We Start Today: Me and My Girls

Once I was finally able to break free from the bridal suite, it was time take some photos with my favorite girls in the world!

All Photos by Palos Studio


So happy to finally be outside!


This photo is such perfection. The girls’ orange dresses really pop against the greenery.


I love this picture even though MOH N’s eyes are closed…


When you tell a group of girls who majored in theater to look at each other and laugh you know they will deliver.


Then tell them to strike a pose, and this is what you get:



Notice Bridesmaid L on the left peeking through her flowers….


In this photo she is trying to hide all but one eye.


Apparently, when we were looking at bridesmaid dresses at David’s Bridal, there was a girl doing this in one of the catalogues. Bridesmaid L thought it must be the “thing” now.


Then I was encouraged to do my “thing.” I can close one eye fully while keeping the other eye completely open. Mr. Castle calls it my broken doll look, or my owl eye. It usually comes out when I’m annoyed. It’s what I do instead of rolling my eyes.


Close up of my owl eye look. Being able to do this makes putting on eye makeup a breeze!

Next, I took some individual photos with each of my girls starting with MOH N. They told us to look at each other and we both immediately started tearing up. This amazing woman and I met when we were ten. I was her Maid of Honor eight years earlier, and here we were on my wedding day. It didn’t take much for us to get emotional.


After we looked at each other for like a second, I laughed and said, “Yeah not a good idea.” You can see MOH N in the final photo fighting back tears. I had to keep it together because I still had to take photos with all my other ladies.



After each gal took a photo with me, they moved over a bit and got some individual shots.


Look at these beautiful ladies! Each girl wore their own unique necklace and accessories. They were complemented on their choices all day!


My gorgeous MOH looking totally flawless after her emotion moment. Can you believe this women has three children???


Before we went back into hiding the bridal suite, I needed to get a shoe picture! I let the ladies work out what they wanted to wear shoe wise. I didn’t really care if they matched or not. MOH N rocked the leopard shoes. It was a nice way for her to stand out a bit. The other ladies decided to go with a neutral tone. I loved all their choices of accessories and foot wear.

Did you choose your bridesmaids’ accessories or did you let them do their own thing?


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

We arrive at our venue and Mr. Castle asks for some makeup

With the help of my Mom and bridesmaids I get into my dress!

I take some solo shots of me as a bride

My handsome groom and his men

Some family shots and first look regret


Mrs. Castle

NYC/Southern California
Wedding Date:
April 2012
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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    Dublin, Guest @ 12:15 pm

    Love the wedding images, so pretty and different, The dresses are so vibrant and really compliment the white wedding dress.

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    happyface 5777 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:17 pm

    I love that shade of orange and all the different shoes! So cool!

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    MissHydrant 38 posts, Newbee @ 12:43 pm

    I absolutely LOVE MOH N’s necklace – where did she get it?!?

    I agree with Dublin that the orange is so vibrant and really looks amazing with your white dress!

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:53 pm

    Thank you ladies so much. I am so happy with the choices we made and how great it all looked together!

    @MissHydrant: She got it at a store called Francesca’s collection. I had never heard of them before but I guess it’s a chain. This is their website http://www.francescas.com

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    otter 1321 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:04 pm

    I LOVE the individual photos with your girls, I think those look beautiful and make for a special moment with each girl. :)

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:27 pm

    I just love the look of the orange and the green, it’s fantastic.

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    Irish_in_Oxford 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:28 pm

    Wow, that “broken doll” face scared the crap out of me!! :) What a skill! Gorgeous photos, love the pop of colour in the dresses.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:42 pm

    I just love all the orange!

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:49 pm

    @Miss Otter: Thanks! It was really special to have that moment with each of the girls.

    @Irish_in_Oxford: Hahahaha it does have a tendency to freak people out. I have friends who can’t look at me when I’m doing it and most of the time it’s not intentional! It just happens! Lol

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:14 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that all the ladies had different accent necklaces and shoes – such a great contrast of matchy, yet unique. Y’all are so pretty!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:29 pm

    I really love the orange. It’s not a color that I ever thought I could rock, but now I’m dying to try.

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:40 pm

    @Miss Panda: You could totally rock orange! And it’s so “in” this year :)

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 7:13 pm

    I am in love with the bridesmaids dresses and the single shots of you and your ladies! I think it’s always lovely to kind of celebrate each of them by doing singular photos.

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    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 9:05 pm

    these photos came out super cute! I LOVE your bridesmaids dresses! I lust over them in every post! They’re so flirty and fun! I also am a huge fan of the mismatched shoes and jewelery…each girl was able to bring a bit of her personality into the look!

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    FutureMrsSpencer 526 posts, Busy bee @ 6:57 am

    Your photos came out awesome! My girls are choosing everything of their own. I just told them satin short black dresses. I trust them on the jewelry front and shoe front. I just gave the guideline of no super high platforms but after seeing your girls in their shoes, I think I might take that back.

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:06 am

    @FutureMrsSpencer: That will look great! Yeah all my girls, myself included are shorties so I knew they all would wear high platform heels. I think MOH N won for tallest shoes. They were 5 inch platform heels!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:36 am

    I absolutely adore all of this! I am going with pink and orange for my wedding and always dreamed of orange bridesmaid dresses. Thanks for giving me hope that there are good ones out there, and I’m so happy to see how great they look against the greenery (we’re hoping for a garden wedding)!!!

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:57 am

    @Blonde17Jess: Yay for orange bridesmaids dresses! Some of my family thought I was crazy but when they finally saw them in person they loved the orange dresses. There are a ton of great orange dresses out there!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:33 am

    I adore that shade of orange. The dresses are so adorable!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:53 am

    Serious question: is the eye thing an anomaly?! I do it all the time (specifically when I’m drinking or annoyed, like you) and get teased about it 24/7. I didn’t realize it was unique! Lol.

    I love the way your dresses look against the backgrounds. Orange on its own isn’t a color I love, but I LOVE it in these photos and on your girls!

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    steph01924 308 posts, Helper bee @ 12:26 pm

    You all look beautiful! I love the mismatched accessories/shoes on your BMs.

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:21 pm

    I love the dresses the bridesmaids wore!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:44 am

    Awwww Mrs Castle these photos are glorious! I love how the light hits your hair! And the owl photo cracked me up! Of course I was then winking at my computer trying to do the same thing lol!

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:28 am

    @StephK527: Yes! Not that many people can do it with out squinting their open eye. Next time you get teased ask them if they can do it! Then tell them it makes you special :)

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    cicijapan 263 posts, Helper bee @ 2:46 am

    LOVE your pictures! That orange is gorgeous

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    shelby, Guest @ 7:25 am

    What is this color of bridesmaid dress called?

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:53 am

    They were Alfred Angelo dresses and I believe the color was called Orange Sunset

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