Kittyglampants' Recap Pt. 3: Getting Ready 2
We all got to the venue by 11:00 and took everything upstairs. My sister/MOH Lyn and my mom were there and also Lyn’s DH. We put him to work doing errands. Drea set up a station to do hair, just like she was at work (she’s my regular stylist too!). The staff at the venue was incredibly helpful and were ready to do whatever we needed. They were all so nice and were joking around which relaxed us all. They grabbed us more lights because upstairs was very dark. We made it work.
My hair took a long, long time to do. We had done 2 trials but Drea is a perfectionist and wanted to do even better. And she did. Lyn and my mom took turns taking candid non-pro pics of the process. Drea said we needed tunes so she whipped out her phone and turned on the Frank Sinatra station on Pandora. PERFECT! Just perfect. It was very relaxing because that’s what Dan and I love to listen to.
I was given an “I love you” message from Dan. I wish I remembered who told me. And then I got a sweet text from him “Is texting off limits too?” he asked me. I told him no, we can text! DOC and I also texted back and forth and that was awesome and so much easier than sending someone downstairs to find her. Callie texted to tell me she was on her way to the venue and wanted to know what I wanted to eat since her job was to make sure I ate today. I ordered Subway.
I kept hearing from various people how great things were looking downstairs. Sometimes I would get cell phone pics delivered to me. Everyone loved our movie poster. I had almost forgotten about it! The GM’s wanted their own but we only had one made. Everyone loved the marquee. (Even though the venue ran “night of the living wed” together into “livingwed” and I forgot to have it changed. That was the only thing that wasn't right out of everything so it's not a big deal.)
Callie arrived by 1:00 with our friend, who was doing hers and Ebby’s makeup. My own MUA had just gotten there not too long before that and was doing everyone else's. It was amazing to me how many moving parts were involved to make this wedding happen.
My hair was finally done and it was perfect and amazing. Everybody was oohing and ahing. The MUA couldn’t believe that was all my hair and not any fake hair added. Then my makeup was done and it was even better than my trial. I only had to do my eyebrows and one went on perfectly, the other went on with only 2 attempts. Hooray! That was a huge worry for me.
I wrote the last vendor checks and had them delivered downstairs to the DOC. That was another thing I wanted to be over and done with.
I got reports from Ebby that Dan was really excited. And a little nervous. And that it was all so romantic. Time did go fast that day. I knew it would. I was worried that everyone’s hair and makeup wouldn’t be done on time. Everyone told me it would all be okay.
The photographers showed up on time at 3:30 and I had a minor freakout. We were behind schedule. I was thankful that my hair and makeup were done but wished we could slow time down for others. After studying countless weddings on PW, and seeing all the pro pics, I knew what to expect for mine. But I still couldn’t help getting butterflies when the photographers took pics of me laughing and hugging my BM’s, doing my dress shot on the hanger, and doing my detail shots. It was finally my turn to have these. It was surreal.
DOC came up to check on me and ask if I was okay. I told her I was. She didn’t believe me and asked if I needed any alcohol. LOL We were supposed to leave for the First Look at 4:10. It was already 4:30 and nobody was dressed. Panic time but I wasn't going to get upset with my BM's. They were doing their best. I decided now was a good time to bust out the Pomula wine spritzer that I brought for all of us. The alcohol helped. ;)
We all got dressed and candid pics were taken upstairs. My sister helped me get into my dress and I loved that because I had helped her into hers just months ago. When I came out in it, there was gasping. Everyone said I looked perfect.
I have to admit that one of my biggest worries was that the whole ensemble wouldn’t mesh together. But it did. Like I knew exactly what it would look like before that. The hair, the makeup, the dress, the veil, the shoes, the accessories. It looked perfect together. I can’t believe I ever had that dress doubt crisis! I looked vintage, elegant, and a little bit of Bride of Frankenstein (that’s a cool thing in our book!). I couldn’t wait to see my Groom.
The photographers took some pics and then said they were going up to the guys’ room and they would meet us at the park. OH NO! I felt so rushed and behind. Everyone finished getting ready and we left for the park.