Sep 26, 2009
The day was a perfect New England September day, crisp and sunny.
My girls and I started out at the hair salon (Studio Mac) for hair and make-up at 9. Our photographer met us there and took some awesome shots.
We then made our way to my mom's house where the girls got ready. We had a light lunch and my dress was delivered at 1:00. My girls and I got dressed while the photographer did her magic. She took some amazing shots of all my details - dress, shoes, perfume bottle, initial pins for the BM flowers. About 20 mintues ahead of schedule we left for the ceremony. We were so early that I was able to watch guests driving in. It was nice to see everyone when they didn't know I was there..hehe. With about 10 mintues before the ceremony, I went into the house (wedding/reception took place at FIL's home), found my girls and my dad. Waited for everyone to make it down to the ceremony area and then we walked! I was calm and ready for the day to become Dan's wife. Some people thought I was too calm and that I was actually mad!
The ceremony was beautiful. A family friend was our JP, DH's grandfather held our rings, my stepfather played his organ for all of our songs, and DH's sister did a reading. So much personalization and family involved and that made it so much more special.
We took time during cocktails to do our pics. I love our BP and their happiness for us shows in our pics. Dinner and dancing were awesome under the HUGE tent. We had a couple bonfires going for the younger crowd and even some fireworks at the end of the night. One thing about having an at home party - there isn't a manager to tell ppl to go home. We actually had to shut the lights off in the bar tent for our friends to leave - everyone was having too much fun!
The next day, we hosted a farewell brunch before we left for our HM. It POURED that day but all was good. Our family and friends were back together for a hearty meal and helped us clean up everything! I'm so blessed to be a part of 2 loving families and friends who will do anything for you.
We couldn't have asked for a better celebration and after 12 years of being together, 1 1/2 being engaged, we were finally married!
Our wedding is September 26, 2009 at my FI's parents house that backs up to the CT river. We are having a large reception on the property, invite list is at 197 - yikes! We have rented tables, tents, chairs, potty trailer, you name it we've got it.
We want the feel to be relaxing and fun yet polished and elegant at the same time. We have a lot of help from friends and we couldn't be happier with our vendors to this point. One Aunt is making the invites, another is altering my dress, we have friends bartending, and one had offered to be my DOC.
As time goes by I can't wait for the day to get here. We been hard at work on the DIY's, getting the suits, and making final decisions on EVERYTHING.
As a hobby I do cake decorating so it would only seem right that I did my own cake. People called me crazy for taking on such a task but once you've done a tiered cake, no biggy.....plus I have 2 friends helping me. My latest inspriation for our cake came from a new show called Cake Boss on TLC that follows Buddy Valastro from Carlo’s Bakery. They just made the most beautiful cake for a bride after she 'colored' the first one they made her. Our centerpieces will actually be individual cakes as well. The will be on white cake plates and will be decorated in purple and green.
Picture to follow!
What drama there was on the shoes. For our outdoor wedding I knew I couldn't do a really cute shoe because they all have stick heels....such a bummer! So I've gone through 3 pairs and I think I found one that is a keeper because of the touch of bling. Plus I'll be able to dye them after the wedding to use again.
The guys are all buying suits in a charcoal gray from Men's Wearhouse. I found the ties at Lord and Taylor in a nice purple and green combo. I also ordered ties for the fathers with a green base and slight purple line in them.
Trying on dresses had me in hives the first go around. I'm not a girly girl and trying on dresses that would make me feel like a marshmallow wasn't something I was excited about. I started off at David's Bridal and although I had a couple I liked, I didn't love any of them.
For my next appointment I went online and found some inspiration pics that might help if nothing was working for me. The associate who helped me showed me everything - some dresses I knew as soon as they were on that they were coming right off. She pulled a dress she named 'The Rock Star' dress. I said, okay I'll try it even though I didn't think I wanted flash. I ended up trying about 7 more on and then I showed her the pictures I brought...she said...this one is 'the rock star' dress. I said no way! She put it back on and I said well if I loved it online and I like it on myself then this is the one! I fall in love again and again every time I see it. The dress is a Maggie Sottero 'Michelle' and I ordered it in Diamond White although in this picture it is Ivory.