Peter and Jeans Wedding
Yesterday two of our friends got married in North Carolina at the Whalehead Club which was just a short drive from the house we rented.
Meet Jean and Peter
The Whalhead Club
The wedding was really incredible, especially since they took a lot of the stuffy tradition out of the ceremony process, and instead turned it into a celebration of their relationship. You would think that logically all weddings would be a celebration of the couple, but I find that most are too focused on the traditions to take the time to add in personal touches, such as having the couples pet turtles at the reception….
They also each took an article of clothing from the other person which they loathed the most and agreed to burn it at the end of the ceremony (it was both funny and touching that the groom was willing to give up his favorite ratty t-shirt for the woman he loves).
Peter and Jean also did so many cool things which were not only creative and beautiful, but budget-friendly. Here were a few of my favorite things:
Fortune Cookie Programs (you had to open up the various flaps to read about the wedding)
Homemade tissue paper decorations
Pies! (rather than traditional wedding cake…and yes, they fed each other pie).
The party favors were re-usable bags with turtles on them (they also had a note inside the bag which read: “Turtles often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, which can lead to their deaths. By choosing to use this eco-friendly turtle tote instead of plastic bags, you’ll help save a turtle! We have also made a donation to the Network For Endangered Sea Turtles, a non profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of sea turtles.”)
The name tags were also turtle themed (on scratch-away rainbow paper)
Later on during the reception Michal and I turned our name tags into ninja turtles
They also used mason jars to serve lemonade and iced tea in
And you can’t have a North Carolina wedding without having peaches!
Since they just bought a house, they had their mail box at the reception, and people were able to write notes and put it inside.
Overall, the reception was a blast…
And of course having some friends there made the experience that much better.
Steph, Eli, and Kristin
Meredith (and some wind)
And having Michal there is always a plus, because he makes me laugh every 10 minutes.