When I got the invitation in the mail I couldn't wait to open it. It was the first formal envelope addressed to 'Mr. and Mrs.' and the thought of what lay inside brought me back to my own wedding just a month prior. I knew the invitation was from my dear friend Lisa, as I had recommended myjeanm.com to her for her stationery.
I was anxious to see what design she chose for her wedding invitation because myjeanm.com completely customizes your invites with their design idea center.
I wasn't disappointed.
The invitation conveyed Lisa's personality beautifully and immediately gave me a sense of what was to come. The wedding was going to be a small and intimate affair and right off the bat, Lisa and Drew shared a piece of themselves to welcome their family and friends. You see, the invitation was a large multi-layered rectangle with shimmering paper, ribbons that wrapped around the cardstock and a picture of Lisa and Drew on the left hand side. The photo was one of their engagement pictures taken at the beach.
The wedding was held at a private beach club right on the sand with the reception only a few hundred feet from the waves at the large outdoor patio that was part of the club. The ceremony was short and sweet with the sound of waves and seagulls sometimes overriding the soft voice of the officiate. We gathered in a circle around Lisa and Drew, which made the nuptials more intimate and meaningful to everyone in attendance.
When the new Mr. and Mrs. were announced, we opened the circle and threw rose petals at the happy couple as they made their way closer to the shore for some picture taking.
While the bride and groom were occupied, guests were served champagne and hors de oeuvres. We mingled around the patio and the decorated dinner tables while a trio of musicians played soft music for our listening pleasure. There was no dance floor and throughout the evening only soft melodic music would be heard.
As the sun set on the horizon, Lisa and Drew returned to the party and we all sat down for dinner. The tables were beautifully set with the finest china and stemware. Centerpieces were small silver urns that overflowed with white roses, stephanotis and vibrant green vines. The favors at each person's seat were beautiful. They were silver plated spoons with heart shaped handles. Each held a chocolate kiss and was covered in netting and tied with a ribbon. A card was attached that said "Spoonful of Kisses" and included Lisa and Drew's name and the date. Lisa got the delightful gifts at now-and-forever.com.
After dinner toasts were given and stories shared about the couple. Lisa decided to wait until the dinner to give her bridesmaids tokens of her appreciation. She gifted them each with lovely brushed silver heart key chains that were engraved with each girl's initials. And she gave her mom and mother-in-law personalized black tote bags embroidered with their first names. These wonderful items were also purchased at now-and-forever.com, a great website, Lisa told me, that offers invitations, accessories, keepsakes and all the stationery essentials.
The wedding cake was the best strawberry shortcake I'd ever eaten. Lisa and Drew sufficiently smeared cake on each other's faces and drew oohs and ahhs from the small crowd. My husband and I held hands the entire evening, remembering fondly how it had just been us exchanging our vows.
The evening ended in traditional fashion with the bride and groom being whisked away in a limousine to a secret destination for their wedding night. Then they were off tomorrow for a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands.
Everything from the invitation to the wedding favors was done in affectionate style that was sure to ring in the hearts and minds of everyone that was involved. The wedding was so enjoyable that I wished my husband and I could do it all over again.
P.S. We use our heart teaspoons every morning to add sugar to our coffee.