Thank you all for your very kind words. It was a true labour of love.
Somebody had asked about the cake and in fact it was a difficult part. Mainly, nobody wanted to make it! The wedding industry in that town was very lucrative... Maybe 'over bloated' is the correct word. Unless you wanted the standard cookie cutter three tier white cake that they could crank out by the thousands with little additional effort, they didn't want to see you.
We only wanted one flat tier. And I hate cake, so we wanted it to be a cheesecake.
Finally, near the end with time seriously running out, we came across a nice woman who worked out of her house and was more than happy to create our cake for us and turn it around in short order. Creme de Leche cheesecake with buttercream. Sweet as hell,but very worth it.
We noticed those sort of issues constantly during the planning with florists and venues... We would walk in all full of hope and excitement and proudly tell them what we were looking for. The only odd part about the wedding was the cake stand, we weren't asking for weird stuff, just fairly specific things. Mostly we were dismissed. There was a lot of snotty "well, here's what we do, take it or leave it."
"We would like our colour scheme to be teal and white!"
Grumpy lady at grumpy bridal show: "We don't have teal. Yes, we know millions of yards of teal fabric exist but the effort to find it in the local sewing shop or online is not worth the thousands of dollars I will make you pay me. You can have a combination of this really uninspiring blue and this shut-the-hell-up. If not, there are five desperate brides behind you who will take it. "
I am happy we had several years to plan the event. Through a lot if digging we managed to find people for every part who were really quite spectacular.
Best part, by far though, was the turtle:) Only a small handful of people knew it would be there, we managed to keep it under tight wraps:)