My Wedding Recap

Let’s celebrate—we got our wedding photos back! I am so excited to finally be able to share with you some of the pictures from our wedding. Plus, this means I get to start Wedding Wednesdays back up!

So today I’m just going to “let ‘er rip” and share my favorite images that give a feel for the day.

If you don’t want to see dozens of wedding photos, now is the time to leave. If you like weddings, me, or love, keep on scrolling!

Wedding dress hanging up in the window | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

My Mom getting her makeup done | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

We got ready at a suite at the Hilton Garden Inn. To make things easier, I had the hair and makeup people come to us. They were phenomenal and so super nice.

Showing off my wedding planning binder | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Here I am goofing around and showing off my wedding binder. I had pages and pages of directions, timelines, inspiration photos, and contact phone numbers. I’m just a tad type-A.

Partners in Crim Kate Spade bracelet | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Mom zipping up the dress | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

My Mom had trouble zipping me into my dress. It seemed like she was getting a little nervous, but I kept calm and just tried to make my waist as tiny as possible. Of course she got it to work.

George tying his tie on the werdding day | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

George the groom getting ready | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Oh my gosh, doesn’t George look so darling?

Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont- the wedding venue | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Next we were off to Indian Ladder Farm, our venue. We opted to do a first look…

Groom waiting for the first look | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

First look approach- tapping on the shoulder | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

First look reaction faces | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

George and I on our wedding day | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Bridal bouquet of pink peonies and babys breath | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Bridal portraits with soft natural background

Bride and Groom portraits outside | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

We scheduled a lot of time for portraits before the wedding, which was great. We got to visit a lot of different spots and ended up with a lot of choices for photos.

George the groom looking dapper | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Romantic wedding portrait | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Painted wooden ring box with moss | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Wooden painted wedding sign | to vows | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Walking in to the wedding ceremony together with giant love letters | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Soon enough it was ceremony time. George and I walked in together, and I’m really glad. It was a really long walk and I would have been too nervous to go it alone. Even with George, I was a little anxious. I kept saying “I’m so nervous. Are you nervous? How come you’re not nervous?” as we walked up the hill. Eventually he tried to get me to stop talking because we were close enough that people could hear.

Wedding ceremony site at Indian Ladder | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Literally tying the knot during a wedding ceremony | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Our ceremony was very lighthearted. Two dear friends of mine did readings and we literally tied the knot! Then it was time for vows, which we crafted ourselves based off ones we found online. I still am not sure why the woman reads her side first, but I guess that’s just how it goes.

Reading my vows | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

George getting ready to read his vows | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Our vows were:

My heart’s love for you knows no bounds.

I promise you that I will do everything I can to show you the depths of my love for you each and every day.
Even when we’re too tired.
And when things are hard.
Those feelings are fleeting, but my love for you is not.

I choose you to be no one other than yourself, loving what I know of you and trusting who you will become.

I love the moment we are in now, but I am also exited for all that is ahead for us.
I vow to soak it all in, to be present in our love and our life together.
And when I get distracted, I will be thankful you are there to remind me that the most important things in life are right in front of me
– the same way I vow to do that for you.

Thank you for marrying me. It is a thanks I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
I love you today. I love you always.

No wonder I needed a tissue during the vows!

The first kiss at the wedding | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

After the vows, it was time to party!

Puring beer from Evans Ale beer truck | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Beer truck taps with hand painted sign | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Custom pint glasses as favors | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

We tried to keep the low-key, fun theme and had a beer truck with taps and dinner from a food truck.

Inside the barn - rustic but classy decorations | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Standing outside of the reception | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Wedding reception decor with paper fans | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Centerpieces with wooden boxes and hand painted table numbers | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

I’ll share some of the decor details later, but all of the barn decorations were created by me and assembled by our families.

With my niece | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Here’s my sweet niece, the apple of my eye.

Twirling during the first dance | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Our first dance was ridiculous. We did a choreographed dance to “Why do you let me stay here” by She and Him. Basically we tried to copy the dance from YouTube. It was a little bit of a disaster, and a lot of bit of fun. A couple friends took video of the first dance but I still can’t bring myself to watch. I feel like if I see it for myself, I’ll know how bad it was and just be embarrassed. For now I can just tell myself it was awesome, even though I’m sure it was a wreck.

Team bride and team groom in the DIY photobooth | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Bride and groom posing with polaroids | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

We also opted to have a DIY instant photo booth. I’m not sure how many people ended up using it, but George and I got a couple good shots with our fun props.

Wedding and engagement rings on wooden plank

Kissing with an ampersand tied between our chairs | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

That’s all for now. I’ll be sharing some more details over the next couple months on various DIY projects. If there’s anything you want to know more about, let me know!

All of these photos are courtesy of YTK Photography.

25 thoughts on “My Wedding Recap”

  1. What happy photos, each and everyone one. I’m betting the dance video(s) are fun and worth watching/sharing! As they say in Texas: I bet they are a hoot!

    You are a gorgeous bride, your dress and accessories are stunning.

    Thanks so much for sharing and yes, tell George he looks “darling” from me :)

    1. Thank you so much!

      I bet the dance videos are a hoot and a half. But I even got embarrassed looking at all the still photos from our dance. We’ll see if I have the guts to watch the first dance video, nevermind post them online!

  2. I LOVE that you wore your glasses for the entire thing – fellow glasses wearer high five! You looked stunning, the photos are gorgeous, and those vows, OMG. Perfection!

    1. Thank you so much! I’ve worn glasses everyday since I was 3 years old, so it’s something I barely even thought twice about. It did make it a little hard to avoid glare in photos, even with anti-glare glasses. Oh well. Thanks again!

  3. Lauren & George,
    Somehow I just happen across your blog. I love the photos of your wedding and also your vacation photos. Great ideas for recording your life journey together. You and George are so cute. I have to say that my husband and I have been married for 45 years. We were so young and didn’t have the opportunity to plan our wedding. I wish you both a happy, long and loving marriage. You and George did an amazing job, mostly you I think but never the less George needs to be included. Blessings to you both. Susan

    1. Thank you very much! I did a lot of the wedding craft projects, but it obviously wouldn’t be a wedding without George! We try to have fun together.
      Best wishes for your happy life, too.

  4. Hi Lauren!

    I stumbled across your blog via pinterest– what a beautiful wedding! These pictures are gorgeous. I love all the handmade/DIY touches you added. It makes me so excited for my wedding in September. I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing what website/company you went through to get the custom pint glasses made? (I searched around in some of your wedding posts, but I might have missed it.) I LOVE them.

    Thank you!

    – Nicki

    1. Thank you so much!
      We ordered the pint glasses through Grandstand, http://egrandstand.com/ . They ended up being about $1.55 each, for somewhere around 75 glasses. We were really happy with that company and the quality. It’s super fun to visit our friends and family now and see our pint glasses at their houses.
      Good luck with planning your wedding and congratulations!

  5. Hi Lauren,

    It looks like you’re no longer posting on this, but I was searching Indian Ladder Farm weddings and stumbled on your site. I’m also having my wedding there this summer and I was wondering how many people you had in the barn? I’m starting ot have a guest list dilemma and and trying to finagle ways to use only the barn and not rent a tent!

    1. Hi!! Congratulations on planning your wedding; Indian Ladder is a great spot! I’m going to send you an email with specifics to make sure you get this, but we had right around 70 people.

  6. Hi! I love your beer glasses! I would like to make some for my wedding as favors. How did you make those / where did you get them?

    1. We ordered the pint glasses through Grandstand, http://egrandstand.com/ . They ended up being about $1.55 each, for somewhere around 75 glasses. We were really happy with that company and the quality. It’s super fun to visit our friends and family now and see our pint glasses at their houses.

  7. Hi! ALso found your page searching for custom glasses :) This was SO helpful BTW!! Question.. I have been so stuck on finding ENGRAVED glasses over printed glasses…how would you say these printed glasses have held up with washing? Have you washed yours enough to know? Thank you:):)

    1. Hi!! The glasses that I have and that I’ve seen at friend’s/family’s houses have held up PERFECTLY. None of the ink has chipped or faded at all. We used to hand wash, and now that we have a dishwasher, they go in the dishwasher. We have a pair of the pint glasses in regular rotation that have been consistently used for nearly 2 years and I haven’t noticed any wear.

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