Since this wasn’t our cocktail hour, our guests spent cocktail hour mingling on the first floor of the mansion. While I was sad that our outdoor details never saw the sun (ha. Sun. Rain.), I loved all of the pretty little things I spent so much time on (with plenty of help of course). And of course, they’re the most relatable part from someone else’s wedding—they’re always the one I’m most excited to read. So let’s see how the Clover wedding turned out!
On the first floor, three rooms were used for dinner, then there was a bar in the solarium looking over the gardens, the front hall, the library and the dining room. In the library, we had our card and gift table (MOH Sis freaked out that the card basket needed to be closeable and hit Goodwill with Mama Clover the day before the wedding to find the little basket-suitcase.) (Do you live in Chicago and want my basket suitcase? PM me!)
Our photos finally came in! And you know what that means…recaps officially begin NOW!
We are SO pleased with our photos—all pictured here are courtesy of Ashley Jane Photography. Highly recommend her! Also, I’m a sucker for black & white version of photos, so you’ll notice that a lot of the ones I use are B&W
I woke up the morning of our wedding from a surprisingly good sleep—considering I don’t sleep as well without Mr. Llama, I didn’t expect to get as much sleep as I did, but I managed a healthy seven-ish hours!
Mr. S is a t-shirt and jeans kind of guy. That lucky bastard even gets to wear jeans to work. Because he can maintain such a casual wardrobe, he currently owns only one dark blue suit for whenever he needs to be more dressed up. Since he has some room to grow his formal wear collection, we decided that we would purchase Mr. S’s wedding attire rather than rent.
I like to think I’m pretty fashion savvy, but when it comes to menswear, I’m clueless. Sure I can pick out a few things for Mr. S, but to put together an entire OMG-so-amazing-groom-worthy outfit, I’m out of my depth. Mr. S isn’t well versed in formal menswear either since he rarely has to shop for such items. So when the awards shows rolled around earlier this year, we were paying particular attention to the actors walking the red carpet for inspiration.
When planning your wedding you look into every detail, making it specific to you, not just another party. One great way to do this is with your favors. This is the best way to thank your guests for coming and celebrating your big day. There are some favors that tons of brides and grooms use. You can find these on any wedding supply site. These ideas are so boring and most likely do not reflect who you and your soon-to-be spouse are. Why not make something special for your guests? This way they will know it came from your heart and are much more likely to keep and treasure it. What couple wants to be stuck with a hundred leftover coasters bought from a big chain store? Here are some ideas you can personalize and make your own, while still staying in the traditional favor category.
So what do you do when you know you want to call off your wedding? Well, it depends on how close you are to the wedding, of course! If you’re like me, you already have booked your wedding vendors, you already have purchased your wedding bands, and you already own a house together and share a bank account. So breaking up ain’t easy.
Step 1: Keep a Roof Over Your Head
For Monsieur P and me, one of the blessings was that we had a three-bedroom house, and spare bedroom furniture, because we had kept both of our bedroom sets when we moved in together. So after the breakup, we could at least sleep in separate rooms and neither of us was relegated to the couch. But yes, living with someone when you just crushed their world is, you guessed it, preeeeeeeeeeetty awkward. Oh, hey, thanks for ruining my life, are you done in the bathroom yet? Needless to say, I spent as much time as I could with my friends instead of at home in that awkward situation. And actually, even before the breakup I had been feeling pretty uncomfortable when I was at the house, which ruined any positive feelings of home for me. I was anxious to get out and started looking for apartments as soon as I could.
My baaaaaaaabies that I lost in the breakup, Griffey the cat and Josie the Frenchie. Sorry for the no makeup selfie, but they just look so amused.