- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2015
Can I start out by saying that without you bees I would have had NO IDEA how to plan a wedding?? My wedding day was almost flawless because of the amount of advice and research I found here on the bee. I’m so thankful for all of you! I’m still waiting to get my pro-pics back (can’t wait!), but I’m sharing some non-pro pics and some from my sneak peek.
The week before my wedding, I got that awful explosive high school girl zit on the left side of my face (near my ear). This was problematic because obviously my body had forgotten I was about to be a bride and had failed me despite eating super healthy and washing my face ect. My makeup artist says it was the stress, I just think my body was trying to play tricks on me. I was freaking out because it was impossible to cover up, it looked gross, and I was supposed to wear my hair up! I started to panic and cried to my then Fiance (now DH, yay!) about how I was going to be an ugly bride, yep dramatic me! I decided I needed to be crafty and change my hair style to cover the zit. Thank god it was close enough to my ear that with the new hairstyle I picked it wasn’t as noticable. I couldn’t find any headbands that were cheap enough to keep me from feeling guilty (80$ for a headband, are you kidding me??). My mom suggested looking at Charming Charlies so my Maid/Matron of Honor and bridesmaid went with me after the rehearsal dinner to look, I found one for 10 bucks! I was so thankful and some of my faith was restored in humanity. I was less of a mess after that.
The night before the big day we had a meet and greet at the hotel where we were having the wedding (rehearsal was on Thursday), and I tried to juggle talking to 50 people at once. It was great to see everyone and to be able to thank them for coming before the actual wedding so I suggest this if you have a lot of people flying in like we did. Our guests also had a chance to meet one another and they had more fun at the wedding because of that!
Anyway, after the meet and greet DH and I said goodnight and went our seperate ways so we could spend the night with our bridal party. And no my girls and I didn’t stay up all night talking (is that a movie thing?). My girls slept and I laid in bed and stared at the ceiling and then wrote my bestie MsBeer a message (oh btw if you don’t know this bee she is AMAZING) telling her how excited I was to get married, how I wished she could be there, and that I couldn’t sleep. The next thing I knew my alarm was waking me up, so guess I fell asleep at some point. It was time to eat and start getting pretty!
It was raining of course so I tried to be optimistic and agree with every person who told me rain was good luck, I hoped that the amount it rained correlated with how much luck you got….because it rained a lot.
Around 9am my girls and the moms (Mom and FMIL) headed to the hair Salon. My hair is crazy curly so I just wanted to go to her rather than her trying to bring her mamouth of a hair dryer to me. I got my hair washed and my hair dresser took the time to hand craft each and every curl before throwing me under the dryer for 2 hours. Not an exageration, I wrote my post about how I was getting married that day on the bee while I waited to be turned into a movie star. I wasn’t able to hear what anyone was saying, but I approved as the everyone got their hair done. My girls both have beautiful brown hair and they looked amazing. Once they were done, I was really worried because honestly their hair looked better than mine ever could. #curlygirlissues
Thankfully, when I got my hair done I only hated it a little. I figured it would grow on me, or maybe I just hated it because I didn’t have any makeup on and I looked like a zombie, who knows. We all headed back to the hotel and fought the rain. Around 1 my MUA came and started doing my FMIL’s makeup. This took her OVER AN HOUR. We were completely off schedule and when my photographer came at 2 I told her how we would never get my bridals, the first look, AND family pictures by 5:30 and she tried to assure me it would be okay. I didn’t believe her. I felt horrible because my mom had me get my makeup done before her so she could go last and I could get some of my pictures done, but we had to wait to take some pictures anyway because my mom rightfully refused to get any pictures taken without at least some makeup.
Meanwhile DH and the groomsman where all ready at 2:30 and waited around for another hour before we were even ready to put my dress on (we were supposed to start the first look at 3:15). It was around 3:45 and I was just getting my dress on. I’m not going to lie when I went into the bathroom to change into my undergarments for my dress I cried because I was so upset about being so behind (future brides don’t do this! It WILL be OKAY!). Needless to say I had to have my makeup fixed.
Pro-pic putting on the finishing touches
Finally, at 4:15 we were ready for the first look. We were going to do our first look outside, but surprise! It was raining. We opted to do the first look inside our ceremony space instead (good call photographer!). My bouquet felt SO heavy on the walk to see my DH. The moment I saw him he was facing away from me, so I did the typical first look walk and tapped him on the shoulder. He turned around and gave me the biggest smile, we both almost melted! We tried not to cry and told eachother how amazing we looked and how happy we were.
Once we finished our first look, we took family pictures until right before the ceremony and then we all lined up outside the ceremony space. We heard somewhere over the rainbow play and DH and the bridal party started walking in. They closed the doors right before my dad and I walked in and I was so happy to share such a special moment with my dad. He told me he loved me and how proud he was of me. He also told me what a good man my DH was and he was happy for me. We walked into Marry me by Train and before I knew it I was saying my vows!
(Non-pro pic below)
Our ceremony was perfect and it went by in a FLASH! We were so thrilled to finally be married and our officiant did a great job! I can’t remember hearing anything, but the officant and DH. I was so consumed by what was happening, I didn’t even look out to the people watching us.
After the ceremony everyone went to cocktail hour and we jumped into our limo and headed to the beach! It had finally stopped raining, and we took this as a good sign and maybe some good luck from all the rain we got earlier.
It was super windy at the beach (no rain!), and I destroyed my beautiful Badgley Mischka shoes in the wet dirt, but it was so worth it! DH and I were estatic to be taking pictures at the beach! Here are a few of our sneak peeks!
My DH and I were nervous for the reception because we spent the last 2.5 months taking dance lessons and we didn’t want to mess up our first dance! It went so well actually that DH and I couldn’t believe it. We’d never danced so fluidly and with so little thought at any of our dance lessons, needless to say we were just insanely happy and nothing could bring us down in that moment. It was so magical. I don’t have any pictures of that yet, but it was the fastest three minutes ever and it was absolutely perfect. A few of our guests told us everyone was crying during our first dance, which made DH feel really good because he had never done ballroom dance before taking lessons for our wedding.
The rest of our wedding was amazing, we ate dinner and we did the traditional parent dances. Once that was over, we enjoyed dancing and visiting with our guests. We had a sweetmheart table and it was really nice to be able to talk to DH when we sat down and took breaks from dancing, it gave us a moment of alone time which canbe hard to get with so many people being in one room! The toasts were given by my dad, DH’s dad, my older brother (BM) and my Maid/Matron of Honor. My Dad and brother’s toasts were so sweet, I tried not to cry! A little while later, we got to cut the cake.
Cake cutting (non-pro pic)
Our cake was so good, Vanilla cake with white butter cream and lemon and raspberry filling! I was happy DH made me sit down and eat some of my cake. I told him before the wedding it was his job to make sure I ate some of our cake. I wasn’t going to miss it! The cake cutting itself was a bit awkward as we dropped some of the cake on the table (oops!), but we used the good cake, fed eachother and moved on!
The rest of the night we danced away and at one point we stopped to play the shoe game. My younger brother who was also a groomsman asked the shoe game questions and made everyone laugh histerically and I knew they would, which is why I asked him to read the questions. My favorite part was watching the guests faces when we anwered the questions. Definitely a fun thing to do!
After that we did the garter toss and all of that. We had such an amazing time at our wedding, and looking back I wouldn’t change anything! It was absolutely perfect. It went by MUCH too fast and I made sure my DH and I danced the last hour and a half of the wedding because I wanted to enjoy every moment of it. Our guests are still telling us what a great time they had and the guests who had kids were thankful for our kids corner. We had a whole corner in our reception space with kids toys tables and play mats. They LOVED it and it kept them away from the bar, cake, dance floor, and their parents were thankful that they didn’t have to worry about entertaining them! We rented the tables, mats, and toys from a local shop for like $30 bucks and it was worth it.
We tried to make sure our guests knew we thought about them which was why we had our entire wedding inside and we had it a hotel so everyone could stay there. I know people say you should make your wedding what you want (and we did), but please make sure you think about your guests too! They came all the way there to see you and they deserve to have a good time just like you 🙂