Well, once we were engaged we wasted no time in setting a date. We had no interest in a long engagement, but we needed time to plan a wedding for about 120-150 guests. I looked at the calendar and saw that October 25th would be a good date because it was a weekend LilZoot had with me, and he was out of school the following Monday which would mean that he would only miss four days of school for the FamilyMoon.
I called MrZ to make sure that was a good day for him, and we started with the planning. Never looking back…
Then, a week or so later, my mom calls and says “Guess what I just realized? The 25th is the day your father and I got married…”
Now, keep in mind my parents split over 20 years ago, so it’s not like it was a day we all celebrated, so I never knew when their anniversary was. Some people might have found it unlucky to get married on the same day their divorced parents did, but I thought it made an awesome story, and that’s really all that matters, right?
Fast forward a few weeks when I’ve started trying to reserve places to get married. I was suprised at how open that day seemed to be considering I wasnt even calling six months in advance. Then MrZ called me and said “Do you realize what day we’ve planned our wedding on? How about this for a hint…The third Saturday in October?”
For the non-football fans among you, I’ll explain. The third Saturday in October has traditionally been the day that Tennessee plays Alabama in college football. MrZoot and I, being die-hard fans of opposing teams in that battle, know that day all too well. The second he pointed it out to me I A)Felt incredibly stupid that it hadnt occurred to me yet and B)Realized why I wasnt having trouble booking things on that day. We decided as long as we would be able to have a TV in the reception area, we’d be fine because the wedding ceremony would only last 15 minutes or so.
Yes. When calling to book places for my wedding reception, I actually demanded that there be a TV available so we could watch the game in case it was an evening game. And I was asking just as much for myself as I was for MrZoot. Gotta love SEC brides…
This is me, with a fantastic expression on my face (gotta love that) and MrZ checking out the game at the beginning of the reception. I think our wedding ending towards the end of the fourth quarter, but for you VOL or BAMA fans, you’ll remember that last years TN/Alabama game went on a bit past the fourth quarter.
This picture was taken with one of our personalized disposable cameras. This is one of the last plays of the game. I snuck over to the TV part of the reception and MrZ’s uncle was telling me what was going on. It was Tennessee’s ball on 4th and 19, they were behind, and there was almost no time left on the clock. I decided I didnt want to see my team lose…so I walked away and didnt think about the game at all the rest of the night.
Turns out we won. I didnt even know until the next day! We made that 1st down and scored off the drive! Go Vols!