- 5 years ago
- Wedding: November 2012
Well, it’s over! After months and MONTHS of planning, WeddingBee stalking, panic attacks (mild ones), fiancé planning ‘help’, and crash courses in learning ways to compromise…I am now a wedded Mrs. :)) eek!!
Although I haven’t posted much during my time here on the ‘bee, I’ve loved reading each and every update, all the “I’m freaking out” postings, and the comments of support from all the gals here. The ‘bee is such a wonderful resource and I am so thankful for all of the ideas, support, encouragement, and inspiration …and, even the tales of woe and disaster. Throughout the planning process and during times of stress, sadness, or happiness so intense it probably bordered on the edge of a psychological disorder, a visit to the ‘bee always made me feel better.
SO, ta-dah! My offering to the ‘bee and all the new brides-to-bee (ha!), a recap of my wonderful weekend of happiness.
Place: Rosemary Beach, Florida
Wedding type: afternoon wedding in a restaurant courtyard with reception following. (wine, beer, and specialty cocktail)
dress: ivory silk, Simone Carvalli
bridesmaids: Lilac Vera Wang with black shoes and black sash
flowers: lavender roses, purpleberry mini calla lilies, white roses
And now, some pics!
I wanted a palette of purples and grays with white and black accents. We ended up with purpleberry mini calla lilies, lots of lavender roses and and a few white roses with some greenery here and there, such as our ceder garland draped over the reception site doorway.
Above are the mini calla lilies reception table arrangements, pre-reception set up. I made these myself around 6 am on the wedding morning…couldn’t sleep past 5 am for atleast 2 weeks prior to the wedding. (Not fun.)
Because the reception was held in a modern art/photography gallery, it was important that everything “matched” the look of the artwork and the look of the gallery. These simple, organic, modern-y looking arrangements were the perfect fit and were placed on the low, seated tables. We also had arrangements on the tall, high-boy tables which were spaced around the gallery. Sadly, I don’t have a single shot of them! argh! They looked just like the arrangements below, only with the purpleberry mini callas.
Below are the boutonnieres and wrist corsages for groom & special guests. As one of several ‘untraditional” aspects of our wedding, I didn’t carry a bouquet. I didn’t want to hide the crystal embellishment of my gorgeous gown, so when one of my bridesmaids suggest a wrist corsage, I went with it! I wore a purpleberry calla wrist corsage, which matched my groom’s boutonniere. In the end, it was the perfect choice, and best of all, I was able to wear my wedding flowers all night!
My bridesmaids in their awesome Vera Wang White gowns. These dresses were so great, they made everyone look beautiful, were comfortable, and looked perfect on several different body types. We added a black satin ribbon sash as a small accent. My flower girl loved her dress and had a great time wearing the black gloves 🙂 I think the black gloves were her favorite part of the outfit and really made her feel special.
Untraditional aspect #2: no groomsmen. Hubby didn’t want any, wasn’t interested in attending a bachelor party or any of that stuff and it worked out just fine. He asked his Dad to stand up at the alter with him, but that was it. No muss, no fuss :))
There I go! whew, the nerves. gah! Me and my Dad in his pretty purple tie 🙂
One unanticiapted nice thing about not carrying a bouquet is that it freed my hands to LATCH ON to hubby when I finally made it to the front. (* see my death grip in pic below) I reached out with both hands and held on for dear life. I was just waiting for/dreading the the moment when I would totally lose it, seeing as since that very morning I had been bursting into random bouts of tears and emotional sniffeling. In hindsight, all that emotion may have been the result of extreme exhaustion brought on by my unwilling, yet consistant waking daily at 5 am for the previous weeks like some kind of amp’d up energizer bunny…on Red Bull. Anyway, against all odds, I didn’t lose it. My bridesmaids, however, were a completely different story. From all the sniffing and gulping going on behind me as well as floating up from the audience, they apparently did all the weeping for me. Thank goodness 🙂 I actually snickered a bit, and shot a look of “Really!?” over my shoulder to my sweetly blubbering ‘maids behind me. It was very cute. 😉
We had traditional vows read by our officiant, our good friend and fellow motorcycle enthusiast. Good thing, since hubby & I are both on the private side when it comes to all that emotional stuff…we were nervous enough standing up in front of 80+ family members and being all conspicious-like. If we tried to write and then say our own vows, I’m sure some disaster would’ve befallen one or both of us.
After raining & the weather being generally gross and miserable for the week leading up to the wedding weekend, BOOM! Blue skies and balmy weather, just in time for our Friday night rehearsal dinner/ bonfire and continuing throughout the rest of the weekend. Awesome.
reception and all things wonderful…more to come!!! Gotta go cheer on the Georgia Bulldogs 🙂 Go Dawgs!