Tim and I met at Grayhawk, of all places… He was working outside for the golf course when I also started working there. I know it sounds super cliché but as soon as I saw Tim I knew I would end up with him someday. I had made fun of girlfriends in the past using the phrase “You just know” when asked how do you know if someone is “the one” well now I am one of those girls. I knew as soon as we started dating that Tim would 100% be my husband someday.
Our engagement was really sweet, but rather simple. Tim had always told me that he would try to get me whatever I wanted for Christmas (2011). To be funny, I told him I wanted a baby giraffe. For Christmas that year, we went to Tim’s home town of Fargo, ND, to spend time with his family in the cold frozen tundra. On Christmas Eve, we were gathered at Tim’s parents’ house with just close family (around 10 people). We all took turns opening gifts, and towards the end, I opened a gift with a note inside, saying that my real present was in the other room, underneath the Christmas tree. I went in and saw a little red box. I opened it to see a little tiny baby giraffe beanie baby, and on top of one of his horns, was the ring. He got down on a knee and I don’t really remember the rest!
And then the wedding planning began. I loved the colors yellow and grey, so that was pretty easy to start with. My friends and employees at work are very artsy and creative, and they were so willing to help me with my chalkboard ideas. I couldn’t thank them enough, they turned out amazing. Some of what the boards said included: “Whether your friends of the groom or friends of the bride, please pick a seat instead of a side” “If your feet are tired and sore, grab a pair and dance some more” “Don’t forget to use our hashtag #timandsheena” and we also had a large, awesome chalkboard listing our table numbers and our guests’ names. I also spent a good amount of hours making my own table numbers; I kept the chalkboard theme in mind and used grey and yellow picture frames. I was pretty proud of them, as they were made from scratch. I really wanted to have a nice, refreshing beverage station upon arrival to the ceremony. We had a table set up right inside the gate with three glass drink dispensers labeled ‘water’ ‘lemonade’ ‘vodka lemonade’. Next to them was a white canvas sign that another one of my friends made for us that said “when life hands you LEMONS, grab some VODKA and throw a PARTY!” Another little touch that I absolutely loved was that the table was full of little mason drinking jars, which doubled as our wedding favor for guests, with white and grey chevron straws. We had a wine barrel ceremony table that was amazing, and part of the ceremony included Tim and I sealing letters in a wine box for us to open 5 years down the road (or later). Inside the fairway house was amazing. Our table flowers were beautiful, linens and chairs were amazing, and I really loved the cloth decoration hanging from the ceiling. I really didn’t want a traditional head table. We had a sweetheart table, so the wedding party was able to sit with their spouses/significant others. We loved it. Our dinner was a buffet style. Apparently it was amazing, because I didn’t get to eat much as I was too wrapped up in the evening as a whole. I loved the buffet idea though. It gave each guest more options than just checking chicken, steak, or vegetarian on the RSVP.
Our MC did a great job conducting the different events throughout the evening, and played a great selection of music. Tim and I had the best seat in the house (when we were sitting), as the dance floor was in the middle of the room, right in front of our sweetheart table. We were very fortunate to have so many of our friends help with all the little details. Our cake and cupcakes were made by my girlfriends, Elise and Jillian, not only did they look amazing but tasted great too. My girlfriend Jenny was our videographer and we are so grateful that she was able to capture every perfect moment. It alleviates so much stress when you have so many people willing to help plan this special day. We had about 150 of our friends and family attend our wedding. Our 2 year old son, Brayden, made the most adorable ring bearer that I have ever seen. He wouldn’t walk down the aisle himself, but had some really cute flower girls accompany him. Our flower girls were Jewell and Jolee Baddeley and they wore the most precious grey tutus. Both girls strut their stuff down the aisle, even stopping to pose for photos! Our wedding, including every small detail, was better than I had ever dreamed of. We couldn’t have done it without the help of our parents and friends.