Formal Bridal Portraits
All these photos are thanks to the one and only Amilia, of Amilia Photography.
Before I interrupted your regularly scheduled recap with a details post about our wedding day, we left off with us and our fabulous, fun bridal party down a trail in the woods. Before I jump into the beginning of our ceremony, I wanted to share some photos with you that I sort of hesitated to share at first. As a bit of introvert who is shy and self-conscious about pretty much everything, it is really hard for me to love, or even like, photos of just me. While I will share the crap out of a photo of Mr. Blue Moon and me (I mean, he’s so handsome), or myself in a group picture with family or friends, I am really not about being photographed by myself.
Though our photographer includes a separate day for bridal portraits (another popular Southern wedding tradition) in most of her packages, I firmly vetoed it because I just couldn’t imagine anything more horrible than spending hours being photographed by myself, being told how to pose, and (potentially) screwing it up with all of the weird and awkward stuff I do. Though I know Amilia would have done a lovely job, bridal portraits with anyone sounded like a special form of torture to me.
Sparkly Bridal Accessories
Along with the shoes, I don’t know what I’m doing about jewelry, but I’ve got a few ideas. I just have to nail down a color palette first. Do I go gold or do I go silver. Do I mix metals? If I go gold, does it matter that my engagement ring is white gold?
Annnyway—here’s what I’m thinking:
- Skip the earrings: For some reason my ears are super sensitive…no matter what kind of metal I wear. I want to be at least somewhat comfy on my wedding day, and not worrying about sore ears is a good step.
- Statement necklace: Something eye catching, sparkling and unique—MAYBE something colorful?
- Hair bling: Maybe a headband, maybe a comb or clip—something vintage inspired, sparkly, and pretty. I AM wearing a veil (more on that in another post), but I’m not wearing it the whole night. So something pretty.
Wedding Day Timeline
Sorry, hive, for being a bad bee. I’m back to finish off these recaps. Let’s go.
I wanted to quickly share our wedding timeline in order to provide some context to my recaps. Feel free to steal and alter this timeline. It worked great for us—I wouldn’t change a thing. We didn’t feel rushed while getting ready, had plenty of time for photos before our ceremony, and felt like our reception was well timed.
Mr. H and little H enjoy a quiet moment on our wedding day. “Why does the timeline say ‘drop off at dog sitter’ for me?” | Source: personal
A note that this is more of a “people logistics” timeline. Our coordinator set delivery times with our florist/baker/other vendors that aren’t included in this timeline.
Our timeline, for our 4:30 PM ceremony, looked like this:
We’re not quite sure what we did before Wayfair came around. If you’re outfitting a new house or apartment, you know exactly how thrilling it is to find the perfect piece of furniture at a price you can actually afford. With one of the largest and most versatile selections of furniture and home goods in the world, it makes total sense that Wayfair is getting in on the registry game. Wayfair wants you to be one of the first to experience their brand spanking new registry—and while you’re at it, enter to win their sweepstakes.
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We had a blast scrolling through their pages of goodies to pick our favorites. Keep reading to see our top registry picks from Wayfair that you won’t find at any of the traditional registry shops.
It’s no secret that Chip and Joanna of HGTV’s Fixer Upper have helped bring modern farmhouse style to the mainstream. This creamy white pitcher would be right at home in their Texas farmhouse kitchen, serving up some lemonade with a big plate of cookies.
So technically you probably don’t NEED a wine flight kit…but how cute would this bamboo and slate tray be for a romantic evening at home with your newly minted spouse?
If you like the sleek and simple look when it comes to flatware, this five-piece set is perfection.
This cutting board with the diamond cut-outs makes a bold and fun accent for your kitchen.
How amazing are these art deco inspired plates for a mid-century style home? Great Gatsby dinner parties, anyone?
Use your wedding registry as an opportunity to upgrade your Craiglist or hand-me-down furniture with fun pieces, like this bold striped chair, which makes the perfect accent piece for a neutral living room.
We fell in love with this sweet little lacquered box with an agate accent on top. Available in three sizes, it’s perfect for holding your sweetest keepsakes (or for stashing your remotes in the prettiest way).
This versatile statement decor piece would look at home with so many different styles. Instant room makeover!
These bowls are the perfect pop of color for a floating shelf or a dining room table. Or just for eating ramen in your PJs on the couch.
Start your first DIY project as a newlyweds and add this gorgeous chandelier to your dining room or foyer. Boom! Instant rustic appeal.
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Wedding Table Numbers on Copper Stands
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Outdoor Bridal Processional
While MOH R, Bridesmaid A, and I hid behind some well placed bushes, the processional started up. First, our officiant and groomsmen/co-best men A and B entered from the side.
Next came my uncle, with my mom on his arm. I’d originally planned to have my uncle walk my grandmother in and my mom walk in with my brother, but I found out about a month before the wedding that he would not be able to make it.
Green and Purple Wedding Details
All photographs are thanks to our extraordinary photographer, Amilia from Amilia Photography.
I’m interrupting your regularly scheduled programming to talk about some of my favorite details of our wedding. Detail posts have always been some of my favorite of the blog posts, and I’m so excited to share some of our special details with you all! We were able to incorporate a lot of our random ideas thanks to spending so long in the planning process. I think our venue and planning team executed our vision so perfectly, and I could not have been happier with how it all turned out!
Here’s a photo of my wedding shoes with my mom’s toe clips from her wedding day. I ended up hot gluing these bad boys on because people don’t really sell toe clips anymore. No shame.
Wedding Church Choir
Ah, music—the soul of any good party! Benjamin and I always agreed that we would hire a DJ rather than a band for our reception. This decision was made even easier when two different friends recommended Toast and Jam, a DJ company that bills itself as “the antidote to the cheesy wedding DJ.” When we met with Rachel, one of the wonderful women who works with T&J, I was instantly at ease. She totally got our preferences (a lot of late ’90s for the dance floor; a little Rat Pack, a little Vince Guaraldi for cocktail hour), and I trust her intuition when reading the room. That’s one of the things Toast and Jam emphasizes—their skill in choosing the playlist based on the vibe of the party. Add to that the amazing pun in their company name, and we were sold!
Of course, that still left the ceremony music. When Benjamin and I first started planning our liturgy, we assumed we would have the traditional church organ and cantor. But St. Clement does music exceptionally well, so when I saw that other instruments were an option, I asked Ben if he wouldn’t mind paying a little extra for a trumpet. I love trumpets—they are so associated with Christmas and images of angelic, heavenly music (art history major here) that I had to do it.
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- Walk a Mile in These Shoes by Miss Wishbone
- In Which We Almost Don’t Hire a Videographer (Spoiler: We Do) by Miss Sixpence
- Happily Feather After: Early Mornings & Little Somethings by Mrs. Feather
- Happily Feather After: Getting Pretty by Mrs. Feather
- Real E-Rings: Morganite Engagement Rings
- Rehearsal Dinner Decor: Flower Edition by Miss Ice Cream Sundae
- Once in a Blue Moon: The Girls Get Made Up by Mrs. Blue Moon
- Once in a Blue Moon: Like Father, Like Daughter by Mrs. Blue Moon
- Best Officiant Ever! by Miss Wishbone