The day was absolutely beautiful. We held the quiet, small event at Alexandria Park in Alexandria, Alabama. We rented out the gazebo and pavilion, and we were able to use the dining hall for storage of food and for getting dressed. Due to the possibility of rain (it had rained non-stop all week), we decided it would be wise to hold the ceremony in the pavilion, which would also be out of the sun, and we had over-head fans running from the ceiling for further comfort from the heat. The pavilion itself is beautiful without being decorated. The flooring is made of stone, and the fireplace is the centerpiece of the pavilion, which was the background for the ceremony (made of a different variation of stone). I further decorated it with greenery, a burlap & lace table-runner, the framed "Resolutions" that Rence & I signed and the pitcher and bowl for the foot-washing ceremony. The fireplace looked absolutely beautiful when we were done decorating it. The ceiling was covered in hardwood, and we had access to a nice bathroom. We set-up chairs in an arc for guests to sit in so they could be an intimate part of the ceremony. We set up a kids table and chairs for the boys (and Hannah, who was unable to make it due to illness) with plenty of toys, books and Play-Doh to keep them entertained throughout the day's events (pictures, ceremony, reception/fellowship). The cake table was behind the arc of chairs (with some room for walking/moving around) and was decorated with a shadow box with our original wedding program & invitation (and a few other wedding items), program fans that I made for the event, as well as some other decor. I decorated the cake with silk flowers and a jeweled "C" letter as the topper and a single flower on the side (all D.I.Y.). I loved the end-result of the cake. It looked gorgeous (and it tasted great, too!). We also served iced sweet & un-sweet tea with various bagged chips. The only "hiccup" we had was that Gavin (one of our 3 yr. old twins) came down with a fever. We dosed him with Tylenol and Motrin, but he continued to act like he didn't feel well at all, and his fever just wouldn't break. We kept an eye on him, with the help of Meme, Papa, Grandma and Uncle Ethan, and continued through the ceremony and reception, but took Gavin inside the dining hall for a bit during the reception time to try and cool him off. He perked up toward the very end and started playing with the Play-Doh. Other than Gavin getting sick, everything turned out great. It was a very relaxed event, and I really enjoyed that aspect of it.