For today’s couple, Tara and Chad, the Christmas season has played an important role in their relationship – they started dating just before Christmas and got engaged on Christmas eve; combine that with the fact that their friends love a good party, and it only made sense to throw the biggest party of their lives on New Year’s Eve with a wedding at the Ancaster Mill. Now that’s what I call ringing in the New Year with style!
In Tara’s Words:
We really wanted to include the people who were most important to us, and by keeping the guest list relatively small, we were able to incorporate all of the touches that meant something to us. We really didn’t experience very much stress about planning; neither Chad nor I were overly concerned with the little details, and just kept the perspective that actually getting and being married was the most important part of the day. That being said, we did have a lot of fun with the planning that we did do – we went on a family vacation to NYC to go dress shopping; and went to a bunch of antique stores and farmers markets to find brooches for my brooch bouquet, which we wired up by the pool in the summer, as well as spent a good amount of time, with my dad, no less, assembling the manzanita centre pieces.
One of the most memorable parts of the ceremony was when the officiant did not remember we had written our own vows – I could see Chad determining if he should speak up, but I squeezed his hand to let him know not to – it was actually the part I was most nervous about, so it was nice to actually just go over our vows on our own after the ceremony – and I’m glad we got to do that in private, as I likely would have cried.
The father of the bride speech was likely one of the least appropriate and funniest speeches I’ve ever heard at a wedding, and also was incredibly memorable, and just made the day truly “ours”.