Highway to Happiness: Up with the Sun

The downside to having a morning wedding means there’s no chance to sleep in at all. I’d set the alarm on my phone for 7:30 AM and resisted the urge to hit the snooze button. Roadie didn’t have to be up for another hour (benefits of being a low-maintenance groom), so I stumbled off to “my side” of the cottage to get into the shower.

About the only thing still  on my mind as I took my time getting ready this morning was whether we were all systems go as planned, or if we were using the rain plan. Thankfully, the weather had rained itself out the night before and the ground may have still been a bit soggy, but the sky was pretty and blue, and before long I could see signs of movement in front of the Gathering Hall.


All pictures by Pink Shutterbug Photography

Probably no one is surprised that I decided to DIY my hair and makeup for the day. While I don’t claim to be expert at either, over the past couple of years I’ve gotten more and more comfortable with my makeup skills to the point where I trusted my own hand over someone else’s. My supplies are a mix of drugstore and department store, but for big events I swear by Clinique’s Redness Solutions foundation line to balance out my wonky skin tone and reduce the effects of the flushing my skin springs on me at random times (stress, surprise, sunlight, Tuesday—you get the general idea). With a layer of primer and pressed powder beneath and above, it also stays put for 12-hour stints, so I cannot recommend it more highly.


Image via Clinique.com

I brought my makeup mirror from home and laid out my folding makeup bag along the edge of the bed--made for a great getting-ready corner.

I brought my makeup mirror from home and laid out my folding makeup bag along the edge of the bed—made for a great getting-ready corner.

As for my hair, earlier that year I’d tried out the Curly Girl method (no sulfate- or silicone-based products, to put it simply) and was really loving the natural curls that emerged. They’re still a little unpredictable depending on weather, etc., but I figured I’d roll with whatever my hair decided to do (very much emboldened by Mrs. Armadillo’s tress treatment). Since the more I mess with my hair, the less I’m happy with it, a couple of combs pulling up the sides and I was good to go.

Meanwhile, the photographers had arrived early in the hopes of getting some detail shots out of the way.

After a year and a half of waiting, it was just about time for the dress's debut.

After a year and a half of waiting, it was just about time for the dress’s debut.

My shoes for during and after the wedding.

My shoes for during and after the wedding

I spy a pair of bees and a little car brad along for the ride.

I spy a pair of bees and a little car brad along for the ride.


Getting ready was the other time I wondered if being alone would feel lonely—nope! I’d put together a playlist of fun pop songs to listen to while I got ready, and I could dance around the room or just relax, depending on what I felt like doing, and not having to talk or be “on.” Yet it was nice, knowing that we’d be the center of attention soon enough. Unlike the day before, I woke with nary a butterfly in sight; I was calm and collected, and truly looking forward to whatever the day would bring.

But first, it might be a good idea to get dressed”¦


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Wedding Date:
November 2013
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  1. parisian Bee
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 10:33 am

    I feel like I’ll be most nervous about the weather if it was rainy, and that could be a blessing if my nerves get all used up on worrying over the weather. 😉

  2. mspalmtree Bee
    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:00 pm

    This post makes a great case for not having a wedding party! Haha I was awakened at, like, 5:30am-6:00am by our hair and makeup team showing up to do all of the girls. . . and our wedding wasn’t until late afternoon! 😉

    Also: yay Bees!

  3. milkcow Bee
    Mrs. Milk Cow 216 posts, Helper bee @ 12:23 pm

    Your morning sounds so nice and relaxed! Our wedding isn’t until 5 – I’m so looking forward to trying to sleep in or at least lay around for a bit!

  4. msbicycle Bee
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 12:53 pm

    This sounds like a perfectly relaxing way to start the day!

  5. msfilly Bee
    Mrs. Filly 85 posts, Worker bee @ 3:28 pm

    Fantastic job with your makeup! You look so relaxed and happy!

  6. pyramid Bee
    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:28 pm

    Oh I love your Bees and car charm look there! And that Clinique primer sounds awesome, I might have to try that. I certainly get some redness around my face!
    And I love your curly hair!

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 8:14 pm

    This sounds like a heavenly morning – no stress, just getting BEE-yoo-tee-ful! Love your hair and makeup, and can’t wait to see your whole look come together, especially when it’s time for the monkey shoes. Glad you had photos made during the process, even though you skipped the traditional wedding party – you look so happy and peaceful!

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    cosmo_gmr 488 posts, Helper bee @ 5:06 am

    Yay for a quiet morning!

  9. jetsetter Bee
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 6:16 am

    I absolutely love the photo of your bouquet accents and your rings! The little touches are always my favorite.

  10. gondola Bee
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:13 am

    I love all of the detail photos- the shoes, the bees, etc. those slippers look so comfortable!

    I couldn’t agree with you more on the hair front- the more I mess with it the less I like it.

    Your makeup looks great!

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