Monday, February 20, 2012

Not your Momma's Anniversary post

First, lets discuss something huge... Who's impressed that I've written not one, but TWO posts in one week?  Oh- just me?  Standard.

Second, guess what is today?!?!?!? (Hopefully yall all guessed right, due to the obvious title of this post)


Don't worry.... I'm not going to go soft on yall.  This post will not chronicle every detail of my wedding day from sun up to sun down.  I wasn't one of those brides. 
Actually, for as girlie & high maintenance as I can be, I wasn't your typical bride, at all.  In fact, the only thing I got Bridezilla about was having Bourbon at our reception.  Obviously, its a staple.  Scratch that.  In Kentucky, Bourbon at a reception is a necessity.

However, there is one piece of advice I would give any bride about serving bourbon.

Don't let your new husband drink more than 3, wait... more than 2, wait, no.. ANY at your reception. 

It will lead to disaster.


Let me back up just a bit....
I need to say one huge perk about my wedding day- It was pretty much flawless.  The day went by extremely smooth.  No big hiccups or drama, thank goodness.  No crazy weather either, which is an absolute gift from God in Kentucky in the month of February.  I legitimately thought that between my parents, my soon-to-be In-laws, and my girlfriends that we had made it through the entire Wedding Day & Wedding reception unscathed. And I was right...... Until it was time to for us to leave the reception.

Let me back up a bit more... As stated previously, Bourbon is a staple at Wedding Receptions in Kentucky.  So, of course, we had a signature Bourbon drink at our reception.  Let me introduce you to a Bourbon Street. 

Bourbon Street Ingredients
- 1 Shot (or 2 :) of Makers Mark (or Favorite Bourbon)
- Ginger Ale
-Orange Bitters Flavoring
-Orange Slice

We came across this cocktail when we were in Vegas, and we all fell in love with it out there.

Feeling frisky after discovering the Bourbon Streets in Vegas. So fun.

Once we got back, we knew it was the most perfect cocktail for our wedding.  And believe you me- they were a hit.  When made correctly, these bad boys can be dangerously good.  Let me re-emphasize- DANGEROUSLY good.  
Dangerously good meaning, my Grandmother-little 93 year old, 4'10" Hazel- had at least 4 of them at the reception.  People that didn't even like Bourbon were drinking them like they were going out of style.

So good that the caterer ran out of Makers Mark Bourbon & had to run out in order to buy more.... Who does that happen to? Only at Kevin & Caroline's wedding.  Again. Standard.

If you've had a big wedding, you'll understand that Kevin & I floated around the reception, greeting all our guests like we were running for office.  **Side Note- Brides: I highly recommend assigned seating for your guests.  It allows you to know exactly where everyone is seated & easily locate friends & family.**
Kev & I decided to divide & conquer so we could see everyone we invited, and still have time to enjoy our reception.  One major downfall in that is that I still feel like I didn't see Kevin very much during our reception, resulting in me having NO clue how many bourbons that boy had taken down.  Note that little detail.  Let me also say this: I'm not judging at all- Lord knows I was boozing it up too.  I definitely took part & enjoyed every aspect of our wedding, including the Bourbon Streets.  My view on Weddings is this:  If you spend months or years planning your wedding, you should get to partake in every single aspect.

Now, here is where we had our hiccup.... 
When it came time to leave the reception, my Dad & I both realized that we completely forget to arrange for transportation for Kevin & I to get home.  Major Fail.  Ooops. **Side note: Yes, we stayed at our own home on our wedding night.  I love my bed & our home, so why not?**  So, as I was having a slight panic attack, my best guy friend, since age 18 (Also an Usher in our Wedding), volunteered that he & his new girlfriend (now Fiancee!) would take us wherever we wanted to go.


Nevermind the fact that he drives a big, red Ford Pick-up Truck OR that he was actually volunteering his girlfriend to drive who wasn't familiar with Lexington.  No Big deal.  Soooooo, we began the treck to our house & we had been driving 10 or so minutes, and Kevin goes, "PULL OVER.  SERIOUSLY!" Obviously, Rachel obliged, but before she was able to successfully pull over, my new Husband lost his cookies alllllllllllll over the side of Ryan's Truck.  I was stunned because Kevin has maybe gotten sick a grand total of 4 times in our whole relationship.
Needless to say, the Bourbon Streets got the best of ole Kevin- especially when his nerves didn't allow him to eat much all day.  When we finally got to our house, Ryan & Rachel had to first help me get Kevin upstairs.  Then, as they were getting ready to leave, it hit me like a ton of bricks that I was going to have to sleep in my Wedding Dress if they didn't help get me out of it... As evidenced by the picture below, my dress seriously had a bazillion buttons going down the back.

Luckily, Rachel was a trooper & helped me get out of my dress.  The best part?  I had known her for all of 24 hours at that point & she was the one, not Kevin, to get me out of my Wedding Dress.
 110% Not Normal. But hysterical.

Ryan & Rachel... aka my Saviors :)
I can't lie- that night I just kept thinking... "Is this really happening?  Seriously? Who does this happen to? "  The next morning, an extremely remorseful Kevin woke me up with, "I'm so sorry.  I love you. Do you hate me?  I'm so sorry.... How much trouble am I in?"

LISTEN UP LADIES-  The one fabulous aspect of having your new husband do something clownie on your Wedding Day/Night is that you get to remind them of it forever & ever & ever & ever!  I'd even venture to say its a blessing in disguise, even though it doesn't feel that way at the time :)  Besides that- 
It makes for one hell of a story.

Obviously, that one incident wasn't an indicator of how our marriage was going to go because we are still rock solid 2 years later :)  And to commemorate our Anniversary, Kev & I put together a nice little Vlog for yall regarding key learnings from the past 2 years. Enjoy!

Thats it for now! Have a Great Monday! xoxo


  1. LOVED reading about your wedding night! I completely agree that the bride and groom should enjoy every aspect of the reception and am glad that you can find humor in the story. No puking on our night, but we definitely indulged in one too many. :) Oh well! Happy Anniversary!

  2. Love this!!! :) Happy anniversary!

  3. Happy Anniversary! This had me laughing out loud! :) And for the record, one of my girlfriends had to help me out of my dress on our wedding night too! So you're not alone :)

  4. Happy Anniversary! Great story and loved your marraige advice especially the "would you rather be right or happy" So true! Thanks!

  5. Hysterical!!! No worries, our wedding night had a slight hiccup, as well. Like yalls, there were lots of people there. Lots of college friends came from everywhere that we don't get to see often. So we decided we would go to the one bar we have in my home town afterwards, since we didn't get to hang out with everyone that much at the reception. Of course, rednecks started a fight at the bar... and no one was allowed to leave. So we were stuck there for hours!!!

    Also, word to the wise, do not wear a tight dress in July. You expand and the dress shrinks. I spent the whole night unzipping my dress in the bathroom so I could breath..

  6. Loved reading this! Glad you have such a positive outlook on it! Congrats on 2 years!!

  7. haha hilarious!! happy anniversary!!

  8. so cute and freaking hilarious... happy anniversary!

  9. LOVE listening to you guys talk with your accents! Great advice too!

  10. Happy Anniversary! I'm so glad you can look back and laugh at this story now- so funny but I'm sure it wasn't at the time :)

  11. Happy Anniversary! I love this story...glad I am not the only one whose husband drank a little too much at their wedding and did something funny :o)

  12. Cheesburger, you left out far too much...

  13. hahah Kevin! Y'all are just too presh!!!!!! Happy WIFE, HAPPY LIFE! I can't wait to see you againnnnnnn.

  14. OH what a night! haha You also forgot the part of having a bazillion bobby pins in your hair that Ryan patiently picked out one-by-one!! HA Your wedding was a blast and you and Kev better be ready for some payback come September ;) Happy Anniversary!

  15. Haha that's a pretty funny story. Definitely gives you something to laugh about :) Happy Anniversary!

  16. HOW have I never came across you cute blog before??
    I am pretty sure that I have befriended everyone in the state of KY on Blogger. Weird. hahaha. I cannot wait to read more for you!!

    PS- Makers at a wedding? My kinda KY girl. We're going to win the SEC and the NCAA!!! My apologies for the hyper comment, I've been taking these green tea fat burning supplements.....OH....MUH....GAW