I Whale Always Love You: Sparks Fly!

With our wedding reception at a close, I had one last item on my list of “stuff we need to do on our wedding day.” And that item was “get some sparkler pictures.”

Like about a zillion other brides in the world, I absolutely fell in love with the sparkler getaway photos. (Did you say sparkles? Yes, I’ll have some please.) But as the big day drew nearer, I had some second thoughts. There’s one or two really awesome sparkler photos on Pinterest.

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Photo via National Geographic

But once you get past the one or two amazing sparkler getaway photos, the rest are just so so. There’s too much light. Or not enough light. Too blurry. Over exposed.

BUT, where I saw perfection was in the staged sparkler photos. Spelling out “Love” with sparklers. Or drawing the wedding date. Those photos are always stunning. So I decided we would skip the getaway (too much planning!) and just do a few photos.

There were a few semi-failures”¦

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I can’t even imagine how frustrated photographers must be that all brides now want to have sparkler photos.  A word to the wise: advise your “runners” not to get too crazy with the sparkler movement, lest they obscure your face.

But another take got a fabulous shot.

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Yes, that would be the ghost of my brother running in the background. If I was any good at photoshop, maybe I would figure out how to fade him out of it, but I say it gives the picture character.

We chose not to sneak out of our reception at any point for a few extra photos. But I am really glad we took just a few sparkler photos at the end of the night. It was so easy. It only took about five minutes. And that photo is one of my favorites from the whole day.

Once we were done with the sparklers, it was time to head out. Our coordinator had pulled my car around, and we saw that it had some extra special touches:

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If you’re thinking, “Why are there equations on the car??”, then welcome to the club. My parents decorated the car, and I think they ran out of stuff to write, so they just decided to fill the space with stuff they associate with “Matt and Erin”. Mr. Whale is a physicist, and both my parents are engineers, so they thought equations and formulas would be a good idea.  I’m pretty sure we’re the only married couple in history whose car was decorated with PV=nRT”¦(In case you’re curious, which I know you’re not, that’s the Ideal Gas Law. Very romantic.)

We also had this giant face on the front window:

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I think someone had a few drinks before wielding the window chalk.

After sharing a good laugh over the silliness written on the car, Mr. Whale and I hopped in our fabulous ride and headed back to our cabin. Several of our friends were already there when we got back, and though it wasn’t a raucous party or anything, we did, somehow, end up staying up until sunrise”¦

As Mr. Whale and I watched the sunrise over the lake, we realized that sunrise was also when he had proposed. And so it was only fitting that our wedding day come to a close at sunrise, too.

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And of course, you know how this story ends. We lived happily ever after.

Thanks for reading, hive! It’s been so fabulous to share our day with all of you!

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*All photos by the super fabulous Brenda Upton Photography.

If you missed any part of this whale of a tale, get caught up here. Previously”¦

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Mrs. Blue Whale

Location:
College Park, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    kit_kath 1327 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:33 am

    I think that may be one of the most perfect ends to a wedding I’ve ever heard. What could be better than watching the sunrise with that view?

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    msfilly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 9:40 am

    I actually think your semi-failure sparkler picture still looks great. And I LOVE the “special touches” on your car – Sheldon Cooper would approve.

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:02 am

    wait? what? you’re finishing up your recaps? noooooo not yet!

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    estella, Guest @ 11:23 am

    I’ve loved following your planning and now recaps. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your special (and super fun!) day!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:43 am

    Seriously, the sunrise is aaaaaaaaaaaaaaamazing.

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    Miss_Mimosa 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:19 pm

    Oh no! I hate to see you go! Isn’t their anything else you can share with us? ha! I loved following not only your planning, but your wedding recaps. If you will be blogging anywhere else let us know!

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    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 2:32 pm

    Very happy ending. Congrats!

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    Mrs. Pyramid 100 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:40 pm

    Oh I love that yall stayed up until the sunrise! So pretty.
    and I love that you still got your sparkler pictures without having to organize a “send off.” might have to file that idea away somewhere…

    and please don’t be done! Can’t you leave us with anymore wedding wisdom??

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 3:18 pm

    @Miss_Mimosa: Ha! I’ve still got a few non-recap posts left. I can’t bring myself to leave yet!! :)

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    ecjohnson 154 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:11 pm

    OMG I love the equations (but, then again I teach chemistry and physics!). I immediately spotted the E=mc2 and knowing your name is Erin and your husband is Matt-I thought it was a play on that! And, I totally read PV=nRT as “pivnert” in my head! Oh the brain of a scientist!

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    missgoldfish 454 posts, Helper bee @ 6:09 pm

    Love your sparklers picture and that sunrise is gorgeous! I so enjoyed reading your recaps!

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 5:01 am

    That picture is so amazing! We missed out on our sparkler exit because I accidentally left the sparklers in the trunk of my car which was parked in downtown Athens. Epic fail. :( But your photos are gorgeous! They look like something from Pinterest!

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    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:42 am

    Love that you stayed up to watch the sun rise. What a great way to bring everything full circle!

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    greenebanana 69 posts, Worker bee @ 10:25 am

    I love everything about this! So much love, and your recaps were amazing!!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:11 pm

    What a beautiful ending!

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