"September 19th , 2015, began wet and rainy. A bridesmaid got up super early to run the local Petoskey half-marathon (Harbor Springs to Bay Harbor). Everyone else was sound sleep as Javs and I snuck out to have breakfast. It was to be our last meal together before we became Mr. and Mrs!
We exchanged our wedding gifts to each other and maybe there were a few tears shed. Maybe. A peaceful and romantic hour before the day’s activities started. Jav’s prep turned out to be a lot less hectic than mine, as I lost count of the people that came in and out of our cottage: photographers, hair, makeup, parents, flower girls. It was all a whirlwind, but cozy and fun. Everyone was drinking, laughing, talking, admiring each other’s hair, makeup. Highlight must be given to my bridesmaids trying to get me into my gown-something about mentions of fat fingers and the inability to button the million buttons on the back of my dress!
Before I knew it, it was time for the first look, and the clouds parted and the sun came out just for us. Javs looked amazingly handsome. The rest was all a haze. Pre-ceremonial scotch at the bar before walking down the aisle to Marry Me by Bruno Mars , the waves of Lake Michigan crashing beside us as we read our vows, the awkward moment when the officiant realizes that she needed to give me her copy of my vows, and finally skipping down the aisle as Mr and Mrs Javier Rivera!
There was much drinking, mucho more dancing and a ton of laughter as the night went on. Maybe some tears were shed, again, during speeches. Everything was perfect, from the cocktail candles under the tent, the flowers, the music, our friends and family. I can’t wait to do it again when we renew our vows!"
Photographer: The Compass Points Here / Wedding Coordinator: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings / DJ/Band: Avatar Media Productions / Make-up artist: Susan Chang (friend and wedding makeup artist from LA) / Hair Stylist: Inn at Bay Harbor / Florist: Bloom Floral Design / Caterer: Inn at Bay Harbor / Cake/Dessert: Moomers / Bride’s attire: Kleinfeld Bridal - Judd Waddell / Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse