Busy Bees

Happy New Year, bees! I hope everyone had a safe and happy new year, and is as excited as we are for 2013 to finally be here!

With the wedding right around the corner, Mr. Ly and I have been busy bees getting stuff done for the wedding. This past Friday was by far the most productive wedding day I’ve had in quite some time. We got up early (at least for me it was early – I was on winter vacation!) and headed into Philadelphia to get our marriage license. We got there about half an hour after the office opened, and had no wait time. We were in and out with our marriage license in about 20 minutes!


Please excuse my half asleep look. After a week of sleeping in—it was way too early for me to be this functional!

It was a gorgeous day at city hall, and I remarked to Mr. Ly that I would love to have weather just like this on our wedding day. We’ll be revisiting this iconic location in center city Philadelphia to take some wedding photos, but it was too beautiful not to snap one before we left!

City Hall on a beautiful winter’s morning

I dropped Mr. Ly off at work and headed on to my next wedding task of the day, my hair trial. This was something I clearly had been putting off for quite some time. I had no idea what I wanted my hair to look like, or who I wanted to do my hair. My hair stylist was recommended to me by a friend whose brother’s wife had just used her for their wedding. I hadn’t seen any of her other work besides my friend’s brother’s wedding, but it was enough for me. My friend told me that she and the other stylist worked really quickly and were able to recreate all the pinterest-y hair styles that were brought to them.

The day before my trial I pinned a bunch of pictures for inspiration. I had decided that I no longer wanted to wear my hair up, so all my previous inspiration pictures were of no use to me. I pinned a bunch of long and curly styles, mostly like these:

Image via Once Wed / Photograph by Eric Kelley

Nichole, my hairstylist, met me at my brother’s house to do my trial. She lives pretty far from the city, and since I was already going to be in the city for our marriage license, it made more sense to meet there. She was wonderful, worked very quickly and we chatted the whole time. She worked with me to match the style I wanted and I loved how my hair turned out!

From the front
The twisty part in the back
I tried to get a full shot of the back, but it was really difficult by myself!(Note: next time ask the hairdresser to take the picture for me!)

The only thing I’d like to change the day of is to have her start with tighter curls. I know she wanted me to see the what it would look like when they fell more, but by 2:00 pm all of my curls had fallen. Otherwise, I couldn’t be happier with my hair trial! I’m so excited to work with Nichole again on my wedding day!

Finally, not long after my hair trial, I had my second dress fitting. I remembered a while back Mrs. Turkey suggesting wearing your hair at your fitting how you would have it at your wedding. Well, what better way to see it all together than to have your trial and fitting on the same day! I loved how it all looked together, and I didn’t want to take my dress off. It’s getting the final touches finished, and I have my last fitting tomorrow!

I’m not going to reveal my dress until after the wedding, but here’s a sneak peek at the french bustle:


Did anyone else have a productive wedding-related day where you knocked out a whole bunch of stuff? What are some things you left to last minute (I swear I’m forgetting a whole bunch of things I need to do!)?


Mrs. Lyre

Wedding Date:
January 2013
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  1. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:54 am

    Yeah! You are getting so close. Your hair looks beautiful and I’m dying to see your dress. So excited for you!

  2. mssquirrel Member
    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 7:24 am

    Love the curls!!! They look great!

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    Reeniero 939 posts, Busy bee @ 7:54 am

    Your hair looks beautiful! I also have that style pinned to my “wedding hair” board!

    Question about the marriage license: You got it the same day? (I’m getting married in Philly, but I live in Los Angeles) When I looked it up online, they said it took 3 days to get it! Not true? Please tell me it’s not true and I can get it the same day.That would rock my world right now.

  4. msmongoose Member
    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 9:40 am

    I love the curls and twist in the back of your hair! Are you wearing any hair accessories the day of?

  5. mswizard Member
    mswizard 554 posts, Busy bee @ 10:42 am

    So so exciting that it’s all coming together — you’re in the home stretch!!

  6. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:18 pm

    Love how your hair trial turned out, I can’t wait to see your full bridal look in just a couple of weeks :)

  7. mslyre Member
    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 3:38 pm

    Thanks everyone!
    @Reeniero: Yes, we got everything we needed in one visit. You fill out a self-addressed envelope while you are there, and there are three parts to the certificate. There is the middle, which they called a “keepsake” but it’s not the official license. They top part that your officiant keeps, and the bottom part that you mail back to them. Once it is processed, they mail you back your “official” marriage license, which you can use for your name changes/legal documents/etc. So, while it does take time to process after the wedding, you only have to go in once! PM me if you have any questions – especially now that you’re a Cescaphe bride too! :)
    @Miss Mongoose: I have my veil for the ceremony, and I bought this gorgeous headband that I had every intention of wearing for the reception, but it ended up making my hair look flat, so we vetoed it. So currently, nothing besides the veil!

  8. mink Member
    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:43 pm

    Beautiful hair!

    Your inspiration photo was actually taken by a photographer from Charlottesville. :)

  9. panda Member
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:31 pm

    aah! i can’t believe how close you are! the french bustle is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see the whole thing!

  10. sword Member
    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:58 pm

    Yes! you know I love the wedding hair down and curly, and the twists in the back are awesome! And thanks for the sneak peak at your dress, I can’t wait to see everything together!

  11. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:29 pm

    Your wedding is getting closer! Love the fabric of your gown in the bustle shot.

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