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.
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”¦
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.
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:
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:
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.
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!
*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”¦
- My underwear was nabbed by the underwear bandit.
- We did last minute errands in Atlanta, then drove to Blairsville, where I had an emotional moment in the courthouse getting our marriage license.
- I got emotional at our rehearsal. Then it was off to bed, where my Ambien caused some unexpected weirdness.
- I awoke on my wedding day, and headed off to get ready with my bridesmaids (and give them some gifts!)
- My braided hairstyle was everything I ever dreamed of.
- After putting on my veil, it was time to head over to where I was getting married!!
- The bridesmaids got dressed, and then I got dressed!!
- I showed off my accessories, which featured turquoise tights, a fab hair flower, and a bright pink crinoline!
- The bridesmaids and I took some super fun photos, and then I took some solo shots. And then the guys got in on the photo fun.
- I squealed with excitement over our wedding video sneak peek.
- The girls feasted on snacks while the guys panicked.
- We processed in, and Mike began our ceremony. We said our vows (which were written on our manatee cards), exchanged rings, and Mr. Whale sang a special song.
- I hugged some people, even though I felt awkward. Then we moved on to family photos.
- The wedding party posed, jumped, and ran! Mr. Whale and I took some pictures together.
- We kicked the reception off with some Montell Jordan and Van Halen! Then we chowed down on dinner and cake.
- We heard some musical toasts and then toasts from my dad, the best man, and the maid of honor. Then Mr. Whale and I put on a special performance of our own.
- We swayed to our Get Up Kids first dance. Then we opened up the dance floor.
- Our guests loved the photobooth and the mad libs.
- Mr. Whale and some of the guys had an impromptu singalong to “Piano Man”.
- I share all the details, including a lot of DIY.
- The partying continued, with an air guitar battle, Don’t Stop Believing, and a special Beastie Boys performance.