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Somehow, our big night had come to an end. Although, no one seemed to notice. Our guests had to be (almost literally) dragged off the dance floor to get ready for our sparkler exit.
You didn’t think we’d skip a sparkler exit at the Sparkler wedding, did you? How could we?
Once they actually made their way outside, our guests were pretty pumped on the sparklers.
Naturally, I’d completely forgotten about this exit until our coordinator stopped us at the door. We tried to walk out the door with everyone else! I don’t know what was going on with me that night, but I had total “bride brain,” or whatever you want to call it. Anyway, it was another nice surprise. We waited until our coordinator gave us the signal, then stepped out for our last moment as the bride and groom.
From day one of this wedding planning I decided I didn’t want real flowers, so I jumped onto the paper-flower train.
I practiced paper flowers and even made enough for half a bouquet, but then I stumbled on a thread in the boards by hive member Robin Sparkles, who proudly showed us her wood bouquet.
Image via Robin Sparkles on Weddingbee
Isn’t it gorgeous? So, in the most innocent, platonic way I clicked over to the site she ordered them from, Accents and Petals, and started drooling over those masterpieces.
I sent Cousin P the link and asked her to play devil’s advocate and convince me it was not unreasonable to order some flowers. She did her job and even ordered some music sheet flowers herself, and in less than a month we had our beautiful flowers.
As we pulled out of Bodkin Creek the next morning, we were met with a pretty awesome sight:
Yup, it was the starting day for the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, a yearly adventure on the bay. All the boats were headed out to the starting line. It was pretty nifty to feel like we were back in the 19th century for an hour or so as we watched them sail by.
Hive, my invites are DONE and SENT. I can’t tell you how relieved I am about this. Paper is up there on the “list of things I really care about” so I think I put a lot of pressure on myself for the invitations—and this turned out to be a DIY doozie. Apologies in advance, but I’m splitting up my posts about them because there were a lot of mini projects involved with getting them out the door. Roughly, there’s three overall components to the final product:
I’ll start with the outer shell. I ordered envelopes in a creamy color—I toyed with doing grey envelopes and printing addresses in white, but I wasn’t confident that it would work and I definitely wanted to print on them to keep the fonts standard.
I also wanted to incorporate some watercolor, a la this:
Alas, when we tried to watercolor the envelopes, it was way too wet…we were accidentally sealing my envelopes! I think if I’d gotten nicer envelopes, it would have been okay. But, my mom suggested we try chalking to get a similar effect:
Last time, I told you about why we wanted a videographer. But deciding you want one and actually finding one are two totally different situations. Luckily, we are not nearly as particular about our videographer as we are about our photographer. Neither of the Blue Whales wants to have a feature film of our wedding. We just want someone to do a good job of documenting the day with good quality picture and audio.
So a few weeks ago I set out to find a videographer.
The first thing I discovered is that the variety in quality of wedding videos is much more dramatic than the quality of wedding photographs. Maybe it’s because wedding photography has become such a staple for every wedding that the very low quality photographers have just been pushed out of business. But I saw some seriously bad wedding video samples. What really blew my mind is that some people had the worst websites, and yet they’re supposed to be technologically savvy enough to make a great wedding video! I don’t think so. If your website isn’t up to snuff, ain’t no way I’m trusting you to make my wedding video.
Much to Mr. Wallaby’s exasperation, I have a terrible memory. He will sometimes ask me to bring something over from my apartment, and five minutes later when I’m out the door, I’ve already forgotten. My long-term memory is bad too—my mom remembers more details of my childhood than I do. But something that stays with me forever is smell—I still remember the smell of the flat in Paris where my family lived when I was three years old. I remember the smell of the shampoo that I used at summer camp in the summer before eighth grade. I remember the smell of my late grandmother’s apple pies, and the smell of fresh mint growing along my parents’ porch. I’ve worn a lot of different perfumes over the years, and each perfume reminds me of a particular time of my life. For example, I packed a mini bottle of Marc Jacobs Lola when I backpacked around Europe after college, and that warm floral scent always reminds me of trekking around Florence and Barcelona.
I loved the idea of wearing a new perfume on my wedding day, so afterward I could wear the perfume again and again and reminisce on the special day. Mr. W asked me several times for ideas of wedding gifts for me, and I hinted that perfume would be a lovely gift.
It wouldn’t be the first time he’s gifted me perfume—some of my past birthday and Christmas presents have included bottles of perfume. And three of the fragrances in my current rotation were gifts or picked out by Mr. W.
annas0726 and her husband do the traditional garter toss.
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Whether your taste is simple and classic or decidedly avant-garde, we’re certain you’ll find some amazing adornment to suit your fancy and grace your crown on this year’s wedding runway.
Because while the dresses may have veered towards classic elegance, the headpieces were anything but, instead favoring bold drama, extreme lengths, and exaggerated embellishments.
Here are a few of our favorite show-stoppers:
1. Gorgeous Glimmer:
Image via Watters
2. Fabulous to the Floor:
When I first started browsing the internet for wedding dresses, I was drawn to whimsical gowns with unique details. Unfortunately, whimsical gowns with unique details are often very expensive. I made this sad discovery early in my dress hunt and it forced me to temper my expectations. But looking around online gave me a good feel for what I was looking for in a wedding dress. It also gave me a feel for what I didn’t want in a wedding dress, namely a dress that is “sexy,” form-fitting, trumpet, mermaid, or fit-and-flare. While these dresses are beautiful, they simply do not suit my style or personality. I was looking for dresses that were playful, fun, and a little different with minimal beading, lace, sequins, or crystals. Well, let’s take a look at what tickled my fancy.
My first love was Amy Michelson’s Grace. I love the romantic, ethereal look of this gown. It looks like it is made of light and air. And this wedding? One of my absolute favorites. I think this is the wedding that got me really excited about actually planning my own wedding.
For a while I was a little obsessed with a 1920s style wedding, complete with a 1920s style wedding dress by Jenny Packham. I’m not usually one for bling, but I love the beaded details on these gorgeous gowns. I desperately would love to pull off a sheath dress (so many of my favorites fit this silhouette), but alas they do not flatter my pear-shaped body.
Our recessional song started playing, “Married Life” from UP. We strolled down the aisle in a newlywed daze.
Photos by Palos Studio
No, this post is not about wedding night sex!
This post is about the honeymoon!
Now when I first told people I was getting married during nursing school, I got a mixed bag of reactions: Mostly polite congratulations, some crazy looks, and just a little flat-out-rude discouragement. I think I’m getting a slight idea about why.
My particular nursing program is a 15 month “fast-track” program, which means we pretty much go continuously for three month sessions with one week break in between. Guess which week DOESN’T fall on a break! Of course, the week after our wedding! Since it’s a fairly newish program not particularly known for its communication skills, my desperate pleas for information about this summer’s schedule have been met with a whole bunch of “we’re not really sure yet.” The good news is, this program is online with one to two full days of clinicals (school time spent with real patients) a week. They THINK clinicals that semester “might be on Tuesdays, but don’t count on it” and there are rumors that we have a test every week. Joking, (or am I?) I may need some serious Xanax that week.
Because of this, we’ve decided that IF a honeymoon is gonna go down, it’s going to be a mini-moon!
Here are some worst-case scenarios:
1. In the case that clinicals are ACTUALLY on Tuesdays, either head straight from the hospital to the airport (worst, worst case) or fly out bright and early Wednesday morning (slightly better). Study on the plane there/back for a hopefully non-existant test that next Monday. Damn.
2. Throw caution to the wind and re-schedule/skip clinical. Live in a bubble for the rest of the semester to prevent getting sick ever/having to miss another one.
3. Fake death. Go on mini-moon and never come back.
4. World ends on December 21st, situation becomes null and void.