Wolves’ Winter Wedding: Wedding Party, Family, Moments Pre-Ceremony

Once my dress was mended, our wedding party headed outside for some photos in Dupont Circle. It was a beautiful, crisp winter day cold. Those little fur shrugs really didn’t do much, so most of these photos are an exercise in not looking freezing.

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First, the handsome men:

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Waiting for us to get there. We were slow.

Don’t they look sharp?! I think the winning factor is the shirts we got them. They’re from a favorite shop in DC called Hugh & Crye—their sizing is by body type, not a number. (Their slogan: “You are not small, medium, or large. You, sir, are a gentleman.”) They fit perfectly and I really think that’s a key to a good looking suit. Wolfman is wearing a tux, but most of the other guys just did black suits + bow tie—the difference is nothing to me, but Wolfman was nervous about it for some reason. He didn’t have to be.

Now, some of the ladies:

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This is a pose I really wanted and it felt super awkward—but it turned out really cool.

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I still can’t get over how much I loved their ensembles. I was worried the shrugs might look a little cheapy (they’re from Target!), but paired with the long gowns, full hair, and makeup—they looked gorgeous. So gorgeous, in fact, that I made an on-the-fly decision to have my girls wear the shrugs in the ceremony. It also doesn’t hurt that I happen to have pretty friends.

A few more:

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Everyone!

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We got a bunch of pictures outside, but all told we were probably only there for about 10 minutes. Thankfully my photographers worked quickly so we could get back into the warmth. However—I never regretted the season choice. I would rather be freezing than sweaty, and I definitely got my preference!

Once we returned to the venue, we invited family to come early so we could take pictures with them. I guess I didn’t keep my dress a surprise or anything, but I wanted to go to cocktail hour, dang it, so we hammered these out before the ceremony.

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The Wolfmans (”¦Wolfpeople?)

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My mom and sister

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My family: Awkward hand placement

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Me and the boys: We got black skinny ties for everyone—they looked sharp!

Also of note—you may remember that we wanted to do some monument photos around the city. Well, when we were planning out our timeline, doing monument photos added over an hour to the day. Not because it would necessarily take that long, but mostly for incidentals (in case there was traffic, etc.). I’m still kind of sad we don’t have those pictures, but in my heart I know that having a relaxing few hours pre-ceremony with our friends was truly wonderful.

Speaking of, our photographers caught some of these moments and they ended up being some of my favorite images. I love the mixture of anticipation and relaxation on everyone’s faces.

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All the while, venue staff was setting up downstairs. My coordinator pulled me aside to quietly ask me where my programs were. I knew I’d packed them in a box”¦that I could clearly see, in my mind, on a chair in our apartment. I was mad at myself for missing it but, again, so thankful we got married 10 minutes from our apartment. She sent someone there and our apartment’s concierge let them in to get the box. All things considered, this was the day’s biggest crisis, so I felt pretty lucky.

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With our spare time, we also took some impromptu group photos in some of the other rooms upstairs.

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I really wanted some of those hipster serious photos.

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I kept checking the time—strangely, it was always earlier than I thought it would be. We honestly relaxed and really just hung out. This post covers a solid chunk of our wedding day, but I wanted to fit it into one post because, honestly, not much happened—as far as I was concerned, anyway: I know my coordinator and the venue’s team were furiously getting everything ready downstairs. I wouldn’t have changed my timeline at all because I really think I needed to be able to breathe and have some normalcy to the day before guests started arriving.

How did you structure your day-of timeline? Did you build in some buffer time, or was it go go go? Would you do the same thing again?

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All photos by Emily Clack Photography.

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Mrs. Gray Wolf

Location:
Washington DC
Wedding Date:
February 2013
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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:19 pm

    Those shrugs looks awesome! I’m glad you got to have some calm, relaxed time.

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:30 pm

    This sounds like such a relaxed wedding day! I am hoping for the same– not sure I will achieve it. Looove that pic of you and the BMs from the back. :)

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    seabeeny, Guest @ 1:40 pm

    Your pictures are lovely!

    Do you know where your SIL (?) got her long green dress? I love it!

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    lina010 2696 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:45 pm

    Love your style!

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:59 pm

    Y’all look lovely! We also spent our pre-ceremony time pretty relaxed – and our programs were also one of the few stressful things the day of our wedding. ;)

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    mzjynxie 784 posts, Busy bee @ 2:00 pm

    I love the serious photo. And your husband’s sister is so gorgeous!

    P.S. Good call on the shrugs, they look great. :)

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:05 pm

    Everyone looks fantastic!

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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 2:19 pm

    Target?!? They never disappoint, do they?! Looks amazing! :)

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    Stephanie, Guest @ 3:26 pm

    I can’t tell the guys apart in those outfits!! Is one really wearing a tux and the rest suits? I didn’t realize they came so close.

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    debeachgirl 536 posts, Busy bee @ 5:50 pm

    I cant believe the shrugs were from target. As a winter bride I wanted that my shrug was from my cousins wedding g I was in.. sadly with the cost I knew only 2 of 7 bridesmaids would like them so $5 NYC wraps won. I love your photos

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:56 pm

    This seems like such an amazing pre-wedding “era”, if you will. I hope mine is as fun/relaxing … I truly do love the idea of winter wedding. And, those shrugs are amazing!

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:56 pm

    P.S. the fur shrugs are so appropriate for your ‘wolf’ moniker on WeddingBee. Was that deliberate?

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:59 pm

    These are just lovely! Everyone looks so sharp!

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 8:31 pm

    This is one of the most beautiful weddings seen on the Bee in a while – I’m enjoying your recaps and photos so much! Hoping to find similar fur shrugs for my daughter’s December wedding – did you find them at Target in-store or on-line? They don’t seem to have anything similar anymore.

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    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:31 am

    It is true… once you go sweat you don’t go back. I was much happier in the cold outside our conservatory than in the sweltering heat inside!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 6:33 am

    @seabeeny: believe it or not, she got it at JC penney! she’d searched for and bought some gorgeous designer gowns but then found this for something like $60. it was amazing!

    @priyathescientist: haha, sort of! i knew i was doing the gray dresses and would have a winter wedding, of course, so it seemed to fit!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 6:39 am

    @Mrs. Gray Wolf: i also was in love with this wedding the entire time i was planning – http://ruffledblog.com/cozy-brooklyn-winter-wedding/ – so i took a lot of inspiration from that!

    @TexasAggieMom: thank you so much! i found them in store but they only had one, so i ended up ordering online. i searched for a long time – during the winter, they’re much easier to find, but gray/white ones were much scarcer than brown ones. they were like $20 each i think. i would look again come october or so! i almost bought some from michael kors but they were about $95 each – i figured they’d be my gifts, and they were really gorgeous/luxurious, but i’m glad i found a cheaper option.

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 6:39 am

    @priyathescientist: eep the last comment to myself was meant for you!

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    spring-bride 232 posts, Helper bee @ 7:14 am

    I love these photos — what a gorgeous wedding party! And I join everyone in raving about your Target shrugs :) They are fabulous and look far more expensive than I’m guessing they were :)

    I also bought an inexpensive coverup for my wedding — an ivory faux fur capelet (size girls XL!) at Macy’s. It cost me $17 on clearance when I shopped in late winter. I would highly recommend shopping girls sizes for shrugs and capelets — sizes L and XL fit most women, and they are far less expensive in the kids department. I was glad I had mine — it was around 45 degrees on our “spring” wedding day, but we got our outdoor photos!

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    js, Guest @ 8:14 am

    Your wedding is very elegant, from the wedding venue to the attire. Everything seems very timeless and classy. The green dress your sister-in-law (I think…) is wearing is gorgeous. Your wedding dress is my favorite I’ve ever seen on this site. It all feels very cozy and intimate and is just stunning! We had some downtime between and I really wish we had done a first look in that time.

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    jrzygurl 1879 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:32 am

    @Mrs. Gray Wolf: What designer are the BM dresses? Love them!!

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