The morning of the wedding, I was surprisingly calm. REALLY calm... so calm my bridesmaids were nervous for me. I kept telling them "it's okay, when you know... you know!"
I started my morning the way any good morning should start: with overnight oats. I mosied around for a bit, packed up all of my stuff for the day and for the honeymoon, and headed to my parents' house. We figured this was the best place to get ready as my mom used to do hair and we have a salon in the basement. Hair and makeup came to us!! I felt like some sort of celebrity. We didn't have to start until about 11 in the morning - which is almost unheard of in wedding world.
|getting my hair done|
|you can't even tell they're extensions!|
|bestie and me|
At this point in the day, I really didn't feel like a bride yet. Weird, right? The dress, the veil, the hair... nope, it was all surreal. It really didn't hit me.
|new sister and me|
|other bestie and me|
Whoever said the woman is always right was probably a woman... because I was right.
The moment it hit me I was getting married was when I was left in the bridal suite all by myself. The girls were lining up outside, my dad was upstairs, and the DJ was testing the music out up in the reception hall. I overheard him playing the song the husband and I were dancing to together that night, and it took all the strength I had not to break down before the ceremony. They had mirrors everywhere in the bridal suite, and I kept saying to myself: "You're getting married", "yes, that's you - you're the bride". It is so surreal when you are actually the person getting married.
My dad and I walked the very long walk down the aisle, and I don't think I ever saw John smile so big in his life. He was my saving grace - every time my voice started to quiver or I began to cry, he knew to just change the look on his face to get me to smile. I guess it didn't help I started crying because it made everyone at the wedding cry as well.
I can remember the actual ceremony, but I really cannot wait for the video to see and hear everything once again. The husband's brother who married us encouraged us to use more contemporary vows using the phrase "I will" in place of "I do". I was a little wary of it at first, but it just makes so much more sense. My favorite line was when the husband said, "I will protect you"... uggh makes my heart melt.
The ceremony was pretty short and sweet - I think it only lasted about 25 minutes. We were on time and ahead of schedule, which was great for our photographer who had never shot so many formals in the time frame we had. We did in 1 hour what she usually does in 4 hours.
She got some great shots too - I have been saying over and over all week how I cannot wait to see our wedding pictures. We took these great pictures underneath some weeping willow tress (which I love) and am so excited to see how they turned out.
While we were taking pictures, our guests were enjoying a cocktail hour with drinks and passed hor'deurves. I didn't taste any, but everyone told me they were great!
I wish I had a good picture of the cake cutting - the husband, much to my dismay, decided to actually smash the cake into my face. I should have known that was going to happen. Yes, it was a crowd pleaser. No, I didn't enjoy finding dried icing behind my ear at 5 a.m. the next morning.
Dinner was delicious...and short. We only ate for about 3 minutes, which was until everyone else got served, for us to start walking around and greeting everyone since we didn't have a receiving line. We had a lot of people there, almost 200, so it was really important to us that we got around and thanked everyone for being there.
After dinner, the partying began. I knew our wedding would be fun, but I didn't know it would be THAT fun. I told the woman who did my hair to get those extensions in good because I was going to "tear it up on the dance floor" - and tear it up I did. I danced so hard my bustle on my dress broke!
For everyone (and I know there are some out there) who have commented before on how well I eat and how clean I eat all of the time, let it be known I am human as well. Gluten free cake WAS consumed (yes, it was delicious) and about 3 glasses of wine were drunk. I learned something that night. I learned that 3 glasses of wine are far too many for someone who does not drink... EVER. I may have just stopped at one, but I swear the husband's aunt kept feeding them to me. :)
There was stage dancing involved and TABLE dancing as well. I will keep those pictures at bay to spare some of my family's feelings however. The DJ warned us before the wedding if we started to see a "lull" in the dancing to let him know and he would switch it up. Fortunately for us, I have never seen so many people on a dance floor for so long. We danced from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. straight. I did not sit down once, and I am more than positive I can say that for the majority of my guests as well.
Apparently, my bestie caught the bouquet! Yes, it saddens me to say I only remember it due to our video the DJ shot on his "jam cam". In the video though, I sure was excited!!
When we left at 12:30, mommasita whisked us away to our hotel (which we stayed at for a mere 3 hours).
Needless to say, you all were right. When it came down to it, the silly details that were happening the last week and up to the wedding were miniscule. The second I woke up on the day of the wedding, I was stress free. I am so grateful to my bridesmaids, and especially to my bestie, who made sure my day was absolutely perfect. I did not have to worry about a thing, and the day turned out perfect.
I have said time and time again throughout the wedding planning process that "when it comes down to it, at the end of the day, my wedding will be perfect because I will be married to the man of my dreams". It truly was perfect though.
The honeymoon is up next! I promise to have that up sometime in the next day or two - it was spectacular. For those of you who want more pictures, email me and I can set you up. There are a bunch more wafting around on the internet. :)
Question: What did I miss in your life in the last week? I do not have time to go back and read every post, but I want to hear the most exciting past of it!