- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
Since WeddingBee has been my go-to for everything these past 12 months, I thought I would share our day with my fellow bees :). Thank you so much for all of your creativity, ideas, advice! Any time I had a question on how my invitation should be worded or how to organize the day, I could always turn to WB and get instant feedback. You all are wonderful!
Note: all photos are either personal, guest photos, or by the amazing Sharyn and Gary Frenkel.
The hectic days that led up to the wedding seem like a blur now. I decided somewhat last minute to create program-fans (which I received some lovely compliments on, and allowed me to thank my grandmother for making it all possible), so that kept me up late at night working on things. The wedding was on a Sunday, so that Friday we had our rehearsal at our venue, French Creek Golf Club. We managed to cram everything conceivable into two SUVs — dresses, shoes, shepherds hooks, glass bubbles, signing table stuff, the card box, and a 100 cupcakes just for good measure! My list of stuff ‘not to forget’ was a mile long. I also picked up our cake from Whole Foods on the way there. If your venue will allow you to, this works *wonderfully*, as that way if you DID forget anything, you have an extra day or two to remember it and bring it.
The day before I found out that the planner I had been working with at French Creek was unfortunately going to be unavailable due to a family emergency, but Jackie, the woman who ended up doing double duty that day, was wonderful. Oh yes, and the overachiever in me had diagrams of how everything was supposed to be laid out. I don’t know if it helped, but they got everything perfect!
The rehearsal went VERY fast. We didn’t have a dinner. It was too early in the day for one anyway, and my family knows nothing about weddings and wouldn’t even know to miss it. No, seriously. My mother thought that the mother-son dance meant that was when she was to dance with my brother. Funny, and true ;). This was the last day I saw my fiance before our first look.
Saturday was spent putting together centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, cake flowers…anything flowers! You can see my post on the flowers here. I DIY’d them from fiftyflowers, and they were amazing. I felt like rolling around in a sea of petals in my living room.
I fell into a dead sleep sometime around midnight (bad, I know, but I was finishing up loose ends! A friend from Baltimore had come up on the train and was staying with me, and she was a godsend, helping me get things finished).
Sunday…oh my goodness, I’m getting married!! We went out to get the corsages (the only thing I did not DIY. $25 per corsage is outrageous!), then packed the flowers in the car and hit the road for the hour ride to the venue. I ate special K cereal in the car on the way there. Our ceremony was to start at 3:30 in the afternoon and I was doing a first look at a nearby national park (Hopewell Furnace, for those in the area), so I needed to have my hair and makeup done early. We handed the flowers off to Jackie and she set us up with cheese and crackers in our room.
My hair was done by the awesome Natalie Pagano:
My makeup was done done by Casey of Dylan Michael Cosmetics. I really struggled with whether or not to get my makeup done. I don’t wear makeup on a usual basis, so when I went for my trial it was a bit…shocking…to see myself in mascara, etc. Casey took that to heart and toned it down for the actual day, which I really appreciate. I loved the look! I was still me :).
And then…it was time for the first look! My sister drove myself and our Photographer, the wunnermous Sharyn Frenkel, over to Hopewell Furnace, where we had gotten special permission to have photos taken in the Big House. Our biggest snafu of the day is that I was an hour late getting there, so we didn’t have as much time as originally planned. It was still amazing.
I know that other brides have said this, but if you’re thinking about doing a first look, please please do! I got to watch my fiance nearly cry when he saw me, and I’ll cherish that memory forever.
Oh yeah, and I climbed a tree ;). Kind of. Before the wedding.
After a quick half hour of photos, we had to book it back to French Creek so that I wouldn’t be seen by our guests (I know of one who did catch me running in the side door. whoops ;)). We spent that time scrubbing some of the dirt out of my dress. I kept on tripping on the hem, plus apparently had backed into some soot while at Hopewell. Nothing to be done about it now except use the shout wipes I had made a point of purchasing. They did help. And then…we…were…getting…married!!
Someone came to fetch me, and I waited at the top of the stairs for Pachelbel’s Canon in D to begin. My brother and mother walked me down the aisle, and the entire time I prayed I wouldn’t trip on the hem, which was sinking lower and lower.
Below, this is what awaited me!:
and oh yeah, remember those glass bubbles I mentioned?:
The Reverend Philip Sciscione read the words we had decided on together, and then it was time for the rings…
and the vows…and the kiss!
We’re MARRIED!! Oh my gracious. We walked back up the aisle to bubbles blown by our guests, took some pics, and admired everything they’d gotten right in the ballroom.
The tables! oh you got it!
The seating cards and favors!
and oh the cupcakes, by the marvelous Holly. I HAVE to find a better picture of these, they were uh-mazing. We had chocolate lover’s, chocolate peanut butter (with a pb cup in the center), raspberry cake with vanilla buttercream, and vanilla cake with strawberry buttercream and a strawberry heart on top.
and then…it was over. We were off to our honeymoon.