Becoming a Bodmer – October 2nd 2021

Mitchell Ringness Photography

I wrote a post summarizing general life updates which included marrying my husband earlier in October. I wanted to lump everything wedding related into this one post versus writing multiple posts. If you’re more of a fan of my geeky content, this might be the post to skip since it’s more of a life update post. However, I was able to incorporate some geek aspects into our wedding.

Saturday was a partly cloudy day with 70-degree weather. Our party arrived at Four Daughter’s Vineyard & Winery at 10 AM. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t on edge for most of the morning. Being a bride, I had gone through in my head what could go wrong. A vendor doesn’t show, a guest arrives who forgot to RSVP or I forgot to bring something to Four Daughters. As the morning went on, I started to feel at ease. The hair and makeup artists I picked did a great job. I went with PrimpedMN who specializes in onsight hair and makeup services. All my bridesmaids looked stunning. As we were getting ready, we were blasting music in the getting ready area while the hair and makeup team worked. The hair and makeup artist were dancing along and talking with us which helped create the fun getting ready environment.

Besides the hair and makeup team, our floral arrangements were fantastic. Fox and Fern Floral made floral arrangements that gave off a rustic feel. All the flowers were locally grown. Me and my husband aren’t huge flower people, so we didn’t want flowers everywhere. There was a floral arrangement on our arch that was so beautiful and helped create the Fall wedding I was dreaming of. All the wedding bouquets were beautifully arranged. My bouquet was huge! It got heavy carrying it after a while. Our florist did such a great job.

As the morning ticked by, it was time to get ready for the ceremony! I put on my dress and it fit perfectly. Our ceremony began at 3 PM and because the weather was nice, we set up in the middle of the vineyard. As I reminisce on this part of the day, I think about how it was a blur. I remember lining up with my brother as he was the one to walk me down the aisle. We waited for our special song and then we started to walk.

Our ceremony was about 10 – 15 minutes long. As me and my husband planned our script, we knew we didn’t want to stand in front of everyone for a long time. I have been a guest at weddings where the ceremony was 30+ minutes. I remember feeling impatient. I didn’t want my guests to feel this way plus short and to the point can be just as special as a longer ceremony. There was a brief hiccup in the ceremony regarding poem readings, but once we got through that, everything was smooth. Me and my husband kissed, signed the paperwork, and walked down the aisle hand in hand, ready to begin our lives together.

After the ceremony, there was a cocktail hour for our guests while we took pictures. It’s nice because Four Daughters has these garage doors that open out which allowed us to set up yard games and guests could wander the vineyard during cocktail hour. Once we finished pictures, it was time for the grand entrance. Me and my husband were adamant about doing the grand entrance. With some convincing, I was able to get my husband to agree to march into our dining hall with the Doctor Who theme song. When me and my husband first started dating, Doctor Who was the first show we watched together, so it has a special place in my heart. Once we sat down, dinner began.

The other highlight of our meal choices was the dessert! We went with Nothing Bundt Cakes I wanted cupcakes versus a wedding cake because I thought they were small and cute. We had several flavors including pumpkin, red velvet, vanilla, and chocolate. They were a hit. Everyone I talked to said the cupcakes were decadent. Cupcakes were the perfect choice in my book because we ordered enough where our guests could try multiple flavors. Plus we had a few kids at our wedding who would probably eat more than one.

Dancing began at 7 – 7:30 PM ish after me and my husband had our first dance. We danced to Everything I Need by Skylar Grey. My husband picked this song from the Aquaman movie with Jason Momoa which I felt was fitting for us since we are big DC Comics fans. The song was beautiful and our DJ did a great job at setting the tone. We went with Ever After Entertainment for our wedding. Brent was our DJ and he did a great job. Once our first dance was done, Brent continued the energy all night long. He even played a Harry Potter version of “Like a G6” because he knew how much I loved Harry Potter. He made our night extra special and took us into account when picking songs.

Throughout the night, we had a photo booth for guests to take pictures. Of course, I made sure to have Harry Potter specific props available. We even had late-night pizza prepared for the guests who stayed with us all night. Finally, the garage doors stayed open into the night so guests could cool off in between dancing. Once midnight hit, it was time to pack up and end the night. I remember going to sleep at 1:30 AM and having the best night of sleep in a long time.

My wedding was everything I wanted it to be. It was special for us and I’m glad our most important guests were able to attend. Me and my husband have been together for seven years, and now we start to celebrate our forever. I became a Bodmer on October 2nd, 2021 and I’m so glad I did.

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