The Merry Minks: A Reintroduction

Hello, hive!

In the months since our wedding, I’ve posted about a few things I never covered during our planning. I also wrote a few of the traditional posts that bee bloggers post over the course of writing for Weddingbee. With images in hand, it’s now time to start our recaps.

Perhaps it’s best to reintroduce myself for those who found Weddingbee after our planning ended and our marriage began. I started blogging for the bee last November. Mr. Mink and I met at a concert through a mutual friend. I was the city girl from the north and he was the outdoorsy guy from the south. On the surface, we might look like opposites, but we share a love of music, travel, animals, and great food. We never felt pressured to get married, but talked about it a lot after a few years together. Just before our fifth anniversary, Mr. Mink proposed on the beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Our golden retriever is constantly with us and Mr. Mink suggested calling him Junior Mink on Weddingbee. Junior Mink was with us when we got engaged and we thought it made sense to include him on our save the date card. We debated having him at our wedding for a while and we wound up hiring a dog loving woman who has an errand service to watch him on our big day.

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We searched for venues with an outdoor ceremony in mind. After considering many options, we settled on a venue that wasn’t built yet because we loved their plans, trusted their team, and were getting a discount on the rates they’d charge once they were built. When the venue finally opened, it was gorgeous and it quickly became one of the most sought after venues in the area!

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Though I haven’t been particularly excited in fashion in recent years, I became interested in wedding gowns. My dress search started with an appointment made to help a friend get pictures for a newspaper article she was writing about wedding gown shopping. After that appointment, I realized that I preferred to shop for a wedding gown alone. My wedding gown search came to an abrupt end when I won a one-of-a-kind dress by Jorge Manuel. I flew to Charleston to pick up my dress, which I had never seen in person before. A year later, Jorge asked me to help him announce the next winner of one of his beautiful gowns. Mr. Mink’s journey to his tuxedo took far less time.

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We decided to have a simple ceremony without the extra symbolic rituals that have become common in recent years. We also decided to keep our bridal party small, with three bridesmaids and three groomsmen. I let our bridesmaids pick dresses from J. Crew and we were able to find two of them for $30 each at one of the warehouse sales that the nearby headquarters holds every year.

When it came to ring bearers and flower girls, we asked all of our nieces and nephews to participate (one was one there in utero). We knew having a gaggle of children involved would make things fun and I can’t wait to show you how cute all the kids were!

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We worked with some fabulous vendors, but collaborating with Tasha Montgomery of AmpersandInc to create a poster to use instead of a guest book was so much fun. Tasha wound up giving me permission to reuse the image she created on our programs. Other favorites: our amazing floral designers, our day-of coordinator, the couple who run the restaurant where we held our rehearsal dinner, a friendor, who did our lighting, and another friendor, who made fabric clutches for my bridesmaids.

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The influence of blogs on our planning was something I mentioned a lot. I was a DIY/design blogger before I was a bee blogger. From finding the right blue dresses for our bridesmaids to wear, to working with a great fabric to use for some craft projects, I used tools from my home improvement activities to help with wedding tasks. I wasn’t sure about my ease with home projects translating to wedding crafts, but I wound up DIYing quite a few details for our day, from moss letters to personalized corn hole boards.

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There were times when the wedding blogs made me feel a bit old because most feature young brides. I had to remind myself that at the end of the day, the times when things felt less-than-perfect wouldn’t matter and that was true. Things weren’t perfect. I had a few regrets. But, at the end of the day, I was married to my very best friend.

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We have so much more to share with you! I can’t wait to get started.

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All images by Elisa B Photography

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Mrs. Mink

Location:
Charlottesville, Virginia
Wedding Date:
June 2012
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    totheislnds 7804 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 5:31 am

    Yay Mink! I can’t wait to see your beautiful pictures and hear all about your wedding!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 5:50 am

    Hurray! I’m so excited!

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    LissaBeans 340 posts, Helper bee @ 5:57 am

    Yay! Can’t wait for your recaps!!!

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    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 5:58 am

    YAY! I can’t wait for these recaps!!

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:28 am

    Beautiful photos, looking forward to your recaps!!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 6:48 am

    wow, good summary, mink! so excited!

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:49 am

    Yeah for the Mink recaps!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:55 am

    Thanks, all. I wasn’t sure people would remember me, so I borrowed the summary recap format that a few have used before. It was kind of fun to flip through my old posts.

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:05 am

    Yay for Minks recaps! I love your dress, venue and overall style so I am very excited for your recaps to commence.

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:40 am

    Yay for recaps, and I seriously love how well you put together your background story.

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    otter 1321 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:43 am

    SO EXCITED FOR THE RECAPS!!! And love Junior Mink, what a cutie!

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:43 am

    Yay, can’t wait for your recaps! I loved your planning posts. :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:06 am

    YAY!! I am so excited for your beautiful recaps, Mink!! And, Junior Mink is seriously the cutest, I wish everyone had dogs at weddings!

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    brooch 1760 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:37 am

    I’m SO excited about your recaps girl! These pictures are breath-taking! I LOVE that last photo- the sky, you two, wow!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:40 am

    Yaay, finally Mink recaps!

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    scone 181 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:03 am

    Yay! CANNOT WAIT! And now I must get to writing my own reintro since I have dropped off the radar…

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 10:11 am

    I can’t wait!!!! Seriously, those photos are breathtaking. Hooray for the Merry Minks!!

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 10:29 am

    Saw your photos on SMP and couldn’t believe how beautiful everything turned out. I know you were worried about the rain but really, your pictures were awesome. I cannot wait to see your recaps. You are one of the few bees that is about my age and I could totally relate to what you were going through per wedding planning. I’m sure your recaps are going to be phenomenal. I wait with bated breath :)

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:30 am

    YESSS! I can’t wait for Mink recaps!!

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    bridesmomma 456 posts, Helper bee @ 10:42 am

    I love every single one of your photos!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:41 am

    So excited to read your recaps (and see your pictures!!), Mink! :)

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:18 pm

    @bRooklynRocks: I have to admit that I felt too old before the wedding, but now I’m glad that we waited. I’m proud to be one of the older bees. :)

    @Mrs. Scone: It actually helped me organize my thoughts. Good luck with yours!

    @bridesmomma: There are more to come! If you like these, just wait until the final installment.

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    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:06 pm

    Hoorah! :) I do love your wedding photos and can’t wait to see more with the story!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 7:09 pm

    Gorgeous. I seriously can’t wait for the recaps to begin!

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