Wednesday, November 17, 2010

life's not all fun & games... but our wedding sure was!

the main goal of our afternoon celebration {aka - wedding reception} was for everyone to have an absolute blast! most of our guests had traveled from afar and this was our one chance to spend fun, quality time with them. not to mention the fact that we were all so excited about that whole lifelong commitment thing! we had art, lawn games, amazing food, and of course, dancing!

the very dangerous path leading to our wedding
i put my dearest friend katie in charge of decorating the driveway with sidewalk chalk, which was where our guests would first enter on the way to the backyard garden. so naturally she made a chalk walkway surrounded by many dangers - volcanoes! zombies crawling up out of the ground! monsters! knives of death! human-eating plants! and more, which i can't remember! but trust me, it was a perilous journey.

{"welcome to kim & dannon's sweet-ass wedding"}

kazoo sing-a-long
as soon as our ceremony was over, we handed out kazoos with kazoo books, and had a great big celebratory kazoo sing-a-long! you can see a short clip of it here. i've said it before and i'll say it again - there's nothing more fun than 50 of your closest loved ones singing "when i'm sixty-four" on kazoos!

{leading the kazoo sing-a-long}

{our guests seriously LOVED the kazoos}

{grandma's a kazooing}

this has been a long-time favorite civilized game of mine. and you can be sure i brought it!

{oh, i'm sorry my love, did i completely school you? that's right, i did.}

lawn bowling
no one could beat my grandma at lawn bowling. many tried, but she completely dominated!

guest book
okay, we actually didn't have a guestbook. instead we had an art book! we put out all the fun colors, stamps, stencils, and scrap paper a creative person could want and let our guests go nuts. we now have a hilarious, heartwarming, and colorful art book filled with love!

this was probably the one thing about our wedding where i said "this is WAY overdone, but i totally want one!" we made it more us by putting out cards i had printed with cool designs and asked our guests to type us jokes. we then bound them all together and made our first coffee table book!

even our favors were DIY! we put out a bunch of wonderful spices for mulling cider, a yummy recipe, and tiny tea bags for our guests to make their own individual mulling sachets. sitting with a hot cup of cider is one of our favorite things to do, so we wanted to send our guests home with something we could all do together through the fall, even if we may be living far apart.

the "bouquet" toss
okay, so i didn't have a bouquet at all. but i announced to our guests that i had created something special which symbolized the love dannon and i share, with the hope that whoever caught it would experience the same luck in love. we made it open to everyone - man and woman, young and old, married or single. what was this special symbol of our love?

a rubber chicken!

it was a huge surprise that i had kept secret from everyone. it was hilarious!

dannon and i {and most of our friends} are big swing dancers, so we had to have some good jazz dance music. our band, noto d, was awesome and i highly recommend them if you're wanting swing or django reinhardt style jazz. they even let dannon play violin with them!

{dancing with my mom}

in case you didn't know, dannon is an amazing dancer and musician . . . and chef, and designer, and furniture builder, and rock climber, and mustache grower, and... yeah, you get the idea.

and if you want to see more fun pictures from our wedding recaps, click the following links:

ah! what a fun day!!!


  1. Hi! I found you through Red Boots! What an amazing wedding! It sure looks like it was a great time, and I love all your personal touches. Perfect. Congrats!

  2. How did you organise all of this in such a small time! I am in awe of you two! Can you please do it again though, so I can come!

  3. I'm endlessly amazed by how creative and fun your wedding was! The rubber chicken idea is hysterical. Happy Wednesday, my dear!

  4. You guys seriously had the most fun wedding ever! I cannot get over what an extra ordinary couple you are!

  5. Okay for real, the fact that you had kazoos at your wedding makes me SO happy!

  6. Every time I see another post about your wedding day I fall more in love with it! You guys were so genuine and creative, and it really shows. How nice that you have such great pictures documenting the day!

  7. this totally made me tear up. hands down wonderful! i love the amount of fun & happiness everyone is clearly having!! the one of dannon & you playing badmitton is perfection along with the dancing one, oh, and every other picture! you guys are seriously too cute for words.

    so happy for you & your lover!

    p.s. your creativity totally puts Martha Stewart's to shame! ; )

  8. i love your wedding pics!! everyone looks so insanely (in the best way) happy!! how did you ever pull it off? you had so many amazingly unique elements.


  9. I can see from the pictures that this was an amazing day. I love the pictures so much by the way, they are great!

  10. The pictures are amazing. I like that your wedding had you and Dannon's personalities in it. I lover that it was not some generic version of a marketing department's idea of "perfect" day but something that can not be created again. Very genuine and sweet. Love the rubber chicken idea. Oh, and I love your shoes.

  11. Oh how cute! You guys are amazing!!! Congrats my dear! The decor is adorable.


    p.s. Be sure to enter my cupcake kit giveaway!!!

  12. So, I am sorta a commitment-phobe, and I don't often look at wedding posts and sigh, but yours was ADORABLE!

    I love:
    -your dress
    -your sing-along
    -your typewriter
    -your favors
    -the overall casual and intimate vibe of it all!

    If I ever get married, it will be like this. Congrats to you and your cute new husband!


  13. DIY mulled cider tea bags - I love that idea as a favour!

  14. Gosh, you guys are too cute. (((((Awwwwwwww))))) I kind of heart you both a lot. These pictures are just too sweet.

    I'm so glad you had the wedding of your dreams :) You both are a beautiful, beautiful couple. Lots and lots of happiness in the road ahead.

    PS: Love the rubber chicken!

  15. Seriously, it looks like you had the most fun wedding ever!! What a magical day -- love the typewriter idea.

  16. I am so loving looking through your weddings posts! How fun and amazing and gorgeous.