- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
I have been waiting to do this forever! 🙂 We finally got the first installment of our wedding photos; our photographer was Dear Wife’s Maid/Matron of Honor and dropped off small versions of our photos that aren’t completely processed since it’s taking her a bit longer than expected. So here we go!
Wedding Date: Oct 1
Colors: Jade, black & white
Style: Modern elegance
First of all, my SIL/BM did all of the Real Touch rose bouquets/boutonnieres. She is amazing.
Second, as I mentioned DW’s Maid/Matron of Honor did our photography. They are amazing. We even went to an art center after the daytime reception to do some more shots of just me and Destination Wedding. The weather was actually cooperating (good cloud cover for the time of year and not blisteringly hot).
Third, my Maid/Matron of Honor still didn’t fit in her dress two weeks before the wedding. She had gained weight between ordering & getting the dress in, and said she would lose the weight – but she is tiny, so I didn’t care. 😛 I told her to let me know if she still didn’t fit 2 weeks prior (she still didn’t), so we went to DB. Thank god DB has off-the-rack dresses. We found something that fit her in jade. The style/fabric was different than the other dresses, but I was just happy we could match the color.
So, talk about meant to be… the night before the wedding, my SIL tried on her dress (we spent the night at my mom’s), and it was way too tight. Like, seriously boob-busting, @$$-flashing tight (she bought a size too small, said she would lose weight – and didn’t, then never told me). So we ran to DB again, an hour before they closed the night before the wedding. I was not even stressed about it at this point for some reason. I was just kind of like, well, WTF, who cares? LOL. The funny thing is I had seen a super cute jade dress in my SIL’s size when I went with my Maid/Matron of Honor two weeks prior – and it was still there the night before the wedding. We got it, and she looked 100% better.
Oh, silly, BMs! So, the dresses actually all worked out because my girls had a completely different style/fabric dresses, same color. My junior Bridesmaid or Best Man kept her dress since it actually fit, and hers was really the only one we wouldn’t have been able to find off-the-rack so late. 😛
Ok, so, I found amazing jewelry the week before the wedding. A.ma.zing. I hearted it. I was crying practically the whole way through our first look because I was so beautiful. Har har, just kidding.
Aren’t my flower girls the CUTEST!?
As some of you may remember, we were legally married on Aug 1 in MA, but we did our (spiritual) ceremony in AZ + reception for friends and family. The ceremony was really beautiful. I started crying when my dad and brother were standing with me before it was even time to walk down the aisle, and my brother tried to get me to stop crying with jokes. He’s so silly.
Neither of them would look at me for long because I kept making them cry. They walked me halfway down the aisle, then my Destination Wedding met me halfway (the venue had a hidden side-room for the groom that she walked out of), and we walked down the rest of the way together. My brother and dad hugged us each and sat down. The hugging was my dad’s idea. Originally I was just going to have them both sit down immediately, but my dad felt bad because he wanted to give me away – I didn’t think he’d care (my Dad adopted me when I was 11, and I’ve never been a daddy’s girl).
We did personal vows, ring exchange and a unity candle. I sniffled when she read her vows. My vows were super shakey/sobby! I was sniffling/doing little cries through the whole ceremony until we got to the unity candle…
My Destination Wedding waited to light the unity candle until after our minister was finished speaking even though we’d talked about lighting it during. I kept motioning to light it, but she was holding away from it, and I wasn’t sure why. Then she blew out her candle after we finally lit the unity candle! We hadn’t talked about what we were going to do, but I was planning on us not blowing out our own, so I didn’t know what to do. I considered lighting her candle or blowing out mine, but I’m not good in split-second decisions, so I shook my head a little and put my candle back. LOL. My Destination Wedding whispered “I’m glad no one is recording this.” I knew for a fact that a few people were, so I smiled and said, “they are.” LOL. We had a few people say it was a nice comic relief after all the crying.
Processional: Imagine, John Lennon
Brides Processional: May it Be, Enya
Recessional: Higher and Higher, Jackie Wilson
Sidenote on our music: I loved it. I picked out a selection of what I wanted the week prior, and of that Destination Wedding picked what she liked. I thought what we ended up with was sooo wonderful.
Next up, the reception!