- 4 years ago
- Wedding: January 2018
Hi Bees! DH and I are just over a month out from our wedding, and we’re still basking in the glow of it all. I know everyone says this, but it really was the best, most magical day of my life. That being said a LOT of work went into it. I had to plan this wedding from 10,000 miles away (we got married in Colorado where I’m from, but we currently live in Australia) and it was the most stressful thing I’ve ever done. These boards were such a help to me during the planning process, so I wanted to share how it turned out!
I had been really stressed in the days before the wedding, but as people arrived I started to chill out and enjoy the company of our friends and family. We had such an amazing and fun group. There was even a conga line at the rehearsal dinner the night before! The morning of I woke up super calm. But there was a bit of getting ready drama. First the photographer had placed the dress over a window for photos… and it got stuck! I had to climb up onto the windowsill and it took about 10 minutes of nervous finagling to get down haha. Then… I had bought my dress in the US and had only been able to try on the fitted version a few days before. It was fine when I had it on for 5 minutes in the shop but we quickly realized once I got it on the day of that when I moved around a bit my boobs… um… settled. Long story short there was WAY more cleavage than I anticipated and we spent an extra 40 minutes trying to make it more modest but… alas, we had to give up and I wound up a much boobier bride than I dreamed of haha… Oh well!
My dress was Hayley Paige Hayley and other than the boob situation I felt like a total princess. And I found my shoes for $20 on Amazon! I wasn’t sure how they’d turn out but they were actually really pretty and super comfy. I danced in them all night with no issues and I have very difficult feet.
Apparently my DH had a lot of trouble getting dressed and his groomsmen had to pretty much do everything for him… though my favorite story of their getting ready was when my mom sent down a steamer to their room and one of the groomsmen decided to steam his tux… with it on. Apparently he got a pretty nasty burn but it’s a funny story.
We had a first look which was perfect for us. I loved that it got to be an intimate moment because we were both very emotional and very private so it was nice not to do that in front of a big crowd. I love the way the photos turned out.
My girls were so amazing. They took pictures in the snow in their dresses with no complaints! Though we all wore snowboots to keep our feet warm. We did have some furs that we had planned to use at least in between takes and possible for pictures as well but because of my boob situation we were running late and didn’t have time. I had 3 bridesmaids and a bridesman, and the 3 girls picked their own dresses. I just gave them a general palatte, and they really surprised me by going so glam. But I loved it! I felt like each girl really got to feel represented and that was important to me.
I love these pictures of the boys, they had so much fun with it. Apparently they played the Dragon Ball Z theme song to get amped >.<
And then it was time to gett married! We really wanted an outdoor ceremony but January was the only time we could hold the wedding because of our schedules and it was way too cold. So we got married in a barn instead, but I tried everything I could to steer away from the ‘rustic’ theme, which is really hard when you’re getting married in a barn haha. We were going for elegant and modern, and were trying to bring the outdoors in with the floral. We blew our budget on the hanging candle/fern installations, but it was worth it… it looked incredible and reminded us of my DH’s native New Zealand with all of the ferns.
The ceremony was officiated by my mom and his dad, which made it so special. After we went out for one more round of pictures just the two of us. We didn’t get much of a sunset due to overcast, but it was still perfect. We even had a waiter from our cocktail hour jump out into knee-deep snow to bring us appetizers and champagne!
We went back and forth a lot about toasts. We don’t like attention, and didn’t want our guests to be bored. But we had several members of our families and bridal parties who insisted… and I’m glad we let them do it. It’s probably the only time in our lives we’ll get toasts for us. We were so honored and it was so special.
We had our reception in the same room as the ceremony… which caused a bit of drama… long story short, while our venue was absolutely stunning, it was very unorganized and caused a lot of stress as far as service. Day of though, everything was flawless. Because we overspent on our hanging florals, we went with a few low floral pieces sparsed among the tables and just lots and lots of candles. When I walked in I was floored. I’m so happy with how it came out!
Overall the day was such a dream. If I have any advice it is to surround yourself with good people – both as far as family and friends, but also your vendors. I felt so taken care of all day because every issue that occurred was intercepted by my bridesmaids or family, so I didn’t know a thing was off until later. My vendors were also amazing about checking in with me throughout the night! If anyone is getting married in the front range of the Rockies in Colorado I’ve got lots of great suggestions for you. 🙂
Thanks for reading through this super long post, and even bigger thanks for all of your advice and support during the year of planning! I still can’t believe this day actually happened!