>Wedding Day Part 3

>After my MOH and I got back from the hair salon at 4 p.m., I just sort of wandered around the condo for a minute in a daze, looking at the beautiful bridal party flowers. Then I decided to get my clothes off and put on my undies and robe in preparation for getting into my dress. I also put on my jewelry, refreshed my makeup, and fretted with my hair, which was still super curly. But of course the wind and the salt and the humidity would do their work on it later on.

Fretting with my hair.

Here’s me looking dazed, anxious and sort of out of it. This photo cracks me up.

Our officiant was supposed to be in the condo at 4:15 to meet with me, but she was 20 minutes late. We sat down when she arrived and went over the ceremony so I felt a little better after that. But I was still nervous about the fact that we didn’t have a rehearsal. (BRIDES TAKE NOTE: ALWAYS HAVE A REHEARSAL!) I knew that my girls would know what to do, but I was unsure about the guys. And I didn’t know this at the time, but the bouts hadn’t even made it over to the guys’ condo at this point.

Our photographer Donna arrived to start taking photos at 5, and so did Brian’s stepmother and stepsister (one of my bridesmaids). I gave both of them their bridesmaids and mom gifts and they were both really happy with them.

Giving out gifts to moms and bridesmaids — it’s a large embroidered canvas bag filled with goodies that I will go in detail about later on.

I was feeling really anxious and the condo was starting to fill up with lots of people – sorority sisters, various family members, etc., and it was more people than I thought would be there so I was a little frantic but happy to see everyone. I was feeling like I had to entertain everyone all at once and my immediate family was still nowhere to be seen. I’m also pretty sure that Brian’s mother was in the condo at the same time as Brian’s stepmother, but I think there were enough people there that it wasn’t totally awkward.

My parents and sister and baby nephews finally arrived and I felt way better. I felt sort of half naked running around in a robe, so my bridesmaids and my mom and the photographer and I all went in the master bedroom and got my dress on and took lots of great photos.



Donna took some photos of me looking out over the ocean and I really relaxed during that time.
Basically the 5 ‘o clock hour was full of picture taking and people just milling about in our condo. Finally it was getting closer to ceremony time, so we headed downstairs to take some more photos and get ready to head out onto the beach….

>Post-wedding to-do list…and a confession.

>I still have a lot of things to do post-wedding.

  1. Write handwritten thank yous to bridesmaids.
  2. Create and order photobooks for bridesmaids & groomsmen. I’m thinking 4×6 Snapbooks from Shutterfly.
  3. Change my name on my driver’s license – doing this Friday.
  4. Change my name with bank & billers.
  5. Make Disney honeymoon scrapbook.
  6. Find pretty wedding album for 250 4×6 photos – any suggestions?
  7. Formally change my name at work.
  8. Write a couple more thank you notes for late gifts.
  9. Figure out what I want to do with my dress.
  10. Sell some wedding-related items.
  11. Write more wedding day recaps and start on honeymoon recaps.

What I HAVE done:

  1. Changed my name at Social Security office.
  2. Added hubby to health and dental insurance at work.
  3. Ordered 250 4x6s that came with our photo package.
  4. Wrote & sent the majority of thank you notes.
  5. Made a wedding keepsake shadow box. (will take a photo of this tonight!)
  6. Had my bouquet preserved with Keepsake Floral.

OK, now I have to confess something now re: wedding gifts. A LOT of our friends did not get us anything and I am kind of bummed about it. We’ve gotten some truly great gifts, but honestly not as much as I thought we would. Only 1 out of 5 groomsman (the best man) and 3 out of 5 bridesmaids have bought gifts for us so far… is this normal? Also, a lot of couples that I have bought gifts for over the past couple of years have not sent anything our way. I know the economy is bad, so are my friends just forgetful or putting it off? I don’t know. Yes, even I am the type to buy and send gifts late, but I usually make sure to have them bought no more than 6 weeks after the wedding.

Here’s what’s left on our Macy’s registry. Everything was bought on our Pottery Barn registry and nothing has been bought from our Amazon registry.

I think a few more gifts will trickle in over the coming months, but I think we’ve received the majority of everything. Only 2 out of 8 of our silverware sets have been bought, so I am going to purchase the remaining 6 sets myself directly through Oneida.com …they have some great sales.

As for the fine china we registered for?Isn’t it gorg? We registered for 8 sets of Kate Spade Bonnabel Place, but we have only received 1 5-piece place setting and 1 pasta bowl…and that’s it! Obviously we don’t have $2,500 laying around to complete the set, so I am agonizing over what to do. I have the 5-piece place setting still in the box but I can’t find the receipt, and the pasta bowl doesn’t even have its box anymore.

So what are y’alls opinions on fine china? We also registered for casual whiteware china from Macy’s The Cellar line, and it is very functional and I think it can be easily dressed up with my new Oneida silverware and nice linens. We also have a vintage set of 8 blue Wedgwood place settings that we bought from our neighbors for $35!

So should I just use the Wedgwood as our “fine china” and forget about the Kate Spade? Hubby says yes — he doesn’t think we would ever use the Kate Spade. My sister also says yes — hers is still packed away in boxes after getting married in 2002. But I LOVE this china! Seriously the paisley on it drives me mad because it’s so beautiful and whimsical. Bonnabel Place is really the ONLY set of china that has ever really jumped out at me and said, “Buy me! use me! Love me!”

Ack! The agony!

The flowers!

You’ll see a recurring theme throughout these photos — BLUE and HYDRANGEA! Seriously I love hydrangeas so much, and they are a great choice for weddings as they are a lot cheaper than a lot of popular wedding flowers. Flowers are from All Island …

You’ll see a recurring theme throughout these photos — BLUE and HYDRANGEA! Seriously I love hydrangeas so much, and they are a great choice for weddings as they are a lot cheaper than a lot of popular wedding flowers. Flowers are from All Island Flowers in Orange Beach, Ala.

One of the bridesmaid bouquets. They’re mostly white hydrangea with some blue hydrangea with blue ribbon wrap.

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Bouquets waiting to get handed out.

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One of the bridesmaid bouquets again.

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My bouquet! Blue & white hydrangea with ivory roses. It’s getting preserved now at Keepsake Floral in Orlando.

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Flower girl basket.

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Brian’s bout.

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Close-up of our rings on my bouquet.

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My bouquet again.

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Flower girl basket again.

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Centerpiece at our sweetheart table.

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What all the other centerpieces looked like. Hydrangea, roses, curly willow and greenery.

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A shot of my mom’s nosegay. Spray roses and greenery.

The total cost for bride’s bouquet, toss bouquet, 5 bridesmaid’s bouquets, 8 bouts, 3 nosegays, 2 wrist corsages, flower girl basket, and 9 centerpieces? Less than $1,000. I kid you not. I HIGHLY recommend Sandra and All Island Flowers if you are getting married on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

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>The flowers!

>You’ll see a recurring theme throughout these photos — BLUE and HYDRANGEA! Seriously I love hydrangeas so much, and they are a great choice for weddings as they are a lot cheaper than a lot of popular wedding flowers. Flowers are from All Island Flowers in Orange Beach, Ala.

One of the bridesmaid bouquets. They’re mostly white hydrangea with some blue hydrangea with blue ribbon wrap.

Bouquets waiting to get handed out.

One of the bridesmaid bouquets again.

My bouquet! Blue & white hydrangea with ivory roses. It’s getting preserved now at Keepsake Floral in Orlando.

Flower girl basket.

Brian’s bout.
Close-up of our rings on my bouquet.

My bouquet again.

Flower girl basket again.
Centerpiece at our sweetheart table.

What all the other centerpieces looked like. Hydrangea, roses, curly willow and greenery.

A shot of my mom’s nosegay. Spray roses and greenery.

The total cost for bride’s bouquet, toss bouquet, 5 bridesmaid’s bouquets, 8 bouts, 3 nosegays, 2 wrist corsages, flower girl basket, and 9 centerpieces? Less than $1,000. I kid you not. I HIGHLY recommend Sandra and All Island Flowers if you are getting married on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

Wedding Day Part 2

Around noon, My MOH Robin and I made it over to Cleopatra’s Oasis for our hair and makeup. They had already gotten started on my sister and mom when we arrived. Brian’s mom later joined us. Bridesmaids Jennifer and Sevanne brought me my nonfat whi…

Around noon, My MOH Robin and I made it over to Cleopatra’s Oasis for our hair and makeup. They had already gotten started on my sister and mom when we arrived. Brian’s mom later joined us.

Bridesmaids Jennifer and Sevanne brought me my nonfat white chocolate mocha from Starbucks and then we all ordered lunch from the Original Oyster House which is in the same shopping center. I got a grilled mahi sandwich and baked potato.

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Around that time my hairstylist got started on my hair. We decided on half up and pulled my bangs all the way back with a bit of a poof. I was thinking of doing the sideswept bangs – Carrie Underwood look, but I’m glad that I decided to pull the bangs all the way back, because it was WINDY out on that beach! I was nervous at first because my hair seemed super Rapunzel curly but the hair stylist assured me that it would fall out over the course of the day and of course it did.

We had 2 girls doing hair and 1 girl doing makeup for 5 of us. I started getting nervous because no one had gotten started on my makeup and it was already something like 2:30. So my hairstylist also did my makeup, and she did an AWESOME job. She used all Bareminerals products and used the “Buxom” Big & Healthy Lip Polish which really plumped my lips up, as well as the Bareminerals Skin Rev-er Upper primer all over my face.

Something that seriously sucked is that we were supposed to have the salon to ourselves from noon to 4. Around 3, another bridal party walks in! Not to mention when we were done, they overcharged all of us over what they quoted us. My mom ended up straightening it out with the salon after the wedding day but having that other bridal party walk in and stare at me while I was getting my makeup done kind of put a damper on the whole experience.

Finally right around 4, Robin and I headed back to the resort to get ready!

No one took photos at the salon, but our videographer was there and here are some screenshots:

This is bridesmaid Sevanne, my sister and matron of honor Cheryl, and Brian’s mom.

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Curling my hair.

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Bareminerals!

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Close-up shot on the eye makeup.

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Finishing touches. That’s my mom looking at me in the mirror.

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Wedding video trailer

Yay!Nick and Keith at Superium Productions truly rock my socks off. Our wedding video trailer is now up on their blog and I am so pumped! I’ve already watched it two, well… five times.Check it out here.Thoughts?

Yay!

Nick and Keith at Superium Productions truly rock my socks off. Our wedding video trailer is now up on their blog and I am so pumped! I’ve already watched it two, well… five times.

Check it out here.

Thoughts?

Wedding Day: Part 1

Part 1: Nail SalonI woke up on the wedding day around 9 a.m., in preparation for arriving at the nail salon (Top Nail & Tan in Gulf Shores, AL) with my 4 of 5 of my bridesmaids and my mom around 10 a.m. (One bridesmaid, Brian’s stepsister Tiffany,…

Part 1: Nail Salon

I woke up on the wedding day around 9 a.m., in preparation for arriving at the nail salon (Top Nail & Tan in Gulf Shores, AL) with my 4 of 5 of my bridesmaids and my mom around 10 a.m. (One bridesmaid, Brian’s stepsister Tiffany, already had her nails done so that’s why she didn’t come) The weather was about as close to perfect as possible, so I was feeling good and ready to go. I dressed in jeans, flip-flops and my trusty button-down RL Polo blue and white striped oxford shirt.

It took every ounce of restraint NOT to wash my hair since I was supposed to show up at the hair salon with somewhat dirty hair for my half-updo. Normally I wash my hair every 24-36 hours so I just took a shower without getting my hair wet — it felt so strange, but I knew it would help the hairdo in the end!

My maid of honor Robin insisted on feeding me breakfast — eggs and turkey bacon — and she and I were a little late behind the other bridesmaids and arrived at the nail salon around 10:20 a.m. Sidenote on Robin: she has been a bridesmaids 17 time as of my wedding and she really knows what she’s doing as fa as weddings go. She rocks.

All went smoothly with getting our nails done. I picked out a shiny medium pink OPI color (LOVE OPI!) that is still looking good on my toes a month later as I type. The nail technician treated me to their special bridal pedicure, which included a hot rock treatment for my feet and a mask and major exfoliation for my legs. I turned on the massage chair and relaxed as much as I could. For my manicure I opted for an American, and I was really happy with the results there as well.

The nail salon did a great job with me, my mom, and 4 bridesmaids and had us all out of the shop by noon. Bridsmaids Jennifer and Sevanne were dispatched to Starbucks to buy coffee for everyone. Robin and I were the last to be done at the nail salon around noon.

Unfortch I don’t have any photos of getting our nails done as we were all makeup-less and hadn’t had our morning coffee yet.

Photos to come in Part 2: Hair and Makeup!

Drumroll please….the dress!

Something I’ve been wanting to spill the beans about for a looooong, looooong time: my dress!

Something I’ve been wanting to spill the beans about for a looooong, looooong time: my dress!

The dress is by Allure Bridals. I initially found it at Diane’s Formal Affair in Jasper, Alabama. However, I actually bought it at bestbridalprices.com. I would definitely recommend that site — the dress came more quickly than anticipated and they give you free shoes (up to $50) and a free veil (up to $120 — ultimately I did not wear one).

Click on this link to see some skinny model in the dress, then come back here and look at the difference between the neckline on the model’s and the neckline on my dress.

It’s no secret that I am a D cup and the model wearing the dress on that link is an A- cup, so she gets away with the plunging neckline (and the huge 80s earrings) easily. I however, do not. So my wonderful seamstress Michelle at Ramsey Alterations in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, took fabric from the hem to create a more modest neckline. She also took in the dress at the shoulders and torso to make it a perfect fit.

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>Drumroll please….the dress!

>Something I’ve been wanting to spill the beans about for a looooong, looooong time: my dress!



The dress is by Allure Bridals. I initially found it at Diane’s Formal Affair in Jasper, Alabama. However, I actually bought it at bestbridalprices.com. I would definitely recommend that site — the dress came more quickly than anticipated and they give you free shoes (up to $50) and a free veil (up to $120 — ultimately I did not wear one).

Click on this link to see some skinny model in the dress, then come back here and look at the difference between the neckline on the model’s and the neckline on my dress.

It’s no secret that I am a D cup and the model wearing the dress on that link is an A- cup, so she gets away with the plunging neckline (and the huge 80s earrings) easily. I however, do not. So my wonderful seamstress Michelle at Ramsey Alterations in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, took fabric from the hem to create a more modest neckline. She also took in the dress at the shoulders and torso to make it a perfect fit.