And so our story continues! 9 Months of wedding planning, & completing my senior year of college, we were married on May, 12th 2012!
A week after my graduation, we were married at Tabor Baptist Church in Muncie, IN.
David and I had our first look, and I still remember it like it was yesterday. He was crying, which made me cry and all the stress of that week and morning faded away. (Reason #4/10 I encourage my brides to do a first look!)
We said our vows in front of 250 of our closest family and friends. I walked down the aisle to the instrumental version of “Only Hope” by Switchfoot. We had our mentors and marriage counselors do a scripture reading along with another AIA staffer that meant a lot to me! One of my bridesmaids played the piano and sang “a hundred more years” by Francessa Battistelli in English and Spanish while we did the unity candle, communion, and hugged our family. One of my favorite parts of the ceremony was gifting our mothers with a Mothers Day gift. Our families also came around David and I, and prayed for us which was really special!
The Wedding Party & The Viral Photo
We seriously had the best wedding party ever. Most of my girls hadn’t met any of David’s groomsmen but everyone quickly hit it off.
We had a photo go viral shortly after our wedding, and I’m pretty sure it still is. This photo was totally unplanned, just FYI. It was David who had the idea that morning to have his parents bring his guns down for pictures with the guys. It started with that and then my bridesmaids wanted to go check them out. Our photographer came up with the idea of having the guys hold the bouquets, and the ladies hold the guns! Clearly, some of my bridesmaids had never held a gun before!
(Note: There were no rounds in these guns, and they had been checked and cleared, before being handled)
Every now and then, this photo will make it’s rounds on the internet, and we will get a message from someone asking if this is us! Yes it is. No we did not have a gun themed wedding. Yes, we know it went viral!
Our reception was at Horizon Convention Center in downtown Muncie. Our guests were treated to a cocktail hour, and once we arrived the party began! The wedding party walked in to the well known, and David’s favorite – “Party in the USA!”
We went right into cake cutting, followed by our first dances. Ours was “When I say I do” by Matthew West. My brother and I danced to “Sister” by Dave Matthews Band. I also danced with my stepdad to “What a wonderful World”! Then it’s David and his mom’s turn. I’m just going to link to the video here. It may still to this day be the highlight of our wedding.
The night was a whirlwind! Still to this day, I am hearing stories about our friends experiences at our wedding. People continue to say it was one of the best receptions they have ever been too! It was probably because we had 5 cake options, from Oreo cheesecake to red velvet! We did not skimp on our dessert options! One of my only requests for our DJ was that he played as much of Beyonce’s 4 album, and that the first song he played was “I want to dance with somebody” by Whitney! Our friends and family danced the night away, took silly pictures in our photo booth, and we laughed until it hurt! We couldn’t have asked for a better reception. Instead of the traditional favor, we asked guests to select a non-profit organization we were passionate about and we would donate in their name. We chose CRU, Wounded Warrior Foundation, and a local soup kitchen we both volunteered at.
The Sparkler Exit
We rounded out the night with a sparkler exit. I will never forget going through the McDonalds drive-thru in our nice clothes on our way down to Indianapolis, and then waiting in the parking lot for our friend to bring me my purse. There was no getting on the plane without that!
So many people were involved in making this the best wedding ever! From the Horizon Convention Center event team, to the best wedding planner, family friend, and second mom Cathy Nelson. The Gapinski family, who own one of the largest greenhouses in Indiana, provided all the flowers used for decorating the church and centerpieces. Our favorite bakery Concannons in Muncie provided our delicious cakes! David’s amazingly talented family friend, Terri Lynn Ayers was our photographer.