05 Oct Danielle + Mike: Winter Frost Wedding
Remember the first post on GLL, Danielle & Mike’s baby shower? Well, today we’re showing you their wedding! Danielle’s wedding turned out absolutely beautiful and perfect, despite the lack of snow last year. The Inn at St. Johns is such a beautiful venue. I’ve been there for a summer wedding before and it was gorgeous, but in the winter, with Danielle’s wintery theme, I literally felt like I had just tumbled through the Wardrobe into Narnia.
Some insight from Danielle:
Okay… LOVED our wedding. Everything seemed so perfect to me because after 6-7 years of being together I was finally marrying Mike. This isn’t to say that some things didn’t go wrong or as planned…
On the dress:
My dress… absolutely perfect. However–even though beautiful, the empire style of the dress was of course made to fit extremely tight. There was literally ZERO room for me to inhale, let alone eat. This is not an exaggeration. I had to unzip my dress multiple times before the ceremony so I could breathe regularly. At dinner and throughout the rest of the night my amazing bridesmaids all took turns helping to undo the back so I could eat and relax. The dress fit perfectly even though I wasn’t able to survive comfortably in it. That in itself was a hassle but I chose to–for once in my life–step out on a limb for my wedding day. I had never really been in the limelight–always hating being the center of attention. Since our wedding was so formal and catholic, I practically set myself up for that. So I thought, if you’re going to do something, do it right. Wear that beautiful ballgown. Beauty is pain. I guess you could say I chose pain over comfortability, and honestly, I don’t regret ONE thing when it comes to that. It made the ceremony and reception a little more interesting for me:) At one point when I sat down at the front of the chapel after my dad gave me away, I was terrified I was going to pass out. To this day I’m not sure whether it was because I had 200 people critiquing and staring at me, or because my dress was sucking the air from my lungs.
On her dad seeing her for the first time:
The moment my dad saw me for the first time when I walked down the stairwell to him–right before he walked me down the aisle– was a memory and a feeling that I will never forget. My dad has always been my best friend–my companion. I’ve witnessed my dad cry once. That moment being it. His tears were uncontrollable to the point where he was barely able to take a breath. He finally had to look away to regain his composure. I’ve never witnessed my dad so emotional before. The moment was so special as it was just him and I alone, with the exception of our back-up photographer (who captured the amazing pictures during this moment). My heart melted. I gave him a huge hug and told him everything was going to be alright. I told him he would always have my whole heart and I would always be his little girl. I was so taken back by his initial reaction. It was a bittersweet moment but absolutely perfect. It said so much about the relationship him and I have always had that we never really talked about in the years prior.
On the weather:
We had hoped for a snowy, pristine, winter wonderland with inches and inches of white snow on our wedding day. Having it at the beginning of January, one would assume this type of weather would be provided to us. Instead, we were given zero snow and 50 degree weather. That part was definitely a bummer but even so, we didn’t care.
(Editors Note: Even though the weather WAS a bummer, it was almost a blessing, because we didn’t have to worry about out of town guests getting caught in bad weather, or braving dangerous roads.)
The infamous… “Father-of-the-bride stepping on the cathedral length veil of his daughter the bride” moment:
Not only did he step on it after giving me away but there wasn’t one person who didn’t see it get pulled out of my hair. I think the best part of that whole situation was him nervously kicking it away with his foot as he went to find his seat. Everyone kept their cool and thankfully my sister came to my rescue to rearrange it. I have to admit, we LOVE watching the video of that moment. We laugh and replay it over and over again. In his defense, he definitely wasn’t the only one who stepped on it that day. Mike continued stepping on it throughout the entire ceremony. Fortunately for him, since we were in a catholic chapel, the only thing I could do was give him the evil eye. It just goes to show you can’t fight away all of the imperfections that arise. What is meant to happen will happen and to this day I think back and laugh about it 🙂
Mike and I were given a lot of advice before our wedding day. One piece of advice we were given was to take 5 minutes to ourselves as a newly married couple to watch all of the guests that came to celebrate our love. We went up on the 2nd floor of the atrium to look down at everyone socializing and having a great time. The D.J. started playing “Sweet Caroline”. Halfway through we were spotted through the glass by some of our guests so we walked over to the balcony and started singing the song with all of our friends and family below. It was really a fun moment. One that Mike and I still love thinking and talking about.
Mike and I both daydream about our wedding day. Regardless of what went astray, everything was perfect. Over the course of my life I have definitely turned into a type A kind of person. I planned this wedding to a T and wanted everything to be 110% structured to my plan. Many brides get caught up in the planning–I’ll admit I was one of them. But when it all comes down to it, if you love someone–if you are able realize what your wedding day truly symbolizes– when your big day arrives, you won’t be thinking of anything except meeting your loved one at the end of the aisle. I didn’t care about what was put in the wrong place. Heck, I didn’t even care that I could barely breathe because of my dress, as long as Mike embraced me at the front of the chapel so we could make our commitment to one another official. The setbacks didn’t keep our wedding day from being perfect. There are so many special people and moments that made our wedding day one we will never forget. Everything fell into place to make our special day truly amazing and timeless.
(Final Editors Note: Love you boo boo.)
Dress: Justin Alexander // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridal Salon: Stone Manor Bridal – Cedarburg, WI // Ceremony: The Inn At St. John’s — St. John’s Catholic Chapel // Reception: The Inn At St. Johns — “Atrium” Room // Florist: Uniquely Yours – Northville, MI // Bakery: Buttercream Bakeshop (marsha was awesome) – Wixom, MI // DJ: Encore Events // Photographer: Barry Tilson