Wedding Wednesday Ceremony Deets 

I wish I could describe walking down the aisle but there are literally no words. I can tell you I had only string quartet music playing because I selected specific music for every part of the ceremony and our DJ did an amazing job with it. I can tell you that my son walked me down the aisle and that not tripping over my dress was honestly a concern. That thing was huge! I was a big ivory cupcake! I remember catching my grooms eye and nothing else in the world mattered. The ceremony was traditional and short. The ceremony was officiated by a friend of my husband’s.  We didn’t write our own vows or anything like that. Just the normal love honor cherish till death do us part kinda thing. The ceremony was a little chilly so we handed out the wedding favor of throw blankets early to keep everyone warm and they were a grand hit. And now here are some pics! I hope you enjoy. I’m also including a link to two of the songs used for the ceremony. My groom entrance and then of course my entrance! It was definitely one of the most amazing moments of my life. I got so emotional but I made it through without crying barely. 




Groom entrance
Bride entrance
Happy wedding planning etc my loves! 

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Wedding Wednesday – First Look 

There is a lot of controversy over the first look. Should you have one? Can you kiss? There are variables and opinions upon opinions to be had. My entire wedding party (well all the girls and my mom) were completely against it. But we held our ground and stayed firm to wanting to see each other before the ceremony. Our day had been kinda hectic and not going quite as planned before the first look and I think by the time we were to that moment in the timeline for the days events all we wanted was each other. We met in the garden at the Hermitage and even though it was fall it was still so beautiful. Here are some of our favorite pics from that moment and short period of time.

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That collage above was all real moment. We were so happy to see each other we literally forgot the camera was there. We both enjoyed this moment together so very much. We still talk about it these 4 and a half months later. It was just powerful. Yes I realize there is the moment that the groom sees the bride when she’s walking down the aisle and it is magical but in our opinion this “first look” did not take away from that moment at all. And then of course we ended with some posed shots! Man this was really just the best day ever!

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Wedding Wednesday – Getting Ready

So you may be wondering if in fact there was a wedding and well yes there was. I’m going to post some pics today about the getting ready time and I’ll add more details and fun stuff to future posts but here’s a good start. The night before me and one of my girls stayed at the hotel. My future husband had all of his boys with him at his house. I don’t have enough photos of that girl time or even us getting our makeup on, but if I find some they are totally going to be shared.

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This last shot is me on the way to our first look.  I couldn’t wait to hug him. It had been quite the morning. And my future husband was waiting to see what all the fuss was about this gigantic cupcake dress!

Until next week, Happy Wedding Wednesday!

B

Bring in the Girls

Once we were engaged and we had chose our venue, the next step was to chose who would stand beside us while we said I do to each other. It was easy for me to choose those girls that would stand beside me. My sister of course to be my Matron of Honor, three of my closest friends (seriously I have been friends with these girls since we were 12 years old), and then my new nieces would be my Junior Bridesmaid and my flower girl. Simple lineup huh? But how to ask. There is pin after pin on Pinterest of how to “ask” your girls or even the guys. I’ll do a post on how we did that later. Anyway, I had to come up with an idea and I came up with a plan but I needed my ever talented mother’s help. Here is the picture that lead to my inspiration.

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I decided I wanted to do cookies and ask them in a really fun way. Here are the cookie cutters that I found online to make them.

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We ordered the cookie cutters and my sweet amazing mother that can make anything said that she would help me. She found an amazing cookie recipe and the royal icing recipe so that she could make my vision come to life.

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I purchased these awesome pens that allowed me to write on the royal icing and make it actually legible. So when the cookies were lined up they have the girls name and say “Jennifer Will You Be My” and then the dress is symbol for bridesmaid. And lastly the bell has the date of our wedding. We used the peach and grey that are our wedding colors. There will be another post talking about colors shortly.

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I did the bells myself and I did all of the lettering. I did some of the piping on my heart with the girls’ names and my mommy did like everything else. I try to be a doer and I totally would have done all of this myself but well I’m not as talented as my mommy!

I wrote each girl a personal note about why I would like her to be my bridesmaid and how much she means to me And then I put the note on top and sealed up the boxes. Oh and the cookies were delicious by the way.

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For my younger girls, I found a smaller box and “asked them to by my girls” with a ring pop and an official on one knee proposal. I’m lucky that everyone accepted and the fun is getting better and better. I’m so blessed to have my friends and family that want to share in this special experience with us.

No matter how you choose to ask those special people in your life to stand with you, just remember that it is supposed to be a fun time and when choosing those that are going to stand beside you, just pick those that will make sure that you have a fun time and enjoy the process.

Happy Weddinging.

Love

Becky

 

Our Venue Search 

I have an amazing fiancé who has truly enjoyed being involved with the planning process, at least this is what he tells me and I choose to believe it. But in all seriousness he has had visions for our wedding as much as I have. One of the things that he specifically wanted was a historic chapel. We attended a wedding of some of his friends and the historic venue really touched both of us right in the heart. So we began looking for historic venues and other areas that we found beautiful. Ok well I began searching and provided him with some options.

The first venue that we chose to visit was The Hermitage. This is the historical home of President Andrew Jackson and right near where we both grew up and not too far from where we still live. They had a historic chapel which appealed to my man and they had just a general beautiful and historic feel which appealed to me. Here is a link to all that they have to offer. The Hermitage

We got to visit and explore all of the different sites. That was another appealing part of this venue, there were multiple venues within it. As you can tell from the pictures my honey was thrilled to be visiting this day!

This was the Cabin by the Spring.

This is from the historic chapel and can I just tell you how in love I am with the brick flooring and by the way it’s original.

This was the Tulip Grove mansion. That staircase is what dreams are made of and those chandeliers are just gorgeous. And as we were talking about the property and asking questions, we looked up and

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Yep there were some deer checking us out. Wondering if they were picking a wedding venue of their own!

So needless to say, as we drove away and talked about it, we decided there was literally no point in even visiting the other venues. We were completely in love and picked our Venue! So we are getting married at the historical home of Andrew Jackson, the Hermitage and the only surprise for you later will be specifically which part of the property we actually chose.

How does a couple go about choosing the right venue? Well I wish I had some good advice for you regarding that but well, it was just too easy for us. We literally felt it in our bones while we were there. It just felt like the perfect place for us to start our life together. But here are some recommendations of how to choose from some that are authorities at least more so then me.

WedBites is a blog I found that is just really awesome for all things wedding.Expect me to link back to this page a lot unless they ask me not to!  Lots of great tips in just the right sized doses. Valuable information that you can use and understand. Click here for WedBites take on the venue search.

A Practical Wedding offers up their suggestions here.

And of course there is always the tried and true Bridal Guide.

No matter which options you look at and what venue you choose just remember it’s going to be fun and you should both love the site and be able to see it as the place you say I do! And now that the venue has been selected so many other things can happen!

Can’t wait to share the rest of the story with you. Happy weddinging LOL!

Love

Becky

 

Engaged, Stressed – YES 

  
 
Getting engaged is so exciting. It’s a huge and momentous occasion in anyone’s life and with great happiness comes great responsibility and inevitably great stress. Before I was engaged I had never thought how nerve wracking and consuming it could be for the asker and of course it is profound and maybe even shocking for the one asked. I asked my fiancé to tell me everything about how he felt, how it happened. I wanted to know everything. I’m so glad I asked. And of course he obliged and told me. Probably just to get me to be quiet but hey whatever works. I also accept cotton candy and/or wine. He said, He was nervous. He was nervous when he asked my mom for her blessing. He was nervous when he got down on one knee. He knew I would say yes and he knew my mother would be thrilled. But he was still nervous. It was stress inducing. He couldn’t explain why other than the fact that it was one of the biggest decisions of his entire life. And of course I had to agree. This is forever people. 

Then you say yes and all of a sudden you are engaged. You are to be married and live happily ever after. So for my amazing fiancé there was literally an adrenaline dive afterward. He was exhausted and I couldn’t blame him. We were both so happy but suddenly exhausted. We shared the news with family and close friends. We had a wonderful meal and we slept. We slept like we had never slept before. 

And for many brides to be, this is where their stress suddenly kicks in. All of the questions of when’s the date? Have you picked a dress? Who are the bridesmaids?  Well for me I will forever be thankful that my thoughtful fiancé chose to ask when we were on vacation. We were able to enjoy each other and share in the “wow we are really doing this” excitement just us. Of course we wanted to celebrate with family and friends but those first days of excitement were just for us. 

The excitement doesn’t go away and there is always plenty to share with family and friends and anyone that happens to be in an elevator with you when you just can’t stop staring at your ring. Yes it’s 6 months later and yes I do it daily! He did good man! 

  
He rocked my world by knowing me and knowing “us” and knowing the perfect way to make our moment and time special. So for me when those questions start or when I have to read a venue contract you know if I just get stressed planning or to be honest if I get stressed really with life in general I can take a breath and go back to that moment when he asked me for forever. 

So this Wedding Wednesday is to remind you that yes stress happens and yes it’s ok and as you plan, party and even panic try to go back to that moment when you both had only eyes and hearts for each other and cherish it. You can easily shut out the noise by focusing on the love and that moment or even that place when/where your forever stsrted. 

  
Happy Weddinging (yep that’s my new word) 🙂 

Becky