We had originally planned on getting married in July. A friend of mine was suppose to be my maid of honor, we had known each other for 7 years and I had told her once that she would be my maid of honor someday. Truth be told, I didn't want her to be my maid of honor. We had kind of drifted apart some and things just were not the same between us. Anyone who knows me knows that I can't hurt peoples feelings and always try to be nice to people, even if I don't like them. So, she was my maid of honor or more correctly, matron of honor. Of course, that didn't last very long. She was never able to go to any bridal shows with me, or go looking for a dress. She always had to work, or something else would come up and she wouldn't be able to get away.
Along with the stress my matron of honor friend was causing me, I had the added stress of planning a wedding. Planning a wedding that would take place in 5 months. For our year anniversary, my husband and I went and stayed in a Lodge on the White River in Cotter Arkansas. I mention this trip because we absolutely loved this lodge and its location. We had inquired with the people who run it, about having our wedding there. It was a small place that could only accommodate a small number of guests. No more than 20 or 30. which was not a problem, at first.
The White River Inn
As I worked on our guest list for our small wedding, our small wedding got bigger and bigger. Since I didn't have the help of my matron of honor, my sister was trying to help, but she was in Texas, and since I was still living in Arkansas at the time, it wasn't really that much help.. I will say she was a ton more help than my matron of honor friend!
After having a long talk with my then fiance, we decided it would be better to elope. Of course my mother had her say in that.. she was trying to talk me out of it. Offered to come out in April to help with the planning, as well as coming out in July for the wedding. Now I love my mother, but 2 visits that close together would just be too much! So we came to a compromise, we have a small wedding, just family, in March. I found a cute little wedding chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It hosted all of the wedding amenity's we needed. The ceremony, a small reception, they even offered honeymoon cottages for two nights. The woman who ran the chapel, we kindly refer to as the "Wedding Nazi". She had a ton of rules for everything. In our honeymoon cottage, there was a sign posted for all the rules of the cottage. We were not allowed to move the radio, turn the heat on the hot tub outside past 100 degrees, use the washclothes to wash the make up off of my face and a ton other crazy rules. I think one of my favorites was, "If your going to lounge on the bed, please revmove the comfortor before lounging". Also the woman had a price list for all the linens and towels, you know in case we washed our face with a washcloth or lounged on the bedspread. It was crazy! She of course was also the person who officiated our wedding. Her husband did the videography and photography. Even though the photograhper made me stand on a few tree stumps, as pictured below, the pictures were really good. Even though we had the "Wedding Nazi", our wedding turned out pretty good. It was a lovely ceremony and it was wonderful to be able to share it with our families.
I had to make a trip to Texas to get my wedding dress.. I also had my bachlorett party there. It would be illegal for me to post any pictures from that party.. ha ha just kidding.. I only have a few, and I'm not sure where they are.. sorry..but I can leave you imaging me wearing a crown of penises and a sash of condoms.