Monday, July 7, 2014

Seven Years Hitched: Married on July 7, 2007

Today marks seven years of matrimony for The Hubs and me. (Yup. We're one of those 07-07-07 couples.) And like the sevens on Scott’s Lions football jersey – which we’re rocking in our engagement pic above – that number was all up in our big day.

Here are seven random facts about our nuptials…

It all started with the No. 7.
Not only were we married on July 7, 2007, but prior to walking down the aisle, I descended on our guests in a glass elevator at precisely 7:07 p.m. – and the venue that hosted our wedding and reception was located on Seven Mile Road. Why do we love seven so much? Well, Scott is the oldest of seven, I was born in 1977, and Scott’s birth date also boasts a seven. I could go on about our affinity for this number until your eyes glaze over from boredom, so I’ll just stop there.

I wore a sixpence in my shoe.
I haven’t worn my satin wedding heels since, and it is still in there. I just checked.

We hired a live band in lieu of a DJ.
The funk band that brought the house down at our reception was Back in the Day Band, which is fronted by one of Scott’s former teammates, Larry Lee, who returned to his childhood passion of music after his football career, which included playing eight seasons in the NFL and then serving as the Vice President of Football Operations for the Detroit Lions.

Our wedding favors were a three-part production.
Each guest who attended our reception received the following: One Michigan Lottery Red Blazing 7s scratch-off ticket – and some of our guests won quite a bit of cash that night; one customized poker chip that had my and Scott’s initials engraved on one side and “777” on the other; and one full-size Godiva chocolate bar. The significance of the Blazing 7s scratch-off is a no-brainer, but I think few knew why we chose a Godiva bar: Scott brought me Godiva chocolate on the night we first met. (More on that in a later post.) While the chocolate bars were consumed by everyone in rapid succession, I was able to find the exact lottery tickets (and poker chips) Scott and I scratched off after our first dance:


At the “morning after” brunch we hosted for out-of-town guests, I wore a pair of Jimmy Choo Grecian sandals. 
The suede 3-inch heels (pictured below) inflicted so much pain, they should have been sold with a disclaimer. I wore them for less than 10 minutes before throwing in the towel and perusing the ballroom barefoot (Yes, that was tacky, so go ahead, flame away). I bought these $395 shoes off eBay for $150. They were once display models at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. But that wasn’t the only reason for the “deep” discount: One shoe was an 8…and the other was an 8.5. I wish I could say that was the extent of these shoes' flaws, but, nope. There's more: They had all the support of a wet napkin. I eventually sold them back on eBay to another poor, unsuspecting soul:


Our wedding announcement was featured in the April 2008 issue of Town & Country magazine:

When Scott and I returned to our presidential suite at the end of the night following our reception, we learned that the Jacuzzi didn’t work.
We were too tired to care or complain.

31 comments:

  1. Oh you look absolutely lovely, Courtney! I love the special touches for your guest.....especially the chocolate bar!

    Random facts about our nuptials:

    *We were married in our home.
    *My mom's mailman/pastor married us.
    *I was barefoot the entire time.

    xxo

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    1. Of for pete sake I forgot to wish you a Happy Anniversary! Forgive me as I just woke up!

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    2. Susie, your random facts ROCKED! Especially the barefoot part. (Per my random fact above about the ill-fated shoes I wore to our morning after brunch, hell, I should have just skipped the shoes altogether and went barefoot from the start! lol)

      And thank you for the Anniversary wishes...I -- no -- Scott and I -- appreciate it A LOT!

      Enjoy your Monday, my friend...

      xo

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  2. Wow, that's really neat that you guys incorporated all of that for your wedding. We didn't really do all of that, but we got a lot of comments about getting married on Feb 29. And I remember telling EVERYONE that "I am getting married today!" I was excited.

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    1. I think that's fantastic that you stuck to your guns about your desired date, and, frankly, I don't get why that would be an issue at all for anyone: They are not getting married that day -- YOU are. (smh) I'm not trying to pull a bridezilla here. I'm just saying that people really shouldn't have an issue about anyone's wedding choices. I don't care if the bride wants to buck tradition, wear all black, and serve Twinkies instead of cake. Makes absolutely no difference to me.

      Sorry, climbing down off my soap box now...LOL

      Thank you for commenting.

      xo

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  3. Awww, it's so fun to have unique things to remember your wedding by... Happy Anniversary!

    And on a side note, what IS it with wedding shoes?! I ended up buying a pair of cork wedge flipflops from K-Mart... yes, K Mart was the only available shore for shoes where I was living at the time... and I bought them about 20 minutes before getting my dress fitted. They hurt like the dickens, but I had already planned to switch into ballroom dance shoes anyway, so no lasting harm, but yeesh!

    And yay for live music! So many couples can only afford to do a DJ these days (I get it) but I was super lucky and my Uncle's band played for ours... all the lovely old timey music perfect for ballroom dancing. :D I think it makes it super special. :)

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    1. Hi, Dakota! I totally agree: A live band is a real treat if it's within a couple's budget...

      "hurt like the dickens." OMG, I say the dickens All. The. Time.

      Thank God my wedding heels were comfortable, despite the fact that I wore them for the first time on my wedding day without breaking them in...I often wonder about the whereabouts of those Jimmy Choos, I'm betting dollars to donuts that someone got fed up and had them burned.

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  4. We got married in Raleigh, NC aka City of Oakes. Best day of my life!!

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    1. That's awesome, Tatjana! I haven't been there, but I did live in Columbia, South Carolina for a bit...

      Thank you for sharing...and happy (upcoming) anniversary to you guys as well!

      xo

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  5. Congrats on seven years of marriage. My husband and I will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary this week. I would have to say the most memorable thing about our wedding day was my nephew who was four at the time yelling "Hey Sonya, are you hungry?" as we entered the reception.

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    1. Hi, Sonya! LOL Yes, that is quite a memorable statement...and one that could definitely be filed under Kids Say the Darndest Things! lol

      Thank you for you your well-wishes -- and, of course, for commenting>

      xo

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  6. Hi Courtney - Congratulations on your wedding anniversary and I love how you shared all of the details of your day that meant so much to both of you. Blessings for many, many happy years ahead. Hugs, Holly

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    1. Thank you so much, Holly! It's that the power that blogging possesses? It basically paves the way for you to spill the beans about stuff that you otherwise would have no interest in putting out there...

      Thank you for your kind words -- which I'm about to share with The Hubs -- right now...

      xo

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  7. Congrats Courtney! Great share I was laughing in a few parts but for sheer fact everyone wants their day to be perfect, turns out perfectly imperfect works even better. Much love and blessings xo

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    1. Hi, Mari! And you know what? I know this sounds cliche and all -- and sappy -- but I remember a few hours after the reception, when all was said and done, The Hubs and I looked at each other and said, "This was perfect." Because it really was. I mean, the painful shoes -- that was the morning after. Bit absolutely everything involving the wedding ceremony and reception went 100% according to plan...

      Don't get me wrong: I have my priorities in order -- the fact that we were married in front of our closest family and friends was the important thing. I know this.

      But when you plan something on the level that we did...for a whole year...and invest the amount of time, money, and planning -- both by us and several professionals -- you wonder how it's all going to come together. And amazingly, luckily...it did!

      I'm with you, I'll take perfectly imperfect, but I'm not going to lie, when things turn out to be just perfect, that, to me, is even better. ;-)

      Thank you for your kind words, and commenting.

      xo

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  8. We stayed in town for our honeymoon. I think we even went to church lol.

    Congrats and Happy Anniversary to you!

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    1. Hi, Stacie, nice to hear from you! What an awesome random fact; thank you for sharing...

      And, of course, for coming by and visiting in the first place!

      xo

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  9. Congrats- and happy Anniversary!! That's a blessing these days to stay married for any length of time. Love all the facts!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Holly! It's that the power that blogging possesses? It basically paves the way for you to spill the beans about stuff that you otherwise would have no interest in putting out there...

      Thank you for your kind words -- which I'm about to share with The Hubs -- right now...

      xo

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  10. Wow - so much planning! I am impressed. It was both of our second marriages, so we had a justice of the peace on the courthouse lawn with just our parents there. I got ready in my mother's insurance office in an old building across the street with a huge elk head hanging on the wall above me. Happy anniversary!!

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    1. I LOVE your elk head story! Now THAT'S a good random detail. ;-)

      If this had been our second wedding, we would have done things differently. But since it was the first for both of us -- we decided to go all out. In hindsight, it wasn't even stressful at all. Scott and I were a team and did a lot of the planning together -- despite living in separate states at the time, and we had the best wedding planner EVER. Yeah, it was a fun time!

      Thank you for the anniversary wishes -- and, of course, for commenting.

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  11. Happy Anniversary!!! Your wedding pics are lovely - awesome dress - thanks for sharing the deets and the tale of the Choos! lol

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    1. Thank you, Lexa!! And you're entirely welcome for the share (thank YOU for taking the time to visit and read them! ;-)

      Ahh, those poor Choos. Like I said in a previous comment, I bet those things have been reduced to a pile of ashes somewhere...

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  12. Happy Anniversary! What a cool "7" theme you had going on! So awesome that some of your guests won money too!

    You're a beautiful bride... still are. Such a lovely couple.

    The random fact about my wedding - our wedding programs were stuffed inside a comic book my husband illustrated about our proposal. He did such a good job and our guests loved them! I actually scanned the whole comic and posted it on my blog.

    Wishing you and your beloved many more lovely wedded years.
    xoxo

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    1. Jennifer! REALLY? Your random fact takes the cake -- pun totally intended. ;-)

      Come back and post a link to that blog post, pretty please!

      Thank you for your kind words, your well-wishes, and, of course, for reading.

      xo

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  13. I loved this post - you were GORGEOUS on your wedding day! It's been almost 24 years for the hubby and I. Random fact about our wedding - I had no idea what my wedding cake would look like until I saw it at the reception. My sister-in-law offered to buy it for us, and by that point in the wedding planning, I didn't even care what it looked or tasted like! Fortunately it was beautiful and delicious!

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    1. Hi, Lana! And thank you so much (I'm totally blushing over here...)

      Now let's move on to your wedding day random fact: That. Rocks. No, let me say it again...in caps: THAT ROCKS! That's so cool that you took your sis-in-law up on that offer! I'm with you: While I want my cake to be beautiful and yummy, the taste is most important! Heck, it's best to have pretty & tasty...but it can look like an old shoe just as long as it makes my mouth water and my eyes glaze over from deliciousness. :-)

      Thank you so much for sharing that with us!

      xo

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  14. Happy belated anniversary to you guys!! It was fun to read the little clever details about your wedding! And like your husband, I'm the oldest of 7--I think it's a pretty good number, but you guys are definitely committed to it.
    Hmmm, random facts about our wedding....
    I bought my dress in Malaysia for $150 and packed in in my suitcase to bring to the USA.
    My Matron of Honor was my aunt--I was the flower girl in her wedding, 17 years before mine.
    The pastor who married us was tall (probably 6'4") and Angel and I are short (he's 5'6", I'm a little bit shorter than that)--in every single picture, it looks like we're little kids getting married by this giant!

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    1. Hi, Rachel, thank you for commenting! The size discrepancy within your pics is something my husband can relate to in...well...everything: When you're 6'7" it is the gift that keeps on giving. When I take pics of him with our kids, I always advise that he pick them up so that I don't cut off his head in photos!

      Have a great weekend!

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  15. I wanted to make sure and stop by to wish you and Scott a Happy Anniversary! Sorry I'm late!

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    1. No problem at all, Louida. I'm just grateful for your words -- no matter when: It's the thought, my friend. It's the thought...

      Thank You. <3

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