MY WEDDING DAY WAS SO MAGICAL…..finally here is my blog with all the details! I can’t believe I’m writing this, it has been quite a journey. The other day a picture popped up on my personal Facebook page of me with my two parents. My dad at the time had brain cancer, but could still somewhat communicate and recognize us. The picture was taken exactly ONE YEAR before I got married, 9-7-18. Little did we know then that I would be married a year later, and my dad would be in his last days.
First however, my engagement was just incredible how it was all planned out by my HUSBAND….I have a husband, yay!!!!!!! That blog is right here in case you missed it! It was EVERYTHING a girl would ever dream of, and I mean EVERYTHING! I still can’t believe that I was in front of such a crowd being proposed to by one of THE BEST MEN I know! Such fun memories!!!!!!
My days leading up to our wedding were absolutely crazy and chaotic. My work is so time consuming as a blogger, and so it was extremely hard at times getting everything done. But….we did it with the help of so many people. The day itself, felt calm and under control. The weather was gorgeous (earlier in the week they were predicting RAIN) and most importantly my MOM felt calm, and my dad WAS calm.
We decided, well I decided, to have our wedding in my parents backyard. Due to the condition of my dad’s health, I thought that this was the perfect solution so that he could be with us but wouldn’t have to go anywhere. I also wanted to have it there for sentimental reasons. I was raised there and have such beautiful memories of playing with my dolls out in my backyard under the big willow tree! So for me, it meant so much! How could it be more magical than that?
As we got closer to the wedding day, and in particular while I was at Lake Powell the week before, there was some concern that this event would be too hard on my dad. Would he be agitated, would he know what was going on, would it be detrimental to his failing health? All of these concerns really had me stressed to the brim. I wanted my mom to be ok with it all, and her words to me were full of wisdom….”It is a hard situation, but we knew it would be! If you feel prompted to change locations, you’ll know. If not, everything will turn out fine, like it always does!” I love her!
My amazing husband arranged almost everything, the food, the dance floor, the tables and chairs, linens and place settings, and lights. He even had an ice-cream machine which I only ever got a small taste of that night, but it was DELICIOUS! One of our favorite treats to go out for, is frozen yogurt, so this seemed fitting! I had arranged for the band, the pictures by our incredible photographer Carin, who I’ve known for almost 20 years, the flowers, the arch made by my youngest son Sky @lumberanddesign (and it was PERFECTION….so so SO BEAUTIFUL) the invitations, cake and cupcakes (and INCREDIBLY SCRUMPTIOUS), and my little granddaughters pink dresses and this one too for my sweet 14 year old!
I wanted it VERY VERY SIMPLE. No extravagance for me, and I think we nailed it. It truly was perfect, with about 80-90 people in attendance, simple and delicious food, our kind of music to dance to, our favorite people, MY MOM and DAD, and the most gorgeous weather, it really couldn’t have been better!
Our ceremony was performed by Lorin’s nephew, a Bishop in our church. He did a such a beautiful job, talking a lot about how important FOUNDATIONS are in a marriage. It was perfect! We exchanged vows with each other which I LOVED. Seeing HIM get emotional was so tender and sweet…..and of course my emotions were all over the place! The only regret HE had was that he didn’t pick me up when we were finished sealing it with a kiss!!!! He has picked me up from the very beginning of our relationship, so he felt like he missed out there. Oh well…..he is PRETTY PERFECT anyway!
It meant the world to me that ALL SEVEN of my grandchildren were with us that night. The best part was all getting ready together…those precious moments with each of them. I gave each one of my granddaughters, who were the flower girls, a necklace of mine that I thought would be special to them! They each were different and unique to only them. I LOVED this time….they ALL looked ADORABLE! We chose HIS grandson to be the ring-bearer. He has held a special place in my heart from the beginning….such a cool little kid! LOVE them all! I walked in holding on to my oldest son Ty, to this song. We both LOVE this one, and one thing I’ve loved about him from the first time I was with him, was his love for ALL KINDS of music! He actually found this song for US!!!!!!!!
My granddaughters did their part so beautifully! They carefully tossed the rose petals along the way with such SWEETNESS! They are SO PRECIOUS and dear to me, as are my two grandsons. And now I have three more granddaughters and two more grandsons. I was SO FULL of emotion that night. In fact half-way up the aisle I was already in tears because I was overflowing with gratitude to my God that HE had brought me to this place. Being surrounded by all my family and LOVED ones meant the world to me!
After the ceremony we greeted and hugged up our family and friends and then started the party! There was LOTS of comfort food, ice cream cones, cupcakes, and great music and dancing! I think our grandkids had more fun dancing than the adults did! It added such a fun element to our celebration!
And then there’s the story of my dad…..the day before, he got a bit upset because he saw the lighting guys stringing lights in HIS TREES. He didn’t understand why they were there, and was worried they were going to break the trees. My mom assured him they were professional and somehow got him distracted. So I was very nervous going in to THE NEXT DAY, where lots of people would be in and out of his backyard.
Saturday came and my dad didn’t wake up. He slept through the entire day. At 5:50 pm he woke up and saw out the window all the people. My mom walked in and asked him if he’d like to go out because, “Shauna and Lorin are getting married”. He struggled to say, “What do I wear?” My dear brother came up and helped clean him up and he came out on to the porch to watch from above the yard. He was dressed in a white tee shirt, pajama pants, and his slippers. He looked PERFECT! I WAS THRILLED and couldn’t believe the timing! God sure had answered the prayers of MANY that night!
He mostly stayed up on top watching, but did come down for a bit for a few pictures. These pictures will be forever meaningful to me. It has been hard watching my dad go downhill. He was and is a man of pride for his family and for his yard. My brother told me later that as he sat with him, he had a smile on his face the whole time, almost like he was so proud that all of these people were ENJOYING HIS BACKYARD. It makes me cry even now as I write! My mom has been the GREATEST CARETAKER for him!
I have to give you some history on THIS FABULOUS JUMPSUIT I chose to wear…..instead of a stuffy wedding dress. I knew I didn’t want that. Being it was a second marriage it had to be simpler and more understated, but JUST AS BEAUTIFUL! I had thought and thought about what that might be, and this is how it all came to be…….
As I combed through the internet for ideas and inspiration, I stumbled upon this…….
This is by Michael Kors and when I saw it I knew……I HAD TO HAVE IT! You can find it right here. Coming in at nearly $6000 I knew it wouldn’t happen, but I wasn’t about to let that stop me. I stopped by my local MK boutique at City Creek Center, and the young man told me it just happened to be ON SALE! Woohoo, maybe a chance! But it was on sale for $3000. Still…..no way, but still……I wasn’t giving up. I would find a way!
In talking it up with my besties…..Trina, Lisa, and Barbi, we brainstormed. Barbi suggested I get ahold of Anita by Design that we had met a couple of years ago at a blogger event. She sews and might be able to make it for me. So I messaged her, and found out she only teaches sewing. So….still determined, I remembered that I had seen my seamstress, Leilani, make prom dresses…they were always hanging in her shop. I called her and she WITHOUT HESITATION said yes. She would be able to make it for me! What?? Her confidence in this job was there and I was IN!
I went the next day and she measured me. She told me where to go buy the FRENCH LACE and lining. I did that, took it back to her along with a jumpsuit I had that was very fitted. I went back the next week and she had the lining sewn. I tried it on, it fit like a glove with only the slightest nip and tuck. I went back the next week and she had the outer lace shell finished. The fit was UNBELIEVABLE. How could she do this without a pattern??? She had unpicked the lining and used it as a pattern for the jumpsuit! She measured the hem and neckline and next time I went back it was done!
I was BEYOND PLEASED! It was SO ME! IT WAS PERFECT! It was beautiful, it was classy and sassy, it didn’t break my bank, and it was ONE OF A KIND! I bought the belt at David’s Bridal, right here. I bought the sparkly shoes here, and these earrings to top it off. That’s all I needed except for a green leafy headband by Willow Specialty Florist in Bountiful, Utah, which I LOVED and felt so PRETTY! And HE loved it too! He often says to me, “YOU ARE STUNNING” or “YOU ARE SO STINKIN CUTE”! I LOVE it when he tells me this….I’m gushing!
This is something that I can wear to a black-tie event, to NYFW, for Valentine’s Day, or for our anniversary each year! And….I intend to wear it a lot!!!
The lace was $366, the belt was $100, the shoes were $160, and the earrings were $65! Her labor was minimal and I ended up with exactly what I had my heart set on! I was MORE THAN PLEASED! And….you can have one too! My seamstress said that she could make anyone one if she had the bust, waist, hips, waist from front to back, and inseam measurements. Let me know and we can SERIOUSLY get one FOR YOU too. One made in black lace would be amazing!
I’m extremely grateful that my wedding day was as magical as it was. There aren’t too many days that go by where I don’t stand outside myself in awe, of the miracles that have come my way these passed months. I’m so in LOVE with my new husband. There isn’t a better man. One of the things he said to me in his vows, will ALWAYS stand out. And that was, “You will ALWAYS BE ABLE TO TRUST ME, and know that you can count on me.” Those words had such impact. And SAFE…..I truly feel SAFE with him by my side! Honestly HE IS MAGICAL and has made me SO HAPPY!
Thanks for all your LOVE and SUPPORT through this very personal journey I’ve been on. I truly do appreciate every one of you! I REALLY DO!!!