I don’t even know how to actually WRITE about our wedding day. There’s just way too much. So here goes:
-I woke up at 6am to workout in the hotel gym. OBVIOUSLY. I focused on cardio and arms because um HELLO, I was wearing a strapless dress.
-8am, my bridesmaid Katie and I headed to Starbucks for some caffeine. Very important for the upcoming long day.
-9:30am me, the bridesmaid, matron of honor, mom, mother in law and godmother went to a nearby spa for a mini pre-wedding bridal shower/pampering session. AND YES THERE WERE MIMOSAS. LOTS OF THEM. We got mani/pedis and fueled up on fruit, yogurt, and baked treats. (let’s be honest, it was mostly mimosas).
-12:30 we arrived at the ceremony/reception location to have our hair and makeup done. (and still drink more mimosas). We took our time and had SO MANY laughs with our hair/makeup team. Katie even went to Panera to pick up our lunch…..and get more champagne.
-4:30pm Ceremony time
-5pm LET THE OPEN BAR OPEN THE HECK UP.
-5-10:30pm party party party. Lots of drinks, laughs and cupcakes.
And here are some pics so that I don’t have to write too much…
Dress: Bell from Augusta Jones
Bridesmaid dresses: Clavin Klein
Jewlery: Handmade by my seamstress
Hair/Makeup: True Grace Makeup
Location: Pruyn House
Florist/Decorations: Intuition Events
Favors: Coopers Cave Root Beer
Caterer: Old Daley Inn I don’t have any pictures of the actual food, but it was REALLY good- especially since I’m really picky about food and tend to frown upon the typical event-fare. We had a lot of assorted cheeses, marinated goodies, sausage and pulled pork sliders for apps, 2 different family style salads (mediterranean and strawberry) and 4 entrees (tenderloin, salmon, veggie and chicken). Looking back, I wish I actually ate some of the food but A)my dress was tight to sit down in without stuffing my belly with food, and B) I was too busy chatting and drinking and laughing and having a good time. At one point, Tyler was actually feeding me bites of my entree to make sure I at least had something in my system.
We lucked out on our wedding day- the temperature in Upstate NY in the dead of summer can get NASTY. When we arrived on site the day before for rehearsal, we were sweating like PIGGIES. Then Saturday was super nice and perfect, and the day after (someone was getting married there the day after us) it poured.
We were originally planning on having the ceremony facing the garden, but it would have been in direct sunlight and probably uncomfortable for the guests waiting.
In case you were wondering, I wore a pair of glittery Nine West sandals. I didn’t really need the extra height, but it was WAY comfier and easier to walk in the grass!
All the ‘portraits’ we took were really quick to get through. I didn’t want to take a lot of time actually posing for photos, because I was really only wanting to get lots of action candids. Luckily our photographer understood and really worked with us on that.
Photographer: Sarah Smith Photography
I’m pretty sure she got at least a dozen or so photos with me flailing around in my thong as my mom and bridemaids were helping me into my dress. I blame this on 1.) all the dang champagne, and 2.) the fact that my only and FINAL fitting was in January (seven months prior) and I definitely put on weight/muscle. Not that I care about the weight thing, just wanted to fit in the most expensive piece of clothing I’ve ever owned, ya know.
I’m starting to feel a bit full of myself from showing all these pics that I’m in. But I suppose that’s what you get when you have a party where you’re the center of attention. I’ll take it for one day…but that’s about it.
Funny story…my girls (we all went to the same college- I obviously live in Calgary, Kristin is now in Seattle and Katie is in Chicago) met Tyler for the FIRST TIME the night before our wedding. Crazy. But geography can get tricky. Tyler’s best man is his best friend who he was the best man in HIS wedding, and my pretty little flower baby is Kristin’s babe. Her pink dress was adorbs. I almost wanted to wear it.
The day went by too damn fast. I want to go back and savor the crap out of it. Maybe dance a little more. And eat a cupcake.
Cupcakes: Make Me a Cake Next Door
Cake: Made by my cousin
DJ: All Around Sound
Awesome dance moves: Me (haha, no seriously)
The music was great- our DJ included every song I previously requested, and he kept the great vibe going the whole time. I think my dad was really into ‘getting jiggy with it’
Not sure what song prompted me to do this:
I personally love that I’m in my own little world and no one is minding.
Sorry the rest of these photos are not in little collages. Trying to keep this from being TOO long, but I can’t seem to compress the size, so now you’re gonna have to scroll…
I feel like there’s probably a lot that I left out- only because I’ve gone over everything in my head lie A MILLION times. And sometimes forget what’s in my head and what I’ve put out there.
Also, way too many thanks to everyone who made the whole thing possible. Numero uno being my parents. It was NOT easy planning this whole thing from 3000 miles away AND in a different country- heck, I booked the venue without even having seen it first! My parents did a lot of the grunt work .
Also a huge thanks to my bridesmaids- they made me feel SUPER special on that day since we weren’t able to see each other in person AT ALL prior to the wedding to plan!
Hope you enjoyed taking a peak at our special day 😉