Keeping It Real: The Best Day of My Life (So Far)

Obviously I am referring to my wedding day!  I had the most amazing wedding, and I don’t care if I’m biased about that.  We had a theme… our wedding was called the “We’re In This Together Tour”.  (“We’re In This Together” is a song by NIN, which is one of my/my husband’s favorite bands; we also got engaged on Trent Reznor’s – frontman of NIN – birthday.)  My husband is a stage technician and we are both musicians, so having a musical theme to our wedding was perfect.

Photography by Erica Nicole Photography

Our lovely cake (from Kroger, by the way!) and some of the decor at the reception. Our favors were tambourines with a rockstar photo of the two of us, and our tour name.  We also gave out guitar picks with the tour name on them.

Music wasn’t just a theme in our wedding, it was a huge part of it.  Before our ceremony, my husband and three other trombonists played selections for our guests in a trombone quartet.  Just before the processional, Ken’s nephew (now mine too!) played Clair de Lune on piano.  And as we all walked down the aisle, he played Canon in D on the piano.  It was absolutely beautiful.  The recessional was Trumpet Voluntary, played on piano with Patrick Hession (played with Maynard Furguson) on trumpet.

Photography by Erica Nicole Photography

Our nephew playing piano during the ceremony.

Before I continue about the wonderful music at our wedding, let me pause for a moment to tell you all about the attire.  I was in love with my dress, and my bridesmaids dresses.  I was also pretty proud of myself for picking out ties for the groomsmen that they could wear again.  Our colors were purple and green, and I’m so glad that I chose that theme – I went through a LOT of changes throughout the planning process, which by the way was over two years!  My gorgeous gown was a silk taffeta, which was light and gorgeous.  It was very simple with rouching across the bodice and a simple yet elegant beaded design at my hip.  The girls wore knee-length halter dresses in a chiffon fabric which was flattering on all of them – a hard feat, I might add, considering I had bridesmaids of all shapes and sizes, including a pregnant maid of honor!  The guys were in all black with purple ties, except Ken who wore an ivory jacket with black pants, similar to what his father wore at his wedding.  My dress was from a small wedding boutique in Berkley, MI called The Wedding Shoppe.  My girls’ dresses were Alfred Angelo, from Lola’s Bridal Boutique in Saginaw, MI, and the guys got their tuxedo rentals from President Tuxedo.

Photography by Erica Nicole Photography

Our gorgeous wedding party!  And our beautiful flowers were done by a friend of mine, I loved them!

Our reception was absolutely fabulous.  We started the night with a bridal party entrance to “We’re In This Together” mixed by our DJ Mike Adams, a good friend of our family.  Ken and I danced to our song, “Faithfully” by Journey before sharing a group slow dance with our wedding party to “Beyond the Gray Sky” by 311.  We cut our cake shortly after to “Wouldn’t It Be Nice?” by the Beach Boys, and then it was time for dinner.  After dinner, everyone got the surprise of the evening – we had a BIG BAND to kick off the entertainment!  And what a Big Band it was… a combination of members of the Farmington Community Big Band, friends of Ken’s from college – including his college professor, friends of mine from high school, and professional musicians from the Detroit area.  Everyone had a blast dancing to the Big Band, especially one of my flower girls and my nephew, a Jr. groomsman!  After the Big Band wrapped, DJ Mike Adams came back and we finished out the night to classic wedding DJ music mixed in with modern dance songs.

Photography by Erica Nicole Photography

Dancing the night away with my husband to the music of our Big Band!

Overall, I had the most beautiful, amazing, fun and outrageous wedding.  We even had a wedding crasher, what a hoot!  It was definitely a night to remember, and I’m so thankful for the wonderful people in my life who made it happen.  Speaking of those people – our photographer was Erica Nicole Photography, who is Ken’s niece.  If you want to see more of our pictures, just click any of the pictures on this post and you’ll be taken straight to her blog where you can see more!

Photography by Erica Nicole Photography


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