The Wedding!

We did it! Tying the knot was one of the best experiences of my life. It was absolute chaos. Especially trying to put together a destination wedding in another country. It was wonderful, different, Lovely! We had the wedding in Cherokee, NC. It was an outdoor ceremony in a gorgeous spot by a waterfall that I wouldn’t have changed for anything. We chose America because we wanted to travel there, and were surprised with a honeymoon to the South after our engagement. Awesome! Cherokee is gorgeous! The mountains are so high and beautiful and it really was a dream come true!

It took forever to get the pictures we wanted in, but we got really lucky with the photography situation so I cannot complain at all. I quickly realized that American wedding photographers cost our monthly salary. So there was no-way we could possibly manage it. When our wedding planner there realized that we were considering asking our guests to take as many phone pics as possible, she jumped into action. (I will be writing a happy review of her at a later date) She managed to find someone who needed to practice event photography and was willing to help us out for the experience. YES!! So, while these aren’t million dollar photographs, they are ours. And they are priceless! I have included as many as I can. Unfortunately, most of the photographs are of the group, and you can imagine that many of our guests are not very comfortable with photos of themselves being posted on the worldwide web. I must respect that.

I’m trying to give you a glimpse of the whole process, starting from the emotional moment I found my perfect dress.

Here is when I found the dress. I knew it was ‘The One’ because it was so comfortable and I just started to cry a bit. Surprisingly, this exact emotional moment was captured, so I’m sharing it with you. Because really, who gets to witness this on the regular?

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The dress looks strapless, but it isn’t. There’s an entire neckline which consists of flesh/pink colored netting/beading. I have never seen anything quite like it and loved the fact that I didn’t have to spend all day pulling it up. This dress was so comfortable and felt so good that I didn’t want to take it off!

Here’s the back view:

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This is the reception venue. We had it set-up the day before because everyone had to travel in and we all stayed in a cabin area so we made a whole trip of it. IMG_3011_0579

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This really cool, somewhat scary love-swing faces the other direction so you can swing out over the rushing creek. It is quite romantic, but a bit tricky to maneuver in a wedding dress.

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There was also an indoor venue, where we were able to decorate the tables identically to here, and this Moose that I just HAD to dress-up like a drunken University student. Hehehe πŸ˜‰ Sadly, I have no usable photos of the space. Hubby’s phone kept dying in the heat & my memory is beyond full.

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The night before, we were able to have a nice party with a great lay-out of home-cooking recipes. It was delicious! My bridal diet was a no-go that night.

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This is the Ceremony Area. This location could not be beat! I have to put several pics of the waterfall because it was so long and tall that it can’t be completely captured in 1 photo.

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What you see here are the wedding blankets and double-spouted wedding vase. The blue blanket covers us as singles, and the white covers us as a couple.

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Having my hair done. This lady was incredible! She worked fast and it was beautiful! ‘I cannot do imperfect hair.’ she tells me. But even my messy up-do, was absolutely perfect! I highly recommend her to anyone in the area that needs some help with their hair. She’s professional, excellent at what she does and funny as hell! Viv Wildcatt, you rock my world πŸ˜‰ (Again, review coming)

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The Kiss that sealed the deal!

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Let the birdseed rain down!

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For the Wedding Reception, the event was catered incredibly by ‘An Affair to Remember’ (also an upcoming review). The menu consisted of Spring Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing, Asparagus, Macaroni and Cheese, Mixed Vegetables, Rice Pilaf, Baked Chicken Breast, Baked Salmon and Bread Rolls. Not to mention Lemonade, Water, Sweet Tea and some DIY drinks for the brave at heart. πŸ˜‰

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This is our wedding cake, made by Agape Catering and it was delicious! We actually had to order this one in from a baker several hours away. But it was worth it! It was a Sweet Potato Cake (1st one I’ve ever heard of in my life and the reason why we could justify ordering in because it was sooooo cool!) and the top layer was a Spice Cake. Now, I know that it sounds like something that would be in an autumn or winter wedding. But really, who cares? We really wanted it and it was delicious! I’m not kidding, the entire cake was eaten! Not a piece left for us to pig-out on during the honeymoon. That was fine by us, we were just so happy our guests enjoyed it as much as we did!

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I had to have my favourite Champagne for toasting. Nicolas Feuillatte, you have my brand loyalty. As you know, we were on a very tight budget as most of it was eaten up by airfare & accommodation. I was so fortunate in that when my Most-Awesome Maid of Honor saw how excited I got when I saw it in the shop and how disappointed I was that couldn’t get it for all to share, she bought it just for the newlyweds and a ‘consider it a wedding gift’ gift. YAY!

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I really wanted our guests to have fun. I did not want to allow for anyone sitting bored waiting for the festivities to end. So, we had a games area in back for the 2 days of wedding celebrations. We had hula-hoops and corn hole, plus a fire pit burning where there was a S’mores station. I had my first S’mores ever and it was SO GOOD!

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We just HAD to expand the budget a bit more because with a lot of begging & an awesome local wedding planner, we were able to get this troupe of Indian Dancers to come for the reception. They were INCREDIBLE! Everyone loved it and there’s nothing like being able to surprise your guests with one hell of a local culture display. These gentleman were so kind and extremely talented. The photos do not do justice because they were in fast motion and it was difficult to capture. We did manage to get some video clips, but I am still trying to get all those in. (So, maybe I can post again at a later date when I have all of it)

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All in all, despite the challenges, our wedding was amazing! We have fantastic memories that we will carry with us always, and we are so grateful to everyone who pulled together and worked so hard to make this a fantastic day for us!

Enjoying marital bliss

-Mliae

P.S.- Now please, to all the naysayers who notice the difference in my size: Before making any negative comments, please keep in mind that I had to have major abdominal surgery 2 months before the big day. I did everything in my power to keep the weight down while not being able to lift anything or even walk the dogs. Thank you.

 

 

 

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67 Comments Add yours

  1. Jim says:

    pretty bride. congratulations!

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    1. mliae says:

      Thank you! πŸ˜€

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  2. Ben Aqiba says:

    Congratulations … beautiful pictures…I wish you the best in life πŸ™‚

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    1. mliae says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words! πŸ™‚

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  3. Dr. Rex says:

    Beautiful!! Abasing photos! Congrats! 🎈 ❀️

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    1. mliae says:

      Thank you! We are so excited to be married ❀

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      1. Dr. Rex says:

        I totally get it!! Best wishes!! for today and for the rest of you lives!! ❀ … ❀

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      2. mliae says:

        Love it, thank you! ❀

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  4. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Sharing beautiful things … life changing event! ❀️

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    1. mliae says:

      Awww…thanks!

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  5. Congratulations! You look beautiful Mlai and from what you said you all had a fab time. Can’t get any better than that. Oh wait. Time for the honeymoon. Enjoy!!!

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    1. mliae says:

      Thank you, girlie! ❀ You are the nicest πŸ™‚ Honeymoon = Awesomeness! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  6. susansleggs says:

    Beautiful wedding and people. So happy for you.

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    1. mliae says:

      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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  7. Congrats! Your wedding looked beautiful. First s’more ever?! They rock my world. We have them every weekend with our bonfire. Cheers to the happy couple.

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    1. mliae says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚ Yup, 1st S’more ever…many more to come. They rocked my world too!

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  8. You look fabulous, I love the whole idea and the setting is truly beautiful, I wish you happiness always

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    1. mliae says:

      Brooke, you are too kind. Thank you πŸ™‚ ❀

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  9. u2hearts says:

    Congratulations. It looks like a magical wedding. You were stunning.

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    1. mliae says:

      Aaawww…thank you! ❀

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  10. davidprosser says:

    Congratulations to you both. The venue, the cake, the catering and the Native American dancers all look awesome.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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    1. mliae says:

      Thank you so much! It was incredible, we loved it πŸ™‚ Big hugs back!

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  11. Congratulations and cheers to a long and wonderful life together❣️❣️

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    1. mliae says:

      Many thanks! πŸ˜€

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  12. It all looks really special. Your dress looks beautiful. I love the venue. Congratulations.

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    1. mliae says:

      Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU! Love to hear that πŸ˜€

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  13. vegtutor says:

    Lovely and unique wedding. Best wishes! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. mliae says:

      Thank you for your kind words! πŸ™‚

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  14. Jenny's Corner says:

    Congratulations to you both. Loved the water fall scene, wedding cake and you looked beautiful. God bless !

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    1. mliae says:

      Wow, thanks so much! πŸ˜€

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  15. r_prab says:

    Wow! Such a memorable post! First of all,hearty Congratulations for your wedding! πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’
    The ambience looks so amazing! I am awed with the stream and greenery all around! You and your hubby did so many preparations! No wonder you had to convince your wedding planner to co-operate!

    And how lovely it is that you have all the emotional moments so nicely captured! “Finding the perfect dress” moment is Absolutely beautiful! It felt so nice reading your post!

    Many many congratulations once again! Wish you an awesome blossom married life Mliae! πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. mliae says:

      Thank you so much, my friend! We did, we worked so hard on the event and it was a dream for us πŸ™‚
      Thank you for your kindest words, that moment was very emotional and I’m so glad you appreciate it!
      You are awesome πŸ˜€

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  16. chape says:

    Congrats to you both!!
    The place is perfect, the food looks delicious, and you are gorgeous!
    Big hugs!!

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    1. mliae says:

      Thanks, dear! Wow! What great compliments! πŸ˜€ HUGE hugs back!

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  17. Many congratulations. May your happiness continue

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    1. mliae says:

      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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  18. Jen says:

    Congratulations! You are beautiful! Wish you have a beautiful life together!

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  19. You look absolutely gorgeous and the cake sounds scrumptious! Looks and sounds like a beautiful wedding!!

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    1. mliae says:

      Thank you so very much for your kind words! πŸ˜€

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      1. I absolutely mean it!! πŸ™‚

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      2. mliae says:

        You. Are. AWESOME!

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  20. theresajoule says:

    you look gorgeous in that wedding dress! wish you all the best for this new chapter of your life πŸ™‚

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  21. Deb says:

    Oh wow Mliae what a beautiful wedding celebration you had!! Congratulations to both of you. What fun and to plan it from another country is amazing! Kudos to you, you did a fabulous job. Your dress is gorgeous, I love the beading detail. What a magical two days you put together for everyone. I’m sure this is the best wedding they’ve ever been to also!! Wishing you much love, happiness, joy, humor, and many, many blessings!! xo

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    1. mliae says:

      Wow! Thank you so much! This is wonderful to hear, I’m all smiles now! πŸ˜€

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      1. Deb says:

        Keep that smile going!! πŸ™‚

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      2. mliae says:

        …. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ ….

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      3. Deb says:

        πŸ™‚

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      4. Deb says:

        Oh you’re so very welcome!! Keep that smile on, it looks good. πŸ™‚

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      5. mliae says:

        I will do just that! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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      6. Deb says:

        Well done!! πŸ™‚

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  22. srbottch says:

    You looked maaaaavelous! The setting was fantastic. The food made me hungry. The cake was tantalizing. The kiss was perfect and the dancers were unique. Congratulations!

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    1. mliae says:

      Well, thank you kindly, Sir! πŸ˜€ That is so awesome to hear, thanks a bundle!! You made me giddy πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  23. Congratulations. Seems like everyone had great fun.

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    1. mliae says:

      I hope so! We sure did πŸ™‚

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  24. y9en says:

    What a lovely wedding! Everything looked so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. mliae says:

      Wow! Thank you! πŸ˜€

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  25. ghostmmnc says:

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and the mister! Thanks for sharing your wedding journey from start to finish. Your photos are wonderful, and everything you did to make it a special day, turned out fabulous! Many blessings… ❀

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    1. mliae says:

      Thank you so much! Awww…you make me all smiley! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  26. You were looking beautiful !! All the best for your life…

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    1. mliae says:

      Thank you so much for making me smile so big! πŸ˜€

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      1. Glad to hear I made someone smile today. 😊😊

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      2. mliae says:

        You totally did!

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  27. BassieGrey says:

    Congratulations! It all looked perfect πŸ™‚

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    1. mliae says:

      Thank you! We loved it πŸ˜€

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  28. Looks beautiful. Congratulations!

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    1. mliae says:

      Thank you! πŸ˜€

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  29. Wow! What a beautiful place for a wedding! And I love that you used fresh flowers on your cake, we are planning to do that too!

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