Below you’ll find the complete program for our wedding ceremony, including the titles of the songs that were played at specific occasions, the readings, and our vows. For links to the songs, see this post: Music from the Ceremony and Reception
Amy and I had months to ponder over which songs to select for the ceremony and reception, but we didn’t make the final selections until the last minute, after we’d had time to let our options play on our mental jukeboxes.
I knew early on what I wanted as a bridal procession song, but after cycling through a variety of options, Amy finally hit on what seemed like an ideal choice for her. We knew when we saw the Disney animated movie, “Zootopia,” that we wanted to use its theme song a recessional. But it wasn’t until we settled on incorporating a “tea and sweets” ritual into our wedding ceremony that we came up with a song that also combines British and Japanese cultures, just as the tea ritual was designed to do. (The song is from a Japanese animated film that’s based on a fantasy novel by British author Diana Wynne Jones.)
After I showed Amy Sara Barielles’ adorable video for the song, “I Choose You,” we both agreed that it would be a perfect “first dance” song. And of course I had to have a few songs from Glee, including the song I chose to honor our bridal party and everyone else who helped to pull the day together.
Follow the links below to view the songs on YouTube or to purchase them on iTunes.
Parents and bridal party entrance: “Totoro” (String quartet) from the Miyazaki animated film My Neighbor Totoro (1998), performed by the Accordi String Quartet (purchase on iTunes)
This is what my hair stylist came up with in a “trial” of a bridal “up-do.” I like it, but I don’t love it. So I’m hoping to get a bit more of an “up” do on the big day, as well as more curls. And yes, my hair is in the process of going from red to purple!
We chose a design that symbolizes the Tardis from Dr. Who, because of the role the Tardis played in bringing us back together. When Amy saw a photo of Cynthia standing in front of a Tardis at Denver ComicCon, she decided to comment on it, even though she hadn’t spoken to Cynthia for six years. Cynthia responded, and the rest is history!
Here’s the digital “card” that served as our wedding invitation via PaperlessPost.com:
CARD DESIGN FYI
Who are the brown and blue creatures?
They’re from one of Cynthia’s favorite animated films, “My Neighbor Totoro,” by the legendary Japanese animator, Hayao Miyazaki. The brown one is a woodland spirit called Totoro, and the blue one is his smaller companion.
Who are the dogs behind the blue creature?
Those are cartoon versions of our three Chihuahua mixes, which Amy created in Pixton. The tan dog is Amber, the yellow dog is Dulcie, and the reddish brown dog is Holly.
Who drew the chibis?
Cynthia created her chibi’s head on xiibi.com, and Amy modified it by replacing the eyes and adjusting the hair and skin tone.
Amy used a chibi she created on xiibi.com as inspiration but drew the new chibi head from scratch using a drawing app for Mac.
Who drew the wedding dresses?
Amy traced some clip art images and modified them extensively to suit the design.
What’s the setting in the background?
The background is a composite of several photos of the ceremony area at Lionscrest Manor.
What apps did you use to design the card?
Amy used Pixelmator for image editing and Comic Life 3 for layout.
We recently met with the Lionscrest wedding coordinator to review our choices for decor and schedule, and I took these photos of our dinner table choices to help those who are helping with table decorations.
Here’s our choice for the “bridal party” table (plum table cloth and ivory napkins):
And here’s our choice for the remaining dinner tables (ivory table cloth with napkins alternating in plum and sage):
Lionscrest Manor is up in the foothills west of Lyons, CO, which is west of Longmont.
The “Contact Us” page on the Lionscrest web site has directions from Boulder, Denver, and Northern Colorado.
The address to use for a map app is: 603 Indian Lookout Road, Lyons CO 80540
Indian Lookout Road is on the west side of Hwy 36, about a third of a mile north of the town of Lyons. The turn can be hard to spot, so also be on the lookout for the Lionscrest Manor sign.
The road is unpaved, and it heads up the side of a tall hill, with a steady climb and quite a few gentle switchbacks. You’ll pass residences on the left and right, but just keep going. Lionscrest Manor is all the way at the top!