It’s the New Year, and my number one resolution is to finish my recaps! I have all year, but I’m hoping to do it by the end of the month. 😉
Mr. Genie and I got to share a 25-minute limo ride to our reception. It was the only time we had alone together the whole day, and we were married! I remember a few high-fives, a recap of the ceremony, getting used to our rings, and just general euphoria. I’m glad we had that time to ourselves, because the party was just beginning, and it was good to assess what had just happened.
When we arrived at The Cheesecake Factory, we heard a few congratulatory honks, and I was whisked away to get my dress bustled. That wasn’t easy, but we figured it out, and the evening coordinator ran off to get my drink of choice, a margarita, for MOH Wino and me. Once the dress was all situated and we had our drinks in hand, Mr. Genie met me to walk into the cocktail hour together. And we were greeted with so many smiles! It was so nice to get to chat with everyone and see them having a good time.
I’m sorry to have kept y’all waiting for so long. I told you about my inspiration and trying on dresses (in bridal salons and from BHLDN), but never actually showed you my ladies’ final choice! My bad!
As three out of four bridesmaids don’t live in the U.S., I was the “eyes and ears” for my bridesmaids’ dress shopping. I scouted out options, but left the final choice up to my ladies. I sent them pictures of me in different dresses to vote upon. First they ranked the dresses according to which style they liked best (with one clear winner), and then decided on the dress color (according to photos of swatch cards and digital mock-ups).
I closed my eyes for a few moments. Everything was already happening way too fast. I wish I could’ve frozen that moment in time, feeling surrounded by the love of all of the women who matter most to me. Mega girl power.
Downstairs, Mr. W and the guys were pacing around, probably a little bored. The bar hadn’t opened yet, and there weren’t any college football games on for another hour—so I’m not sure what all went on downstairs. Manly stuff. Probably a lot of making fun of each other and talking about chicks.
When it was finally time for our first look, the photographers signaled for Mr. W to stand by the entry of Oak Tree Manor. He straightened his tie, adjusted his cuffs, and stood around looking handsome. Hive, isn’t he the sexiest?
Another item that got checked off the list while in MN was my hair and makeup trial with my awesome stylist, Laura. If you want to read me rave about her some more, read this and this.
Warning: This is a Miss Sword photo heavy post! If gets too overwhelming staring at my face for the next few minutes I suggest taking a break after the extensions go in.
I’m so happy because Laura nailed my bridal look! I gave her my smokey eye inspiration photos and after decided to do a softer colored lip than you’ll see in the photos, I was in love with everything. I decided to go with airbrush makeup, as are most of my girls, because it will last us all day and all night!
With 2012 recently coming to a close, I figure I should wrap up the last details on the Gazelle wedding! I have put off my last few posts for far too long.
With dinner and cake complete it was time for Mr. Gazelle and me to have our first dance as husband and wife.
We had taken some dance lessons before the wedding, but we didn’t finish the round. We were dance-school dropouts! It was tough picking a song, but we chose Ryan Adams’s “When the Stars Go Blue” for our first dance. It was something we’d be able to sway to, and we had our first kiss way back when with a Ryan Adams song playing in the background.
So about one year from my big day, I decided that I needed to start making some changes to my personal habits in order to look and feel my best for the big day. One thing I knew I needed to get working on immediately was my skin—particularly my face. Now my skin overall is in pretty decent shape—sure I get the occasional breakouts and my skin sometimes gets a little too oily in the summer and dry in the winter, but otherwise it’s OK. However, I have a terrible habit of picking at my face (I know, I know—so gross!!), which has subsequently lead to some dark spots on my skin. It’s something that I just do mindlessly (particularly when I’m stressed or bored), so I decided it was time to STOP with the bad habits and start the yearlong process of beautifying my skin. So here’s what I’m doing to get my skin looking fabulous for my wedding day.
I thought I looked over the paperwork closely for our reception venue, but apparently I did not. I just learned that the neighborhood where our reception is being held has a noise ordinance. A noise ordinance that they monitor very strictly. As in, there is a police officer that “reminds” you of it an hour before. We were planning to have the entire reception outside (weather permitting). The music has to be completely off by 10:00 PM! Arg.
One cannot listen to music at all if we need to turn it off! When I looked at the timeline for the wedding, the dancing itself wouldn’t begin until 8:45 PM, so this rule was just not going to cut it. As we thought about what to do, Christi had a brilliant idea: have the formal dances and an hour of “family friendly” music on the outside patio as planned. Then at 10:00 PM, move the music and dancing indoors and let the AFTER PARTY begin! This would give the younger crowd a second wind (greasy late night snacks drunk food would be set out as well!). Also, this would provide a natural time for my grandparents and some of the older crowd to head back to the hotel.