It had been raining heavily the morning of Monica and Mike’s wedding and we were certain their outdoor event at Falkirk Cultural Center would be a sopfest. Miraculously, as with their engagement session earlier this spring, the weather turned for the better mere hours before it was time to head out to the historic estate.
Monica and Mike had ended their engagement session with a trip to the Ice Cream Bar, and we looked forward to seeing what fun details they had planned for their special day. Both of them are graphic designers, so there was plenty of eye candy, including Monica’s sweeping beaded dress, Mike and his groomsmen’s snazzy suits (each of which had a personal quote embroidered on the jacket) and ties, Transformers cufflinks, Game of Thrones table names, and old-timey bottled sodas that served as both favors and escort cards. (Credit goes to Mike’s mom for making an elegant monogrammed purse for Monica.)
We loved that Monica insisted on blasting Black Flag while she and her bridesmaids got ready in the beautiful creaky Victorian. Meanwhile, Mike and the groomsmen goofed around outside with a fancy cat umbrella, no doubt daring Mother Nature to bring on the waterworks. Little did they know (or maybe they knew full well) that there’d be a torrent of tears—the joyful kind—throughout the day, and not just from Monica: Monica’s sister weeping in the stairwell, Monica’s dad wiping his eyes after he saw his daughter for the first time that day, assorted bridesmaids sniffling into handkerchiefs, Mike’s mom bursting into tears when it came time for the mother-son dance.
Of course, there was lots of laughing, too, along with exuberant dancing and zealous merrymaking (sometimes all three at once, as in the case of Monica and her dad boogieing down to “My Girl”). Even the flower girl (their niece) felt compelled to publicly proclaim, “This is the best day of my life!” On that note, here are some of our favorite moments, twinkling stars included.
Groom’s shoes: Ted Baker
Groom’s socks: Happy Socks
Groom’s wedding band: Ravens’ Refuge (etsy)