Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wedding Part 3: The BIG day!

  July 23rd, 2011 will go down in our book as one of the "great ones".  It was such an incredible day, one that I will remember forever. A day I wish I could go back and relive again and again and again. I remember everyone telling us to soak it all in and cherish every moment, and I tried, but it was such a blur! The day came upon us so quickly, and was over just as fast! Originally, after Travis and I got engaged December 9th, 2010, we were planning on a year and a half engagement and a wedding summer 2012. When it became obvious to Travis and I that he was on track to deploy around April this year, a wedding in 2012 would not happen without the groom. So, we pushed it up an entire year and we (I) planned everything in 5 months! It was tricky at times, planning an upstate New York wedding from southern California and I could not have done it without my Mother, sister MK, and cousin Marge. Thank you three for all of your hard work and help.

  There are several moments that stick out in my mind, and ones I will never forget. I remember arriving at the church (early, I might add) and wanting so much to start the ceremony so I could finally see Travis. I was so anxious and fidgety and Margaret looked at me and said, "Relax Moe. Don't rush this day." I wish I listened to her a little bit more but I was just so excited. Another significant memory was just after the ceremony when Travis and I ducked around the corner together alone, while the congregation moved outside for the sword arch. We had our own private few minutes as the new Mr. and Mrs. Tufte and they were perfect. 

  The best moment, and the funniest goes to my dad.  As my father and I got to the end of the aisle he kissed me and started to "give me away" to Travis. We all started to cry because it was such a serious and emotional moment. Just as my father started to head back to his seat, he took a shortcut, and stepped directly on my veil yanking it and the clip right out of my hair. I was in shock and absolutely stunned and I just stood there speechless for a second. Finally I just burst out into tears and laughter at the same time, as did everyone else in the church including Father Joe and Travis. It was a funny and special moment that lightened the mood and actually put me at ease for the rest of the ceremony. Not to mention, we got some pretty fun pictures.

 The whole day was memorable because we will surrounded by all of the important people in our lives, our family and friends. Thank you to everyone who traveled and spent the long weekend with us. We are so incredibly lucky and blessed to have each and everyone of you in our lives. Your support and love means the world to us, and we couldn't have done all of this without you.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 

Beautiful bridesmaids

Meg, Betsey and Marge

MK, Anna and Marisa

Ready and waiting!

Captain and Mrs. Travis Tufte!

Officially husband and wife

The sword arch

The new families

Myself and all of the dashing Marines

One of my favorite moments

Travis and I at the reception site

Dana putting her custom designed birdcage on

Our first indroduction

MK's amazing speech

H-O-B-A-R-T...Hobart Hobart Hobart HEYYY!

The Hannan siblings

Cutting the cake

A very special moment dancing with my father

The party is just getting started

And one of the last pictures of the see how this night went.

  Thanks Dad for the amazing pictures! Professional pictures to come.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wedding Part 2: Friday Rehearsal Dinner

  On Friday we had the usual wedding preparations working on setting everything up in the tent for the reception. Pretty soon after it was time to check in to the hotel, shower up and get ready for the evening ahead. Rehearsal at St. Mary's started at 3, and with the Hannan family, it started more like 3:20. When everyone finally arrived it actually went off without a hitch. Soon, we were all on our down to Alexandria Bay for cocktails and hor d'oeuvres on a boat ride through the Thousand Islands. After a 2 hour tour, one rouge wave, some wet boat shoes we were back to the dock and it was time for dinner. We had an amazing BBQ dinner followed by more drinks and one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.

 The Hannan siblings

Wedding rehearsal

 The whole gang

We are almost married

 My incredible parents

Maid of Honor MK and boyfriend Robby

Travis and I

William Smith girls 

Matron of Honor Marge and husband Brent

 Marge, Brent, myself and Lindsay

 Uncle Tom and the "bookends"

 My grandparents, Mimi and Mimp

Future brother and sister-in-law, Conrad and Nikki

 La Crosse/USMC gang

 St. Lawrence River in Alex Bay

Almost there!

 Love you girls

 The new Hannan family, sorry Dad.

What a perfect day, can't wait for tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wedding Part 1: Thursday BBQ

  On Thursday my family and Travis's hosted a very informal but fun day up on the St. Lawrence River. This was a chance for friends and family to meet, spend time together and get to know one another. We played games including kanjam and texas horseshoes, we swam in the River, took rides on the jetski and ate some great food. Later that night we had a campfire and even made our way downtown to a local bar for some dancing and a few drinks. We had a great day and are so thankful to everyone that made special travel arrangements to spend the long weekend with us.

My cousin Julia and baby Chase

 Nat, Johnny and Mike

 Everyone enjoying a beverage in the River

 My sister Meg and cousins Maddie and Liv

 My sister-in-law Nikki, sister MK, friend Anna, myself and friend Betsey

 Cousins Jake and Nate playing kanjam

 Normal Meg

Some texas horseshoes 

 Future family, the Tuftes!

 Travis and Betsey hitting it off!

Meg and Liv

My futre husband and I!

 Girls off on a ride

So cute!

The best sisters I could ever ask for!


 The Greechan girls!

Best sunsets are found on the River

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