This was the bottom of their Polaroid photo-esque hanging photo booth!
This was the weekend we’d all been waiting for. For nearly two years, we eagerly cheered on Nick and Savy as they planned the wedding of their dreams!
Come along with me as I take you on this grand adventure!
Friday, October 13th
Al and I got up at 4:15 a.m., our normal weekday wake-up call. However, we quickly drank some coffee, and made sure we had everything important in my car. We left our driveway at 5:00 a.m. sharp!
Aside from one hasty bathroom break for me, we made it to the Beautiful Morning Farm (a.k.a., the Vardaro Farm) around 8:30 a.m. Al kept me awake with stories, water, and jelly beans!
I think Savy took this on Thursday? I can’t remember. Regardless, this is our favorite niece, Mia. She was gathering greenery for the centerpieces. She turned 12 on Monday! Photo Credit: Savy Beng Vardaro
This was the choose-your-own-adventure sign at the welcome table!
Hand-painted by Savy! Isn’t she talented?
The full photo booth, with the pond in the background.
The pole barn, where the reception took place. The bounce house was awesome!
Savy painted these epic cornhole boards for Mom and Dad V. several Christmases ago!
Setting up the ceremony space!
Saturday, October 14th
I was impressed that I got eight hours of sleep. The farm was buzzing very early on Saturday morning – Savy’s family got up early for coffee and breakfast! Al’s mom was the perfect hostess and had plenty of coffee, plus egg casserole, donuts, and cereal on hand.
Around 10:00 a.m., everything got started. I was lucky enough to get my makeup done by an amazing make-up artist (MUA).
We had spouts of busy and crazy, but it was fairly relaxed, since the festivities didn’t truly start until 4:30 p.m.
Al took this awesome photo of Mia!
This was Savy’s GORGEOUS bouquet. She designed it! So unique, so Savy.
Nick and Savy did a “First Look,” and Amanda had a field day with the two of them. So many amazing shots.
Then, the Red Army started off the wedding with a bang! The color red symbolizes good luck, and everyone made a ton of noise to scare off the bad juju and usher in celebration for the bride and groom. We had drummers. We shouted. We hollered. Flags were waved. There were bubble guns. Al flew his quadcopter above us!
The Red Army processional! Photo Credit: Dan Harris.
The ceremony was beautiful and touching. The officiant, Christina, quoted The Princess Bride
. Nick and Savy never stopped smiling. Nick wrote a special set of vows to Mia, and he gave her a beautiful necklace. I loved how they included her in the ceremony!
After the kiss and final music, the party began! We took family photos, and then Amanda whisked Nick and Savy away for more photos. The farm was the perfect setting – I can’t wait to see the official photos!
I don’t know who took this particular photo, but it was requested that Nick and Savy, Al and I, and Crystal and Steven got photos together. Amanda was the photographer at all three weddings!
The handsome groom, Nick, and the stunningly beautiful bride, Savy!
My dad took this awesome photo of Al and I. It’s my new favorite.
We ate off of cafeteria trays, and head lamps were our favors. “It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.”
The gorgeous centerpieces. Everything was either handmade or found.
Mia is showing the beautiful sea turtle necklace that Nick gave to her during the ceremony. All of us ugly cried.
Photo Credit: Dan Harris.
The paper cranes were beautiful!
The bounce house, with slides!
The cake table.
The cards collection was an old guitar case!
The memory table.
Two of the amazing bellydancers, Ginger and Rachel!
There was SO MUCH FOOD. The estimate was roughly three pounds of meat per person – Basically 300 pounds in all!
During the reception, we had lively music, three incredible bellydancers, Paolo the juggler and fire performer, and more food! Nick and Savy danced to “Fools Rush In,” and Nick and his mom danced to “Simple Man.”
Uncle Dan captured this incredible shot of Paolo!! Photo Credit: Dan Harris.
And then, we danced!
Sunday, October 15th
After an amazing Saturday, we wound down the weekend on Sunday. Breakfast was simple, and Al and I hung around until 2:30 p.m. We took home tons of leftovers – Pot roast, pork butt, and BBQ chicken! I won’t have to cook at all this week – Thanks, Chuck and Angie!
Al and I got home safely around 6:00 p.m., and vegged out!
Everyone came together to make this weekend absolutely spectacular for Nick and Savy. For me, personally, I gained a sister and a niece, so I’m beside myself with happiness.
Al and I were thrilled to be a small part of it!
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂