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Wedding

First I’ll talk about my engagement.

It started with me saying, “Who would ever want to marry him?!” Me. Our story line is much like that of the movie “When Harry Met Sally.”

Harry: The first time we met, we hated each other.
Sally: No, you didn’t hate me, I hated you. The second time we met, you didn’t even remember me.
Harry: I did too, I remembered you. The third time we met, we became friends.
Sally: We were friends for a long time.
Harry: And then we weren’t.
Sally: And then we fell in love.

Kevin and I never dated in college. Instead, it took four years to develop a lasting friendship. We were together in the best of times and in the worst of times. The relationship grew over time and our individual faith backgrounds became the foundation for what I believe will be a lasting marriage.

The proposal came on Cinco de Mayo, 2009 while I was living in Philadelphia. It was a cold and rainy day as we walked from the train station to my apartment. During the 20min walk, he had been acting goofier than usual. Once we got inside the door, he knelt to the ground and proposed – he couldn’t hold it in any longer! For TWO WEEKS he had been plotting the surprise: he had asked for my parents permission and sold his beloved motorcycle to purchase my ring.

And then…

Harry Burns: We had this – we had a really wonderful wedding.
Sally Albright: It was – it really was a [laugh]
Sally Albright: beautiful wedding.

dum dum dah dum…

The Wedding

Unlike most girls who become engaged, I had no idea what kind of wedding I wanted. My dreams ranged from a summer time, hippe-like, square-dancing, fiddle-fest in a field by a creek to a quiet and beautiful formal wedding. What is a girl to do!?

I had no idea until my mother unearthed the wedding album of my late grandparents. And thus, the inspiration for the wedding came from the 1940 marriage of my paternal grandparents. They were wedd in a morning ceremony followed by a waltz in a hotel that overlooked central park in New York City. It was elegant, beautiful, and unique.

 The Dress & Accessories

Had I been able to find my grandmother’s dress, I would have worn her gorgeous full satin dress. We assumed it had deteriorated over the years. Luckily, I was able to find an inexpensive vintage dress from a boutique in Philadelphia http://www.phillybride.com/index2.html.

For the accesories, I wanted to mimick my grandmother as closely as possible. I wore her headdress,

used baby’s breath for flowers (which were beautiful and inexpensive!!),

replicated satin gloves,

and the pearl necklace, pearl earings, and engagement ring, of course, were compliments of Kevin :)!

The Grooms Suit along with Groomsmen and Bridesmaids

Most folks don’t care what the groom looks like, but for this themed wedding, I needed my groom and his crew to look like my grandfather and his groomsmen. I took a picture of my grandfather and groomsmen to the Men’s Warehouse and we found exact replicates of the suits they wore in the 1940s! Check it out!

Debonair!

1940 bridesmaids dresses were NOT so attractive. I chose versatile, black cocktail dresses that would be fun to waltz in! The maid of honor, my sister Nicole, was the only exception and got to wear whatever she wanted. If she wore her Halloween cat costume I would not have cared! But she has great taste so I wasn’t worried 😉

 

The Place

I choose the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina for the my ceremony and reception http://www.biltmore.com/weddings/.

I am so happy I was wed here!

Biltmore Catering designed a replicate of my grandparent’s cake! I even found a cake topper that looked like theirs!

We had a sit-down lunch

The menu reads:
Appetizer – Peite Crab Cake with Cajun Remoulade
Salad – Organic baby arugala, Shaved Manchego, Fresh Lemon Oil and a Foccacia Crouton

House made rolls

Entree – Balsamic Roasted Chicken with Tarragon Jus and
Atlantic Salmon with herb Cream Sauce
Accompanied by Haricot Vert and Buttermilk Whipped Potatoes

The food was FANTASTIC. Never for a moment did I worry about the food. They even offered to make specialty dishes for vegetarians and vegans.

The Music

My grandparents had a small instrumental ensemble at their wedding. I was able to recreate this with the musicians from Braidstream.  

They played the flute, the guitar, and a hammered dulcimer during my ceremony and reception. Braidstream was delighted to play waltz music and allowed a family friend to accompany them on the trumpet.

The Photographer

So who took these beautiful pictures?

Audrey Gofroth at http://www.goforthphoto.com/.  She is the best Asheville has HANDS DOWN! And you haven’t even seen photos with my better half!

Conclusion

This was the best day of my life! All my friends and family were there to see me and my best friend marry!

I have to give two more plugs. One is to my makeup artist Wendy Arthur who made my face look like this (or was that Audrey?):

And to my wedding coordinator Kiersa Holy who made my entire wedding day stress free!

A few more Pictures

Me the morning of the wedding…

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the snow from my room!

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Comments»

1. Nicole @ yuppieyogini - November 8, 2010

I want you to get married again this year. That was so much fun! (I wish I could get my hair to look like that again)

2. Alicia - November 8, 2010

Beautiful!! I love everything about your wedding!

frizzybaker - December 4, 2010

Thank you!!

3. Gigi - December 4, 2010

Oh, Megan, yours was a beautiful wedding. Your grandmother Saunders would have loved every minute if it.

4. Liz Smothers - December 24, 2010

This makes me so happy Megan! I miss you!

5. Marika - January 7, 2011

Wow, that dress is stunning!

frizzybaker - January 10, 2011

Thanks!!


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