If you’ve been following my blog at all lately, you know how many weddings I’ve been to in the past 12 months. When my cousin Valeria called to tell me she was getting married, instead of stressing and worrying, I was relieved. She has always been very low-key, simple and just herself, so I knew her wedding was going to be relaxed and stress-free. She and Mike have been dating for a LONG time, so when she told me she was engaged I about dropped my phone in excitement! They decided to have a small wedding on a Friday evening, inviting only their closest friends and family. The first thing she said: “We’re wearing cowboy boots and sundresses. Nothing fancy, and I don’t want anyone to have to wear a suit and tie.” WHEW! Sounds pretty perfect for the girl with a pink trailer hitch on her truck.
The wedding took place in Dublin, GA, a small country town about halfway between Savannah and Atlanta (where they live) on Friday, June 1. I got to my mom’s in Savannah early that afternoon so we could get ready together – we were both so excited to have somewhere to wear our cowboy boots!
My mom, step dad, sister, niece and I piled in the van and hit the road. Jimmy wasn’t able to make it to this wedding, so Bailey was my date. (I know, I was the luckiest one at the wedding!) We entertained ourselves on the 2 hour car ride by painting our fingernails and having photo shoots.
We finally arrived in Dublin and the venue was tucked away in the middle of no where. After following a dirt road through the woods for about 2 miles, we arrived at our destination. A wooden cabin-like clubhouse sat on acres of green grass, a gazebo overlooked a private lake and shady oak trees lined the property – it was gorgeous. Did I mention people were tailgating before the ceremony? Yeah, I was a happy girl. Unfortunately, we made it there just before the wedding started and didn’t have time to tailgate, so I was quite jealous of the folks that had a beer in hand during the ceremony. Everyone gathered at the gazebo and they began.
Vanessa, Valeria’s sister, made her way to the gazebo from the clubhouse, arm-in-arm with the best man.
Then came the bride, cowboy boots and all!
Her white sundress, curled hair, brown boots and sunflower bouquet were all perfect!
Her best friend, Tammy, sang a beautiful song as she walked down. The ceremony was short, sweet and to the point, and everyone cheered and raised their glasses when they smooched.
And she was grinning non-stop from ear to ear!
We headed inside for dinner, which included a buffet of BBQ, my uncle’s homemade coleslaw, baked beans and the best sweet tea in the world.
The tables were topped with red and white checkered table cloths and these adorable center pieces:
After eating, I accompanied Bailey to “her machine” as she called it. They had a “mechanical bull” in the corner of the wrap-around porch and Bailey was highly entertained by it!
They both smeared icing over each others face (thank goodness – no one seems to do that anymore these days!) and were both great sports about it. So what if Val was left with icing up her nose?! The champagne toast, though, was my favorite part of the night. Mike decided to try opening the bottle of champagne on his own. The kicker: He’d never opened one before! When I asked if he knew how to do it, he responded, “Well, I’ve seen them do it on NASCAR before!” Haha, priceless!! We all had a good laugh and eventually, they got the bottle open :).
Then it was time for the garter and bouquet toss. We headed out to the front porch, Val sat her booty in the chair, and Mike ripped that thing off her leg with is teeth! (Too bad I missed that picture..).
14 weddings in and I finally caught it. I sent a picture to Jimmy right away and his response: “Haha, oh goodness.”
Not sure what that means …
To wrap up the evening, the couple then shared their first dance as we all blew bubbles from cowboy boot bottles.
After a night of fun, catching up with the family and celebrating the new couple, it was time to call it a night and head back to Savannah. What a great evening! I know Valeria and Mike will have a long, happy life together, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them. Love you both!
More photos from the wedding