Happy Valentine’s Day! Adam and I are planning a perfect evening of Olympics-watching and writing thank you notes. Ahh perfection! Things around here have been surprisingly busy: lots and lots of writing. Of the thank you note variety. I must admit….somehow it doesn’t seem fair to write blog posts when I have so many thank you notes I should be writing. But we’re making excellent progress on those. Plus new job prep (did I mention I need a whole new wardrobe for it?? Yeah a whole other post for a whole other time), and all the stuff that goes along with moving…I somehow feel busier unemployed than I did with my job. With my last few days of ‘freedom’ looming before starting my job next week, I figured I should finish up a couple wedding posts! Especially now that I have the professional shots back! Can I get a woot??!
When I woke up on January 18th I distinctly remember thinking
“I really don’t want to wake up…”
Despite it being my wedding day, I just couldn’t muster the desire to get out of the warm, warm cozy bed. To be honest I was a little surprised…aren’t you supposed to be pooping rainbows, sunshine, and happiness on your wedding day?? Was something wrong with me?? After about 10 minutes of battling waking up in my head, my ‘bridal coordinator’ Allie arrived. With Starbucks.
Allie and I have been friends for 7 years and have planned on being each other’s ‘person’ for weddings. Essentially you need a run around person that isn’t needed for pictures that can just do stuff for you. A grunt, if you will. Having Allie around to just help keep the timeline on track, answer my phone, and make sure I ate/drank in the morning was priceless.
Allie wasted no time accessing the situation (of me grumpily clinging to the bed). She ordered me off to the shower, and what a difference a shower can make. I soon got out of my sleepy fog and realized IT’S WEDDING DAY! We all got some breakfast and drank our Starbucks, making sure everything was ready to begin. We rented an adorable inn (with 11 rooms) for all family and had all the make-up/hair gals coming our way to get ready. This made for a relaxing morning logistically – all we had to do was stay put! With the winter/snow aspect of it, I really didn’t want us driving around from place to place. Right before the make-up folks arrived, the nerves set it. I don’t know if it was drinking coffee (not a usual coffee drinker) or what… but my stomach was churning. I took some tums, chugged some water, and sat down to get my hair done.
My lovely shoes! (Found these puppies on sale for 30 bucks!)
While I tried to soak in the morning and relax, Allie was buzzing around making sure things were moving according to schedule. I had created several documents in advance that she essentially just had to execute – it worked out perfectly. She executed my vision while I could focus on getting ready and being a happy and sweet bride :) While getting dolled up I invited several close friends over for a “bridal luncheon” – essentially eat lunch, drink mimosas, and giggle was the plan. It was awesome getting to see them all in the morning before all the madness began. I created a “getting ready for wedding” playlist to help set the mood. Allie made sure that everyone arrived and found their way to the right place. Again, it was awesome not thinking about all that myself.
Allie keeping things on task.
Who doesn’t love a mimosa?
The yummy spread.
Look at all that healthy stuff!
The getting-ready process went pretty smoothly as I had already done trials, and pretty much knew what to expect. Though I must admit, we did have a little bit of a hair panic. And by we, I mean me. My hair initially ended up looking a bit differently than we had settled in the trial. I looked in the mirror and just about cried. We had already eaten up our time buffer at this point, so I was starting to sweat. I told my hair gal that I needed to move on and get my make-up done, but there were a few things I wanted to adjust after to look more like the trial. I sat down to get my make-up done and my stomach was now a little churn machine. Inside I was borderline panicking about my hair. I put on my best actress face to hide any frustration, as I really didn’t want any negative energy to spoil the morning. Afterward my sister told me she had no idea I was upset – success!! Once my make-up was complete, my hair was touched up. Pretty soon I was feeling much better. It still wasn’t perfect to what I had envisioned, but my stomach no longer hurt about it…good enough for me! And honestly we didn’t really have time to fiddle with it anymore. At that point, it just needed to work. I tried hard to shake the internal stress of the morning and just let it go. Again, I really didn’t want any outward stress or negative actions to affect the mood.
One of my adorable flower girls getting ready.
Carolina getting all dolled up.
Are they not the cutest??
My beautiful sister.
Once we were all dolled up and ready to go, Adam and I exchanged little gifts. Honestly we viewed “throwing each other a wedding” as our gift, but wanted to do something small and sentimental. Allie ran mine over to his room and collected mine. At this point the videographers arrived to capture the rest of the day moving forward. Adam gave me the sweetest letter that instantly had me crying (he even put ‘P.S. stop crying’ at the bottom) and a picture frame with a few sentimental tokens/pictures in it. It was perfect.
Reading Adam’s letter.
He’s so sweet.
Must. Stop. Crying.
I gave Adam a journal that I kept since we went to dating long distance in July. It was full of pictures and words of excitement about the wedding and our life together. Later Adam told me I managed to squeeze a tear out of him, which completely shocked me. Prior to that I’d only seen him cry once. Ever. And it was maybe a tear. I do all the crying for the two of us ;)
Adam reading his gift.
Once we opened our gifts (in separate rooms in the Inn), we each got dressed and took some pictures solo. Adam got ready in his room with his Best Man (brother) and Best Groomsmen (my brother) and his parents.
Tying his shoes. He’s so talented.
The guys getting ready.
Adam with his lovely mama.
All 3 ready to go!
I’m glad we had this time built in, as it also helped me calm down from the morning. Putting on my dress was a magical feeling. It was really happening. This was it. I was so so happy. I made sure to have my mom zip me up. As I kept adding the different details (veil, shoes, etc) I just kept feeling more and more bridal. The stress of the morning washed away – it was time to be a bride.
With my sisters!
Saying goodbye to friends after the “Bridal Luncheon”
Mom zipping me up!
With my Dad.
My Grandparents looking at the final result!
Future sister-in-law Katie helping me with the veil.
Grandma helping me with my bolero.
We grabbed about 30 minutes of ‘bridal portraits’ before heading out to see Adam. We wandered from room to room in the adorable Inn grabbing shots. It was a lot of fun and the perfect way to sort of calm down before the day REALLY began.
With my bouquet.
Hello, I am a bride.
Looking all fancy.
In the hallway of the inn.
Touching my veil. Like you do.
Looking all old-fashioned.
Funny fact: this photo was taken in a bathroom (with awesome light), but still a bathroom.
Also taken in a bathroom.
Adam and I settled on a “First Look” in order to expedite our picture-taking and have a smoother timeline for guests (since we weren’t having a cocktail hour). We did one final check to make sure we had everything ready to go before heading out to see Adam and really get this day started…
And here I feel like I should say “Stay tuned for the next wedding installment!” ;)