Thursday, February 20, 2014

Non-Traditional Wedding Ideas...Part II

Welcome back to the continuation of "Non-Traditional Wedding Ideas." Click here to see Part I. I hope you haven't lost interest {seriously, I expect you to tell me if my blog posts are getting boring...not kidding.} Without further delay, here are a few {more} unique aspects we included in The.Best.Day...

Once again, all photo credit goes to McGowan Images, truly fabulous photographers. {all files compressed so it won't take four days for the page to load...you're welcome!}

Wedding Party

Just in case having a "Man of Honor" {see Part I} didn't already classify our wedding party as unique, we decided we didn't need the same number of bridesmaids as groomsmen, etc. We had six bridal attendants {4 Bridesmaids, 1 Matron of Honor, 1 Man of Honor}, four groomsmen {1 Best Man, 3 Groomsmen}, three girls in the house party, two ushers and two readers. Strange as it may have been, it ended up looking great in the photos!

Leslie and Ryan, wedding party, McGowan Images, bridesmaids, groomsmen, house party, ushers, readers

Ryan and Leslie, wedding party, McGowan Images

Ryan and Leslie, Bridal Party

 Ryan and Leslie, McGowan Images, Texas Ranch Wedding, Groomsmen, Ushers, Ring Bearer

Ryan and Leslie, Bridal Party in Boots, McGowan Images

Ryan and Leslie, Groomsmen

Unity Cross 

Having a unity candle was ruled out early on in the planning process {ummm...pretty sure it would be some type of bad omen if the wind blew out our unity candle...wasn't about to chance that!} and we didn't feel like unity sand "fit" well with our setting, but we wanted to do something to represent two becoming one. Enter the Unity Cross {or what my friends refer to as the "jigsaw puzzle" we put together during the ceremony}.


Ryan and Leslie, Unity Cross, McGowan Images, Texas Ranch Wedding
The outer cross represents the Groom
Ryan and Leslie, Unity Cross, McGowan Images, Texas Ranch Wedding
The inner cross represents the Bride
Ryan and Leslie, Unity Cross, McGowan Images, Texas Ranch Wedding
Inserting the three pegs that hold the Unity Cross together...
Representing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Ryan and Leslie, Texas Ranch Wedding, Unity Cross, McGowan Images
Love that we can display this in our home as a
reminder of the promises we made on The.Best.Day.

Writing Our Own Vows

We did the traditional vows where we repeated after the pastor, but we also wrote our own. You can hear {most of} our vows on our wedding highlight video.

Ryan and Leslie, Vows, McGowan Images, Texas Ranch Wedding
Ryan's vows were handwritten on a paper plate...
You better believe this is one of my favorite keepsakes from The.Best.Day!
Ryan and Leslie, Vows, McGowan Images, Texas Ranch Wedding

Ryan and Leslie, Vows, McGowan Images, Texas Ranch Wedding, Groom

Ryan and Leslie, Vows, McGowan Images, Texas Ranch Wedding, Groom,

Ryan and Leslie, Vows, McGowan Images, Texas Ranch Wedding

Details

Although we didn't get married in either of our hometowns, we brought a little bit of "home" to Texas...

We asked the pastor from my hometown church to marry us. Pastor Tom incorporated stories into the ceremony about my love for shopping and Ryan's love for golf.

Hometown pastor, Bride and Groom, Texas Ranch Wedding, McGowan Images
Pastor Tom Walters from the First Christian Church in Medicine Lodge, Kansas.

And we included wheat {and some milo} in the flowers and decor to represent Kansas.

Wheat wedding decor, Fall Wedding Decor, Rustic Chic Wedding Decor, Ryan and Leslie, McGowan Images

Wheat Wedding Decor, Orange Wedding Decor, Fall Wedding Decor, Ranch Wedding Decor, Rustic Chic Wedding, McGowan Images

wheat wedding decor, orange wedding decor, fall wedding decor, rustic chic wedding decor, McGowan Images

wheat wedding decor, orange wedding decor, fall wedding decor, rustic chic wedding decor, McGowan Images

Wheat Wedding Decor, Orange Wedding Decor, Fall Wedding Decor, Ranch Wedding Decor, Rustic Chic Wedding, McGowan Images

We used my grandma Mills' Bible in place of the Ring Bearer's pillow

Family Bible as Ring Bearer's Pillow, McGowan Images, Ryan and Leslie


...And finally, the continuation of

Meaningful {to us} Music - Reception

First Dance: "Hey Pretty Girl" by Kip Moore

Ryan and Leslie, First Dance, McGowan Images, Texas Ranch Wedding
First dance as Mr. and Mrs. Martin!

Father/Daughter Dance: "Daddy's Angel" by T Carter Music


{Sidenote: our fabulous DJ, Rod Baker of DFWParties, edited the beginning of the song to extend the intro and included a pre-recorded message from me to my dad before the words to the song began...it meant the world to my dad!

Ryan and Leslie, Father Daughter Dance, Daddy's Angel, McGowan Images

Ryan and Leslie, Father Daughter Dance, Daddy's Angel, McGowan Images
The one request I had of my dad for my wedding day: to wear his white hat

Mother/Son Dance: "The Baby" by Blake Shelton

Ryan and Leslie, Mother Son Dance, The Baby, McGowan Images


Special Request Song: "Brotherly Love" by Keith Whitley

Ryan and Leslie, Reception, Dance, McGowan Images, Texas Ranch Wedding
Siblings and best friends
Ryan and Leslie, Reception, Dance, Texas Ranch Wedding
Ryan dancing with his sister, Maggie
Ryan and Leslie, Texas Ranch Wedding, McGowan Images, Reception
He danced with each sister for half the song,
but I guess we didn't get a photo of him dancing with Lacey. :(
Lacey, Maggie and Ryan

Sweetheart Dance: "Give it All We Got Tonight" by George Strait


The last dance of the night, just the two of us...of course it had to be to George Strait!

Ryan and Leslie, Final Dance, McGowan Images, Texas Ranch Wedding

Ryan and Leslie, Last Dance, Sweetheart Dance, McGowan Images


Thank you for letting me gush about details of our wedding for the past two days. There are still a few things I want to share from The.Best.Day {getting ready with the girls, our ultimate favorite photos, details/decor, lessons learned during the planning process, etc.}, but I'll give you a break from the wedding posts for a bit. I don't want to be an annoying, over-sharing recent bride, but I just love reflecting on that special day when I became Mrs. Martin!

November 2, 2013...The.Best.Day 

5 comments:

  1. I love the unity cross! I have never seen that before (and I've worked in bridal a long time) , but what a special item to use to decorate your home!

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  2. I love this...sooo sweet. Never boring. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I love all of these unique wedding ideas! I've never even heard of a unity cross, but I'll have to remember that for friends/family getting married!

    And that is SO incredibly adorable that you recorded an intro for your dad. I would've cried like a baby!

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  4. Reading this, seeing the images and remembering your beautiful day brings tears to my eyes all over again. It truly was The Best Day, and we were so blessed to bring you into our family (officially).

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  5. Just found you through Ashley @ Perfectly Scrubbed and SO GLAD I did- can you please plan my wedding for me this is AWESOME!

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