I’ve been trying to decide what I’d like to say about our wedding. But, no words really seem to sum the day up totally. Amazing, wonderful, enthralling, life changing, exciting? Put every happy, excitable word into one place and it still isn’t close to how I felt that day. As cheesy and typical as it is, it was without a doubt the happiest day of my life so far.
We were married a little after 2:30 pm at Tudor House in Portage Lakes, Ohio. We chose to have the ceremony in the backyard, right up against Turkeyfoot Lake. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Jeffrey Witherspoon of A New Way of Hope Weddings, and he was phenomenal. We wrote our own ceremony and vows, and the entire thing was completely secular and non-religious. Reverend Witherspoon was flawless in his delivery. My flowers were silk and purchased from Suzy Q Weddings, who did the most amazing job ever. My bouquet’s were exactly what I wanted and I was close to tears when I first saw them and picked them up. Food and music were provided by us. For music we used my iPod preloaded with playlists and ran our surround sound for speakers. For food we did a mexican buffet with steak, chicken, ground beef, vegetarian beef, rice, shells, tortilla’s and all the typical toppings. Our cake was purchased from Michael Angelo’s Bakery, which is the same bakery Bill’s Mom works for. Our cake was a 3 tier, circular, yellow cake with strawberry cassata on the bottom layer, cherry cassata in the center layer, and carrot cake for the top ‘anniversary’ cake. Photography was done by Way-Back Farm Photography. Lila is amazing, and I am not just saying that because I know her. She captured all the shots I wanted and the quality of the prints is awesome.
Everything was beautiful. Bill had yet to see me in my dress, so when I came out to walk down the aisle, the look on his face took my breath away. The ceremony was perfect. It lasted around 10 minutes, and since we wrote it, it was everything we wanted and desired. We both said the same vows, instead of having separate vows, since we had both poured our hearts into the entire ceremony itself. The Reverend even announced at the beginning when he welcomed everyone that he was so proud to do a wedding like ours, as it showed the level of commitment we had to each other to take the time we did to write out our own ceremony. I have created a page with our ceremony for those interested in seeing what was said. It can be found here.The only annoyance I had with our entire ceremony, was a typical problem with having an outdoor wedding. The wind was blowing fairly strong, and in several pictures my veil is blowing around my face or covering my face. But, seeing how that was my only annoyance of the day, obviously everything else went fine.
The reception was immediately following the ceremony and pictures. We had an outdoor setup for the tables, with the food inside. Our tables and chairs were provided by Tudor House. For the table setting we did pink vinyl table cloth’s with white butcher’s paper as the runner. The centerpieces were heart shaped glass dishes filled with rose potpourri with a small circular glass dish in the center of it holding crayola markers. Instead of having a guest book, we asked our guests to write a message or draw a picture for us on the table. Party favors were white organza drawstring bags filled with 20 Hershey kisses of 6 different kinds, tied off with a silver charm that said ‘Happily Ever After’. Toasting flutes and cake service were the ‘Anastasia’ style purchased and engraved at Thing’s Remembered. Our flutes said ‘William and Angela Bergmann September 9, 2009’. The server said ‘Today I Marry My Best Friend September 9, 2009’ and our knife said ‘At Last The Cake’. Our first dance as husband and wife was to Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s – Talking In Code. The reception itself lasted until about 8 pm, and we had cleaned up and left by around 9.
So that was our wedding. It was amazing, exciting, and breath taking. I have so many pictures I want to share, but there are so many it is hard to choose. I’ll leave this post with the pictures I like the most out of the thousand+ pictures we have.
To see all of the pictures I uploaded from the wedding day, look at the set on my Flickr.