Mr. Squirrel and I had the best holiday break from school and work. We both traveled to our own hometowns for one last single Christmas with our families. As much as I missed Mr. Squirrel, I think it was special for both of us to have that alone time with our families before we start traveling together for every holiday from now on. Right before New Year’s, my mom and two of my sisters traveled down to Arkansas where Mr. Squirrel’s mom threw us an absolutely wonderful shower.
She went above and beyond to make this is a special day for us. Yes, us, because Mr. Squirrel was at the shower too! Not the norm, but since he so rarely gets to see his friends and family from home, it gave him the chance to visit with everyone. He was also able to introduce me to relatives I hadn’t gotten the chance to meet yet. Plus what guy doesn’t love to ham it up in a room full of 30 women??
After we gallivanted around town, the wedding party hopped back into the limos and we headed to the reception venue. We had a few things on our agenda before the actual reception started:
Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography
We actually did the tasks in that order, but I’m going to blog out of order, if you don’t mind. So first up, let’s take a look at the wonderful wedding-party photos! We didn’t get many at the reception venue because A) we had already taken a bunch at the alternate location and B) we weren’t allowed to go on the actual golf course until it was closed to golfers (I guess they didn’t believe me when I promised not to sue for golf-ball-related head injuries). So the wedding party had to take photos closer to the actual building. I hadn’t found out about this rule until we got close to the wedding, and by then I was a total nut job and furious that we wouldn’t be able to get golf-course shots of everyone. (I’m not even into golfing. I’m just into being a bitchy nut job.) Our photographer once again came to the rescue and discovered some amazing photo spots that weren’t in close proximity to flying ballz [insert ball joke here].
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While my auntie was doing her thang and Sarah was snapping detail shots, I started to get a bit anxious about timing. In case you haven’t noticed, I am super anal retentive and like to keep things on schedule. (I am one of those people that arrives 15 minutes early for things and is peeved when everyone else isn’t there at least three minutes ahead of time.) But I forced myself to let things go—they couldn’t start the ceremony without me (or could they??), so I just had to roll with it and let things happen as they happened. I was getting married—let other people deal with silly things like timing. It was actually the most relaxed I have ever been about timing. And on my wedding day, no less! I guess I figured that other people would take the reins as needed.
And now, more “getting ready” shots. It actually makes me feel quite vain to post this many pictures of myself—I try to stay out of pictures and the limelight as much as possible (as hard as that may be to believe, since I am posting on a well-known wedding blog—I am an enigma, let me tell ya). Hopefully someone can take away some good inspiration shots, and we will all forget that I posted a bajillion pictures of myself getting my hair and makeup done while I am wearing a robe.
Since her work is so beautiful, I will just let Sarah’s photographs do the talking for me.
You all know the saying: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
These are the things that every bride is supposed to have with her on her wedding day. I’ve always loved this little tradition, and was happy to fulfill it (and go above and beyond, really) on my wedding day. Here are my “somethings.”
Something old: I wore a brooch on my dress from the 1940s. I hope that someday, I can pass it down to my daughter or daughter-in-law to wear on her wedding day.
Something new: I had lots of new things. My dress, bolero, veil, necklace, shoes, and wedding ring were all new, but I guess if I had to pick just one thing, it’d have to be my dress.
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As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, we are going with a peacock theme for our wedding. Meaning that in terms of decor elements and color schemes, we are utilizing peacock colors and feathers as inspiration. However a “peacock theme” isn’t really indicative of us as a couple—after all, it’s not like either of us breeds peacocks for a living or that we met over a shared love of peacocks LOL.
So with that distinction in mind, we wanted to make sure that some real aspects of our personalities and/or relationship are incorporated into the wedding itself. As I’ve mentioned, FH and I share a passion for travel, so the fact that we’re hosting a destination wedding is 100% in line with our shared interests and is very “us.” I’ve also mentioned that we are totally obsessed with music, so it truly wouldn’t be our wedding if music wasn’t a main attraction (besides us, of course)! In addition to having a dance party that will go into the wee hours of the night (we have the DJ and reception room until 2:00 AM), I wanted to brainstorm other ways to subtly show our love of music.