I know I haven’t posted in a few weeks, but I have been a busy little bee.
Our wedding was a blast! We couldn’t have asked for a better day. We had so much fun and were so glad that we could share our special day with all our family and friends.
The wedding stress started when I checked the weather forecast and noticed that in East Tennessee we were getting record high temps all week! We had planned on getting married on June 4th because it has never been over 90 degrees in the Smokie Mountains on that day and the normal temp is in the low 80’s. That day sounded like the perfect spring day to get married in a lily garden. Well… on our wedding day it was 95 degrees. I just knew I would die wearing a long white wedding dress. All I could think about was Phil soaking his suit in sweat and being absolutely miserable. I didn’t think any of our guests were going to show due to the heat. I just knew it was going to a nightmare.
The day before the wedding the bridesmaids and I went to Twisted Scissors to get feathers put into our hair (the wedding had peacock feather accents) and got our medi/pedi before we had to be at the rehearsal dinner. After all our primping we arrived at the Dancing Bear Lodge around 5:45. We were running behind due to a miss commutation on the wedding rehearsal time. The dinner we had was astonishing! I had the steak and Phil the fish. The desserts were to die for. There was a whiskey cake and a chocolate gnash cake. Even my extremely picky dad enjoyed most of everything. Our photographer was there taking pictures of everyone and some casual pictures of Phil and me since we never got around to taking our engagement photos. He was the nicest guy.
After the dinner was over we went outside on the deck to have some drinks and make some s’mores over the camp fire. I love this place because of the laid back atmosphere. The lodge was a very charming place tucked back in the woods off the main road. It had very unique hand craved doors and mantel pieces. There were cabins you could rent or there were rooms within the lodge you could stay at. However there were none big enough for our wedding party.
Once we finished at the Lodge we (Phil and I, plus our little old Yorkie, along with the bridal party and their dates) went our cabin that we had rented about 10 minutes down the road from everyone else. This cabin was huge. It was 3 stories and slept 12. It had 4 rooms and 3 baths along with a hot tub, pool table and had swimming pool nearby. We all stayed there the night before the wedding and the night of the wedding
The big day finally arrived! We started the day with breakfast at the Apple Valley Restaurant. We had the wedding rehearsal at 1:30 at the Lilly Barn and wanted something to eat to recover from the night before. The rehearsal was short and sweet because we had to start getting ready because the photographers had already arrived and to take photos of us getting ready. I haven’t even showered at this point. I had to run back to the cabin shower and return within 30 minutes.
All the bridesmaids and I returned to get our hair and makeup done at the Lily Barn’s barn. It was a nice, air conditioned, 100 year old place. There was met with 3 ladies from Garde Bien Salon. 2 of them where doing hair do’s and the other was the makeup lady. After about an hour the hair and makeup was finished and the photographer wanted photos of me and my bridesmaids before the wedding started. We took pictures for about 30 minutes in the garden and then I had about 30 minutes to relax before the ceremony.
I was getting extremely nervous. I felt like I was going too passed out. I don’t know if it was the heat or the stress. All I knew was that I didn’t want everyone looking at me; I had high heels on that I don’t normally walk in, and a dress with a long train. I just knew this was a recipe for a “fall on my face in front of everyone” disaster. I was also getting excited because I wanted to see Phil. Not because I missed him, which I did, but because he stated that “since he couldn’t see what I was wearing before the wedding, that I couldn’t know what we was wearing.” I couldn’t wait to see what he looked like!
It was time! All the girls jumped in the Element and drove over to the area where the wedding was being performed. I had to hide in the back with my head down “just in case” I thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest. I walked up to meet my dad. When I started walking all I could think was “thank goodness I had my father to hold on to!” I made it down the aisle perfectly fine. I didn’t even notice people looking at me or my dress or anything else all I could think about was Phil.
The music, Stay Awhile, was performed by Erick Baker, was prefect! We decided we want a short and sweet ceremony. We didn’t want a lot of mushy vows and sayings that took a lot of time mainly because we didn’t want our guest baking in the sun longer than they need be. We were going to mix 2 different sand colors in one vase as a symbol of our love that couldn’t be easily separated but someone forgot to set it out, so we passed that part. Once the ceremony was over we had to take the formal pictures with both families; this took about 40 minutes, then we were off to the reception hall.
Finally we were Mr. and Mrs. Zarb!
We were greeted with bubbles, lots of bubbles, some smelling of beer. I guess a few guests were enjoying the receptions open bar. Once we arrived into the crowd of family and friends, we danced our first dance as husband and wife. Erick Baker sang one of my favorite song, My Two Left Feet! The reception hall was so beautifully. The place was cabin like. It was open on 2 sides and had a prefect view of all the flowers that were blooming in the garden. The other 2 were solid wooden walls were the food and bathrooms were placed. My mother and mother-in-law had decorated beautifully. The tables had brown table clothes with burlaps overlays. Every other table had tall center pieces filled with rocks and flowers and the other tables had smaller centerpieces fill with the same flowers. Phil managed to rock our table a little too hard tipping ours just enough to break the base. Water poured out all over the table, my friend’s boyfriend, Joey, managed to catch the vase before it tumbled over. No one really got wet just the table, which dried very fast. Before we started the dinner, BBQ from Famous Daves, we decided to do the mixing of the sanding and then say the blessing.
Everyone enjoyed the food; I swear it was better than the food they serve at their restaurants.
There was one more official dance to be done, the Father Daughter dance along with Mother Son dance. We decided to combine both dances into one. The song we choose was “I Hope You Dance.” My father and I started the dance and Phil and his mother join in a few moments later. Next, was the cutting of the cake. Everyone was of course telling us to smash the cake into each other’s faces; however Phil knew better. The cake was red velvet on the bottom with white almond for the middle and top. It honestly was the best cake I have ever eaten. The last official thing we had to do was throw the bouquet, which my bridesmaid Ashley caught, and the garter.
Now it was time to dance the day awhile. Which almost everyone did! We had picked out a lot of current songs because I love to dance! That wedding dress didn’t slow me down a bit. I can’t wait until pictures are ready. All the pictures above were from a family friend. She did a great job.
That was the best day of our lives. We couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful day. I don’t even know how to show our families how much we appreciated all they did to make our day so special. Words can’t even explain.
On June 4, 2011 I truly married my best friend, Philip Zarb