Wedding: Retrospect

We're "looking back" on the blog today!
If you've been following the past few posts, there are a lot of details about the wedding! It was a fast 100 days of planning, but it was really fun for us. I wrote down A LOT of details because I didn't want to forget everything and wanted to document while it's fresh. Probably the next step will be documenting our story of how we came to be.

FAIR WARNING: I write long posts.

So here are all the posts to do with wedding details:

Engagement Pictures: with Mikki, with Martha
Bridal Showers
Formal Pictures
Week Before the Big Day
Blog Features

And if you're like me and love seeing everything wedding related, here are even more pictures...  here are ALL the pictures of the wedding by Claire Marika. And ALL the formal pictures by Mikki Platt.

Wedding: Prep

From proposal to "I do" we had 100 days to plan it all! As a major DIYer, I knew that would mean a lot of crafts! I tried to snap a few photos as we crafted.

My mom and I collected cans and bought a few at the cannery to spray for the flowers. I asked Greg to pick up can of gold spray paint at Home Depot. He loves spray paint, so he knew all the right kinds to get. He got a matte metallic gold, a super shiny gold, a rich bronze, and matte white. At first when he got home I thought he had purchased too many. But it was the right amount and I loved having so many different varieties of the colors. Great work Greg!

I wanted to have pinecones from my yard as the place card holders, so my mom and I collected a couple hundred and cleaned them all.


My mom and our neighbor Kayla spent hours cutting out all the blocks for the quilt and ironing them onto freezer paper so it would be easier to write on for the guest book. And she made this fabulous embroidery to go in the middle.


Greg was a trooper. Especially when it came to wedding announcements. He hand stamped the return label on all the envelopes because I wanted to handwrite all the other addresses. I caught him mid-stamp while we watched Emperor's New Groove.

Unfortunately I got a sinus infection about a month before the wedding. But nothing can hold me back from finishing these invites! So here I am in the doctor's waiting room. Stamping and writing.


 This is the first wedding gift we received! It came in the mail to my office. So I sent Greg a picture and we filmed ourselves opening it up that night. Receiving presents in the mail ahead of time was SOO exciting!

When we my mom and I went to meet with the caterer, we chose all of the dining utensils and the platers that everything would be served on. Marvellous Catering was such a dream to work with, and when she pulled out these kraft recycled square plates, I got so excited! 

The other picture if when Greg and I had to go down to Provo before work and get our marriage license at the Utah County offices. Wohoo!


Our bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses, but I wanted them to have some floral component. I stressed about these necklaces for far too long, but I thought it would be fun to include some of the floral fabric that Melissa designed for Kokka. So I used these and made some necklaces for each girl. They took forever and I kind of regret it. But, hey. They all matched! 


Along with my wedding gown, my mother-in-law made a sweet yellow dress for my niece with a little scalloped hem. She also made this beautiful blue organza dress for herself. So much work and they turned out great! 


When I went grocery shopping the week before the wedding, I knew we were getting close because milk would expire on our wedding day! The countdown began!

This last picture is our last day at the singles ward. Greg had become a member of my congregation after we got engaged so that we could attend church together. The bishopric started a marriage preparation class for us and a couple others during the Sunday School hour. But on this last Sunday, the teacher wasn't able to make it. So we thought we would do our own marriage prep course. We found this room upstairs with really nice light and we talked about what we wanted our Sundays to look like in our married life, what sorts of service we wanted to do in the church and said a prayer of gratitude for the change to take a marriage prep course with our amazing bishopric. We were so grateful for all the counsel and wisdom they gave us. 

Wedding: Luncheon

After our wedding ceremony in the morning, we invited everyone who was at the temple and a few others to come join us down the street for the luncheon. I asked our photographer to take pictures of every table so that we can remember everyone that was able to make it.

We started with the food, and then had a bit of a program. First we had someone from each table introduce everyone at their table. That way everyone knew who was who, and related to whom. Then each of our siblings gave us a little sentimental gift. Next, we watched a wonderful slideshow that Greg put together. As Greg and I were planning our wedding, a slideshow was low on my priority list. Luckily, it was important to Greg and he made it happen. Complete with Star Wars themes and some of our favorite songs. In the end, I was so glad he made it and took the time to track down all those photos and scan them in. Here it is...

After the slideshow, each of our parents said a little something about Greg and I. Then I got up and gave a little tribute to Greg. Midway through, I asked my sisters to come up with me and we sang "For the Beauty of the Earth" accompanied on the guitar by our family friend, David Golden. Not all of our guests are religious and many of them weren't at the temple to see the ceremony, so I wanted to make sure that we had a bit at the luncheon about praising God and how precious love is, not just on earth but also above.

Here are the lyrics to this hymn that has always been a favorite of mine:

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flow'r,
Sun and moon, and stars of light,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

Lastly, Greg got up and said some very sweet words about me and our relationship. And then it was over! I'm so glad my brothers were able to record the whole thing. It is a bit long, but it was very sweet for us to have everyone together so I'm so glad we have recordings of what everyone said.

Here are a few of our favorite pictures during the luncheon...


Mo, Ashley, Evan, Laura, Terry, Amy, Tina

Jackson, Isaac, Michael, Sarah

Trevor, Chris, 

Sarah, Stephen, Alex, Lindy, Melissa

Rick & Jana, Natalie & Bruce, Rosemary & Brent

Kim & Mike, Kent & Wendy, Jayme & Richy

Rex, John, Braeden & Chandra, Maddie & Sam, 

Gary & Val, Deanna & David, Suzette & Randy, Blaine & Carolyn

Jerry, Connie & Will, Marilyn, Deann & Fred

Megan, John, Michelle, Dave, Matt, Marge, Marilyn

Aaron & Melissa, Jaime & Jesse, Emily, Calvin, Lizzy, Matilda

Roland, Denise, Rebecca, Greg, Lillian, Ray