Apple-y Ever After: Becoming a Bride

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.








Love this shot of my hair from the back. Auntie did such a fabulous job! Exactly how I wanted it.

When Auntie was done with my hair and face, it was time to put the dress on! We were feeling a bit crunched on time, and my mom had just ducked out to go put her own dress on. I felt bad, but we were on a schedule, people! So my bridesmaids helped get my dress on. Thankfully, the zipper-back made it easy—no buttons for me!


My little sis was terrified that she was going to break my dress. I was all “Just freaking zip the zipper up!”


Apparently it was still confusing, and everyone looks very concerned in this picture. I think they were nervous about ruining my dress. No pressure, guys!


Ha! I love the nervous look on my sister’s face here.


Haha! Zipping zippers is FUN! But seriously if you ruin my dress I will kill you.


Me: How am I supposed to put my shoes on while I am wearing this massive marshmallow dress?! No seriously, someone please tell me.


Bridesmaid G to the rescue!


A few last-minute hair touch-ups as my mom returned…


…and took charge with cutting various strings and tags, etc. My face here is all “Please stay away from my dress with those scissors.” My sister is thinking “Thank God I don’t have to deal with that damn zipper anymore.”

Side note: I have no idea where that bruise on my arm came from, but it randomly appeared about three days before the wedding and was clearly visible the entire day. It makes for really attractive wedding pictures, let me tell you…


The paparazzi were in full force.


And with the veil, I truly felt like a bride! Ha, I love how you can see them all with their cameras in the mirror. Hilarious.


Love this shot with my ruffly dress and pretty ring. On the right hand, of course.


Time for some gloss and more last-minute touch-ups. Man, she really wanted me to look good! Apparently my face needs lots of help.


So, so happy. Although I think I am laughing here because my sister could not figure out the clasp to my necklace. She had never been a MOH before, cut her some slack, people! She was nervous. Being a MOH is kind of a big deal.

And with that, I was ready! While all of this calmness and demure excitement was bubbling up in the girls’ room, the boys were having some excitement of their own…

Did you feel awkward to have a photographer snapping pictures of you getting ready and/or in various states of undress? Anyone else get random, unexplainable bruises right before their wedding?


**All photography by Sarah Rhoads Photography unless otherwise noted**


Mrs. Candy Apple

Princeton Junction, NJ/ Seattle, WA
Wedding Date:
August 2011
One Treasured Day: The Somethings
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  1. snowcone Member
    snowcone 1141 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:56 pm

    In your details post, I noticed the necklace clasp, because that’s what my necklace had, too. Still to this day I majorly struggle to put it on, so I totally feel for your sister!

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    courtoni 177 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:05 pm

    Beautiful pictures!

  3. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:10 pm

    Beautiful! Your bridal look is so classic and pretty!

  4. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2069 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:47 pm

    Love your updo – gorgeous!!

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 1:57 pm

    Wait, wait.. why on the right hand?!! Why do I know nothing about this?!!

  6. candy apple Member
    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:18 pm

    @lealorali: Our priest told me to wear my engagement ring on the right hand the day of the wedding. Your wedding band (traditionally) is meant to be worn closest to your heart (bottom of the finger), with the engagement ring on top of that. So, he told me to wear the e-ring on my right hand so that when Mr. CA put the band on my left hand during mass, I wouldn’t have to remove the e-ring, etc. Then, after the ceremony, I just moved the e-ring back over to the left hand, on top of the band.

    Not sure if everyone does that, but it made sense to me :)

  7. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:33 pm

    @lealorali: I knew about it, but didn’t do it because 1) my engagement ring won’t fit on my right ring finger, and 2) I already wear another ring on my right ring finger. I just slipped it off right before we exchanged rings and then put it on immediately after Mr. T put the ring on my finger.

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    lovelove1028 1108 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:38 pm

    You are soo beautiful! Love all of these, but especially your bridesmaids’ serious faces in regards to your zipper. Haha.

  9. sword Member
    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:59 pm

    Hey, me too! I’m the one who’s always early and anal about being on schedule! Your ring with your dress is such a pretty shot and i love your bridesmaid’s dresses!

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    Justy 9 posts, Newbee @ 9:01 pm

    Beautiful!pretty bridal!!!

  11. funnelcake Member
    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:43 am

    @Mrs. Treasure: yeah my ring doesn’t fit on my right hand either so I just put the wedding ring over the e-ring and then switched it after the ceremony to be closer to my heart. :) So many ways to do it though!

    And CA, I was totally still a bit anal about the schedule. My brothers were all supposed to be handing out programs at the mass and we were waiting for them when we left for church. They showed up even after I did!

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    braverbeating 1131 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:16 am

    I love your shoes!

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 8:58 am

    @Mrs. Candy Apple: @Mrs. Treasure: Ohhh I see!!!

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    ladymegbeth 227 posts, Helper bee @ 11:13 am

    Whoa…..I *love* your dress. You made the absolute right decision there. (And score on that gorgeous ring, btw!)

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    pixiestix6089 60 posts, Worker bee @ 4:26 pm

    Can I just say that I have serious shoulder envy…is that weird…or a little creepy? Haha but no, really, you looked so beautiful!!! and I’m sercretly hoping my upper body looks half that amazing in my strapless gown.

  16. candy apple Member
    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:35 pm

    @ladymegbeth: I know – Mr. CA did well! :)

    @pixiestix6089: Um, you just totally made my LIFE! I have always been super self-conscious about my shoulders. They are so broad my friends call me “musk ox.” So your comment made me feel all warm and fuzzy :) Thank you.

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