Surprise! It’s our wedding!

Yesterday we had the most amazing and special day. Rasmus and I got married! We were able to plan everything pretty quickly, with the help of my parents Mary and Gregg, our amazing vendors; and of course of wonderful guests who were so flexible to come visit us on this important day!

My bridesmaids were Sara (my best friend from childhood), who came all the way from Albuquerque, NM, and Danika (my best friend from college), who came in from Brooklyn, NY. My beautiful sister Kathryn was the Matron of Honor, she and her family flew in from San Carlos, CA.

Rasmus’s groomsmen were Fredrik (Rasmus’s great long time friend), who flew to us from Alesund, Norway, and Ross (Brooke’s brother in law) who came in from San Carlos, CA. Magnus was the best man (Rasmus’s best friend), who came in from Oslo, Norway.

We started out the morning with separate breakfast parties at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, NJ. This was a great start to the day! The party for the ladies included a white rose for each lady, and a white rose bouquet for myself. We also had lovely printed cards with a Shakespeare quote. The men’s party included the same note but in Norwegian 🙂 The Molly Pitcher had a beautiful breakfast buffet with custom omelettes, a wide array of breads ranging from croissants to muffins. The also had fruits, meats, pastries, juices, and more.

After breakfast the boys went to the Yestercade arcade in Red Bank, NJ while the girls went on the the Jon Lori Salon in Fair Haven, NJ for hair styling! Of course we were wearing matching monogrammed shirts from a fabulous Etsy shop, SouthernTLC. Each girl had their own stylist to perfect a blowout, and I had the talented Giovanna do my hair which involved lots of curling considering I had hair extensions in!

After hair, the girls continued on in the beautification process with makeup! Each girl had a full makeup session with the lovely and talented Francesca (Frankie) who came to my parents house. This was such a fun process for us. Because each girl takes about 20-30 minutes to complete, we were able to sit together and tell stories and laugh a lot.

Our stellar photographer Marisa arrived in the early afternoon and started with taking photos of my parents garden, as well as the wedding details such a my shoes, the rings, my dress, and the bridesmaids dresses. For the bridesmaids, I had simply asked them to bring a blush colored dress and nude shoes. I gave each girl a flower headpiece to finish their look!

My dress, in my opinion, was a one of a kind.When I saw it I knew immediately it was the one for me. There was only one left, and in my size: perfect. I paired it with navy wedges from Saks Fifth Avenue, and a unique gold, pearl, and crystal crown. Initially I had a stunning pair of hot pink stilettos, but since our ceremony was held in my parents garden, the heels wouldn’t have been the right choice with the grass. For jewelry I wore a gold family bracelet, and my great grandmother’s diamond earrings, both of which my sister also wore in her wedding!

Once we were all made up, dressed, relaxed, and ready to go, it was perfect timing because our guests had arrived. Marisa set up our first look and it was so special. Rasmus was turned around facing the garden as I tiptoed up behind him, Marisa prompted him to turn and his face lit up. It was such a nice moment.

Everything outside looked phenomenal. Our flower arrangements, from Guaranteed Plants and Florist of Navesink, NJ, looked magical. The yard was perfect, the guests were happy, the light was just right, we were ready!

I went back inside and the guests were seated. We were prompted by my officiant, Reverend Jill Dillner, to begin the procession. Starting was Rasmus and his mother Liv,then Fredrik and Danika, Ross and Sara, and then Magnus and Kathryn, followed my my father and me. There was beautiful violin music, Pachelbel’s Canon. As I walked the tune of Your Song (Elton John) was played! Walking down the aisle went fast but the ceremony was slow, romantic, emotional, and something I’ll remember forever. Jill did an incredible job.

After the ceremony Marisa had us pose for lots of photos with family, the bridal parties, each other, and individual shots. My sister and Fredrik put together a stunning slideshow of photos from my and Rasmus’s respective childhood and growing up phases, as well as photos of us together with our bridesmaids/groomsman with texts from each saying wonderful things about us.

We then proceeded to the Rumson Country Club for cocktails and horderves, as well as the reception and dancing. The cocktails hour was relaxed and a great time for us to get to greet all of our guests – we had a very small group, just our absolute closest friends and family. We then went in for the reception. Our DJ welcomed in the bride and groom parties, who danced in to Sugarland’s Stuck Like Glue. Ramsus and I walked in and danced to Hunter Hayes’s Wanted. We had a choreographed dance, which we had two lessons to practice for with the amazing Reitus of the Arthur Murray dance studio in Red Bank.

Once our dance was complete, our DJ Gregg  introduced my father, Gregg, to give his welcome speech, followed by Rasmus’s father, Gunnar, who gave a beautiful and heartfelt speech. We then moved into our delicious dinner, where guests had the choice of salads, and then filet mignon or salmon with sides. During dinner my sister Kathryn, Magnus, and Fredrik each gave beautiful, unique, and well crafted speeches.

Rasmus and I cut our gorgeous naked cake, and fed each other a piece! Soon after we did the parent dances. Rasmus and his mother danced to Mother and Child Reunion by Paul Simon, and I danced with my father to My Wish by Rascal Flatts.

We finished the evening with a lot of dancing! It was an incredible day that I will never forget. We plan to have a celebration in Norway, once I am able to immigrate, and have a larger group of our friends and family. We had all of the special people in our lives in our hearts all day <3  Thank you to everyone who helped make our day so wonderful! And I’m glad our prayers were heard to keep the rain away <3

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