Hey all, Dani here.
Look at this, four days in a row of having posts up. I think the only reason I’m being this consistent is because I’m catching up on the past few months of events. I think I’m going to start off with my blog schedule for 2022 being that I want to have a post at least once a week. Anything more than that is a bonus. If all goes well then I will gradually increase my blogging schedule. I don’t know if I’ll get back to the posting every day schedule I was on because that was intense, but we’ll see what happens.
Anyway, before I get into the wedding, I realize it’s been a while since I last talked about our cat. We’ve had Diablo for a year now, and he’s still both a cuddly sweetheart and an absolute menace at the same time. He has filled the house with so much rambunctious energy and life. Thankfully he also recognizes those times when you just need a snuggle. Literally, I have had a couple times this year (more than a couple honestly) where I’ve been sad or upset and he’ll just curl up on my lap or climb up on my chest, and then he’ll nuzzle in close, giving me a head butt, and then he’ll just purr. I swear, cat purrs are medicinal, because I always feel better afterwards.
Diablo also likes to be involved in our D&D days, as can be seen by the photos where he is perched up on my dice bag or sitting in one of my friend’s dice trays. I think he likes those days best because there’s more people in the house who can love him. The final picture in this set is the day we came back from our honeymoon. We’d been gone for almost a whole week, and I think he missed his “mommy couch cuddles,” because he would not leave me alone.
All right, now the content you’re actually here for…just a few details. It was a rainy morning as we went to set up our wedding, so we couldn’t go with our original plan to have everything outside. Thankfully the friends who were letting us use their property for the wedding were able to set up the reception tables in their two car garage. It wasn’t fancy by any stretch of the imagination, but we only had like twenty people there.
Because of increasing Covid numbers, as well as having friends and family who are immuno-compromised, we made the decision to require our guests to either be fully vaccinated or to show proof of a negative Covid test within a few days of the wedding. My brother, who was supposed to walk me down the aisle, never RSVPd. He was also supposed to provide the food for the day–he said it would be his wedding gift to us. My mother reacted or commented on every Facebook post I made EXCEPT anything to do with the wedding…and she was supposed to handle the cake and the photographer. Likewise, most of Damian’s family also backed out of coming because of feeling under the weather or because they refused to vaccinate or get a test.
So we had to re plan our wedding with just a few days until the event. We bought a handful of cheap pizzas to eat. I made a batch of carrot cake cupcakes and a batch of chocolate frosted strawberry cupcakes so we could still have cake. And one of my bridesmaids, who is a professional wedding photographer, and more like a sister than a friend, wouldn’t stand for me not having photos and decided to do the photgraphy as a wedding present.
So we had a couple dozen friends–okay, who are we kidding, these people are the family we’ve chosen, our found family–there with us. Sorry I’m not sharing any photos of anyone else, but some of them had their kiddos with them, and I’m not going to just share those photos with the world.
My bouquet, and all the bridal party bouquets and boutonnieres were made by my husband. The bridesmaids had bouquets made from book pages, from a book I bought at a thrift store. The groomsmen had one book page flower flanked by two comic book page flowers. We let each guy choose his favorite superhero/comic character. And my bouquet was made with book pages and then pages from a Critical Role comic, because Damian and I met wile playing D&D, and Critical Role has been an important piece of our lives and relationship.
Since the wedding was the day before Halloween we expanded our theme from Renaissance Faire to just costume party. We even had buckets of candy on the tables at the reception and gave everyone bags so they could “trick or treat” and go home with lots of candy.
It wasn’t the day we had been planning for the past couple years, but it still ended up being a pretty nice day overall.
Our original plan for the honeymoon a couple years ago was to go to Universal Studios, but as soon as the pandemic happened, we changed plans for a more laid back and secluded option. We booked a cabin for a week in the Hocking Hills region in Ohio.
It was a really nice cabin, although it was a little bigger than what we needed. It was a two bedroom, two bathroom. It had what we needed though: bed, bathroom, kitchen, internet, and a hot tub. The Cottage is really nice, and we’ve stayed at the Pinewood Cabin on this property as well, so we can recommend booking Marsh Hollow yourself if you want to visit the area. I would have loved to sit up on that balcony in the morning with a cup of coffee, but it was actually pretty chilly most mornings, so I curled up on the living room couch instead.
We pretty much only ate at the cabin, but we did grab a pizza after one of our days of hiking. To make food shopping a bit easier, especially considering the cool fall weather, we made a couple large pots of soup (chili and loaded potato) that we ate for a few meals for each pot. Breakfast was just simple egg, potato, and breakfast meat. Damian grilled up burgers and hot dogs for a couple meals, and for one meal I cooked up steaks, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, and we had wine.
On the first two days we went out hiking, and hit up five different trails, hoping to catch some nice fall color, but I guess we were about a week too late for the spectacular colorful views. It was still really nice though. Of course after a busy day of hiking, it was really nice to head home to the cabin and soak in the hot tub for a little while.
Other than that we relaxed at the cabin, read a little, watched some movies and stuff, and just enjoyed being away from work and people. Oh, and I guess I should say that I started working on my NaNoWriMo project at the cabin as well. I wrote like 10K while we were there. If only the rest of my November had been so successful for my writing.
So, there you have it, a little insight into our wedding and honeymoon. That is all for today, but I will be back tomorrow with the November Book Haul and OwlCrate Unboxing post.