Wednesday, May 25, 2011

More Wedding Day Details

I'm just going to jump right back in where I left off at the last post. After we finished taking pictures at the Temple, we drove over to the Wight House Reception Center in Bountiful for a beautiful and delicious luncheon. Margo put it all together for us. It was so pretty there and I think the food was pretty dang good, too. Margo did a great job planning that out for us. Unfortunately the photographer wasn't at the luncheon, but we have plenty of amateur photographers in our families that we have some evidence of the event. Here's a picture of Tanner loving the luncheon. You can kind of see the table setting in the background. We love green and orange!
While we enjoyed the tasty food, we watched a little wedding collage video of Johnny and me growing up. Johnny's brother-in-law, Aaron, made the video and he did a great job. I'll have to post it when I get a copy of it. My mom loved it so much she cried!

But the [happy] crying did not stop there. After we ate, it was speech time. Everyone at the head table said a little something - Margo, Daren, Mom, Dad, me, and Johnny. My parents could not stop the tears from flowing. I swear they were tears of joy! After Johnny's little speech, he surprised me and announced that he would then perform a song that he'd written for me! It was such a sweet song, and I have to give him major props for being brave enough to do that. He did a wonderful job; I just love it when he plays for me. Here's a picture that Emily got of the performance, and Johnny's brother Scott got the whole thing on video, too! He's making a video of the whole day and I think I'll get to see it this weekend when we all go to Layton for Memorial Day. I'll post it here, too, because it's going to be awesome.

I have to say something about Erin Lincoln Roberson, my oldest friend in the world. I moved down the street from her when we were five, and after years of carpooling and high school drama, both of us leaving Mountain Home for college, and now, both of our weddings within one year of each other, we've been through a lot together. I had the honor of being a bridesmaid in her wedding last summer. I was so happy she was able to make it all the way from Oklahoma to be a bridesmaid in mine! She helped out so much with getting things ready for the reception. And since my parents are basically an extra set of parents for her (you can never have too many), my mom had no hesitation in putting her to work while she was here. She even helped me move out of my old apartment and into our new place. So Erin, if you read this, thanks again for everything!

After the luncheon we had about an hour or so before we had to be at the reception to take pictures. We'd been so busy and on the go all day, we didn't know what to do with our little break. Luckily we had family everywhere so we decided to head over to Aunt Jan and Uncle Don's house (basically wedding headquarters) to hang out with my family for a bit. My parents and some of the extended family were already at the church preparing the food and getting everything ready, but it was nice to be able to just chill out a little bit with Grams, some of the Lanoys, some of my siblings, and my two cute nephews before the reception. I feel like their trip out to Utah FLEW by so fast. The wedding kept us busy for sure so we didn't get much (or any) relax time. I'm excited to go out to Arkansas in two weeks for the open house and then on to Branson for my family's annual condo vacation. It will be nice for the family in Arkansas to get to spend more time with Johnny, and vice versa. He's done really well and already visited Arkansas twice, but they were both just for a couple of days at a time, so this will be the longest amount of time we'll all be together and I know we're all stoked for some premium family bonding.

Anyway, our little break went by pretty quickly and the next thing we knew, we were off to the stake center for the reception. It went from 6-8 but we had to be there at 5 for pictures. We hired a company to do the decorating for us (it would have been too much of a hassle for my family to do it- the long distance thing made it difficult). I found this woman online who decorates for weddings and receptions, and she basically specializes in stake center receptions. Johnny and I met with her back in January or maybe February and planned out every last detail of this thing. I think she did a really great job, but I suppose I might be biased since it was my own reception. Either way, it was nice to not have to worry about decorating ourselves.

I loved our cake. I'm trying to remember the flavors of all the tiers... I think the top one was chocolate raspberry cake with a raspberry cream cheese frosting. The middle tier was most definitely s'mores flavored. And that means the bottom layer must have been the vanilla toffee cake with buttercream frosting. I think it tasted pretty good, but again, my bias...

Here's the whole reception. I was so happy we chose to do it in a church. I think they made it look classy and we saved money because the church is free! No regrets from this girl.

The centerpieces that I was crazy about! I seriously will never tire of these two colors.

And here's the candy buffet:

That's enough pictures without people in them. One of the biggest things that made our day so special was all of the wonderful people who were there with us. Here's some of them:

We love the bridesmaids
And the groomsmen aren't so bad either...

Johnny's immediate family

My immediate family

I don't know what I'd do without my sisters

... or brothers

And I'm positive that Johnny feels the same way

After the reception finally died down (I think it was around 8:30 or so), Johnny and I were sent off in our very decorated car. We stayed at a hotel in Layton that night, then drove to Jackson Hole the next day. Our honeymoon was so much fun and very relaxing once all the wedding and school stress was over. Yay for vacations!

Honestly, April 23, 2011 was the best day of my 21 years. Everything went so smoothly and we had so much fun celebrating our marriage with everyone! I'm so grateful for all the help from friends and family and even strangers that made this wedding happen. We feel so blessed to always have sweet memories of our wedding day that we can look back on in the many years to come.

This should do it for the wedding posts, with a couple of exceptions once I get those videos in my possession. So if anyone is still reading, thanks for bearing through all of this!


  1. First of all, you were a BEAUTIFUL bride!!!! Second of all, I'm pretty sure i did the exact same butterfly clip hairdo growing up. Third of all...the reception? OMG it looks gorgeous! So happy you had a perfect day!!! xoxoxoxo

  2. oh my freaking word! the church look s incredible! that doesn't even look like a church building! the whole thing is beautiful!