The Adventure Starts Here: Wedding Month - Getting Ready

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wedding Month - Getting Ready

After all these wedding posts, we are finally at the day of the actual wedding!  Chris and I got married on Saturday, August 28, 2010 in Basking Ridge, NJ.  I spent the morning with my bridesmaids, mom, and future mother-in-law getting our hair and makeup done.  We went to my usual salon and my hairdresser, Erica, did my hair.  I knew I wanted something simple with a little twist.  I basically told her I wanted a low bun, and she came up with the rest.  I obviously had a trial run to make sure I liked what she was gonna do.  I ordered the flowers for my hair off Etsy and the veil from the same store I got my dress.  

We then headed over to the hotel to finish getting ready.  Chris and his groomsmen were already there getting ready.  I hired a makeup artist to come to my bridal suite to do everyone's makeup.  I even got airbrush, and I was so happy with it since my makeup turned out amazing and natural looking... just as I wanted it!

While the guys got their pictures taken around the hotel grounds, we finished getting ready.  We took some pictures inside the bridal suite... which was absolutely gorgeous in itself!  Once we were told that the guys were back inside, we went out to take some pictures as well.  Chris and I decided not to see each other before the ceremony, so there was a lot of texting with my younger brother to make sure that our paths would not cross!  

When planning our wedding, I was amazed at all the details to worry about in respect to my complete wedding look.  Not only do you have to pick a dress, but you have to find the right shoes, jewelry, and flowers to complete the look.  My earrings and bracelet are Tejani, which is a company I randomly found online.  I wanted jewelry that I could keep for a long time, but that didn't break the bank.  At the time, Tejani didn't have a real store, but rather a showroom in NYC.  I was hesitant to buy jewelry online without seeing it first, so my mom and I decided to go to the showroom.  Since we don't like driving into the city, Chris came with us.  I'm glad he did, because the showroom was in a random office building and seemed kind of sketchy to my mom and I.  So he came up with us, and once we got into the showroom, our worries were erased since the showroom was actually really nice.  That's when Chris left so that he wouldn't see what jewelry I chose.  Since my dress was a high strapless, I opted against a necklace, and instead got larger earrings and bracelet.   

I got my purse and shoes from JCrew.  Though I have to admit that I didn't use either that much.  I wore the shoes for pictures, but my feet were hurting before the ceremony even started.  I had always planned to wear actual ballet slippers for the reception, but I then decided to switch into them early and wear them for the ceremony as well.  And as for the purse, as a bride you rarely carry your own bag, so it just sat on our table with my lip gloss and chapstick.  

^^^I LOVED my bouquet.  While my colors were purple, blue, and pink, I knew I wanted an all white bridal bouquet.  It was my florists ideas to add the orchids to my bouquet after we added them to some of our centerpieces.  I really think it gave the bouquet that extra special touch.   

^^^I also decided to add my mom, grandma, and great grandma's engagement rings to my bouquet.  It was very important to me to have them close to me on my special day.  

^^^The rings... they were and still are so special to me.  Before we got engaged, I always loved the idea of getting a ring from Tiffany's.  So when we were talking about getting engaged, I let Chris know that I liked the Legacy ring in particular.  Chris took the picture of the ring to his jeweler, and he was able to recreate the ring EXACTLY!  He then designed the wedding band to match the band of my engagement ring.  They turned out perfectly!

^^^ I loved my bridesmaids' bouquets.  While I wanted my bouquet to be all white, I loved how colorful and vibrant their bouquets were!  They looked so good with their deep purple dresses as a backdrop. 

^^^ My then 2 1/2 year old niece, Kaitlyn, was my flower girl!  This is one of my all time favorite pictures of me with her!  I'm so glad this natural moment was captured! 

^^^ Could there be a more perfect bow?  I have to thank Kaitlyn's other grandma for helping get her ready!

While I cherish the posed pictures, some of my favorites are the sweet moments they captured when I didn't know they were photographing me! 

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