till death thursday ; our wedding

on monday, october 24, 2011, i will have been married for ONE WHOLE YEAR! yowzaaaa. so for today's till death thursday, i'd like to share a bit more about our wedding!

i honestly don't remember how we decided we were going to get engaged. all i know is, we did.

i just realized that i explained our engagement in my how we met post. well, here's the excerpt from that post!

"on my first black friday shopping trip, i picked out my ring. i pestered him constantly about when was i going to get it. there was an incident around christmas where i was bugging him about my presents. he told me to go upstairs and not come back down until he told me to. he told me to put my hand inside of a box. i thought, oh my god, it's going to be my ring! nope. he was just trying to teach me a lesson about snooping for presents or something. naturally, i was really upset. i know he didn't mean anything by it. but when you get your hopes up for something like that, it's intense. 

he's a browns fan, i'm a steelers fan. that season, i knew my team was doing very poorly. when the two were playing each other, i sensed we were going to lose. he insisted we wouldn't. so we made a bet. if the steelers lost, he had to propose to me within a week. well, they lost.

a short time before christmas, we wanted to spend a night together alone and drink and just relax. since we both lived at home, our only choice was to get a hotel room. he proposed that night! the rest is history. i planned our wedding all by myself. we're still happily going!"

planning my wedding by myself was a big deal for me. i had to prove to myself and my family that i could do it. i found cheap invitations, DIY centerpieces, and didn't use real flowers among about fifty other things that help to cut the costs. during this process, i found that i really would enjoy a job as a wedding planner. there was dumb drama and annoying people but that day was awesome.

although we aren't religious, we had the ceremony at the church i attended when i was young. i was so afraid that i was going to trip because of the heels and the dress! 

our reception was at a place called the davis center, located in the rose gardens at mill creek park!

our first dance was to "chasing cars" by snow patrol. i really wanted "i will follow you into the dark" by deathcab or "as lovers go" by dashboard! (i swear my music taste isn't this bad) 

my second favorite part of the reception was this thing my sorority does. at wedding receptions, the bride and groom are in the middle of a circle made up of your sisters and they sing a song from our preference ceremony. it's really touching. after that we did my favorite cheer. DEE DEE DEE DELTA ZEE ZEE ZEE ZETA! sorry. it just comes out. 

joe loved shoving the cake in my face!

however he was super embarrassed to do the garter thing. i basically beamed my bouquet at the ceiling. that was a total fail.

as i think that i said before, we did our honeymoon in cleveland just to get away and relax. i took him to the ocean for his first time the summer prior to the wedding so we kind of got two!

seeing all the gifts and cards and support we got really overwhelmed me, i was so touched. i love everyone in my life!

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