We Start Today: We Have Arrived!

We arrived at our venue and were immediately greeted by our photographers, Erin and Louis! They were already busy taking some detail shots. The staff at Padua had already set up everything I had brought to our rehearsal and it looked amazing!

Photography by the amazing Palos Studio


Arriving and admiring the venue

Tammy, our go to person from Padua for the day, had already hung my dress and taken it out of it’s garment bag by the time I made it to the bridal room. She was such a sweetheart and took amazing care of us throughout the whole day! Since she had already handled my dress, I began organizing my things and giving Erin my jewelry and shoes to start photographing.

About fifteen minutes after our arrival the boys arrived! I was pretty much locked up in the bridal room until told otherwise. As I said in my post about wedding superstitions, Mr. Castle wanted his first time seeing me to be while I was walking down the aisle. So, while he was out and about, I was not allowed to leave the room. :(

While I was locked up, Mr. Castle and his groomsmen ran a sound check for the ceremony music.




Mr. Castle might kill me for sharing this…but I’m going to anyway. :) At some point singer J came into the bridal suite and said Mr. Castle wanted one of the girls to come out with some cover up for his face. Apparently he had a stress volcano brewing and wanted it covered up. Bridesmaids S & L to the rescue!


The ladies in green making Mr. C look pretty

Meanwhile, I was awaiting the arrival of my Mother who was running late…I was anxious to get into my dress, but wanted to wait until she arrived. When she finally did arrive she was very frazzled with nerves and excitement. She caught me off guard by coming in for a huge hug.



While this was happening I remember thinking, “I’m not ready to cry yet.” It wasn’t because I didn’t want to ruin my makeup or make an ugly cry face, it was more that I was happy and didn’t want to miss anything going on around me. I wanted to capture every moment and surely tears would get in the way of that!

Before the girls got into their dresses we took some pictures in our robes!



The simple direction to look at each other and smile turned into giggling bride and bridesmaids


My Mom and the girls all got dressed, which meant next up it was my turn!

How did you feel when you arrived at your venue on your wedding day?


Miss a recap? Check it out below!

We start at the end with a surprise wedding video!

We rehearse

Our rehearsal luncheon

We start the day with singing, dancing, and an earthquake

I get my hair and makeup done


Mrs. Castle

NYC/Southern California
Wedding Date:
April 2012
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  1. msfairy Member
    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 5:48 am

    I actually love the picture of your bridesmaids helping Mr. C out. Such pro’s!

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    Beltacular 51 posts, Worker bee @ 6:22 am

    I love the robes you are all wearing- where did you get them?

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    rivendeler 1244 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:12 am

    I was soooo nervous I could feel my heart on my throat!!!

  4. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:48 am

    I love the look fo the robes, they look so comfortable and relaxed but still cute.

  5. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:48 am

    Everyone looks so beautiful, and I just love the pictures with your mom!

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    pinkpre 132 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:01 am

    I have been eyeing these robes for WEEKS! Love the way they look on you and your girls :)

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:25 am

    No judgment on the cover-up for Mr. C. I’ve always thought it was silly that boys aren’t “allowed” to use makeup to cover up pimples. That seems unfair!

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    Sa0306 122 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:31 pm

    So cute, I love the robes.

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 10:02 pm

    I love the all robe photo-classic!

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    sweetbee29 525 posts, Busy bee @ 12:46 am

    I Wish I would have seen these beautiful robes before I purchased mine. They’re fab!!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:51 am

    OHH the excitement and anticipation on your face is amazing!

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:11 am

    Luh-hu-huuuuve the robes! So cute about Mr. C needing a bit of a touch up, too – hey, it happens!

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    futureMFG 283 posts, Helper bee @ 1:31 pm

    Love all of these pictures and I adore those robes! They’re so fun and much more unique than the traditional robes we see :)

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