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By: Falen Bonsett and Paul (Meatsauce) Lambert | Posted: 04/28/2014
Editor's Note: Altar-bound couple Falen Bonsett and Paul (Meatsauce) Lambert are both local radio morning show personalities. On either's show the topic of their relationship is far from off-limits, but seeing as Meatsauce's show (KFAN's The Power Trip) is primarily guys talking sports and Falen's (KDWB's The Dave Ryan Show) skews to the female demographic, depending on which you listen to, you're really only getting half the story. We thought we'd let them tell you the rest . . . he said/ she said style.
In the final installment the duo talks about finally tying the knot.
The wedding was perfect . . . seriously.
Our family and friends began arriving on Wednesday, and both Wednesday and Thursday, it was crazy. We were constantly going to the airport and checking people into their hotels. We were arranging rides to various events like the mani/pedi day with my bridesmaids at Phresh Salon, which was the best idea ever by the way, because I didn't want to go to an express salon where we all sit in a row, I wanted it to be more of a hang out and Phresh did just that. We had food and wine and all sat around chatting while getting pampered. It was perfect.
After Phresh we ran to the rehearsal dinner at JD Hoyt's, and by that time, we were exhausted. For the first time in my life I wasn't hungry. I barely ate Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday which has never been an issue for me in the past.
I went back to the hotel after the rehearsal. I sat around with my sister and bridesmaids, and we all hung out, then I printed my vows, and went to bed. Or, at least tried to, but I couldn't sleep all night.
Everyone told me the day itself would go by in the blink of an eye, and it truly did. However, I made sure to stop and enjoy special moments.
We started bright and early with hair and makeup. I did a lot of sitting around because I went last, but as soon as I was done, I was in my dress and off for the first look.
Seeing Paul was just as exciting as you see in other wedding videos. I'll never forget his face and reaction. It made my heart melt. We dove in our cars and were off for photos. We did our bridal party shots at the Walker then went to Aria for our family photos.
I finally had a chance to relax after that and it all finally hit me as I was putting on my veil and walking around Aria to walk down the aisle. I became quite emotional. It was almost impossible to smile walking down the aisle because I was shaking so much, but I didn't want to cry, and I didn't want to look terrified in all of the photos.
My favorite part of the entire day was the exchange of our vows. We both wrote them, and again, I almost lost it. Before I knew it, I was kissing Paul, and we were back down the aisle. Then, again before I knew it, the Wedding Guys had flipped the room, and they were introducing us into the reception. Obviously, we went back in to The Backstreet Boys "Everybody" . . . A classic! The rest of the night was filled with dancing and chatting with friends and family.
Hearing everyone say how beautiful it was, made it all feel so worth it. At certain points while you're planning and sending check after check out, you think, "this better be worth it" and it was more than worth it. I wish I could do it every weekend.
Everyone loved the décor thanks to the Wedding Guys and the flowers thanks to our amazing family friend-florist. They couldn't stop talking about the food! We had the interactive wok station from Crave, which was a huge hit. Oh! And the Crave burgers and cheese fondue (those were the three most talked about food items at dinner). The Nadia Cakes were another thing everyone was raving about, and then Craig rolled out the hot dog cart in a hot dog costume.
It was the perfect ending to an absolutely perfect night. I seriously didn't find one thing to complain about. Trust me, I can usually always find at least one thing to complain about. Plus, my best friend is now my husband. Husband. That's still weird to say out loud.
If you look up the perfect wedding in the dictionary it will simply read, “4/18/14”! [Editor's Note: Ayooo!]
Our wedding was like something out of a fairy tale. I took my groomsmen to breakfast early the morning of the 18th and the nerves kicked in. Like my bachelor party I ordered the biggest item on the menu, ate half, and wasn't hungry for hours.
We got a ride to aLoft to get ready. Getting ready didn’t take me long, so I paced the lobby when I was done. I was told to walk out and get ready for my first look. I felt a tap on the shoulder and turned around to see the most perfect woman. I could write pages and pages and could never describe what I saw and how wonderful the moment was. It was the greatest moment in my life. She looked like a perfect Snow White.
The rest went by so fast. As she walked down the aisle I remember thinking it was exactly how I had pictured it would be. All the work and effort Falen put into this day went off without a hitch. The food, the dessert, and the atmosphere was unreal. Falen put together the perfect party and she was the belle of the ball. It was as if a genie granted the wish of a perfect wedding.
I will never forget Falen saying “yes” for as long as I live. My life is now complete.
It was perfect from the breakfast with my groomsmen to the hot dog cart that showed up at 10 p.m. The dancing and friends and family that joined us will never be forgotten. The night was perfect. A 10 out of 10. I wouldn't change a thing.
The entire Falen and Meatsauce story is chronicled right here should you be so inclined.
Photos by Brandon Werth
Carly is manager, Social Media and Audience Engagement at MSP-C. See her engagement story.
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