- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
Well ladies, I don’t have all of my pictures but I have enough to write a decent recap post.
The morning of our wedding was completely disgusting–I woke up and thought, of course there’s going to be awful weather! Also, because of a last minute change in make-up artists and hair people, I was that bride that woke up to a vendor standing at my front door. I had one of my girls staying at my house though and we quickly recovered time and settled in for a great morning. I don’t have many getting ready shots yet but our video teaser covers it pretty well.
All in all, I had a fabluous morning and felt so loved. My bridesmaids who are each from a different part of my life and did not know each other got along amazingly well and were exchanging phone numbers by the end of the weekend.
Let’s start with some pictures!
We ran fairly on time the whole day–maybe 30 minutes behind and like many others before me I think it’s because I had an absurdly detailed schedule and then just stuck to it. I used one of the schedules on the Wiki page and would just update it as I finalized plans with vendors.
We arrived at the church running relatively on time and then took turns (boys then girls) doing portraits. We did not see each other before the ceremony and I’m glad we did it that way. It was really important to my husband to have that special moment walking down the aisle.
One thought on men’s attire: my husband was thrilled that he bought his own tux. He loved it and felt great in it all night.
We rented a lightweight tux for the guys which was really good because it was about 100 degrees outside. Also, send one of the guys with an emergency kit, I had packed one for us and we ended up decimating it by the end of the day with all of the little things that went wrong (my brother lost his tux button and we had to sew another on to his jacket at the last minute).
Once the guys were done, it was our turn!
Love the veil pictures!
We did a full Mass and we loved the opportunity to really enjoy the ceremony.
We did photos with the wedding party and our portraits after the ceremony–we had a Catholic gap of about 3 hours and we used most of it. We loved being able to still enjoy our cocktail hour with our guests.
I know I’ve already posted these two but love them!
We shot at a local university which definitely went with the slightly preppy look of our wedding.
On to the reception! I don’t have any super detail shots from our photographers yet but I think our reception turned out beautifully. I didn’t do that much to decorate our venue, it was just held in a beautiful place. We loved our cake which was inspired by one I saw in Martha Stewart last fall.
From the side of the groom’s cake which was Chicago themed:
Instead of presetting champagne we had it passed out to those who wanted some as they walked in the door. This worked really well and meant that people who don’t drink or don’t like champagne could keep drinking what they wanted (and it saved us money!)
You can see my Mom and her beautiful dress with my husband’s grandfather in the background of this one. Don’t mock our cake cutting technique!
Before our first dance we did a thank you toast to our families and friends and we received several compliments for actually speaking at our own wedding. We kept it short but it seemed very appreciated and I would recommend it!
We did take dance lessons and it made my husband so much more comfortable both for our first dance and just in general all night. It was definitely worth the money for us!
And that’s all! We had a wonderful wedding and we are really enjoying being married. We are getting ready to move and start yet another chapter in our lives so I may not be around here as much. I don’t know how I would have made it through the planning without the support of the Bee and it was always wonderful to have a community to bounce ideas off of! Thank you all!