This past Saturday my friends Alycia and Mitch FINALLY got married! The small and intimate ceremony was held in a historic train station in Durand. It was very lovely and sweet. It went a bit fast, well I thought. (I've only been to two weddings prior and one of them I was too young to really remember it.) They had a guitarist play them down the aisle. The two wrote their own vows - Mitch's was more on the funny side, and Alycia's was very sweet. Mitch might find this a little embarrassing, but he did tear/choke up when he was reading his vows. I'm sure I'm not the only person that feels this way, but seeing a man cry on his wedding day tears me up a little. I think it's very sweet. I did not cry during the ceremony, but I did tear up. I'm just so happy and proud of the fact that they found love and each other at such a young age (Alycia 20 & Mitch 22).
They have been together for 5 years and engaged for a year. I've been in and out of their lives during high school, but the past year or so our friendship got a little stronger thanks to a photojournalism project. I focused on their young love and their will & wait for the big day. This project caused me to hang out with the couple more, and I was pleased to. I got to spectate how hard of a struggle it was for the two to save their money, work long hours, maintain social lives, and attend school as they planned for their wedding. I was afraid that their wedding would keep getting postponed. Now they're hitched and I feel that our friendship is blossoming; Alycia & I becoming a little bit more closer each time we see each other. (Which is good considering I don't have that many friends now-a-days.) I was very honoured to be invited to attend the ceremony.
The sign in front of the reception.
The first dance as a married couple. It sort of reminded me of those silly slow dances at prom that I always felt awkward doing.
The cute bird themed wedding cake. There were white lights, branches, purple flowers, and bird houses everywhere.
Of course, a photo of me dancing. I can't remember what song Shannon and I were dancing to, but when we saw Erin coming 'round with her camera we did our best of poses. I did my best to dance like a Caucasian. There were points that I was just putting too much hip and I felt out of place, so I had to bring it down a notch. I had to be appropriate. :} I told my mom this and she laughed & said "Shake what your mama gave you!" Yeah, I should shake what my Puerto Rican mama gave me.
I'm a little bummed that I didn't take as many photos as I planned to, but that just means I was having fun, right?
Here are a couple photos of what I made for Mitch and Alycia. I actually gave them two gifts, one for Alycia's bridal shower and another for the wedding day. These are from the second gift:
"I Do" heart shaped pillow I embroidered and sewed,
and this embroidered & framed 8"x10" piece inspired by one of their engagement photos.
I wasn't too thrilled with the end result of this piece. I much prefer the actual photograph and my drawing of it, but I did put a lot of time and work into this. I'm pretty sure they'll love it when they open my present, but I just wish it looked exactly like my drawing. Bicycle tires are such a pain to embroider.
There were a couple more things that I made for them, but I forgot to photograph them. I'm anxious for the couple to get back from their honeymoon and open my present!
Is anybody anticipatin' some wedding(s) in the near future?
P.S. I would have posted photos from the bridal shower and the bachelorette party, but I don't know if anybody would be interested in that.