For those of you who could not make the wedding weekend…
It was a very good day.
The weather cooperated. Mild temperatures and no wind. Let me tell you, the no wind part is very important. The days leading up to the wedding were windy, and we are talking about 40mph winds here in Penrose. We had a lot of people invited for the party, and we wanted to be able to open the house to the deck and the back yard. And the actual ceremony was to take place in the back garden, and that worked too.
I’d had two weeks to put it all together. Our vision was a simple and easy ceremony, followed by a few hours of sightseeing with Terry and Tracey who had flown in. Then a casual BBQ that evening with friends.
One of the coolest things I’ve found out yet about Colorado is that it is very easy to get married here. You don’t need a Justice of the Peace, a minister, or even a licensed officiate. All you need is $30.00 cash, identification and proof that you are divorced if you have been married before. Then, you can do your own ceremony.
We knew that Steve’s divorce was finally done (after three and a half years) but the judge hadn’t signed it yet. Keely was scheduled to leave for Little Rock on Friday June 7. It was very important to all of us that she participate in the ceremony. Really, if it wasn’t for Keely, we probably would not have done a ceremony at all. But I’m glad we did.
We decided to set the date for the ceremony and party on June 1. It really didn’t matter when we signed the paperwork for the state of Colorado, the ceremony was symbolic anyway.
Once word got out that we were getting married, we had a posse of little girls very excited about the prospect. Since I feel like they are all my kids too, we included them. Then we had to invite Dylan, because he’s one of my kids too.
When I called Tracey to let her know that we had set the date, I was braced for her to say “can’t do it” when I asked if she could come. I’ve tried to get her out here for three years with no success. So yes, I cried when she told me she would be here. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me.
I had my posse of girls at the house Thursday and Friday to do the house cleaning. I figured they would be there anyway, and I’d use them to get much of the work done and it would be a good opportunity for them to earn a little spending money. There was a little friction at times, but they did a great job.
I’d called my friend Heather Tippitt and asked her to do the cake. No problem, what are your colors? Colors? I have to have colors? Evidently I did. So we did a wild flower theme, with turquoise and blue as a color theme. Heather took care of the flowers too. As you will see in the photos, they were spectacular.
Two weeks before the big day, the girls came over and painted mason jars. We baked them to make them waterproof. I think they turned out pretty well. Each girl put her bouquet into one of the jars after the wedding and then took it home.
They also painted and stenciled some wooden hearts that we set the flowers on. Those made good keepsakes for them too.
I found a dress I liked at the Sundance website. Ordered it, tried it on to make sure it fit and that was that. Then I went into Colorado Springs and found four dresses in sizes that would fit “the posse” on sale. Steve already had a white shirt and black pants. Wedding attire taken care of.
The weekend before the wedding we went to Chicago Bob’s in Canon City to talk about catering the party. Picked out what we wanted, and made arrangements to call once we had final numbers.
Costco had mason jars on sale, so we labeled those with a Steve and Michelle sticker and stacked them up for everyone to use for their drinks.
It took a couple of days for me to write out my vows and the ceremony. I kept crying. Yeah, I know, it’s silly, but I did. And I knew I would be crying all through the ceremony. I warned everyone and Steve had a handkerchief handy for me.
Steve spent a morning on the computer writing his vows. We had a structure with some vows that we both said, and then a few that we wrote ourselves. I filled it out with a couple of readings and the ceremony was done.
Tonya Mansfield was our photographer. A new friend that moved here from Little Rock when her husband got a job at Pueblo Chemical Depot, she did an incredible job. Weddings are not her thing, but she agreed to do ours as a favor. As you can see she did an awesome job.
So we did our ceremony at 10am. A small group, Stella did video for us, Paula was one of my “attendants” Melissa Logue and Terry got to watch the show. We spent more time doing the photo’s then we did on the ceremony.
Then we changed into shorts and took off for Canon City for lunch, dropped the girls off at the swimming pool, and took Terry and Tracey to see the sights.
Back at the house around 4PM, the party started at 5pm. Easy, casual, and a lot of fun. Kids running around everywhere, people laughing and chatting all through the house. It was just as we had envisioned it.
It was a really good day.
“The Posse” getting ready. I think Keely was saying something like “I can’t believe you are putting all of that stuff on your face!” Tracey talked her into some nail polish, but that was the extent of cosmetics for her that day.