They Said The Day Would Fly By…

And “they” were right. I’d have to say that the week leading up to the B.I.G. day went rather slowly and was full of miscues, meltdowns, a spill or two and one trip to Urgent Care…but once Friday June, 24th arrived, there was no slowing it down.

It really was everything that we wanted it to be….x 1,000,000. We will never be able to thank our wonderful parents enough for giving us the beautiful and most special day of our lives. Oh and do I need to warn you…this will be a long post. The photography by Karen from K2 is stunning! You are in for a treat!

My wedding day started off exactly how I wanted it to. Waking up at my parent’s home and coming downstairs to a beautiful kitchen full of makeup, my best friends and champagne. What girl wouldn’t want to wake up that way?

I think the getting ready part might have been one of my favorite parts of the day. I have three. And this is on the list. We put Adele on Pandora to start off the morning and popped our first bottle as we each took turns in the makeup and hair chairs. One of my dearest and most trusted make up artists and friends Christina (aka Tina Jean, XTina, I’ll leave her naughty nick names out and keep this PG) made me up for the day and evening.

Kortney from Renue Salon & Day Spa transformed my hair. Loved. It.

Two surprises made my morning extra special.

My family from far away…

And a love note from the one I was to marry…

The details that Karen from K2 captured still floor me. Karen…bravo.

My grandmother Dee’s napkin rings from her wedding day.

The. Dress.

Thanks Emma Kate for keeping things light…

And then it was time to get dressed…

These photos make me cry all over again. The first men in my life who taught me how to love and be loved.

And then comes favorite moment number two. The First Look. I will say this again…not as Megan The Photographer. But Megan The Bride. If you haven’t considered this…I truly believe it is the only way to go. Not only did the First Look capture every emotion between Drew and I seeing each other for the first time. (Amazing job K2!) But it was an opportunity for the two of us to spend time alone together before we shared our day with the rest of our family and friends. I wouldn’t trade this time for anything. And although our location was AH-mazing!!! It did destroy my hair – high winds off of Lake Michigan…but totally worth it.

After our tears and anxiety were out and over…we rejoined our amazing bridal party for a little bit of laughter

Flowers by Eastern Floral in Grand Haven, MI.

My bouquet was hand made by my beautiful mother in law.

And here is my third favorite moment: Waiting to go down the aisle with my daddy. I’ll never forget it. We laughed…said a few I love yous. And he made me feel safe. We waited for Trumpet Tune to start playing from the organ and off we went…we came around the corner and I was overwhelmed by the packed church. I saw Aunt Lori first and seeing her face and smile made me feel calm. After walking what might be the longest aisle in Grand Haven…we finally made our way to Drew.

Mission accomplished! Oh and look…the sun came out!

And now…we eat, drink, and be married!

This was an all out DIY kind of wedding. And by “yourself” I mean…my amazing mother!!

Every flower was hand crafted! They were made from paper and hand painted by my mother. We had seen paper flowers trending on blogs and wedding magzines in 2010 and when my mother said she’d give it a go…I never dreamed that she would end up making over 1,500 paper roses! They were breathtaking!! They were a work of art!

Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Danser!

I’ve always had a fear of cutting the wedding cake (in our case…pie) and you can clearly tell by my face that I was hesitant.

We should have practiced!

Our wedding pie was Coconut Creme Pie and we had seven other pie flavors in mini jars for every one else to choose from. I’d say they were a hit since we saw people walking away from the dessert table with more than one jar in their hands. 🙂 Ellen from Desserts by Design is amazing!

Drew’s dad Richard was his best man. His heartfelt toast made us all a little weepy.

And it just kept going when Emily took the stage…

Drew and I have never felt so blessed and lucky and loved in our entire lives.

To our family and friends who traveled near and far…we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for celebrating and sharing in our joy and happiness on our wedding day. We are still smiling when we think of that special day and will for the rest of our lives together.

November 6, 2011 - 7:45 pm

Heather Claypool - So beautiful, Megan! Many congrats again to you and Drew! 🙂

November 6, 2011 - 7:58 pm

Meg - MEGGIE!!! I love this, can’t wait to see them all…hopefully sometime soon 🙂 Made me cry and cry all over again 🙂 Love you two!

November 6, 2011 - 8:56 pm

Betsy - SO BEAUTIFUL!!!! So happy for you guys!!!!! You were so beautiful!!!!!!

PS Your mom is so amazing!!!!

PPS Are those her painted stairs? Wow!

November 6, 2011 - 9:01 pm

Elaine Burger - Megan, these are the most beautiful wedding photos I have ever seen….of course, having beautiful people to photograph, I guess makes it easier! Blessings to you for a long and happy marriage. Your Mom’s roses are phenominal…she really loves her girl…..this was a definate labor of love. Hope you dance to “Paper Roses” on your first anniversary! See you again at Happy Hour one day! , Elaine

November 6, 2011 - 9:19 pm

amy fulton - Tears in my eyes all over again. Def a memorable day! We were so happy to have been there to celebrate your love. These pictures show your joy and love we all felt being there that day. Love you guys!

November 6, 2011 - 9:43 pm

Randa - brought tears to my eyes all over again. it was a long anxious trip with the baby but it was so worth it to be with you and Drew on your special day…love you <3

November 6, 2011 - 10:10 pm

Robin - Absolutely beautiful Megan and Drew. The love is felt through your pictures. I wish you both nothing but endless happiness and love.

November 6, 2011 - 10:25 pm

katie - Megan!! So absolutely beautiful!! I got goosebumps, tears in my eyes & a lump in my throat at how amazingly breathtaking your day was!! I’m so happy everthing turned out perfect for you and Drew!! Congrats my dear!!!
Love, Katie (Todd & Jace)

November 7, 2011 - 12:36 am

Erin - Ruthie!!!! Your pictures are georgeous! So happy for you (still) and glad we were able to share in your special day! Much love to both of you!

November 7, 2011 - 1:07 am

Pam Wilson - Megan, I know you were so young when you left NC but your family is so very special to me and seeing these pictures makes me feel them through a mother’s eyes. How proud your mom must have been to make 1500 paper roses for her very special daughter. Thank you so much for sharing your very special day.

Miss Pam

November 7, 2011 - 1:18 am

Michelle - Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding pics. Your narration was superb! xoxo

November 7, 2011 - 5:00 pm

Trenda - Tears are in my eyes. So worth the wait to get to share your beautiful day.
Enjoy your first holiday season as Husband and Wife

November 10, 2011 - 9:14 am

Jo Lynn Danser - The pictures truly showed all the love shared by you, Drew, our families and friends, more so than I remembered! You were a gorgeous bride, just glowing, and Drew, so hansome and truly the happiest I have ever seen him! A perfect day for a perfect couple. Thank you for sharing. We love you both dearly!!!

November 11, 2011 - 2:00 am

Brendan - What a great day! These excellent pictures really bring back the memories. Congrats again to you and Drew, and I hope every year on your anniversary you can look at the pics and re-live the day.

November 11, 2011 - 5:40 pm

Angela - Megan! These pictures literally took my breath away as i sobbed through the entire bunch! You are absolutely gorgeous and the wedding decor (Your wonderfully talented Mother!!) I can’t even begin to find the words! What a fabulous display of love and family!! Thank you for sharing these photos and your life!! I wish you and Drew many years of happiness!