The Big Day! March 13, 2010
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Kate and Colin, St. Louis, Missouri, March 13, 2010
I woke up around seven and to be honest, it felt like any other day. I wasn't nervous, no butterflies, no angst. My sister and I climbed into bed with my mom and dad and talked for a while. We ordered a huge breakfast and my god brothers and sister came up to our room for a while and we horsed around. It was all very normal, except for the wedding dress hanging in the corner to remind us all of what day it was :)
At ten the hair dresser arrived and started hair styles. He was awesome! He's my mom's hairdresser and we had him come up from Springfield (Missouri). He stayed in the hotel and that was VERY useful as we ended up calling him back several times after the hairdos were finished to fix little imperfections. I would recommend this (hiring someone for the whole day) for parties with a lot of girls because you have to start hair and makeup EARLY. Naturally, things will start to fall apart later in the day :)
As some of you may know, I was VERY indecisive about my hair, all the way up until the moment I sat in the chair on my wedding day. And then? I was still very indecisive. I had a million ideas, a million pictures printed out and absolutely no idea how to articulate what I wanted. This led to what we're calling Hair Crisis 2010. The stylist did what was actually a very beautiful style, but not what I had envisioned and I seriously just CRACKED.
To my credit, I hadn't had ONE meltdown in the whole planning process, which is amazing for me. I'm usually very tightly wound and very type A, so people were expecting a few blowouts. But, they never came until HC2010 haha, and they didn't come once after HC2010 either! My disappointment about the hair (which was really nice...really...it just wasnt what I had in my head) and my angst over hurting the guys feelings all wound up with how overwhelming the day was = sobbing like a baby on my mom and grandparent's shoulders.
Finally, I wiped the tears away and sat back down in the chair. I picked the EXACT SAME STYLE that I had originally wanted, two years earlier when I started planning the wedding. Just goes to show you...DONT over think it, haha!
Then my makeup was done, by the absolutely amazing, fabulous Holly Speaks of Procoulour salon (see my vendor list below for a link). It was so beautiful and I am telling you, it didn't go ANYWHERE, the whole day...even when I sobbed through my vows.
Then the photographer arrived and it was time to get dressed! I know a lot of girls feel like their whole day goes by in a flash, but I didn't feel that way. I took my time, relaxed and took it all in and I feel like I have very clear memories of the whole day.
So, without further ado, here's the rest of the recap, ILLUSTRATED VERSION! :)
The men's boutonnières and the letter that colin wrote me and had delivered with a really beautiful bouquet of flowers :) Awwww...I LOVE him for doing this.
Stepping into my dress!! I was SO EXCITED, my heart was pounding a mile a minute. And look how pretty my sister is. Sigh...
My pretty shoes...that BROKE about three seconds before I walked down the aisle. More about that later :)
Look at those lashes! Woo! haha.
Everyone is asking about this pin. This is the pint hat all the women in my family have worn on their wedding day...about 50 or 60 of us!!
My cousin and sister in law looking on. All the girls watched me get dressed...it was sweet :)
Mom putting my shoes on :) My mom and sister insisted on being the ones to help me get dressed. I recommend picking someone who is near and dear to you to help you with this. It's a very special moment! I've seen too many girls who have someone random help, and somehow I feel like that diminishes how special the moment can be.
Buttoning things up! This is my "excited" face, apparently.
"Don't cry! Don't cry!" My mom and I surveying the finished product.
We have a very close family friend (considered a sister) who pulled me aside right before we left the room to give me this beautiful ring.
Almost forgot perfume! My bridesmaid jessica, right before she spritzed me in the eyeball. It's cool, my face smelled soooooo good!
I love these two, mostly because they just embody how crazy and wonderful this whole process is. Annnnd...I love the light on the veil.
My mom and dad's reactions to the finished product. I love them so much...they worked so hard to throw us this beautiful wedding, and I couldn't ask for more wonderful parents :)
"Smell my bouquet!" It smelled soooo good! Here we are in the glass elevator in the hotel...people were clapping and yelling as we went down!
My reaction to all the clapping and yelling below, and my mother in law's (in the green) reaction to seeing me for the first time :)
We were married in the Jewel Box in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri. It was BEAUTIFUL.
My handsome groom before the ceremony.
Our little ringbearers :)
Seeing his bride for the first time :) I know everyone loves a first look, but I'm convinced that these pictures are the product of NOT having a first look. The only way he has been able to describe how he felt when these were taken is "awestruck". :)
Seeing him for the first time:
Our beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL venue:
My Auntie Mary read our Neruda poem and it was BEAUTIFUL. As you can see, very moving :)
Mother in law during our vows :)
LOST IT during the vows...taking a hankie break to sob for a while before I finish things up.
My sister on the right, perpetually about to burst into tears the entire ceremony. And Colin's dad on the left.
We're a family!
The moment we noticed that my mom had hired a trombone quartet to sneak in while we were getting married, set up in total silence, and burst into "All You Need Is Love" the moment we were pronounced. Awesome Mom Award 2010.
Here are our posed shots!
Colin was obsessed with twirling me around in my dress the whole day.
My handsome groom :) Can I also just say how much I loved my bouquet? It was another total surprise and the florist totally outdid himself :)
Ummm...yep. This one is on our bedside table.
This was my "serious" face. It was really hard to be serious, I was smiling like a fool the whole day!
Yes, we went there. The Nose Kiss.
THE RECEPTION AND DETAILS:
Our reception was BEAUTIFUL. Contrary to what a lot of brides are comfortable with, in the end I let my mom totally take over the plans for the reception and it was TOTALLY worth it. I was so surprised when I came in, I had no concerns over whether everything was perfect or not, and not least of all...she did an absolutely amazing job. It was perfection.
Can you see the candles glowing in the big windows on the left?
A little blurry but...whatever :) The surprise trombones were playing the Budweiser theme in honor of our St. Louis roots and our love for the Cardinals...and beer. lol.
Our first dance was actually both of our least favorite part, although you wouldn't know it from these pictures. We were like "Why did we choose such a LONG SONG?!" lol.
My dad's absolutely mindblowing speech. He quoted Yeats. He compared me to the Aurora Borealis. And that's just the beginning.
This is the across the board response to his speech:
Our father daughter dance. We have a VERY special relationship. He's also very very stoic, so to see this kind of emotion on film is really rare. He says during this picture he was "saying goodbye to the little girl Katie". *sobbbbb*
Love this picture for the little moment with my mom in the background.
Colin and his mom dancing to "Somewhere out there" from Fivel Goes West. Colin was a big Fivel fan when he was little.
My quasi-sister dancing with our sweet flower girl.
Best friends beckoning me to the dance floor haha.
One of the things I liked best about our wedding was seeing all of our friends and family, new and old, interact. This is my best friend from highschool and college (the boy) and one of my newer best friends from St. Louis. Dancing! Together! Precious.
If ever there were a picture that sums my sister in law up...this would be it. lol!
Colin's mom LOVES latino beats so I arranged to have a Gipsy Kings tune played for her. Success!
The electric slide was on the "MUST PLAY" list, lol.
Cutting our AMAZING cake.
This picture cracks me up. Colin looks like hes most certainly up to no good and I am none the wiser.
He behaved :)
After determining that our arms are too short to link while we toast.
My sister's toast. She "winged it" and it was BEAUTIFUL.
All weddings involving people from Wisconsin have to have the Polka played. I dont know if you've ever danced the Polka in a ballgown, but it is exhausting.
Our beautiful flowers.
Our rings in the bowl my wonderful friend Brit gave me before the wedding :)
The inside panel of our program and the Robert Frost poem that my BFF picked out.
The handkerchief that I carried. My grandmother gave it to me right before she died because we both liked blue.
The room was lined with windows and there were candles on every windowsill!
Hanging votives over the buffet.
The whole buffet. We really stressed that we wanted the buffet to be a centerpiece, and not this ugly thing that you try to hide off to the side of the room. No chafing dishes, no plastic, everything at different heights. Our florist designed these amazing centerpieces (which were HUGE...I know, because I came home with one) with hanging votives that spread over the whole table.
The food was even pretty.
These were on all of the cocktail tables. My mom purchased these antique hobnail glasses a while back.
The room. Highly recommend draping, if your venue offers it. It made a huge huge difference.
Another surprise, the grooms cake. That's colin in the baseball uniform and me behind him reading a book with our two dogs :) It was ADORABLE.
We added teh candy table at the last minute and it was a gigantic hit. My mom bought some candies and my grandmother and great aunt MADE the chocolates. We used the bridesmaids bouquets to decorate.
THE END. :) Please let me know if you use anything and...CREDIT my photographer, SJMacky Photography.