Let the Sparks Fly!—Becoming a Bride

After what was a pretty restless night, I woke up on our wedding day feeling refreshed and ready to get married. Finally! I can’t really remember what time I woke up, or if I showered or who was already out of bed…all I remember was that the moment my eyes opened, I thought, “Oh holy sh*t. I’m getting married. TODAY.”

Sister Sparkler jumped into action immediately, rounding up Littlest Sis and grabbing breakfast for everyone. Then it was off to get our hair done in Wicker Park. Everything was going so smoothly, everyone was on time, and then I realized…where the heck is ol’ Pirate Sis??? Apparently, my second littlest sister had, ahem, imbibed a bit too much at the rehearsal dinner and wasn’t going to make it to her appointment. OK, deep breath, no big deal. Mom Sparkler is a wiz with hair and I knew she could take care of it later. Plus, my mind was already preoccupied with getting back to the hotel to slip into these pretty things:




My makeup artist was ready and waiting for me when I got back to the room, and I started to get excited when I saw all of her supplies laid out. It was time to get pretty! While I sat there being pampered, I got to really take in everything that was happening around me. Mom Sparkler was in true “Mom mode” asking me a ton of questions and being overly concerned about things (love ya, Mom), while my sisters and bridesmaids actually seemed kind of nervous about the approaching ceremony. It was really sweet, but I remember thinking, “Maybe I should be nervous, too.” But I wasn’t…yet.






Please note Pirate Sis getting her hair done in the chair…Mom Sparkler (and Gatorade) to the rescue!

Once my makeup was done, there was really only one thing left to do—put on that dress! I hate having people fuss over me, so I insisted that I get dressed in the bedroom. My bridesmaids didn’t care, though—they stood firm and watched as my mom helped me into my gown. This is when I almost started to panic. A few sips of my mimosa calmed me down, and I started to laugh a little. I was getting married in, like, 45 minutes! It was starting to feel real.









I just love Bridesmaid M’s face in this shot. :)

Before we left, I gave my girls their gifts. I wanted them to be able to use the cute flats I bought for them at the reception. I really tried to get them something that they could use after the wedding, and I still get excited when I see one of them carrying the bag around.




As we were heading out the door, I realized I’d almost forgotten my trusty Moleskin! You know, the notebook that I had written my wedding vows in? Yeah, that thing. Kinda important. I frantically flipped through it, searching for the very important notes while everyone laughed. I totally understood, too…I mean, who forgets their vows?



Once that crisis was averted, we all gathered together for a quick group shot before heading out the door.



As we left the hotel room, I realized I was really on my way to get married. Nervous as ever, I instructed Sparkler Sis to bring my mimosa with her and not to let anyone stop her from walking down the street with it. As you can tell by the last picture, she was a GREAT maid of honor. :)



Walking down the street in my wedding dress, surrounded by all of my bridesmaids, felt so surreal. It was one of those moments that I didn’t want to end. I could feel the importance of the day weighing on my shoulders, and I honestly started to shake. If I have any advice to give at this point, I would say just BREATHE. Remember that your partner will be waiting for you at the end of that aisle, and all you need to do is get to them. After that, it’s a cake walk. :)

Coming up: I head down my aisle.

Get Caught Up!

The Guys Get Ready

The Night Before the Big Day

Welcome to Chicago!

The Rehearsal Dinner

The Wedding Weekend Begins!

All photos by Avery House


Mrs. Sparkler

Wedding Date:
September 2011
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  1. scepter Member
    scepter 333 posts, Helper bee @ 12:16 pm

    I am so in love with your dress!

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    janaeesiss 285 posts, Helper bee @ 12:33 pm

    i love everything about this… The dress was so beautiful. You just shined that day, CONGRATULATIONS

  3. Member
    MrsACarpenter 725 posts, Busy bee @ 12:39 pm

    So jealous of those shoes. They are amazing! Wonderful photography too.

  4. honey Member
    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:50 pm

    You are just so glamourous!! And I second your advice :)

  5. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:52 pm

    1. You are a gorgeous bride!
    2. I love your dress!
    3. Chevron wrap on the bouquet = amazing!

  6. seahorse Member
    seahorse 31 posts, Newbee @ 12:59 pm

    Oh my gosh, your dress is gorgeous, and you really do glow in it!

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    PeaceLoveLaughter 685 posts, Busy bee @ 1:04 pm

    So beautiful! Love the dress. You looked stunning :)

  8. msdragon Member
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 1:09 pm

    You’re so beautiful! I love your dress.

  9. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:17 pm

    You are a stunning bride! I love everything about your look-your hair, shoes, your dress-it’s perfection!

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    Terryal87 330 posts, Helper bee @ 1:28 pm

    So gorgeous! LOVE. LOVE. LOVE your hair =) Would you mind sharing what your bridesmaids gifts were? If you don’t plan to already….

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    gonnabeMrsHH 466 posts, Helper bee @ 2:30 pm

    You looked stunning!! and i love the bridesmaids their flowers :)

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    gonatgo 434 posts, Helper bee @ 2:37 pm

    Where are the tote bags from? I’ve been looking for some for my bridesmaids

  13. trailmix Member
    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:56 pm

    OMG, you and that dress are just completely mesmerizing!! Gorgeous photos!!

  14. ostrich Member
    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:09 pm

    LOVE the MJ tote bags….i have the denim one! you are one gorgeous bride, girlfriend!

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    FutureMrsSpencer 526 posts, Busy bee @ 4:50 pm

    Looking forward to the rest!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:58 pm

    Y’all look so gorgeous!

  17. Member
    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 6:25 pm

    You look gorgeous!! Love your dress and those shoes!

  18. parasol Member
    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:26 pm

    You and your ladies looks so breathtakingly gorgeous! And you look so calm and relaxed!

  19. misssparkler Member
    misssparkler 488 posts, Helper bee @ 9:15 pm

    @Terryal87: Of course! I got my girls Marc by Marc Jacobs totes from the store here in Chicago and the most adorable flats from City Slips. The shoes go on a big sale on sites like Haute Look often during the year, so def keep an eye out for them! I am really so proud of the budget I stuck to for these gifts. If you want the nitty gritty breakdown, just send me a message and I’ll give you all the details :)

  20. Pincushion Member
    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:18 am

    So beautiful! Love your dress (like everyone else has already said!)

  21. Member
    cupkate 23 posts, Newbee @ 7:23 am

    You look stunning! The back of your dress is gorgeous.

  22. Member
    Missido 813 posts, Busy bee @ 10:05 am

    I LOVE your dress. You all looked so beautiful!!

  23. coyote Member
    coyote 1933 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:28 am

    Oh my gosh, you look so beautiful Sparkler!! And I love your dress… it’s perfect for you!

  24. Member
    cicijapan 263 posts, Helper bee @ 7:37 pm

    I love your dress! Congrats!

  25. Member
    kmnowlan 207 posts, Helper bee @ 5:16 am

    You look beautiful Sparkler and so happy!!!

  26. Member
    SarahConnors 152 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:05 pm

    Oh my gosh you looked absolutely STUNNING!!!! You’re so beautiful!
    And what a gorgeous bridal party :)

  27. Member
    3Polkadots 33 posts, Newbee @ 12:21 pm

    I love your ‘maids flowers. May I ask what they are?? I have been having trouble finding any flowers I like.

  28. Member
    zagora 767 posts, Busy bee @ 4:57 pm

    I didn’t have dress regret until this very moment! I want to get married all over again just to wear the same dress as you! It’s amazing!

  29. misssparkler Member
    misssparkler 488 posts, Helper bee @ 7:57 pm

    @3Polkadots: They’re mokara orchids, hydrangeas and berzillia berries! :)

  30. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:56 pm

    You, my dear, are the epitome of elegance. Your whole bridal look is perfection… down to the moleskin notebook containing your vows. And your MOH ROCKS!

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