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.
First, the handsome men:
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:
This is a pose I really wanted and it felt super awkward—but it turned out really cool.
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:
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.
The Wolfmans (…Wolfpeople?)
My mom and sister
My family: Awkward hand placement
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.
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.
With our spare time, we also took some impromptu group photos in some of the other rooms upstairs.
I really wanted some of those hipster serious photos.
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?
All photos by Emily Clack Photography.
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