Our wedding day couldn't have gone more perfectly. The bridesmaids and I arrived at Willows Lodge in Woodinville at 10:00am to start getting ready and enjoyed a relaxed morning of pampering. Meanwhile the groomsmen and Dave enjoyed a home cooked breakfast and Saturday morning football at Dave's dear friend and groomsman's home Josh Loy (prepared by his lovely wife).
We chose to do a first look and photos before the ceremony since we were getting married in the middle of November in Seattle and it gets dark around here in the winter at 5:00pm! Dave cried when he saw me during the first look. It was such a sweet moment that we will never forget. Photos with the bridal party and families was a blast and from there the whirlwind of activity took off.
Some dear friends from our church and my wonderful Aunt Paige showed up early to start putting out the decorations that I had created for our wedding and the bridal party was shuffled off to their respective rooms to await the signal for the start of the ceremony. The ceremony was short and sweet - done by Dave's great friend and pastor from college Kevin Armstrong. I could not have wished for a better message and ceremony. It was beautiful. We are forever grateful for what he shared during our ceremony.
The reception literally felt like a giant party. We held it in a small banquet room and packed it out with all 150 guests who were able to attend. We went way off our planned schedule so that we could spend more time greeting our friends and family. We were especially blessed that so many of our loved ones made the effort to travel long distances to celebrate with us. The cake was delicious, the toasts were heartfelt, and the dance floor was packed! It was the perfect night.