Monday, October 04, 2010

Michel - Devlin Wedding 10-02-10

This weekend we had the fabulous privilege of spending the day with Amanda and Tim! The day started early at Eric Fisher Salon in east Wichita where the girls in the bridal party, including the couples mothers and grandmothers were in attendance, overtaking the entire upper floor of the salon in preparation of the big day! Amanda was amazing. Calm and relaxed with literally not an ounce of reservation or nerves. Everyone's hair looked amazing (of course!) and everyone was very happy with the results. It took about an hour and a half to get everyone through and once they were finished, spent no time in gathering their things and heading east to Andover to continue getting ready near the ceremony site.
In the meantime Barry headed east to meet the groomsmen while they prepared for the day, they met in the clubhouse of the Flint Hills National Golf Course and chose some dashing suits in lieu of tuxedos. The men spent most of their time relaxing and enjoying watching football! They started their photo session with photographer Tim Davis, who is a long time friend of Tim's family.
When I arrived to the golf course, I grabbed a golf cart and headed to the Dower Lodge on the property to finish up with the ladies getting make up applied by the Maid of Honor, who is a make up artist, it worked out perfectly! The lodge had a gorgeous view of the ceremony site across a lake to the 10th hole of the course where all the chairs were set up in perfect rows, all 400 of them!
Amanda chose beautiful dresses for the ladies, a gold strapless gown that blended perfectly with the fall colors and surroundings. She chose orange and purple flowers exquisitely done by Walter's Flowers. The flowers were incredble against the ladies gowns. Amanda's dress was found in Denver and was simply amazing. Strapless with material wrapping her in angled layers. And of course Amanda's awesome gold shoes by Jimmy Choo. "We have to have a little Jimmy!" she beamed!
When they were ready, they met Tim Davis for photographs and then had a private moment with just her groom prior to the ceremony. This set up was perfect as they were able to get all of the photos of bridal party and family completed before the ceremony so they had time to visit with hundreds of guests at the reception later.
Guests arrived signing cards of well wishes in place of a guest book and were served water, lemonaid or champagne as they waited for the ceremony to start. At 4pm, the ceremony started with a string quartet playing in the background as the bride made her way down the path to the 10th hole with her father. Everyone was all smiles as Bishop Eugene Gerber began the ceremony. He jokingly stated towards the sky "I asked for a gentle breeze!" as a few gusts of wind carried the brides veil in gentle cirlces. The ceremony was an abbreviated Mass and Tim and Amanda were soon announced as husband and wife. They wasted no time heading back to the lodge to witness the signing of the marriage certicifate while guests were escorted to their cars via golf carts. Everyone was instructed to then head to the Wichita Country Club for cocktail hour.
At the country club we set up with DJ Scott Ward from Accent Mobile Music getting the run down for the evening and a special surprise that Amanda had planned for Tim. When the bride and groom arrived in their classic car Scott had the guests clear a path from the main entrance to the grand hall for them to enter. He announced that the bride and groom had arrived and welcomed them with the help of "Tim's favorite band". A snare drum started it off and the K-State Marching Band entered the Hall at the same time as the newlyweds! Tim had the biggest smile on his face and guests were singing the K-State theme song. The band played 3 songs for the bride and groom before they mingled with guests and had some great toasts from their bridal party and fathers.
With Amanda's strong ties to family, dinner was served family style at the guests tables consisting of her favortie, Italian. There was not an official bridal cake, keeping with the theme of family and friends, each table had their own cake to share at their tables. Also for dessert was Tim's favorite, Squeaks donuts and milk.
The couple enjoyed their first dance and dances with their parents as their guests circled them in the grand hall and the party was officially started! Guests enjoyed the night visiting with the couple and were sent away with a treat of late night cookies and milk. We stayed until the couple left at nearly midnight, still smiling. The couple will be spending their honeymoon in Italy but at a later date due to committments with the family business. We know they will have a wonderful time!
Thank you Tim and Amanda, and your families, for allowing us the honor to spend one of the most important days of your life with you! The day was perfect. We have enjoyed getting to know you. It is obvioius you are loved and cared for by many people and we know there are great things in store for you in the future. Thank you for making our last official hurrah simply the best!
Click the video below to see the wedding day prequel!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Barry and Stephanie - You guys are the best! We can't wait to see the prequel! Love, Tim and Amanda