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impromptu wedding

Impromptu Wedding

This last Wednesday, my friend since the fifth grade, Sarah, called me and said she was getting married that day. Sarah and her fiancé wanted to just get it over with and not wait any longer, or fuss with all the monotonous and sometimes overwhelming details of planning a wedding. At first, they planned on a Vegas wedding in February, and now, they just wanted a court house wedding. Sarah was going to wear the wedding dress she loved and bought 6 months ago. When she told me about their new plans, I was eager to ask if she had a photographer, since it’s a new passion of mine, and since I’m still learning all the tricks (and still have a long way to go) and also the simple fact that I believe everyone should have pictures from their wedding! That is one of the most sentimental reflections a couple can have when looking back on the happiest day of their lives. To my good fortune, Sarah told me they did not have a photographer. We then planned on having both bride and groom come over to our house around four-ish (The wedding was at six) to take pictures in our backyard. We have a beautiful backyard that we hardly ever use, perfect for a pre-wedding photo shoot.

Once we all agreed on a time to take pre-wedding pictures, Sarah then called me back and said, “Can we just get married in your backyard?”……….um.. sure… why not! While Sarah was on the phone arranging for an Ordained Minister to come to our house on short notice, here I was on the phone coaxing Mark with the whole crazy idea of having a wedding….at our house… in three hours. Once Mark settled (calmed down) with the idea, he was all for it. Sarah was not planning on making a big to-do about her wedding, but since weddings and event planning are an absolute obsession of mine, I had to make this perfect for her. I also only had 3 hours to get it right. I immediately jumped into my car to buy flowers for her bouquet, and ingredients for her wedding cupcakes.

Thank you Betty Crocker for your dependable, fail proof cake in a box....

Thank you Betty Crocker for your dependable, fail proof cake mix in a box....

I topped off each cupcake with a little sprig of purple sage

I topped off each cupcake with a little sprig of purple sage

If I had more time, I would have made her cupcakes from scratch, and to be honest, something more exotic than chocolate and white cake. But with only 3 hours to spare, Betty Crocker cake mix was perfect! I did however manage to make my homemade butter cream frosting, which in my opinion, is the best part of a cake. Luckily we already had a bottle of champagne at our house, so into the fridge it went for chilling. Once I got home, in went the cupcakes. While they were baking, I whipped up the frosting, scooped it into a large plastic zip-lock bag for a makeshift frosting pouch. Once the cupcakes cooled, I snipped the end of the frosting pouch and squeezed small dollops onto each cupcake.  At this time, it was 4pm and the bride and groom were arriving at our house in 30 minutes for pictures. I feverishly trimmed her flowers, arranged them neatly into a bouquet, arranged leftover flowers into a large vase for the main table, then tore apart 6 or so lavender colored roses to have strewn about on the pebble-lined aisle.

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Sarah wanted purple flowers, so I bought every shade of purple flower I layed my eyes on.

Sarah wanted purple flowers, so I bought every shade of purple flower I laid my eyes on.

I heard the door bell ring. I had a good pace going with all the details. The bride and groom needed to change, so by the time we went outside, the sun was lowering itself to dusk. I wanted to optimize the natural light as much as possible. We had a speedy photo shoot and then the guests started to arrive. This was a mini-wedding, to say the least, 11 total, and that’s counting the bride and groom! The minister arrived at 5:45, the wedding followed at six. It was intimate, sweet, and perfect in Sarah’s eyes, and more than she ever imagined. I’m so happy Sarah gave me this opportunity to make her special day, special.

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The beautiful bride

Father and Bride

Father and Bride

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Congratulations, Sarah and Steve!

Congratulations, Sarah and Steve!

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4 Comments

  • fran larson
    Posted October 4, 2009 at 1:47 PM | Permalink

    Wowie, that’s amazing! I didn’t realize you pulled that whole thing together yourself in such a short time! Lucky Sarah!

  • Kelsey
    Posted October 16, 2009 at 7:12 PM | Permalink

    Dude- that looks like it came straight from an alt wedding magazine. Nice shots. So gorgeous. Kim and I wish we’d been there! Miss you. xoxox

  • Posted October 18, 2009 at 9:47 PM | Permalink

    Kelsey- You’re next LADY!! :)

  • Posted April 11, 2010 at 12:57 PM | Permalink

    Great blog , love the design. Seriously considering migrating to this blog platform now!

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