It was no surprise to me that I woke up extremely early on the morning of my wedding day. I was overjoyed that this day had finally arrived, and my excitement was undeniable…I just couldn’t wait to finally get my happily ever after.
Three of my four bridesmaids slept over at my house the night before our wedding, and after rolling out of bed I found my friend Grace in my kitchen making breakfast. After a few hours passed, Tara and Kristin woke up as well and we all took turns showering. Once we were all cleaned up, my other bridesmaid Amy and flower girl Ava arrived to my house, as well as our makeup artist and hairdresser.
Getting ready in the comfort of my own home was very important to me since I wanted each second to be relaxing and carefree. As I look back on the hours leading up to the ceremony, I can’t help but be thankful that the day went by so incredibly smoothly. I credit the smoothness to my wonderful list of vendors, my parents, and my crazy case of OCD.
As soon as Victoria (make-up artist) and Lauren (hairdresser) arrived, they each quickly set up work stations in my dining area. These two ladies were such a delight to have around on my wedding day. Their personalities closely mirrored all the girls in my bridal party, so needless to say we had a blast getting pretty for the big day.
When lunch time rolled around, my parents brought in sandwich trays from Olde Tyme Grocery and also delivered our flower bouquets from Root Floral Design.
Once I saw the flowers, reality sunk in and I embraced the moment as best as I could since I was truly so amazingly thrilled. As you can see, Mia impressed me once again. I loved all the soft, natural colors that she used in our bouquets. Every single flower was positively gorgeous, but the white, budded peonies used in my bouquet definitely tugged a few strings in my heart. They were perfect!
Above you will notice my late grandmother’s (dad’s mom) rosary. Since my grandmother left it to my cousin Hope, I kindly asked if I could use it as my something borrowed. I always admired my grandmother’s rosary as a child, so it really meant so much to have her spirit wrapped around my bouquet that day.
My photographer, Mark Eric, showed up as Lauren was finishing my hair. Ava immediately showed interest in him upon his arrival and quickly made herself his assistant for that afternoon.
She was so proud to show him all the details of my wedding attire that was laid out in my bedroom.
I used the hanky above as my something old. It was originally a bonnet and was given to me by my Nanny when I was born. I appreciated that my mom kept it all those years, and it most definitely came in handy throughout the entire ceremony.
The shots that Mark captured of Ava that day truly make my heart burst with bliss. You’ll notice that in some of the pictures below she is admiring the gifts that Brett and I gave to her during our rehearsal dinner.
My bridesmaids were rock stars throughout my entire engagement, and I cannot be more grateful for all of the advice, assistance and love they gave as I counted down the days to my wedding.
Amy was telling me that she got her nails done the same color as mine, which was Bubble Bath by OPI in the picture above. It’s the perfect color if you’re trying to achieve a natural look.
Since we were all ready ahead of time we decided to watch a movie together. And what better movie to watch on your wedding day other than Father of the Bride.
Once the movie was over, I stepped outside to read Brett’s wedding message which was written inside of the gift he gave me.
And of course all the girls insisted that they read his loving words aloud afterwards.
As you can see, we decided to keep our gifts simple by each purchasing the other a bible. The most important part of our marriage was to become one with God, so a bible truly symbolized a solid beginning as we approached matrimony.
My sister-in-law did an incredible job of hosting all of the guys in our wedding party that day. I’m so appreciative not only for her hospitality, but also for her ability to be available for quick errands when we needed them throughout the day.
As 7 o’clock inched closer my bridesmaids and flower girl changed into their dresses.
As I look back, one of my favorite details was Ava’s flower girl dress. Many alterations were made to make her dress look truly perfect, and I cannot thank my mom enough for her last minute magic. Doesn’t she look like an angel in the pictures above?
After my Matron of Honor slipped my garter onto my leg, I finally stepped into my gown.
Since Brett and I decided against doing a first look, I thought it would be meaningful to share the experience with my Dad since he had no clue as to any details of what I would look like that day. I’ll never forget the anticipation I felt as I was going to tap his shoulder, and I’ll always remember his reaction as he turned around and saw his little girl all grown up on her wedding day.
You can definitely see the tears in my eyes in the picture below. Happy tears of course. My parents are both truly amazing individuals, and I owe them so much for molding me into the woman I am today.
After taking a couple of pictures in my front court yard, we patiently waited for our transportation to arrive. Even though our driver arrived right on time, I think I looked back at the clock on the microwave a few hundred times. I sent Brett one last text message as a single lady, then finally made my way to the chapel!
Stay tuned for post on the ceremony and reception. For more details on our proposal and engagement, click here.
See prep details below:
Ava’s robe and all monogramming: Absolutely Custom Apparel and Graphics
Ava’s Locket: Etsy
Flower girl dress: Watters @ Town and Country Bridal
Bridesmaid’s earrings: Neiman Marcus Last Call
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Jim Hjelm @ Pearl’s Place
Bride’s earings: BHLDN
Wedding dress: Martina Liana @ Town and Country Bridal
Bridal veil and belt: Town and Country Bridal
Flowers: Root Floral Design
Tuxes: Mary Ellen Tux Shop
Make-up Artist: Beauty by Victoria
Hair Dresser: Salon Elle Rae
Photography: Mark Eric Photography