Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lemur L'amour: Decorating the Venue

Originally I was worried we would only be able to get into the venue the day of the wedding. Technically our contract stated that we would only have access the day of—but our sweet caterer told us to stop by anytime she was there, which ended up being all afternoon Thursday and all day Friday. Since Friday was jam-packed, we scheduled the decorating for Thursday afternoon.

When we got there, they had already set up all of the tables and chairs, spread the linens, and were working on setting the tables. So much more than I had expected seeing as though we had selected a non-traditional wedding venue—the summer months at Pleasant Ridge are full of camps for special needs kids, not weddings! I had brought extra troops with me just in case... so all sixteen of my family members took on the venue in full force to turn it from a camp cafeteria into a ceremony and reception space.

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The tables went quickly—we set the bags on the tables and each of us unpacked two or three in less than a half hour. My grandmother tackled the fireplace, which was originally a wide open charred space that was...ugly. She filled it with ivy and candles, and threw in a few flowers on the day of for color.

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We played around with different plants over the fireplace but ended up hanging bunting, which I absolutely loved. The actual hanging part was more difficult though... Ever heard the phrase "too many cooks in the kitchen?" In this case it was more like "too many people watching Mr. Lemur hang bunting."

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My dad and sister hung poms over the buffet area and in the windows. I loved the color they brought to the space, but they could have been bigger. Not a problem in the long run but something to remember when you're decorating a huge space!

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I don't have a ton of photos of everything we did, but we also decorated all the specialty tables, including the table honoring our parents and grandparents. It turned out to be fantastic and very special.

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I can't wait to show you how everything turned out!

When were you able to set up for your wedding?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Lemur L'amour: Celebrating & Finally Together

I loved everyone's suggestions for titles! I think I'm going to go with Lemur L'amour—it's a little nod to Mr. Lemur's birth and growing up years in Quebec, Canada. Plus it's just really cute. You guys are way more creative than I am!

The Tuesday before the wedding was Sister E's 21st birthday! As a combination day celebrating both her birthday and being together for one of the last days before we scattered to Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania for the summer, we spent a low-key afternoon in Greenville and went out for dinner. Sister E set up a walking course that hit some of the nicest places in Greenville—old downtown churches, the Wyche Pavilion (my secret wedding dream that wasn't meant to be), and Falls Park.

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Afterwards we celebrated with our extended family with cake, ice cream, and ultimate frisbee. The ultimate frisbee game consisted of me running around with my cousins and uncles while my grandmother and aunts screamed "Don't hit the bride!" I was fine. No bruises on my wedding day.

Wednesday was the best day, because on Wednesday Mr. Lemur finally arrived! We celebrated with wedding errands... and Subway footlong sandwiches in Walmart. Super romantic.

Thursday is where it gets crazy. South Carolina has a 24 hour waiting period for wedding licenses, and you have to apply in person. Since Mr. Lemur hadn't been in South Carolina since December, we had to wait until two days before the wedding to get our marriage license—cutting it a little close. Fortunately, there was hardly a line and we were in and out with our application in less than a half hour!

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Then it was off to the venue to decorate! What were the days leading up to your wedding like?

Monday, May 27, 2013

*insert title here*: The Wedding Week Begins

So, you know how everyone has really cool recap titles? Bad news: I'm not clever. I'm prepping to write recaps as soon as we get professional pictures back (should be just a few more weeks!), but I'm not sure what to use as a title. Yes, I know you don't HAVE to have a title, but I thought it would be neat to include one. So help me out! What should I title my recaps? I'm open to any and all suggestions!

The week started out with my parents arriving late on the Saturday before the wedding. We spent Sunday doing typical family things—attending church in the morning, eating lunch with our extended family, and lying around. The rest of the week, though, it was go time.

I worked Monday through Wednesday. In retrospect, this may not have been the greatest idea. Maybe I should have ended my contract early, but that would have meant using non-paid days—and given the fact that we were getting married and moving with all of those related expenses, I thought I should work out my contract.

Monday night was spent working on miscellaneous projects, like signs to direct guests through the turns in the park and toward parking. I'm lazy, so we stuck with our trusty sharpies on wood method. I just free-handed and filled in the lines, so the signs don't match or look consistent. At all. Oh well. Just look at them one at a time.

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They ended up working out great. Unfortunately, we still had guests get lost, but at least it wasn't within the park!

Personal photo / My little brother posing with one of the finished signs

We finished several other projects, including organizing the materials for set-up on Thursday. I placed everything for each centerpiece in a bag labeled for the table, which ended up being one of the greatest things I did. When we arrived at the venue, it was as easy as pulling out each bag and setting it on the correct table.

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Then it was on to Tuesday and my sister's birthday plus celebrating one of my last days as a single woman!

How did your wedding week begin? Suggestions for a name? Please?

Friday, May 17, 2013

I Was Crazy

I graduated with my masters degree on May 3rd and we got married on May 4th. Making matters more complicated, graduation was in the afternoon and we had a morning Mr. Lemur also I also had to move all of my stuff out of my apartment and pack it to travel 800 miles.

This was not my original plan. Back when we first started talking about dates, I was pushing for May 11th. We knew we wanted to get married in early May because South Carolina is *usually* already 85+ degrees by that time of year. I also didn't want a huge gap between finishing my degree and work contract and moving to a new area and finding a job. 

Personal photo / Mr. Lemur and I with my grandparents after graduation

For many reasons, May 11th wasn't convenient for the rest of our families. Namely, the fact that Mr. Lemur's parents are in Michigan, and he has siblings in Utah, Guam, and Africa. My parents are in Wisconsin. It would have been incredibly difficult and in at least one case impossible for our closest family members to attend both our graduation and wedding. Not cool. 

So we decided to cram it all in to one crazy weekend. When I told people this the response was usually "You're doing what?!" I had a cookie cutter answer like "Well, actually my degree requirements are complete on April 5th and I'm only working 30 hours a week for the remainder of the month, so it's not that bad! Plus I have a lot planned already." Which was all true, but I underestimated the amount of work that has to get done right before the wedding. 

Personal photo / With three of my best friends after graduation

I'm going to get into the events of the week before the wedding more in future guys, I was crazy. 

But do I regret that insane weekend where not everything went perfectly and I didn't sit down for four straight days? As I relax on the couch in our new apartment with my husband during a lazy morning while he reads forums and I Absolutely not. 

Did anyone else have a crazy wedding weekend?

Monday, May 13, 2013

We're Married!

I'm so excited to write this post!

On Saturday, May 4th, at 11:00 am (well, maybe more like 11:20 am), Mr. Lemur and I said I do. It was not a perfect day... but it was pretty much as close as it gets.

We started out with some pictures in the road (same day sneak peeks from our photographer!).

After getting everyone situated and family pictures done, we started the ceremony... ten minutes late. (We'll get to that in the recaps!) The ceremony flowed smoothly into the reception and pretty soon we were sneaking out for a few more pictures in the woods.

I'll be back in the next few days with the events leading up to the wedding, our honeymoon, and a few more miscellaneous posts! It will still be three or four weeks before we get the rest of professional pictures, but I have several things to talk about before then. Until then, I'm back! And glad to be back as a married woman.