Oh my gosh, where to begin! This was such a long, beautiful and full on day!
For me, my wedding day started at 6.30am, when my hair dresser and make up artists arrived. I was in bed out cold after finally falling asleep, when I was abruptly woken up by Bella loudly woofing to tell me they had arrived 😛 I was first up for hair as Anna wanted to pin curl mine to make sure all the curls would stay in and do what they were supposed to.
Hair by Anna from Sugar Plumb Boutique
Make up by Tanty Lovell
After that, I spent the rest of the morning running around in my hello kitty onsie moving chairs and making sure all the decorations were in place 😛 I may have been a little paranoid about it and insist on doing it all myself, but I just couldn’t sit still I was so excited, so I figured I should do something productive. I am so please with the look of the altar, although the fact that the table-cloth on the altar isn’t straight is probably going to haunt and annoy me for the rest of my life. lol.
Once all my hair and make up was done and it was time to get into my dress, my dog (and flower girl!) Bella did the cutest thing. We laid the hoop out so we could put the dress over it, and Bella decided that was the perfect spot for her to go and lie down. One of my brides maids managed to get this shot quickly on her phone. It was soooo cute! I can’t wait to see the one from the photographer, who also managed to get one from the opposite direction.
Here is a picture of me in my dress, posing for photo’s just before it was time to head outside to go meet my future husband 🙂 I am still so in love with how everything turned out. My beautiful bouquet from Nic’s Button Buds was the perfect touch of colour that I wanted. My hair was just gorgeous, and the style kept the fact that it was still in fact purple, very subtle.
Once I was done having all my photo’s taken with the photographer, it was time to head to the altar! Trust me to pick this exact moment to decide I was busting for a wee! lol. With the size that my dress was, it took 3 people to help me go. Lucky I’m not a hugely modest person 😛 Unfortunately, until we get the professional photos back, this is where my photo’s end until after the ceremony. We didn’t want to have ceremony photo’s full of mobile phones, so we made it an unplugged ceremony. My bridesmaids walked in ahead of me, then I walked down the aisle with both of my parents, my dad on one side and my mum on the other. It was a good thing too, because the ground was so uneven I think I would have stacked it if I didn’t have them both to hold me up! We walked in to “sugar” by maroon 5 being played on the acoustic guitar by my dear friend Kara, and it was just perfect. The ceremony was short and sweet, and our vows were super cute. I vowed to “be his puntastic wife, for the rest of his life” and he praised me for being the “magical force that makes food appear”, among other more heart-felt and romantic things. We then said our names and vowed to loved each other always, to the exclusion of all others before exchanging our rings. Then it was time to kiss the bride, and go sign our marriage certificate!
Then it was all over, and we were officially husband and wife!
We made our exit dancing down the aisle to boogie wonderland, with our amazing bridal party boogying along behind us.
As we almost got to the end, the photographer stopped us for a few photo’s, I can’t wait to see what they look like! We were all on such a high and the music was still cranking so I am sure they will be amazing.
We waited at the top of the aisle for all the guests to come say hello and congratulate us. This was the first time seeing everyone except my bridesmaids for me, so I was super happy to see everyone. I got lost of hugs. Then it was off for photo’s!
These are two of my favourite group shot of the day so far, because I think they capture our friends and their senses of humor perfectly. The one above is of the entire bridal party pulling “Horse face”, and below making good use of the selfie sticks we had as party favors.
Whilst we were off having our photo’s done, we had a few different afternoon activities set up. We had a 9 hole mini golf course set up to keep people entertained. Our two friends James and Beck also put on a Swing dance class for all our guests to learn the basics before the reception. We had roaming entrée’s going on for most of this time too.
Once it was time to enter the marquee for the reception we were introduced as Mr and Mrs Guerra and walked in as they played “Enter the Jungle”. That wasn’t planned by us, but was pretty amazing none the less. We had our friend Tracy as the MC for the evening, and she did a wonderful job. The song was a surprise, and her idea. I was in stitches with laughter by the time we made it to the middle of the room! The next surprise was a rap she did about me now being “Sarah Guerra” (That’s pronounced “g-where-rah”, yes my name now rhymes 😛 ) to the tune of “The real Slim Shady”. This is how it went:
May I have your attention please? May I have your attention please? Its time for a toast, so please stand up. I repeat, its time for a toast so please stand up! (we’re gonna have a problem here)
Well Riccardo Guerra, he’s sitting over there-a. He was a total geek until he met Sarah. Played a lot of games online, and didn’t really care-a. Sucha gaming nerd with too much software-a.
Then Riccardo got to dancing, helped him with romancing. Cut a rug like a thug, and people started glancing.
And then there’s Sarah, wearing her mascara, skin so soft its like she’s made of alo-vera
She’s so tasty, better than Forrero Rochea, Sarah makes other girls feel ugly and dispair-a.
Oh then Tardo met Sarah, with her oh so pretty hair-a, skirts cut up to there-a, nearly see her underware-a!
and its time for a toast, so please stand up, please stand up, please stand up!
Yes Tardo met Sarah, Made her Sarah Guerra, Yes her new names Sarah Guerra, Incase you weren’t aware-a, wont the new Sarah Guerra please stand up, please stand up, please stand up!
Then it was onto our first dance as husband and wife.
We chose a lovely swing song called “La Vien Rose” by Louis Armstrong, it was so very romantic. Riccardo kept getting his arm stuck on me as I had to have my train hanging off my arm to walk as it was so long. You can watch the video of it below, it’s very cute:
Once we were finished with our first dance, I ran of to change into my second, smaller dress as I couldn’t even sit down in the big one, and they started taking orders and bringing out the main courses.
The food was delicious and was finished pretty quickly, just in time for the band to get started! We had a band called Lucky 7 playing for us, as they are one of our favourite Adelaide swing bands. We have done a few performance gigs with them over the years as well, so I am sure they have popped up on this blog once or twice in the past. Their first set was all swing music so we could get our dance on before we all got to drunk, then they played some cool part music. We even had a conga line going through the whole marquee at one point!
Then it was time to cut the cake. We had a little cake and lots of cupcakes, which were made as a wedding present by my very talented friend Alisha!
Then Tracy had another surprise for us! They got us to sit down back to back, and take off both our shoes. She then asked us a bunch of questions, and we had to answer by holding up one of the shoes. The questions were things like, Who steals all the blankets, who is the bossiest and who said I Love You first. We had quite a few giggles, and it all ended with me throwing my shoe at Riccardo for saying something hilarious but a bit naughty (I don’t actually remember what he said). It was a great game!
We also had a photo booth there the whole night which turned out to be wonderful, especially since its not actually what we ordered to begin with. When we were first arranging things, we had ordered this cool printer that could pick up photo’s under a certain hashtag on instagram, and then print them out. We had planned this as part of the evening, giving everyone selfie sticks as wedding favours and sending out email instructions prior to the wedding about how to use instagram. We found out two days before the wedding that the printer had been in Melbourne the weekend before, and had been sent back with the wrong parts. Not only that, but the parts were not going to arrive in time for the wedding. I was so cross and demanded they give us something else instead, they said they had a photo booth that we could use instead, but they couldn’t get it there until 2.30pm ON THE DAY. The wedding was at 2. I could have killed someone. So they ended up waiting until the ceremony finished then sneaking around the back to set it up whilst we were having photo’s done. In the end it turned out really well, as we had unlimited photo’s all night, and everyone just went nuts. We got some great shots, and it was really good fun.
The last little detail that made the day perfection, was the Arabella mermaid ice sculpture I was given as a gift by my grandmother. It was just magical, and let me tell you why. When I was a kid, my Nana used to write stories about all her grand children and we all had a magical creature as our side kicks/special friends. My cousin Kellie had gotten married several years before me, and at her wedding my Nana had arranged for everyone to release butterflies as they were her special creature. At the reception I went up to Nan and told her the butterflies were beautiful, but good luck finding my mermaid Arabella and getting her to come to my wedding. Boy did I swallow my words when I walked into the reception to find a glowing ice sculpture of a mermaid waiting for me next to our table. Below is a picture of me with Arabella just after I found her, and then a picture of me and Riccardo saying goodbye to her once the party was over and we were the last ones (or at least we thought we were, thanks Kenneth for sneaking up and taking the photo) left in the marquee.
Everything everyone ever said to me about wedding were true, it was a stressful ride to get there, but once we were it was the most beautiful day and was over in a flash. I could not have dreamed it would be so perfect.
I can’t wait to share the official photographs with you all when we get them back! Thanks for reading, I know this was a long one!