Saturday, October 31, 2009

Preceremony Photos

This post is ridiculously picture-heavy and I apologize. There are just too many cute, beautiful and/or funny pictures to narrow it down much more than this.

Since the park down the road from our venue was closed, we took our bridal party portraits down on the golf course next to the venue instead. And since it had been raining for days and days, and we still wanted to look nice for y'know.. the actual wedding, we all got to prance around giant mud patches.

I guess it's pretty obvious that we skipped on that whole not-seeing-each-other tradition. Maybe it would've been nice if we hadn't had the opportunity to snap at each other the morning of as stresses piled up - like the fact that I hadn't heard from our venue's event coordinator for nearly a week, and various things hadn't been finalized. Awesome. Overall though, I have no regrets about seeing Opie before the ceremony. It was nice to have a little while to just laugh and relax with him and our best friends before the ceremony.

Also, my dress was far from a surprise. He helped me get ready for my bridal portraits back in April.

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned that we're ridiculous?

I'm pretty sure you can hear someone going "Awwww" when you look at ^that^ photo. Or maybe I'm just hearing things in my head. It happens.

One of my favorites of the whole group. From left to right, Bridesman Michael, Flowergirl Elise, Sister of Honor Jessie, Me!, Opie, Best Man Justin, Bridemaid Kelsey, Groomsman Marshall.


Flowergirl Elise had been boasting for quite some time about her role in the wedding. Being a flowergirl comes with major status in preschool, I hear. She told me that she was going to dance at our wedding like she had never danced before.

I believe her! :) She danced all night long.

With Elise dismissed to go warm up before the ceremony (have I mentioned yet that it was probably about 50 degrees and dropping while we were taking these photos?), it was time for smaller group photos.

Skeptical Mary is skeptical.

Furthermore, silly boys are silly.


Yup. Very silly.

See, my side of the bridal party, we're all composed 'n' stuff.

Orrrr not.

Yeah. Not so much. Oh well. We try.

Poor Opie.

I'm only including ^this^ particular photo as proof, as the rest are too completely unflattering (not that this one isn't, really, but at least most everyone else looks weird too. Ha. You're welcome, guys.) but it's terrifying how many photos feature my sister and I with the exact. same. facial expression. Gah. See, we laugh in unison. We both have this obnoxious "EEEAaaaahhhhh" noise that we make at the end of a good, long laugh. And we always make that noise in unison. And then freak out and vow never to do it again, to no avail. [sigh]

Oh, my friends. I love them.

And my sister. I love her too. :]

A nongoofy shot for posterity.

Group shots finished, it was time for some "duets" as Jenna refers to them. Since we never found the time to get engagement portraits, I was very excited to have some nice photos of us.

Mission Accomplished.

Mission so accomplished that I'm having a very hard time picking photos to print and frame. I'll just let these myriad favorites speak for themselves.

Oh red pumps, how awesome thou art. I've already worn them so many times since the wedding.

And here's Opie's boutonniere that my sister, mom and I made the day before the wedding. Those are acorns from the live oak in our front yard, and leftover wheat from my bouquet. :]

I snagged a very handsome fellow, I must say.

Although I already had a slew of bridal portraits, I'm glad to also have a few shots like this from the wedding day.

But the best ones are the ones that show how happy we are as we approach our wedding.

"Bridal glow"? Not a myth.

All photos by Jenna Cole, unless otherwise denoted by watermark as Lynn Nguyen's.
I purchased a disc of unedited high resolution photos from Jenna, so all photos by her have been edited by me for the purpose of sharing them with you.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Getting Ready

I'll start my wedding day recaps where our photos start. Getting ready. Just photos of me getting ready, really, since the boys got ready about 25 minutes away from me, my attendants all got ready in other rooms, and everyone else was off setting up the venue in the limited time we had after the morning event ended and before ours began.

Kirsten and another girl from Osgood O'Neil whose name I have sadly forgotten arrived at my parents' house right on time to make the magic happen with my hair.

Magic. Magic, I tell you.

My sister was there with me the whole time, replenishing my snacks (since I kind of forgot to eat breakfast and lunch. Whoops), taking bets on how stressed our mom was out at the venue set-up, and being generally silly. After several high-stress days leading up to the wedding, a little silly sister time is precisely what the doctor ordered.

Us, sisters? Never.

Our lovely photographer Jenna Cole and our second shooter Lynn Nguyen absconded with my dress and other bits of my ensemble.

My dress wandered into my neighbor's tree.

My blackbeard wheat bouquet popped up in several places, along with its buddy little toss bouquet, both of which I made.

My gussied-up dollar store garter traveled outside.

My bridesmaids' baby's breath bouquets hung out in their water where they belonged.

And my shoes caught some rare rays on our day of dreary skies.

I went ahead and did my makeup while I waited for my mom to get home from the venue.

My awesome polka dotted 70s-collar-action shirt was my grandmother's, thankyouverymuch.

Momma finally got home and helped me into my dress, despite the fact that I have crazy double-jointed gumby arms (as Opie calls them) and can zip up my own clothes.

There's just something sweet about having your mom help you into your wedding dress.

Then it was time to step up into my killer pumps.

Ohhhhhh yeah.

And time to wrestle my veil into place.

More wrestling needed.

And still a little more. This veil that my mom and I made is not exactly an exact science.

Veil finally in place, hugs are needed.

Eeee. I love my mom. :)

With everyone ready to go, it's time to coordinate with the boys to meet up for pre-ceremony photos. It's now that I learn the park where we had planned to take said photos is closed. Oh well. I'm in such a good mood that I could care less. We'll figure something else out.

And we're off!

All photos by Jenna Cole, unless otherwise denoted by watermark.
I purchased a disc of unedited high resolution photos from Jenna, so all photos by her have been edited by me for the purpose of sharing them with you.