October 30, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Girls Prep

Today it's all about the ladies. And the fun beautification process that is the wedding morning hooplah. Oh my goodness it was sooooo much fun. I wasn't stressed, my girls were so helpful and the vendors produced amazing results. The morning seemed to fly by, but I was able to enjoy everything as well. We did  hair and makeup at my regular salon and they allowed us to pretty much just take over. We had mimosa's, coffee, snacks and tunes.

I didn't have to worry about being a bride that didn't eat, which was awesome. My mom decided to embrace her southern Tennessee heritage and hosted a 'Bridal brunch' for all family members the morning of the wedding at our host hotel. We were lucky the hotel was only five minutes away so we had a friend chauffeur us to and from so we could get breakfast during breaks in the beauty process. The food was awesome and it was great seeing people at the brunch before everything got started. I loved all the hugs and warm wishes and it made me EVEN more excited seeing people. Well done Mama B!

I chose to not have our photographer come to the salon because I didn't want to waste the extra money for a few shots of me getting all done up. I'm lucky to have some great sissys that love to take pictures so we have some fun gems from the salon and I'm so glad I have a few snapshots to look back on and remember the last morning as a Miss! :)

*Warning...this post is SUPER photo heavy, for good reason though ;)*

The beauty crew!
After everyone was beautified we headed back to my parent's house to chill out before we started getting ready. There were snacks, more coffee and of course more mimosas. Our planners were incredible at keeping us on time and allowing us time to just enjoy the fun moments at the house. While we were hanging out the photographer and videographer were in the house, snapping pictures and getting some great video footage I'm sure. I love all the small detail and lil moments our photographer was able to capture during the hustle and bustle.
Man I loved my bridesmaid dresses. The perfect color of pink and less than $100, LOVE IT!


My something borrowed

Something blue

Getting the card from Le Husband

C did such an amazing job with my gift. Since my engagement ring was my late grandmother's, he upgraded the diamond but never told me what he did with the original. I was hoping he would save it for a gift some day, and lo and behold that day was wedding day. He had the original diamond made into a necklace and it is soooooo beautiful. I was so touched to have a piece of my grandmother with me on my wedding day.
Mommy KNEW!!!! So sneaky!
Annnnnnnnnnnd the make up was almost ruined!!!
Luckily I have some funny sissys that help lighten the mood!

Daddy and I snuck down to the basement for some father/daughter dance practice. We planned something super awesome for our dance together and wanted to brush up on our technique. I can't wait to share our surprise!

And then, like a light switch flipping, it was time to get ready and everything started moving quickly. Not rushed, or stressful, just moments turned into minutes and minutes turned into a countdown. I must have said a bazillion times, 'This is really happening!' "Yay, I'm getting married"!

Mama B didn't stop smiling ALL DAY! It was so fun!

While the ladies were getting ready, our florist stopped by with the bouquets and I was stunned by how gorgeous everything turned out. They did such a fabulous job!

Don't know WHERE I get it from :)! She's so cute!
After everyone else was ready, it was wedding dress TIME! WEE!

My face says "I BETTER fit into this dress!!!!!!"

Once in the dress it was time to add all the special touches.
My new necklace :)!

Kent State Garter :)

The photographer LOVED these picture silhouettes my mom has down our main staircase. I would never have thought of getting this picture, but it's honestly one of my favorites :)!

We didn't do a bride/groom first look, because we didn't want to see each other until I walked down the aisle, but I was able to have a first look moment with my daddy. These pictures are ones I will always treasure, my daddy is my hero and having this moment was so precious.
So sweet!

I love his face!

Classic ;), someone doesn't look like a bride right here!
Oldest daughter is getting married! < 3 My parents!
And just like that,we were dressed and walking out to the limo. And then trying to find my engagement ring that I dropped because it was on my right hand. Never fear, little sisters to the rescue, thank goodness :)! The limo ride to the church was maybe five minutes and then boom, we were at the church!
Love the pink shoes and their pink dresses

While guest were being seated I was able to give my parent's their flowers.

OBVIOUSLY no flowers on the Army uniform, but still a fun picture :)
All of a sudden the wedding planner swooped in and told us it was time for everyone to line up. I remember thinking "Oh my gosh, this is it, it's GO TIME!". Mamma B and the sissys put the veil over me but I had a lil freak out moment and told them to unflip it because I wasn't ready, haha. They showed Daddy how to pull it down so it was even and then they all lined up for the processional.

I'm not ready yet...I'm not ready yet!
Surrounded by the women in my life :)
And then it was just Daddy and me waiting for the change in music cuing us up to walk down the aisle to the man of my dreams.
Little Bit of Class Little Bit of Sass
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Nikki said...

Your fathers face is absolutely priceless! The necklace C had made is so thoughtful! Love all your pictures. You looked absolutely gorgeous!

Illegally Blonde said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE. You are just gorgeous! Your dad's face was priceless and I am sure C's was too! Its like I was there. xoxo BOFF

According to Jax said...

SO MANY THINGS TO COMMENT ON!!!! I absolutely LOVE your pink shoes!!! And I love your parents...soooooo sweet! Your dads face lit up when he saw you...I adore that!! xoxo!!

Jenn said...

Even though I was there that day, seeing all of the behind the scene pics are really fun! They make me excited for my own special day when it gets here! I hope to have some great pics like you do :)

Alisha said...

So cute, awesome pictures. I am seriously in love with your Kate Spade pink shoes. I would wear those everyday if I could!

Jamie said...

What a sweet gift he gave you! You guys all looked absolutely gorgeous.

Kristyn said...

These are great pictures! I love that you can relive your wedding day! Gorgeous bride!

Thanks for linking up with us!

Cassidy D. said...

Everything about this is so so sweet! You were a gorgeous bride! Reading this gave me a little bit of anxiety, knowing this will be me before I know it. Eeek!

Shayna Yancey said...

Aww I love these!!! You are such a beautiful bride! Glad the morning of was so smooth for you!!

{Jessica} said...

Love these pictures! Everything about your wonderful wedding was so 'you' - happy, loving and energetic. You can see it just from the pictures! Thanks for sharing, P!nky:)

Sofia Donatelli said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. Many years for happiness.

Have a wonderful day.



Rachel C. said...

Love the necklace idea - very sweet. Also love all the pictures from the morning of. And your Dad's face = priceless! I KNOW I'm going to be very nervous but I'm sure my girls (and some mimosas) will calm me.. I hope!

Taylor Jeavons said...

Ah I love seeing pictures of weddings!!!

You look beyond beautiful! Love the pink color of your bridesmaids' dresses!

Stephanie @ Life, Unexpectedly said...

Thos pictures are simply beautiful. Your wedding look like so much fun, and you were the polar opposite of a bridzilla (I don't think there's a proper word for the opposite of a bridzilla, is there??). Glad to see a bride who doesn't obsess about everything being perfect and just enjoys herself ;-)

Katie said...

Great pictures! I LOVE those shoes!!!

Shoshanah said...

I love that the name on your hanger is pink! I feel like the trend has gotten so big lately, but think that little colors makes it unique again. Of course, now I wish I could rewind time and make mine colored too!

http://sweetcanadian.blogspot.com/ said...

I had a garter set of my fav team as well!! except hockey. A lot more money but so worth it. I have mine hanging in the husband's car now.

I love the mom & daughter hug, i could feel the emotion in that one.

What a nice gift from the husband :)

Janna Renee said...

Your parents house is GORGEOUS. It was the perfect homey setting for the pics, and I can tell y'all had fun! I love your bride jacket, and it makes me want to pull out my bride stuff and wear it again! I think I just figured out what I may want to wear for next year's Halloween! Haha

Mary said...

I love love love these!!!!! I can't get over the necklace! What a perfect wedding gift!!