- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
Well ladies, Darling Husband (eep!) and I just got home from the coast and I cannot even believe how perfect the weekend was! Anyone who has ever been to the Oregon Coast knows that it’s usually dreary and rainy, or at least doesn’t exceed 60 degrees when it is sunny. Well, my Father-In-Law passed away last November and we are both convinced that he was watching over us this weekend.
Not only was it warm and clear skies, we set record temperatures and I had NEVER seen the ocean here in Oregon the colors that it was. Darling Husband and I had no words, it really was totally perfect.
And now, onto the recap!
It’s Today, It’s Today!
I woke up around 4am in total anticipation, and in true addict fashion I logged onto Pinterest to do some last minute inspiration photos for our photographer and my hair and makeup artist. Darling Husband wound up waking around 8 or so, so I had lots of time to myself to kind of think things over and go over in my head how things were going to work out with timing, vendors arriving, etc.
At 9 we took the puppy over to DH’s best friend’s house who was watching her for the weekend, and I’ll admit it-I cried. We had never left her alone for more than a few hours, so like a mother with her baby, I was freaking out. I knew for sure that she would be well taken care of as this guy is a total animal person, but still.
We then headed directly to the dollar tree and Walmart to get some last minute things that I somehow had managed to forget even though I had so many lists that Darling Husband thought I was flat out of my dang mind.
When all of the shopping was done and everything was packed up, it was time to load up the car! Once everything was arranged and secured in place for the 3 hour car ride to Lincoln City, we headed into Old Town St Helens to pick up my gown! I hadn’t seen it steamed, ever, so seeing how sparkly the belt was on the gown after all of that totally floored me. NOW it was becoming real! I’m getting married!
10am rolled around, and it was time to get out of town and head into Portland for my hair and makeup appointment. If you have kept up with me, I had a major issue last week with my original MUA and had to switch last minute. So this was a no-trial artist, and even though I know she’s incredible, I was still nervous.
When I got to her salon, the feeling of overwhelming excitement hit me. I’m getting my hair and makeup done, TO GET MARRIED! I just couldn’t even believe it!
As soon as the artist came out, I knew I had made the right decision in choosing someone I had to totally trust. I told her what I wanted, and boy did she deliver! I felt like a princess!
(Pic from the salon)
When I climbed into the car with Darling Husband, he was totally speechless. He started to tear up (Shh, don’t tell him I said anything) and couldn’t quit looking at me the entire car ride down. I felt so amazing and lucky.
Arriving at the Hotel and Getting Ready
We got to Lincoln City at 3:30pm after a 3 hour car ride, and let me tell you…we were READY! All of our vendors were set to meet us at 4, but our officiant actually stayed at the next hotel over and came early to help me do some last minute prep. Next came the baker with our cake (which was GORGEOUS..see photo) and then our photographer! Once everyone was there and ready to go, I headed into the room that the hotel owner was letting us use to get ready in while Darling Husband stayed in our reserved room and got dressed.
I know Leanne (the photographer) got tons of amazing pictures, and our wonderful officiant helped me get into my gown thank goodness. I don’t know what I would have done without her!
After she got all of the pictures she wanted, Leanne headed downstairs to our hotel room where Darling Husband was to get a few pictures of him and the rings and cake as well.
(Picture that Darling Husband got of the cake and my bouquet)
About 20 minutes after she had headed down to the room, I got a phone call from Leanne saying that her and Darling Husband were heading to the beach access stairs where we would do our first look. I was so excited, I was essentially running to head downstairs to go and meet with Darling Husband and get married!
The first look was magical, to say the least. The beach was windy as heck (7mph wind, my butt, thanks weather.com), but my stylist did such a fantastic job that my hair wasn’t phased at all. The ceremony went perfect, and Fiance didn’t stop smiling the whole time. We both teared up, but he claimed the wind was making his eyes water…not sure that I totally believe him.
After the ceremony we headed back up to the hotel room, and signed the marriage certificate. From there, it was just me, Darling Husband, and the photographer on the beach for an hour! We got some incredible pictures, and I can’t WAIT to see them! We did get two teasers so far, and I promise I’ll share the rest later!
Eloping was the best choice we made during the whole wedding process. While it isn’t for everyone, I do recommend it to anyone! Don’t be afraid of how people will react, all that matters is how YOU two feel about it!
*Bonus* We got these adorable little guys in our hotel room! I cannot even STAND how cute they are!