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July 7 marked 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
- 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.
Your turn: What random fact do you remember from your Big Day?
All images courtesy of Courtney Conover
Courtney Conover is a mom of two and wife of an ex-NFL player. She has more Legos, hair products, and NFL memorabilia than she knows what to do with. She blogs at The Brown Girl with Long Hair