Thursday, June 20, 2013

My Wedding Day

I am so excited to link up and share my wedding day details. I hope you enjoy!
 
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My Wedding Day - October 8, 2010

My husband and I were together almost eight years before we got married. We met February 20, 2002 and got married on October 8, 2010. Looking back, I wouldn't change a thing about my wedding day. I'm very fortunate!
 
We got married at Van Hoosen Farm in Rochester Hills, MI. It was absolutely beautiful. It's a gorgeous location and we couldn't have asked for better weather.

 
As we said our vows, we listened to the water flowing in the creek and the leaves blowing in the wind. It truly was beautiful.


Our First Kiss!
Our favorite time of the year is Fall! We love the colors, the temperature and the overall feel of this time of year. It just made sense for us to getting married in the Fall. I wanted everything to be Fall themed. My flowers were fall colors, the girls wore burgundy, the centerpieces were Lanterns will fall foliage surrounding them and the cake had fall leaves cascading down it.

 
I felt absolutely beautiful from head to toe! The clip that is tucked behind my ear is very special to me. It was worn by my Grandmother on her Prom night. That served as my something borrowed and something old. It had extra meaning since my Grandma passed away many years ago. It was my way of having her close on my wedding day.

Our invitations were fall themed as well. We got our invitations here.
 
The bridal party consisted of our closest family and friends. My oldest brother gave me away. He's always been like a father to me and it meant so much.


 
Our reception was held at Sycamore Hills Golf Course in Macomb Township Michigan. The food was served family style and was absolutely amazing. The banquet hall and the restaurant have windows surrounding the entire place so it has a great ambiance for a wedding reception.
 
 
For our first dance together, Jim and I danced to Angel by Aerosmith.
For the Brother/Sister dance (replacing the Father/Daughter Dance) we danced to Heaven by Warrant
 
 
My favorite thing that we did for our reception was the photo booth! Everyone had a good time and we were able to capture almost everyone that came to the wedding. Instead of a sign in book, people took their pictures in the photo booth and then placed it in a scrapbook and wrote us a message. It was amazing! Oh...and everyone had a blast with it!!!




The next day we left for our honeymoon! Our honeymoon consisted of 3 days in Rome (2 days before our cruise and one day after) and a 12 night Mediterranean cruise to the following destinations:
 
Naples, Italy
Athens, Greece,
Rhodes Island, Greece
Ephesus, Turkey,
Cairo, Egypt
Messina, Italy
 
Our honeymoon was absolutely amazing! We got to see the world together, have 2 weeks off and met some lifelong friends cruising. If I were to blog about our honeymoon, I would need to do a post for each location because we did so much. It was a trip of a lifetime!
 
 

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53 comments:

  1. Hi Crystal. What beautiful wedding pictures. The photo booth idea is awesome! Are you still in Michigan? I am in Flint, the Kearsley/Davison area. We are in Rochester all the time because of soccer. What a small world.

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    1. What a small world for sure! We live in Macomb but I grew up in the Rochester/Troy area playing soccer myself. :)

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  2. I am hoping around from the link-up. You had such a beautiful wedding! I love all of the fall colors!

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  3. I love that light gold table linen at your reception!

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  4. Gorgeous wedding! I loooove fall weddings and your honeymoon was fab!
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  5. Gorgeous pictures and wedding...So pretty.

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  6. OMG! SO beautiful...I mean your dress!! LOVE IT!!! :)
    Simply Sami

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  7. I absolutely love those gorgeous Fall colors! And I'm so envious of your amazing honeymoon - Greece, Italy, AND the pyramids?! Trip of a lifetime!

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  8. Oh, I absolutely LOVE the pumpkin patch picture! Such a great idea!!!

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  9. gorgeous wedding and great photos! Coming from the melanie and holly linkup!

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  10. You guys are adorable! Is this the first time that you've blogged about your wedding? I never have, I guess because I started blogging after the fact. Still have to do my kids birth story and they're 3.5 years old!

    Thanks for the BlogLovin follow, I'm a new follower of yours via BlogLovin. I appreciate you linking up to my weekly BlogLovin Hop (http://www.journeysofthezoo.com/search/label/BlogLovin%20Hop).

    Looking forward to connecting further.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

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    1. Yes, this is the first time I have blogged about my wedding! I was so happy to find this link up because it gave me an excuse to revisit my wedding day!

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  11. OMGosh, your wedding looks incredible!! I am in love with the fall theme! I have designed many wedding cakes with the same cascading leaf type idea...love love it!

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  12. Wow! Your wedding was absolutely beautiful. Thanks so much for linking up with Throw-back Thursday. :-)

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  13. I love the colors, and that cake was gorgeous! Looks like a perfect wedding day!

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  14. Your wedding and honeymoon looked absolutely amazing! Beautiful bride! I seen Holly's link up on Mamma Laughin's page and then I read your link up and you happen to be another Michigander! Too cool! Take care! :)

    ~Julie

    www.justjuliejoy.blogspot.com

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    1. Yay! Another Michigander. Checking out your blog now. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  15. What a beautiful wedding! My wedding dress was very similar to yours :)

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  16. What a BEAUTIFUL wedding!!! I absolutely love the bridesmaid dresses-the color is amazing!

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  17. Your honeymoon looks/sounds amazing!! My boyfriend is dying to go to Egypt so I just told him about this & he was like, "WE'RE SO DOING THAT!" haha

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    1. It was and you should do it! I think it's the best/safest way to see Egypt too!

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  18. how beautiful! just found your blog :)

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  19. Such a BEAUTIFUL Wedding! I loved your colors! Thank you so much for sharing this! Made me a little more excited for my wedding day to come! (just over 9 weeks away!)

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  20. Beautiful wedding! If I had a fall wedding instead of a winter one, it would've been just like yours (minus the pretty fall foliage since we live in Florida which only has one season - summer). Hooray for honeymoons in Rome!!! :)

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  21. What a gorgeous place to get married! I love the picture of you and your Bridesmaids in the pumpkin patch... We are getting married on a farm with a pumpkin patch, but because it's early season, no pumpkins yet :(.

    Your honeymoon sounds incredible!

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  22. Stopped by from the link-in. I love your wedding pictures! Everything looks so beautiful. If you can share, what cruise company did you use? It looks like the trip of a lifetime!!

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    1. We used Royal Caribbean and HIGHLY recommend them! We've cruised with them a couple times now (along with one other company) and have had the best experience with Royal Caribbean over the other cruise line.

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  23. Oh my goodness you wedding pictures are stunning!!! The one in the pumpkins is my favorite!! I love Fall!

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  24. Gorgeous wedding & AMAZING honeymoon! So jelly!

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  25. Our wedding looked about the exact same. And you were such a gorgeous bride!

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  26. Your wedding pictures are beautiful. And I'm so glad that you still look back on it as a great day.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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  27. Found you from the Link up, and I am so glad I did! I have always wanted a fall wedding, and your pictures are so pretty!!

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  28. Wow!! What an amazing wedding. I love fall weddings too. I think the photo booth ideas was wonderful! And obviously the honeymoon, amazing!! I personally think cruising is the way to vacation.

    New follower from that Friday blog hop. I'd love if you stopped by sometime. Have a great weekend!

    Heather from Mommy Only Has 2 Hands

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  29. Here from the link up! I'm such a sucker for fall. I love love love your colors and all the fall elements. Beautiful!

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  30. I absolutely love those gorgeous Fall colors! And I'm so envious of your amazing honeymoon - Greece, Italy, AND the pyramids?! Trip of a lifetime!

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  33. I am now seeing the importance of getting married in autumn; the perfect setting. It's so dramatic! The colors make everything look so alive in your photos. The wedding is undoubtedly successful. I can tell by the faces of your guests in the pictures. Congratulations and I wish you all the best!

    Hildred Congdon @Crystal Gardens

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  34. How exciting! I want pumpkins at my wedding too.
    I love your photos. I'm planning my autumn wedding next year, I love the colours the season brings.

    Anyway, found you via #MMWBH and a new follower. Please head over to my blog and share you wedding tips and memories :)

    Karis

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  35. Wow, everything looked so perfect! Everything and everyone is glowing. The colors of the trees set a unique and picturesque theme for your wedding. Getting married during Fall must be considered by those who are planning to tie the knot very soon. Thank you for sharing this to us!

    Coreen Ogilvie @Steal My Wedding

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  37. Everything looks so perfect, Crystal! A great setting made even more awesome because it was autumn; everything feels so fresh during this season, at least for me. It was a good decision to have your wedding this time of the year, at this very special place.

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