This is how we got to that number.
One-we got engaged May 1,
Two-we were shooting for the best possible weather outcome,
Three-we were looking for a 3 day weekend,
Four-we were trying to give guests enough time to plan travel,
Five-we needed to finish up a project we had already started.
We chose Labor Day weekend. Autumn, in the Midwest, is a beautiful mix of color, mild temps and gorgeous sunsets. If we got lucky, our timing could make wedding history for the most beautiful wedding ever attempted! I was prepared for that reality.
We planned to have the wedding at our farm, which was the easy part, but nothing was ready. Work started on prepping a shed for the reception.
After ordering and returning 8 dresses for the girls we finally settled on a design. Farmer Tom chooses our wedding song. Invitations were sent out.
Farmer Tom and I tour the property and locate a perfect spot for the ceremony, a little clearing surrounded by trees. Great photo ops! I absently swat away a couple of mosquitoes. Made a mental note to buy a can of bug spray. Things are moving along nicely.
We liked that so much, at T-4 weeks we decide to renovate the kitchen.
- T-14: Ordered porta-potty, purchased tent, rented arbor and chairs.
- T-13: Ordered new menswear for groom and best man due to realization that first choice was really bad.
- T-12: Shopped for jewelry for me and the girls. Got final list for baking supplies needed. Started thinking about food for reception.
- T-11: With kitchen still torn up and no stove, I borrowed a friend's house to can preserves for the wedding favors.
- T-10: Had serious discussion with Farmer Tom about mosquito situation. High heat and heavy rain created a perfect mosquito storm. Scheduled a commercial abatement company to come and spray field.
- T-9: Started going to the gym every day.
- T-8: Abandoned Pinterest board.
- T-7: Received menswear. Got final fitting of wedding dress and thumbs up from dress lady.
- T-6: Decided there was no time to make food, placed order from local restaurant.
- T-5: Realized I would not have time to make personal bouquets for wedding party, ordered flowers from grocery store.
- T-4: We put the kitchen back together, finished painting new drywall. Put up light fixtures. Installed flooring. Had nails done.
- T-3: Family arrives, is immediately put to work. Tent goes up. Abatement guy does a double run in field for mosquitoes.
- T-2: Arbor arrives. Installation crew is immediately overcome by mosquitoes. SITUATION CRITICAL. Dad goes to home center and buys ALL of their industrial mosquito control. Daughter begins work on wedding cake.
- T-1: Cakes are baked, and assembly begins. Ice cream, desserts and wedding cookies are made. Decorating begins. Fields are mowed. Dad works on mosquitoes all day. Farmer Tom writes vows.
- WEDDING DAY MORNING: Cake is finished. Desserts are finished. Hair and make up professionals arrive. Mimosas for everyone! Photographer arrives. Table arrangements assembled. Final spray for mosquitoes. Tiki torches and bonfires lit for additional deterrent. The place looks like Survivor Tribal Council. Decorating wraps up. Chairs are arranged. Dogs are quarantined. Chickens are relocated. Guests start arriving.
- WEDDING DAY AFTERNOON: Guests are sent to remote ceremony site (aka mosquito ground zero) to wait in their cars. Technical difficulties with music is worked out. Guests are seated. Wedding party and Officiant take their places. Bride is trucked in via golf cart. Small delay as someone runs to get vows to Officiant. Another delay as someone realizes wedding party has not been fitted with flowers. Flowers are retrieved from house and distributed.
- CEREMONY BEGINS! And we are married. :)
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