OMG so much to share about our amazing wedding! Why did we choose March 14, 2015 as our wedding day?
Funny story - we actually chose our wedding date before we officially got engaged. When we first started talking about getting married, I asked LM if there was a date he liked. He thought for a minute, and then said "what about Pi Day?" Pi Day is March 14th - the first 3 digits of π are 3.14, get it? We Googled and realized that March 14 2015 was Super Pi Day and it was also a Saturday. We just gave each other a look & we instantly knew that would be our wedding day. With two nerdy folks getting married, how could we NOT do it?
You guys are nerds.
You have no idea, trust me.
Was there a theme?
Yup! Our theme was "nerd wedding" - self-explanatory. We decided to have elements that were authentic to us, and to have classic accents.
What were your wedding colors?
The primary color was mint, the secondary color was lavender, and the tertiary color was gold. It all came together beautifully!
Tell me about your wedding dress.
I love love love my wedding gown, it was gorgeous and I loved it from the moment I first tried it on. I wore this Stella York gown, style 5939. It's an A-line gown with a strapless sweetheart necklace, and a lace overlay with diamante beading. I purchased my gown from Luxe Bridal Couture, a boutique that specializes in plus size brides, and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND them. For alterations, I had the top taken in and the hips let out a bit, some boning added to the front to help my gown stay wrinkle-free, and a French bustle put in that was awesome and stayed up all night. I also wore a simple mesh veil with rhinestones along the edge. To finish my wedding outfit, I wore Enzo peeptoe platform heels in cobalt, and then switched to royal blue Nine West flats for the reception. My earrings were Givenchy and LM gifted me a matching necklace as my wedding gift.
Tell me about your bridesmaids - who were they, what did they wear, etc?
I had 4 bridesmaids - my sister BLT; my good friend LM from Orlando; my good friend TG who lives in Houston; and my good friend DN who lives here. They all wore the same dress, this one shoulder dress with an illusion neckline, in mint from David's Bridal. I actually really enjoyed using David's Bridal, the dresses were cute and thanks to sales the dresses weren't too expensive. For shoes, I asked each of them to wear gold shoes of their choice, and they had free reign with their hair. For accessories I gifted each of them with a pair of pearl dangle earrings from Shane Co.
What about the guys?
LM had 1 best man and 3 groomsmen, who are all his close friends from college. The guys wore gray Vera Wang tuxedos from Mens Warehouse. LM gifted the guys mint ties from The Tie Bar and silver flasks from Things Remembered. LM also wore a mint tie, but he wore a bow tie to be a little bit different. He also wore nerd socks (seriously, they say "nerd" on them) and Batman cuff links that I gifted him.
Where did you get married?
Our entire wedding celebration - ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception - was held at the McNamara Alumni Center, on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. When were looking for a venue, we knew we wanted a venue where we could hold both our ceremony & reception, but was also "different" from your traditional country club or hotel. As a University of Minnesota alumna, I was very familiar with the space and I was so excited when we selected it. Not only is it a gorgeous venue, but it's centrally located, and has a hotel connected to it via a tunnel, so our guests didn't have to worry about getting to the venue. The McNamara staff was excellent to work with during the months of planning.
Tell me about the ceremony.
Our ceremony was short and sweet, LOL. Our friend officiated which made it feel more personal. We worked with our officiant to write a ceremony that was meaningful to us. We also had a reading, "I carry your heart" by ee cummings, which was read by my brother. It was important to me that the word "obey" not be included in our vows, and it was important to LM that we say "as long as we both shall live" instead of "til death do us part". We both got what we wanted. One cool thing we did was have a "selfie moment", where we asked our guests to take photos of us and then put their phones away. We wanted our guests to be present and share in our vows, and not spend it taking pics. At the end of our ceremony, we jumped over a custom mint and lavender broom to seal our union.
How did you guys play up the nerd theme of the wedding?
We began tying in the π in Pi Day early, beginning with our Save the Dates which featured a π symbol on them. We also wore these Pi Day shirts at our rehearsal dinner. The day of the wedding, we both wore our glasses - you can't have a nerd wedding without people in glasses. We also had our first look in the Heritage Gallery, which features this wall made totally out of books. For our reception, the table numbers were elements from the periodic table, which were also featured on the escort cards. We also had our centerpieces in laboratory glassware instead of traditional vases. Each guest also walked away with a cute favor - a mini-pie!
Cute! How did you come up with your decor ideas?
It was a combination of our taste, our vendors and reading lots of wedding magazines and blogs. I wanted a classic wedding that also reflected who we were as a couple, but we also did not want to break the bank on fancy decorations that no one would notice. Our florals and decor rentals came from Festivities, and they were so great to work with. We revised our plans many times and they were happy to help us figure out florals and decor that worked with our vision and our budget. Best part was that we were able to rent the laboratory glassware with them, instead of having to buy it ourselves (and find something to do with it after the wedding!). We also utilized the beauty of our venue - our ceremony/reception room has these beautiful copper walls as well as huge windows. We were able to add tasteful accents that gave it a festive vibe without overdoing it.
That sounds great, but what about the food? Was it good?
Our food was AMAZING! Our venue uses an exclusive caterer, D'Amico Catering, which is well-known in the Twin Cities for their delicious food. For our cocktail hour, we didn't want to overload our guests with too much food before they got to enjoy dinner, so we went simple with fruit/veggie/cheese trays, as well as some yummy lobster club sandwich. Dinner was plated, and we had 3 options: bone-in chicken with champagne sauce & veggies; a beef tenderloin with scalloped potatoes & veggies; and a vegetarian Napoleon. Our wedding cake was also made by D'Amico, it was a triple chocolate torte cake and it was so yummy! We also hosted a limited bar with beer, wine and his-and-hers signature drinks - Crown and coke for him and an Ocean Breeze (vodka + cranberry juice + orange juice) for me.
And the party? It's not a wedding without the party!
Absolutely! And party we did. We hired Instant Request to DJ and our DJ did a great job. It also helped that we had a DJ in the wedding party - one of LM's groomsmen. After dinner and the toasts, he got the party started and kept it going! We all got out on the dance floor and had a great time!
It sounds like you had an amazing wedding day! Was it really awesome or did you have some drama?
Honestly, it was really totally awesome but it did have a few hiccups. I was stressed in the days leading up to the wedding, just with so much to do, so many people and my anxieties about the wedding. The day of the wedding, I had to turn my phone off while I was getting my locs done cause I was tired of talking to folks. Also my husband annoyed me a bit, but I was getting on his nerves as well, so we're even. Once I got dressed and met him for our first look, the stress melted away. Once our wedding got started, I didn't worry about anything because we had an amazing coordinator, Maddie from Ask For The Moon Events. She made sure everything went smoothly so that we could truly be guests at our own wedding. We had 1 small hiccup with the bar, but Maddie handled it and we went back to hanging out with our guests. At the end of the night, I was overjoyed that I'd married the love of my life and that we had a beautiful, fun wedding that our guests enjoyed. What more could I ask for?
Awesome! Now show me the rest of the pics!
All you had to do was ask, I love showing our wedding pics!