- 3 years ago
- Wedding: September 2014
So to be honest… I’m really excited about our photos and want a shameless excuse to keep on sharing.
Our wedding took place at a large home that is now primarily used for events. There is a smaller house on property that we rented for the girls to get ready in and then for my husband and I to stay after the wedding. It was really convenient and I have to say the getting ready process with my sister and best friends was really fun. We had a blast.
My hair is already long – but not that long. I used clip in extensions (Luxy) and I am really pleased with how well they worked out! My hairpiece was from Etsy (which I may have singlehandedly kept in business during the planning process). At first I worried that my wedding was going to be one big Etsy + Pinterest ad because I used so many elements that are popular. But, eh, at the end of the day… it reflected my husband and I and we were happy.
My shoes – a pair of flats because I am far too wimpy to wear heels all day.
My beautiful and very expressive mother 🙂
My dress is from the Vera Wang White line from David’s Bridal. I never thought I’d go the princess route… yet, that’s where I ended up!
I know nothing about flowers so I pretty much told our florist to make it yellow and within our budget. I was really happy with how it turned out!
Maid/Matron of Honor bouquet – both of ours had a brooch from our late grandmother.
The bridesmaids all selected Jasmine dresses in the style they liked. They wore matching yellow flats. I told them to do whatever they wanted with their hair and they ended up coordinating and doing all different styles but with a braid incorporated in every one. I thought they all looked so pretty.
My husband only had two opinions about the wedding.
1 – He wanted our first dance to be Who I Am With You by Chris Young.
2- He did not want to wear a tie or bowtie. So we had the groomsmen wear ties and he was tie-free.
The view from our ceremony site – pretty much the reason we chose the venue.
I am shy and was having a really hard time with my nerves. I love this picture because my father is actually singing a really stupid song to me in that moment (“nervous is why you need soft and dry”) to try and calm me down. He used to sing that to me when I was little and had stage fright.
Not going to lie – my favorite picture of the whole wedding. My husband is not a crier, so this shocked everyone.
My brother in law officiated and did an incredible job. He had never done something like that before and he just knocked it out of the park with a really funny and personal ceremony.
The only photo I requested was an under the veil shot. If only this picture could show the total confusion of my husband… “and… we’re putting this over my face WHY?”
We did a late night pretzel bar, an ode to my pretzel-obsessed father.
Neither of us are really cake people, so we decided to do doughnuts instead.
I’m a big reader, so we had these frames with my favorite quotes all over the place.
Those menus made me never want to tie another bow in my life.
The cookies at every seat are really important to me. They were a recipe of my grandmother’s and my sister also had them at her wedding. It was so special for all of my family members to have that memory. I am TERRIBLE baker, so thank the Lord for my good friends who helped me make all 150 of them.
The weather leading up to the day was awful: rainy, dreary and freezing. Then on the day of the wedding, it was sunny and 75 all day. I still can’t believe it.
After it went dark, the party moved inside the house for the dancing portion. My husband is well known in our group of friends because he ends up in every single wedding album doing a back flip. He swore up and down that he wasn’t going to do this at our wedding because he was terrified of hitting the chandelier. I guess a few drinks made him change his mind, haha.
At the end of our last song, we had the DJ instruct everyone out to the front of the house to light sparklers. While they were getting that set up, we had a last dance where it was just the two of us. I am so glad we did that because neither of us like being in front of a crowd. We kind of hated our first dance and kept whispering to each other, “is it over yet?” Having the private moment was really special. Also… I was a hot mess at this point… too much fun 😉
A few random tidbits
– Apparently our DJ was from the show the Bachelorette? I have never seen it, but a fair amount of girls at the wedding were very excited and taking pictures with him. Kind of random, haha.
– We had wedding crashers! The bar was on the opposite end of the house from the ballroom/dance floor. I went over there around 9pm and found these two kids (not even sure they were 21) drinking away at the bar. I walked up to them and started asking them questions and they leapt out of their seats and ran down the giant hill that the house is situated on. I was kind of bummed out – if you’re going to crash a wedding, don’t just drink the free booze. I expect you to be in a Conga line with gramps at the very least.
I worried about so many little things in planning this wedding – the decor, the dress, the schedule, the food, etc. At the end of the day, it was amazing to get to celebrate my relationship in front of my loved ones and to be able to dance and laugh with almost all of the people we love in one place.
Thanks for looking!