The Merry Minks: The Ladies Get Ready

Once we arrived at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, I nervously frittered about, organizing things in the bridal suite. My MOH and I were there before Jeanne Cusick of Cville Makeup and Elisa of Elisa B Photography, so there wasn’t all that much that we had to do. The rest of the bridal party, Dr. Bridesmaid and Sister Mink, joined us soon after and the venue staff brought the food I had ordered.


Much of the morning and afternoon are a blur. I don’t know what came over me, but I stopped caring about all the details at some point and just wanted to go get married. When sweet Jeanne asked me if I liked something she was doing with my hair or makeup, I wound up looking at my MOH or Elisa. I guess I checked out a bit.


We hung around the loft, nibbled on the food, and  drank champagne. Amanda Gray, our DOC, had dedicated one of her interns to the bridal loft, so we didn’t really have any tasks. The intern steamed my veil and delivered little things I had in my bag that had to be placed elsewhere in the venue.

Dr. Bridesmaid brought her fancy camera (she’s a fantastic photographer) and wound updocumenting some things that I’ll share in a future post. I don’t have as many photosof her in the loft because she wasn’t doing much lounging around!


At whatever point Amanda’s timeline instructed us to put me in my gown, that process commenced. I have an oddly nostalgic feeling when I look at this image of me showing of my monogram label. I never liked my monogram (the letters don’t intertwine, so it always looked strange to me), but I love that label.


I held that dress onto my body at the waist just to so I could avoid having one of those “hands on breasts” pictures.



I was in my gown so quickly that Elisa asked us to unzip it and do it over again. You’ll notice that in this second zipping up picture, I already have my bracelet on.


In just a few minutes, I went from sitting around in my robe to dressed and ready for the evening. I’m so glad this was a moment that I shared with friends who have loved and supported Mr. Mink and I throughout our relationship.


MOH and Sister Mink


Throughout the afternoon, I was checking outside to see how the sky looked. Storms tend to come through our area quickly and I was kind of hoping we’d have a tremendous storm in the early afternoon and have clear skies by ceremony time. The realist in me knew that no matter what, the ceremony was happening indoors.

All images by Elisa B Photography


Did you miss a Merry Mink recap?


Mrs. Mink

Charlottesville, Virginia
Wedding Date:
June 2012
I Got 99 Problems And Stress Ain't One
A Big Logistical Headache


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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:31 pm

    @shirasagi: After a year and a half of visiting Pippin Hill, it was surreal to finally be getting ready in that bridal loft!

    @pengoala: Thanks!

    @Miss Otter: Just wait…there are some amazing pictures of it coming at the very end of my recaps. :)

    @Mrs. Pain au Chocolat: Thanks! I feel as thought the black and white pictures show it off best, but as I wrote to Otter above, I have some great ones to share at the very end. :)

    @Mrs. Treasure: I think that’s my favorite, too!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:33 pm

    @lsharley63: Aw, thank you!

    @melisslp: I saw the picture so much on wedding blogs that I specifically thought about avoiding it. :)

    @Mrs. Castle: Thank you so much, Castle!

    @Miss Gray Wolf: There’s more coming!!!

    @Mrs. Dragon: Hee hee. I thought it was cute, too. I think it shows how relatively quiet things were. Even though I was worrying about the rain, it was nice not to have too many people in there fussing around.

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    replica watches, Guest @ 12:50 am

    thanks for share!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:48 am

    gosh, I never get sick of looking at your dress(es)! you look so beautiful!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:45 am

    Your dress is just dreamy, and these photos are wonderful!

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    scottishmrs 3213 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:56 pm

    Gorgeous pics! You’re a beautiful bride! I’m still really curious about which shoes you ended up picking though!

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