The venue was beautiful, the bride was beyond stunning and the whole day simply felt like Cherayne and Matt.
Guests boarded buses to the venue at 5 p.m. and a little before 6 p.m., the music started playing and everyone watched as the mothers of the bride and groom took their seats.
Cherayne and Matt are big-time animal lovers and incorporated their sweet dog, Cole, into the ceremony which I obviously thought was fantastic!
Cole looked awfully snazzy in a light blue bowtie and did a great job behaving as he sat with Cherayne’s mom. Ryan and I would’ve loved to have Sadie involved in our wedding, but she’s a giant liability and would’ve surely sprinted toward Ryan and then toward me and probably peed herself from all the excitement. Not exactly what you want on your wedding day. Cole was a pro!
When the music changed, we all stood and turned to watch Cherayne walk down the aisle to an instrumental version of “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles which I thought was such a perfect song choice because Cherayne really does light up every room she walks into.
She smiled as she walked down the aisle, but the closer she got to her groom, the more her chin started to quiver and it was obvious she was fighting back tears. When I glanced at Matt, I felt my eyes water because I have truly never seen him smile so big. I also happened to catch a glimpse of his mom who was staring at him with so much pride and love that it made me feel even more emotional.
I loved the readings and scriptures they selected, as they all felt real and grounded and not fluffy and idealistic. There was a quote their pastor read about love that a bunch of us agreed was a great choice:
“Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being ‘in love,’ which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.” ― Louis de Bernières
Cherayne was also totally herself during the ceremony, blurting out a loud and excited, “Hi!!” when she reached Matt which made everyone laugh and set the tone for an upbeat and fun wedding.
Before we knew it, the pastor announced Cherayne and Matt as husband and wife and Matt leaned into kiss his bride!
They walked back down the aisle, hand-in-hand, so very clearly giddy with excitement and love!
While the bridal party took pictures, the rest of the guests headed out onto the beautiful terrace for cocktail hour where we sipped drinks and nibbled on passed hors d’oeuvres, such as mini grilled cheeses and tiny cups of tomato soup.
(Me + Minda!)
After cocktail hour, we were ushered inside for dinner and lots and lots of dancing. The reception kicked off with the bride and groom’s first dance as husband and wife.
Their dance made me cry. The song they chose (Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up”) had a lot of meaning to them and they looked so happy and in love. It was one of the sweetest first dances I’ve ever seen because they clearly took lessons and put time and effort into learning a beautiful dance to do together. They also encouraged everyone else to join them on the dance floor at the end of the song which I thought was such a neat idea!
Following their dance, we took our seats and dug into a delicious meal that included a salad with fried goat cheese and grilled mahi mahi. Perfect dancing fuel!
Ryan and I spent the vast majority of the evening on the dance floor breaking it down with our friends.
We took a couple breaks for some fun in the photo booth where a crown prop got caught in my hair.
Not my best look… but I do love the ridiculous look on Ryan’s face! Ha!
A packed dance floor made Cherayne and Matt’s reception pass by in a flash. I felt like one minute I was dancing up a storm and the next minute I was boarding the bus back to the hotel when everything was over. I guess that’s the sign of a good time, right!?
We had such a wonderful time celebrating the wedding of two fantastic people. Cherayne and Matt, we wish you a lifetime of happiness and hope you have the best time on your honeymoon!!! Thank you for including us in your special day!