I got married!

August 4, 2011

For those who don’t know, Jason and I were engaged for over 2 years with no wedding date in sight.  Having to pay for our own wedding festivities seriously limited our ability to have the day we always dreamed of.  A $25,000 wedding simply was not in our stars.  We had made plans to celebrate our 6 year anniversary this past weekend at the Green Turtle Bay Resort in Grand Rivers, Ky and 2 days before we left, we decided to elope during our stay!  I coordinated everything for an intimate, lakeside ceremony and dinner for just the two of us in less than 24 hours!  The whole weekend + wedding was less than $1000.

DIY flowers were a must!  I had to have a bouquet and boutioneer so I made them myself.  I love dahlias so I knew I wanted a white dahlia in my bouquet.  That was my one requirement.  Everything else fell into place from there.  After spending an hour agonizing over what flowers to pick from the craft store (and having no knowledge whatsoever of how to make a bouquet), I finally settled on a single white dahlia, blush-pink rose, calla lily, and pale green hydrangea.  I filled in the gaps with some herbs and wildflowers.

White dahlia bouquet

Our wedding day was spontaneous and very romantic.  Tradition pretty much went out the window but we had everything we could want.  From the moment we decided we would tie the knot on our vacation, I couldn’t stop smiling!  I found his ring and my dress for less than $20!  I booked an officiant and a photographer at a moment’s notice and they suggested a free location right on the water.  This spot had been named one of the most romantic places in the country by Vogue and Cosmopolitan magazines!  It was a small gazebo on the Kentucky Lake jetty located near Lighthouse Landing in Grand Rivers, Kentucky.

The ceremony spot

We arrived in town at 4 pm, I got my hair done right away, and we were married at 6 pm.  The photographer spent about an hour with us taking pictures by the water and then in the gardens at Patti’s 1880’s Settlement.  I cannot wait to see how they turned out!  Dinner reservations were set for 7 pm and by 9 pm we were back in our condo which was stocked with fudge and strawberries.  Our honeymoon night ended with a night-time fishing session and some cold beers on the shores of Lake Barkley.  That night, Jason caught the only fish of the whole weekend – a decent size catfish.

The next day we spent 3 hours on a fishing boat to no avail but enjoyed the time together despite the lack of biting fish.  That night, we went to a winery near Paducah, Ky called the Purple Toad Winery.  The free tastings got us hooked and the owner gave us a surprise tour and we left with some fresh strawberry and pomegranate wine!  Delish!

We couldn’t have pulled this off if it weren’t for the friendly people in Grand Rivers and the event coordinator at Green Turtle Bay Resort (Brian McDonald).  If you’re like me and decide to get hitched with a moments notice – you’ll need to apply for your marriage license before you leave (in the state you will be married), book an officiant by calling the county clerk’s office and ask them for a list of names, and ask a local event coordinator to recommend a photographer and a place to eat or things to do.  The officiant may be able to recommend a location for your ceremony.  We were lucky enough to find a public park that was free to use but we did have to make a reservation to use the space.

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