Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wedding Recaps - The Dollar Dance

Hello friends!!! Long time no see! 
It's been busy life here lately for us, as I'm sure it has for you, so I'm sorry for not getting around to another recap until now... I do blog Monday-Friday every week over at Truly Lovely, so I do hope you'll follow me over there during my lags in sharing here. :)

Truly Lovely

Ok! The Dollar Dance! ;)
One of the things I most enjoyed at one of my bestie's weddings (shout out to Meg Jo!) was the dollar dance. 
I had never seen that before and thought it was the funnest idea!
So of course, we decided to have one at ours. 

Dancing with groomsman, Victor
It was SO fun!! 
It really encourages everyone to get up and dance with the bride and groom, and of course, you get to keep the cash afterwards! ;) 

Mr. M and our niece, Taylor
You can see my mom and Kayli collecting the 'dollars' in some of these shots. :)
We kind of made it a contest between myself and Mr. M... 
The winner? The bride, obviously! ;) Everyone wants to dance with the bride at weddings! haha!

Everyone else just kind of danced around us while this was going on... 
Unless they were standing in line. ;)

Those little sweethearts were so fun! They all came as a group to dance with me. :)

Stay tuned... There are a few more Wedding Recap posts to come! 


Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!!! 
We spent Sunday cleaning and then decorating our house for our first MARRIED Christmas!
What about you? Getting ready for the holidays?

AND did you/will you have the Dollar Dance at your wedding?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wedding Recaps - Father, Daughter Dance

About a month before our first wedding date I asked my dad to choose our father-daughter song. 
Knowing how things roll at my parents' house... I told him Mom and Kayli could HELP... 
But I would like it to be his choice. ;)
After much searching and having Kayli print him out the lyrics to several songs (so he knew what they were really saying!) he made his choice. 

I loved her first by Heartland. 
To hear and read the full lyrics to the song, click here

The chorus goes, 
"I loved her first, I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep"

In that first picture up there he was telling me, 
"Where's Mr. M (he said his name) he needs to hear this." :)
Love my dad. 

Mr. M was there... To the left, see. :) He heard. 

Little Miss Corryn joined in of course. 
She was straight up cutting a rug ALL night. :)
Cracked my dad up!!

That's my mama and Mr. M watching behind us there.
Then they joined in! :) 

She looked lovely in her pretty blue dress with her hair down! :) 
Everyone said so. 

Don't know what I'd do without the AMAZING parents I am truly blessed to call mine. 
I don't get to see them near enough... We live 3 hours apart now... 
Everyone is so busy anymore. But when I do I now know to cherish every minute! 

Love you mom and dad!!!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Wedding Recaps - Making it Legal

Would you believe my mom just told me about a girl from back home that got married... 
They had the officiant, the cake, the reception, the whole sha-bang... 
But then when it came time to sign the marriage license... 
They'd forgot to get one!!! 

So... word to the wise - 
Don't forget your marriage license on your wedding day! :)

Oh, and if you live in AZ or are getting married in AZ, here's the deets on getting one here.

Our photographer caught some fun moments while we were all signing OUR marriage license!
First, the Bishop signed while Mr. M and his buddies were in the background giving each other pep talks... Or whatever guys talk about. :)

Then, the best man signed under Mr. M's watchful eye of course. :)

While Kayli, the maid of honor, was sharing her signature, the best man shared his congratulations. 

Then Mr. M. 

And then me. 
What you don't see in this one is my mom standing behind me who I had just asked, 
"Do I sign as Kassi MarriedName, or Kassi MaidenName?"
We decided on Kassi MaidenName MarriedName. ;)

And it was official! :)

My parents have their marriage certificate framed and hanging on the wall. 
We have yet to do anything with ours... 
Except me carting it around with me everywhere to change my name to 
Kassi MarriedName... But that's for another blog post. 

Did you frame your marriage license/certificate?
Scrapbook it?
Other ideas???

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wedding Recaps - First Dance

We thought long and hard about what our first dance song would be. 
Nothing too slow. Nothing too fast. 
Then this lovely little ditty made it's debut sometime around that time.... 
And it was fate. ;)

We had a few minutes to ourselves, then our wedding party joined in. 
We had asked them to beforehand... 
Mr. M isn't much for being the only one in front of a crowd for very long... :)

"Honey Bee" Blake Shelton

Girl, I been thinkin' 'bout us
And you know I ain't good at this stuff
These feelings pilin' up won't give me no rest
This might come out a little crazy
A little sideways, yeah maybe
I don't know how long it'll take me but I'll do my best

Don't know what my face was all about there... but Mr. M looks good! ;)
If you'll be my soft and sweet
I'll be your strong and steady
You'll be my glass of wine
I'll be your shot of whiskey
You'll be my sunny day
I'll be your shady tree
You'll be my honeysuckle
I'll be your honey bee

Yeah, that came out a little country
But every word was right on the money
And I got you smilin' honey right back at me
Now hold on cause I ain't done
There's more where that came from
Well you know I'm just havin' fun, but seriously

If you'll be my Louisiana
I'll be your Mississippi
You'll be my little Loretta
I'll be your Conway Twitty
You'll be my sugar baby
I'll be your sweet iced tea
You'll be my honeysuckle
I'll be your honey bee

Your kiss just said it all
I'm glad we had this talk
Nothing left to do but fall in each others arms
I coulda said I love you
Coulda wrote you a line or two
Baby, all I know to do is speak right from the heart

If you'll be my soft and sweet
I'll be your strong and steady
You'll be my glass of wine
I'll be your shot of whiskey
You'll be my sunny day
I'll be your shady tree
You'll be my honeysuckle
I'll be your honey bee

You'll be my Louisiana
I'll be your Mississippi
You'll be my little Loretta
I'll be your Conway Twitty
You'll be my sugar baby
I'll be your sweet iced tea
You'll be my honeysuckle
And I'll be your honey bee

I'll be your honey bee 


You can hear and watch the video for Honey Bee here
It's a fun song and a cute video.... I highly recommend clicking over. :)
It's exciting to have "your" song. 
Every time we hear it now, we turn it up and dance around wherever we are.
Mr. M even called me up one afternoon and played it for me over the phone when he heard it on the radio. Yep, good song choice. :)

So, what about you?
Did you dance your entire first dance just the two of you?
Or did someone join in? By your request or not?
OR what do you plan to do for your first dance?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wedding Recaps - The Cake

Remember me telling you about how my mom's friend offered to make our cakes for our wedding gift?
And how we'd met for lunch and I'd shared my cake inspiration with her?
Well... she did a better job on our wedding cakes than I could ever have imagined!!!
They were perfect for us!

The wedding cake. 
It was hot in the clubhouse and some of the daisies "wilted" a little. 

{Cherished cake topper purchased here.}

Mr. M's groom's cake. 
I so love that topper!!! It's a decoration in our kitchen now! 

{Roping topper purchased here.}

She also made an extra sheet cake, to be sure to have enough cake for everyone using our engagement picture replicating our Cherished cake topper (above). 

LOVE the barbwire around the edges of the cakes! :) 
And all the little details she added really. Thanks so much Lynda!!! 

Mr. M and I cutting the cake. 

This was right before Mr. M takes a piece... 
Smells it, then tells me, "This smells funny."
I just laughed it off, but he acted like he was serious and kept saying it...
You know where this is going right?
So I fell for it... I "smelled" the cake... and had it shoved in my FACE! hahahaha!!!
But I got him back! 

That one cracks me up... 
See Taylor in the background snapping away with one of the disposable cameras from the tables?? 
Too funny. 
{Purchased disposable cameras from here.}

And the cake aftermath... hahaha. 

:) What about you?? 
Did you or do you plan on the whole cake in the face thing?
We didn't plan on it... It just happened. :)
But it was fun!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Wedding Recaps - Toasts

Hello dolls!!! 
Happy Monday! I hope you all had a FABULOUS weekend!!!
Now... Where were we??
Oh yes... The bridal party made our grand entrance into the reception and took our seats at the head table. 

The head table, with a few stragglers.... :)
By this time our guests had started to eat dinner and quiet down....
which was the perfect time for toasts! 

Funny story: 
So... know how its traditional for the groom's best man and the maid of honor to give the toasts?
Not our best man. Dusty isn't a public speaker. 
He begged and pleaded with Mr. M to not ask him to give the toast... 
In fact, I don't doubt that he would've just disappeared if Mr. M had asked him. It's just not his thing. 
And that's ok. :) We had the PERFECT replacement. 

Mr. M's sister, Stephanie. 

The only girl with three younger brothers, she was more than up for the challenge. :)
She began with a tease toward Dusty about how he was Mr. M's perfect best friend.
He can drink beer. 
He can team rope. 
But he can't speak in public, so that's where she came in. :)

Well all laughed and Dusty blushed as Steph called him out on not giving the toast. haha. 
She told stories of Mr. M when he was little... 
How he was the youngest of the four and she had so hoped to have a sister... 

How if he was a girl, his name was to be Kassandra. 
Kassi for short. No kidding! It really was!! 
But then how everyone, especially his new wife (me!) was so glad he'd been born a boy. 
It was the perfect toast for Mr. M. :)

 Then it was Kayli's turn. My sister. My maid of honor. 
And do you know what she did... 
She said she would like to take this opportunity to make a toast. 
She pulled a toaster from under the table. And made. a. toast. 

LOVE the look on her face!!! She was quite pleased with herself! hahaha
It was hilarious. Had the whole room laughing. ;)
While her toast was toasting she did say a few words though... 

She said a few sweet things about having me as her sister... 
And how she was excited to have a new brother that teased her and loved her like the two she already has. 
At that point... I nearly cried. Didn't shed a tear all day.... and almost cried listening to my sweet little sister. 
:) Love that girl. Love you Kayli. 

Up next... the cake! :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Wedding Recaps - Reception Entrance

Wow! I haven't shared a wedding recap in several days!!!
Over a week!!! 
Sorry about that... 
Let's just say I didn't have the CD with the pictures on it... 
And copying and pasting from Facebook takes WAY too much time... haha. 

After our lovely wedding ceremony... And some random group shots...

It was time to enter our reception! 
We lined up at a side door into the clubhouse and waited for Miss Tessie to announce each couple...

Cole and Charli

Victor and Megan

Brent and Kayce

Kenny and Meghan Jo

Dusty and Kayli

Mr. and Mrs. M!!!
For some reason, there wasn't a picture of Brett and Tracey... 
Maybe because we all kinda popped in and pretty much ran to our table... 
it was all Karen (our photographer) could do to get these! haha. 

Once we sat down, it was time for dinner and toasts! 
Meanwhile... My aunt, uncle and cousins had started serving dinner. 
There was a HUGE line around the corner and out the front door to eat.... 
Plus all the tables we had set up inside were full. 
That's really when it hit me HOW many people actually came to celebrate our day with us. 

Later I was told they thought they'd served over 200 people at dinner...
That's AFTER some left without eating! 
We are so blessed to have so many good friends and family!!!

What about you? Did you have a large turnout at your big day? 
Or just a small, intimate wedding?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wedding Recaps - Post Ceremony Group Shots

After our wedding ceremony, the wedding party walked back up the aisle following Mr. and MRS. M... ;) Got in our golf carts, and zoomed back up the road to the reception site. 
There we had a just a few minutes to greet guests, then it was on to more group shots!

A quick memory though, that I want to write here so as not to forget... 
As we drove back up in the golf carts, Mr. M drove to the little parking lot by the condos. There he just drove around and around in circles!!! 
My brother followed, then all of the wedding party was just cruising in a circle around the lot!! 
(Um... I'm purposefully leaving out the little crash that took place... No one was hurt... but it was way too funny... ;)

Here we are with Miss Taylor, our niece. 

Isn't she a sweetheart! 
You can see after the ceremony she ditched the dress shoes for boots too... haha! 

We also took pictures with each of our bridesmaids and groomsmen. 

Me with each of the girls. 


Mr. M with each of the guys. 


Did you have a FUN, RANDOM memory on your wedding day??
Or even during your wedding planning??
Next up... The reception begins!!! :) 
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