Nearly a year and a half later (and 2 weeks before we expect to meet our son!) is as good a time as any to share my wedding photos, right? David and I got married in April 2015 in beautiful Big Bear, California. We rented a huge cabin, David calls it a mansion, and had friends and family spend a weekend with us. The caveat to spending a “vacation” weekend with us was that everyone had a job. We arrived in Big Bear on Thursday afternoon with a few friends, and everyone else joined Friday night and Saturday morning then celebrated our wedding with us on Saturday night. Those that stayed in the cabin all weekend helped with decorations and food prep. Those that arrived on Friday night and Saturday morning helped with even more food prep and last minute set up. We took time to explore Big Bear and went on a large group hike around the lake, too. Then it was party time.
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The theme of our wedding was bookish. We used book pages to make some of the decorations, and there were elements of Harry Potter throughout. We printed our invitations on regular, thin, printer paper using a Shakespearean-looking font complete with ink blots. We then coffee dyed the paper to give it a worn look. We got so many fun reactions from guests about the invitations. We used actual coffee to dye the paper, but everyone had their own guess as to what was used to scent the pages. We heard everything from cinnamon to vanilla to whiskey! Regardless of the guess, everyone thought it was fun to receive scented wedding invitations. I didn’t even think that the pages would hold a scent through the mail! Pretty fun bonus.
We spent most of Friday, well into the night, prepping the wedding dinner menu. We had a kitchen full of loved ones chopping, mixing, sorting, and washing.
I wanted to take some time with just myself, Abby, and Katie during the weekend so I drove us around Big Bear looking for a nail salon so we could all get mani/pedis together. After stopping into 3 different salons and being turned away because they were all too busy, we finally went back to the cabin and did our nails ourself!
Jackson, one of our besties, got his toenails done, too. I also did Abby’s and Katie’s hair and makeup while Elyse did my hair and makeup.
The photo above is one of my favorites from our wedding because it makes me laugh. I am done with hair and makeup, but still in pajamas, David is completely dressed and ready to get the ceremony started. He is following me around the dining room reminding me of the time as I am adding finishing touches to the food and tables. I think he even started sending people outside to the ceremony location in an effort to get me to stop my party prep.
The ceremony took place on the cabin property. Abby and Katie were our flower girls, David and I walked down the aisle together, and then back along with the girls. One of our best friends, Jonathan, officiated the ceremony. It was standing room only for our 35 guests, and we had Elyse and Megan take photos.
As I said: everyone had a job. We didn’t hire caterers, hairstylists, wedding planners. None of that. This was a wedding completely dreamed up and facilitated by this fabulous husband and wife team: Sarah and David Eagle. Executed lovingly with the help of our favorite people in the world.
We each prepared a little something to say to the girls, and then to each other, which we read off our cell phones. Jonathan led the ceremony, and recited our vows, from his iPad.
David had our vows hand calligraphed and framed beautifully for our first wedding anniversary. We found several unique wedding vows online and sort of did a mashup of them to come up with what we recited together during our wedding ceremony:
I vow to you the first cut of my meat and the first sip of my wine
I vow to you my living and my dying, each equally in your care
I shall be a shield for your back as you are for mine
Above and beyond this, I will cherish and honor you through this life
You are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone
I give you my body, that two might be one
You cannot possess me for I belong to myself
But while we both wish it, I give you that which is mine to give
You cannot command me, for I am a free person
But I shall serve you in those ways you require
And the honeycomb will taste sweeter coming from my hand
This is my wedding vow to you
This is the marriage of equals
We set up the high-ceilinged dining room in the cabin with two long tables to mimic the great hall from Hogwarts, and each house was represented by our guests as well as candy jars as points calculators. The cabin had love quotes in all the rooms. We had quotes from favorite authors and poets written on coffee-dyed paper to match the wedding invitations as well as the menu cards and room assignment signs.
We wrapped candles in book pages from Edgar Allan Poe, Italian food writing, vintage cookbooks, and C.S. Lewis. David’s mom, Trisha, bought all the flowers for us and made so many pretty arrangements to serve as centerpieces/wedding favors alongside the candles.
Our reception tables were divided into the four Hogwarts houses and each house competed for candy points by doing things like complimenting the bride, toasting the newlyweds, and answering trivia questions both from books and the lives of the star couple. Our table was Ravenclaw, and guess which table won? 😉 David actually lost us points because he couldn’t answer a trivia question about his new wife! The scandal!
I made 265 rosettes using the complete works of William Shakespeare. Most of them went into this wreath which now hangs above our headboard in our bedroom. The remaining rosettes were used around the cabin as decorations. Abby and Katie each still have their flower girl buckets decorated with book page rosettes.
We enjoyed a wonderful meal together after the wedding ceremony. The meal was prepared with the help of almost everyone at the wedding.
Sarah and David Eagle Wedding Menu
Selection of Meats and Cheeses
Spaghetti all a Bolognese
Roast Tenderloin of Beef with Bernaise
Herbed Pork Tenderloin
Balsamic Roasted Vegetables
Prosciutto-Wrapped Truffle Asparagus
Spring Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette
Blueberry Hand Pies
Fresh Fruit in Chocolate Cups
2010 Pio Cesare Barbera
2013 Daou Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Belle Glos Las Alturas Pinot Noir
2014 Cortese di Gavi
Casa Sant’Orsola Asti
After dinner we spent several hours with our guests in jovial conversation aided by hand-picked libations. This was one of the best nights of my life and I am so glad David and I were able to celebrate our relationship with our nearest and dearest!