmen) have been friends with him since grade school and high school, so they know a side of Charlie that my family and I have only heard stories about. The speech began like any other speech, but quickly made a crazy turn as they introduced guests to the “many phases of Charlie.” All the groomsmen were dressed up as different “Charlies,” representing different sports he played in high school, his job as a bartender, and hobbies such as riding motorcycles and shooting potato guns. Everyone was in hysterics as the groomsmen came out dressed in Charlie’s actual old clothes, some of which they had to sneak into our house to steal! Best of all, Charlie had NO IDEA this was going to happen, and he was totally blown away. At the end of the speech, they did a spoof of the viral video “the Harlem Shake” involving ridiculous dancing, and called everyone out to the dance floor – the party had officially begun!