Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Our Perfect Day: First Site, Part II

And now for the remaining pictures of our first site (I will shut up and let the pictures do the talking.......maybe):




The building behind us is Simon Properties. All the shoppers out there can appreciate that building! :-) I sure do!

The water fountain was not working that day (probably a good thing because there is a good chance I would have fallen in). Apparently the Simon's did not get the memo that I was getting married that day. Oh well! lol The fountain still made a great platform for pictures.

Awe! Hubs is so courteous.....helping me down because we all know that I probably would have fallen if I attempted to step down on my own! It's true!

And his reward for being so courteous.....a kiss from yours truly!

This picture was Hubs idea. He saw how I was carrying my train around (real dainty, I know but the darn thing was so heavy) so he decided to copy my ubberly cool trend (or mock me....haven't decided yet) and throw his tux coat over his shoulder.

Once pictures were done we headed back to the hotel to round up the bridal party so we could head out for pictures! Pretty sure that our photographer, Angela, and videographer, Bob, had NO idea what was in store next!

As I continue down the road of recaps let me know if there is anything you want to see/hear more about or see/hear less of (granted if you told me you wanted to see/hear less about my wedding my feelings might get hurt and I might cry at my desk for the rest of the day but I would eventually get over it.....possibly). lol

I still have lots of recaps and am trying to make sure that I include everything so bear with me.

All professional pictures are by Angela Talley Photography. Please give due credit when posting any pictures. Thanks!

Up next: Location 1- The Canal

Previously Posted:
First Site, Part I
Gifts
Getting Dressed and a Special Visitor
The Dress and Accessories
The Hair and Makeup
Rise and Shine!
Post Rehearsal Dinner
Rehearsal Dinner
Rehearsal


Great News! I just found out that our video will be done this week! Yay! You know what that means, I will be posting clips from our wedding.....hopefully......as long as I can figure it out! ha!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Our Perfect Day: First Site, Part I

Hubs and I decided to see each other prior to the wedding ceremony. I was a huge advocate of this for three reasons- a.) I thought I might be a little too emotional/big ball of nerves if I waited to see Hubs until I walked down the aisle, b.) I really wanted to take all of our pictures/bridal party pictures prior to the ceremony so everyone could enjoy cocktail hour, and c.) I wanted some down time with Hubs prior to the ceremony, prior to the craziness beginning.

Boy am I glad that we saw each other prior to the ceremony. I wouldn't have wanted it any differently!

First Site Location- The garden area between the Westin Hotel and Simon Properties.

Traditionally I have seen the groom wait for the bride to come surprise him but we did it opposite. I was positioned around a corner in the garden area waiting for Hubs. Hubs wasn't able to see me until he turned the corner. Of course that didn't stop me from anxiously peeking around the corner! I love the smile on his face when he turns the corner and sees me!






I love, love love this set of three pictures! We have a large blank wall in our bedroom and I am thinking that these might be wall hangers! What do you think?!?

Recommendations-

See each other prior to the wedding. Remember, this is my recommendation and I know that other people feel differently and I totally respect that but I was so happy we saw each other prior to the ceremony. Seeing each other made life so much easier! Would you like to know why?
  1. All our pictures were done prior to the ceremony so we were able to thoroughly enjoy cocktail hour instead of running around trying to get pictures done. In return, cocktail hour lasted the allotted time.....no more, no less. I once attended a wedding in which cocktail hour turned into a 2 1/2 hour fiasco because the pictures were lasting longer than the bridal party originally thought. That equated to annoyed, hungry, drunk guests. I know that it is the brides/grooms day but that is still very rude to your guests.
  2. We were able to travel as a group to the different picture destinations and didn't have to worry about some elaborate scheme to prevent us from seeing each other. It was stressful enough trying to keep Hubs from seeing me before I was ready, I couldn't imagine trying to keep that up. Want proof? See this post.
  3. There were lots of fun times to be had prior to the ceremony with our bridal party. Once the reception started we didn't get that one on one time with our bridal party and let's face it- your bridal party consists of your closest friends and family, ie- the people you want to spend the most time with (other than your spouse, obviously).
  4. Things turned a lot more hectic after the ceremony so it was harder for Hubs and I to have that alone time and those special moments. Your friends and family are congratulating you, you are trying to get your dress bustled, veil out of your hair, figure out where you need to be next, corraling the bridal party for introductions, etc. Stephanie did an AH-MAZING job of taking care of EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING! But even then you still have a lot of people talking to you and dragging you all over the place. And once the reception begins.....kiss all alone time away! You are busy dancing, eating, talking....in my case more talking then eating.......spending at least 15 minutes with 3 bridesmaids attempting to hold up your dress just so you can find the toilet so you can go pee.....I'm telling you, very tricky!!! lol
  5. I had set aside lots of time for pictures of our first site. We had lots of one on one time and we loved every second of it. We walked around, talked and mostly just enjoyed being in each others presence. It was very calming and peaceful. Everything that had been running through my brain was instantly gone.....I didn't have a care or concern in the world! I was just happy to spend that time with the man I was about to marry. Words didn't need to be spoken....just being with each other was enough!
Scope out your first site location prior to the big day. I did not do this. Thank goodness for our photographer, Angela! She had spied out the location earlier and had all the details worked out in her mind.

All professional pictures are by Angela Talley Photography. Please give due credit when posting any pictures. Thanks!

Up next: First Site, Part II (sorry, there are a ton of pictures that I love and I couldn't decide between so I am stretching this out)

Previously Posted:
Gifts
Getting Dressed and a Special Visitor
The Dress and Accessories
The Hair and Makeup
Rise and Shine!
Post Rehearsal Dinner
Rehearsal Dinner
Rehearsal


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Our Perfect Day: Gifts

Hubs was hanging out with his groomsmen when Stephanie and the rest of the entourage (meaning photographer, videographer, cousin, and others) delivered his wedding present. After hubs had opened up his gift he sent Stephanie back up to the suite with my wedding gift.

When the entourage finally came back I had LOTS of questions, like- "Did he like it?!?", "What was his reaction?!?", "Are you sure he liked it?!?", etc. Of course it really killed me because Angela Talley and Bob Ridge of Indy Visual had captured the whole event but refused to show me. I am not a patient person so waiting to get the pictures back to see was VERY hard.

Here is hubs opening his present (which was a watch):

He has no idea what he is about to find underneath that wrapping paper!
I LOVE the groups reaction!!!!! Very animated!


Pretty sure he loved it! I caught him all day checking out his new toy! Haha!

And here is pictures of me opening up my gift from hubs:
Pure excitement! I knew instantly that he had purchased a piece of jewelry because the wrapping paper was the same paper that Hofmeister Personal Jewelers uses whenever someone purchases jewelry from them. Hehe!

I absolutely love this picture! We were on the top floor of the Westin so the views were beautiful!

And I lost it for the second time that day! Instant water works!

Bridesmaids, mom, and MIL's reactions.
It's funny to think about how guys and girls react differently. Angela definitely captured that! The guys had the "NO WAY!!!!" reaction while the girls had the "AWE!!! That is soooo sweet!" reaction.


My momma helping me put my necklace on while I continue with the water works


I had told hubs a while back that I really wanted a cross necklace. When I first saw this necklace I fell in LOVE with it. If you look closely you can see that there are two crosses.....those two crosses can be worn separately or together. Love the flexibility!

Funny Story: The first time I saw this necklace was last year while Christmas shopping with my dad. He almost bought this EXACT necklace for my mom as a Christmas present. I didn't think my mom would really care for a cross necklace so we ended up picking out a different piece for her (don't worry.....her piece is glamorous). Good thing!!! Haha! So now my mom teases me and tells me that I must have known what I was doing all along.

All professional pictures are by Angela Talley Photography. Please give due credit when posting any pictures. Thanks!

Up next: First Sight

Previously Posted:
Getting Dressed and a Special Visitor
The Dress and Accessories
The Hair and Makeup
Rise and Shine!
Post Rehearsal Dinner
Rehearsal Dinner
Rehearsal

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Our Perfect Day: Getting Dressed and a Special Visitor

Story time.....I almost forgot to tell you all about this.....silly me!

After the limo dropped us off at the Westin from getting our hair done we made our way to the elevators so we could grab some lunch and start getting dressed. My bridesmaids did a quick perimeter check to make sure that the groom to be was no where in sight. They even interrogated a couple groomsmen who assured them that the groom was in the suite and was not coming down anytime soon.

So there stood all 8 bridesmaids, my mom, my MIL, my niece (the flower girl), the photographer and videographer, a couple groomsmen and me- all waiting on the elevator. As the elevator was coming one of my bridesmaids turned and said, "Watch.....just our luck, Rich will be on that elevator." The groomsmen continued to assure us that he was still up in the room.

As the doors of the elevator opened there stood my handsome soon-to-be husband. Panic amongst the group erupted! I ducked behind my girls while another bridesmaid shoved a basket in front of hub's face to obscure his view (pretty sure he got whacked in the face with the basket....sorry baby). People were screaming at the party on the elevator to shut the door while the group of bridemaids that I was hiding behind shuffled their way towards another elevator that had just opened up. Pretty sure the videographer captured all of this.....at least I hope so! I will definitely be posting that video if that is the case! :-) Big sighs of relief were released on the elevator. Mission accomplished- the groom did not see the bride thanks to the quickness of my bridesmaids! Thanks ladies!

Once upstairs we quickly chowed down on good ol' Jimmy John's that I had delivered to the hotel for the entire bridal party. After eating it was time to get dressed.

Stephanie (be sure to check out Stephanie's new url), Trace and my mom helping me into my dress. Boy was it a major task! I felt like an olympic diver diving into that dress......more like an awkward drowning person attempting to make their way to the surface for air. hehe

Stephanie, Jessica, Debbie and Trace


Once I was dressed I was informed that a visitor was on their way up to see me. I anxiously awaited their arrival.
My daddy (yes, I still refer to him as daddy.....don't judge me...lol) wanted to see me in my wedding dress prior to the ceremony because he was so afraid that he would lose it if he waited until it was time to walk me down the aisle. I had only seen my daddy cry two other times in my life up until that day. I can now officially say that I have seen him cry three times in my life. Of course as soon as I saw his eyes tear up I lost it! Thanks daddy!
And if you thought I lost it when I saw my dad tear up......my mom was a water works factory when she saw the two of us tearing up. Poor mom!

All professional pictures are by Angela Talley Photography. Please give due credit when posting any pictures. Thanks!

Recommendations:
  1. Eat prior to getting dressed. I know things are crazy but make sure you allow some extra time to get something into your stomach because you probably will not eat much at all until you are back your hotel room after the wedding and reception are over. Don't assume that you will be able to eat your dinner at the reception because a lot of times it doesn't happen so eating prior to pictures and the ceremony is crucial.
  2. Make time for those special moments. I am so glad that I built in lots of cushion time because it allowed for me to have those special moments with my family and friends.
  3. Getting into your dress does NOT take long at all. If it wasn't for the photographer trying to capture the moment I would have been in that dress a lot faster. Note: I did not have a bodice that needed to be laced up.....do allow extra time if your dress has a laced up bodice.
Up next: Gifts
Previously Posted:
The Dress and Accessories
The Hair and Makeup
Rise and Shine!
Post Rehearsal Dinner
Rehearsal Dinner
Rehearsal

Monday, October 5, 2009

Our Perfect Day: The Dress and Accessories

I found my wedding dress at Brides By Demetrios back in October 2008 (you can read about it here and here). It has been VERY VERY VERY hard to keep my dress a secret but I had to since friends, family and Hubs reads this little ol' blog. But since the wedding has come and gone I can now share with the blogging world my wedding dress!

So, I give you......my dress:
My dress was a complete princess/ball gown dress and I felt like a princess wearing it! I LOVED it!!!!
Demetrios Princess Collection Style #9650 (the picture on their website doesn't even show you what the dress really looks like)

And now on to my accessories:
Clockwise starting with the top left:
1. Handkerchief- my mom and dad bought me a handkerchief on their latest trip to Europe which I wrapped around the stem of my bouquet. She also let me borrow a handkerchief that was given to my her as a wedding gift while on their honeymoon in Europe by a Swiss business man that my dad did business with. He told her: "
Into each marriage comes tears of joy and tears of sadness but may the tears of joy out number the tears of sadness.
"
2. Two garters from
The Garter Maker by Monde Design (one with a bulldog charm)
3. Custom hangers made by
Erin Borges (on Etsy)
4.
Clutch from J. Crew

My mom sewed my dress tag into my dress the day before the wedding. LOVED my dress tag (also my something blue)!
Dress tag by Monde Design


I loved my shoes!!!! Too bad they weren't very comfortable. I also had a pair of heels that matched the bridesmaids shoes.....not so comfy either! I was dying to break out the flip flops! Steve Madden

We had our rings custom made by Hofmeister Personal Jewelers. The rings were perfect! If you have been a follower of my blog than you know that we had encountered some drama with Hubs ring (if not you can read about it here). We literally ran to pick up his ring on the north side of town, went home to load our vehicles and then headed downtown to get everything dropped off before rehearsal/rehearsal dinner. Talk about cutting it close!

Recommendations:
  1. If you are having your dress steamed and pressed try to have it done as close to the wedding as possible so that it will be fresh and wrinkle free for the wedding. Once it has been steamed and pressed make sure you hang it up somewhere where you can open the bag and let the train hang out (if you have a train) to avoid wrinkles. BUT make sure this is a safe place where a.) no animals can get to it and b.) where your future hubs can't sneak a peak. I picked up my dress the Thursday before our wedding and immediately took the dress to my mom's house (hubs would have seen it at our house and we have two dogs.....one of which I don't trust as far as I can throw him which isn't far considering he weighs 59 lbs)
Up next: Getting Dressed and Ready to Go!

Previously:

Rise and Shine!
Post Rehearsal Dinner
Rehearsal Dinner
Rehearsal

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Our Perfect Day: The Hair and Makeup

Preface: I have a TON of pictures to share with you so I apologize for this being so long!

After the limo bus picked us up at the Westin we headed to Exclusives Salon & Day Spa to get our hair done or as hubs would say 'our hair did'. My bridesmaid's aunt is not only my regular hairdresser but her and her husband own the salon. The salon is in a cute, old house.....perfect for pictures! The upstairs has been turned into a bridal party room which was great. We could be loud, fix our mimosa's and not worry about disturbing other patrons. It was definitely a great start to the day!



I loved, loved, loved my hair!

Say hello to my pimp cup! haha! Rich's aunt gave me this adorable wine glass as a bridal shower gift. Mmmmmm.......mimosa's in the morning!

(Paloma, MOH)


(Jessica of Tying the Knot)

Beth Jerrels of Champagne & Lipstick, LLC came to the salon to do my makeup. She is AH-MAZING! If you are an Indy bride I highly, highly recommend her! At my makeup trial I handed the reigns over to Beth and she nailed it! I couldn't have been happier with my wedding day look!

(Tara, Rylie, and Debbie)
Ry (the flowergirl) had the cutest little tank top and jean skirt that had "I'm the Flower Girl" embrodered on the front of the top and the butt of her skirt. Her mother does a fantastic job of making sure that she is stylin!



(Trace)
I LOVE this picture. I dunno what it is about it but I love it!

Texting the hubs! :-D

Ry loved getting her hair done. She did such a good job sitting still!


(Adrienne)

After we were done at the salon we all piled into the limo to head back to the hotel for some lunch and to get dressed.

Vendor Reviews-

Vendor: Exclusives Salon & Day Spa
Grade: A+
Comments: The private upstairs room was perfect for our bridal party- very spacious. All the girls brought their makeup and were able to do their makeup in between getting hair done (very convenient). The hair dressers did a GREAT job on everyone's hair. They all looked gorgeous! I know I am bias but I had some very hot bridesmaids. All the groomsmen sure agreed with me! :-)
The prices were VERY reasonable ($30-$60/person) and the salon was very timely. I was worried about my timeline but they made sure we were out of there on time.

Vendor: Beth Jerrels of Champagne and Lipstick, LLC
Grade: A+
Comments: Beth made me feel like a princess but at the same time I still felt like myself! I didn't feel like the makeup was globbed on and trust me....if it was my blunt hubs would tell me. I cannot believe I am admitting this but the makeup was still flawless by the next day (yes, I was too tired/lazy to wash my face that night....don't judge me). Her pricing is very reasonable. I cannot say enough about Beth! Indy brides.....call her! I promise, you won't be disappointed!


Recommendations:
  1. Get your makeup and hair done - you will have so much on your mind. The last thing you want to worry about is your makeup and hair. Your makeup will last so much longer if you get it done professionally (ie- makeup still look pretty darn good the next day.....okay, judge away).
  2. Airbrushing- try to find a makeup artist that does airbrushing. I do not wear powder or foundation regularly so the thought of wearing it on my wedding day didn't really appeal to me. Airbrushing makes you look flawless and it is so light you do not even notice you are wearing anything. And when you get hot and sweaty from dancing......no shine! LOVED IT!
  3. Allow lots of cushion time for hair and makeup - I built in cushion time for this but luckily we really didn't need it. Things can and will go wrong so please do not add stress....build in cushion time (this can be said for the entire day).
  4. Trial Run- in my opinion this is a must! Your stress levels will be soooo much lower. I walked into the salon that morning, plopped into my chair and chatted with my friends knowing that everything was under control. Just because a hair style looks great in pictures doesn't mean that it will look the same on you or even be feasible depending on your hair length/texture (trust me.....I learned this in my trial). Same can be said with makeup. In the end.....totally worth the money!
  5. Brooches make GREAT hair pieces - I never was able to find a hair clip that I liked so I opted for a brooch. I wanted something simple but didn't have any luck. Two days before the wedding I was running errands and popped into the Swarovski store and found exactly what I was looking for. My hairdresser just used to bobby pins to secure it and it stayed in my hair all night! Here is an up close look at my brooch:

All professional pictures are by Angela Talley Photography. Please give due credit when posting any pictures. Thanks!

Up next: The Dress and Accessories

Previously:
Rise and Shine!
Post Rehearsal Dinner
Rehearsal Dinner
Rehearsal