Funny that the wedding ceremony is so often a side note in the wedding-planning process. It’s easy to get caught up in menus and floral arrangements and invitation wording, and forget the part that actually gets you married!
Our ceremony was held at The Athenaeum, in old town Alexandria, VA. The room was a big, empty gallery space with beautiful natural light and a nicely historic feel.
The folding chairs belonged to the Athenaeum. Our groomsmen and ushers set them up before the ceremony. As much as I drool with desire over a pretty Chiavari … these were free. And, after all, people just sit in them. (Or so I kept telling myself!) … read more
Once I pulled my wedding dress out of the closet on the day before the wedding, I couldn’t WAIT to put it on! The morning of the wedding, I woke up bouncing up and down with excitement that I finally got “to wear my dress, wear my dress, wear my dresssssssss.”
After we finished with hair and makeup, the time finally arrived. My MOH (a dear friend from college) and BM (Mr. T’s beautiful sister) came to my room at the Hotel Monaco for the dressing and final preparations.
As much as I love the traditional photos of an army preparing the woman in the huge white dress, I didn’t need much help with my simple, step-in-and-zip-up model. In fact, the gals needed as much help as I did:
When I first started researching the cost of professional hair and makeup for weddings, I was SHOCKED! For a girl who usually gets her hair cut at the Aveda Institute for $18 a pop, prices in the hundreds of dollars were awe-inspiring. And that was just for the bride — bringing my mother and bridesmaids along for the ride would cost, roughly, one gazillion dollars.
While planning our wedding, I loved the idea of staying at a nice hotel the night before the wedding (by myself) and on the wedding night (joined by Mr. T). Unfortunately, we couldn’t spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars for the privilege. Originally, my plan was to bid on Priceline a few days beforehand and see what came up. But then my favorite travel discount site, Travelzoo, shared the great news that a new Hotel Monaco had opened in Alexandria, just 3 blocks from our ceremony site, and they were having a $99/night special.
And it turns out, staying there was a fantastic decision — they made the wedding weekend an absolute dream!
(Taking a pre-ceremony break on the world’s most comfortable bed) … read more
Well, it’s official. We’re back from our honeymoon. Let the long years of married life begin!
Our honeymoon started in San Francisco. We took a few days to see the city (best tips: ride the city’s 1940s streetcars, and check out the food stalls at the Ferry Building) and met with several friends, including the lovely and talented Mrs. Eggplant.
Unfortunately, I was under the weather part of the time, and Mr. T had to go to one dinner without me. He took this pic to show to the other couple, lest they accuse him of having made up the whole wife thing: