We had the second floor of Garibaldi reserved for our reception, and guests entered by the staircase that was right next to the main restaurant entrance. When it was our turn to enter the reception, we waited at the bottom of the stairs for our cue.
While we all wait with baited breath for our photos to return and the start of recaps, how’s about I share our honeymoon with you all?
We did not head off right after the wedding was over. In fact, we stuck around Pennsylvania for another week. Why? Because all those visiting friends and family stuck around and we wanted to share that precious time with everyone that we only get to see every few years. We went site seeing with MOH Africa and her husband. We met up with Bro and Sis France for some goodbye hugs. We had lunch with Billie’s dad and step mom before they headed back to Florida. And we helped BM Cali celebrate her birthday. And then on the following Friday (bright and early), we headed to the Wyoming Valley Mall!! (haha, ok, not the mall, but the parking lot where we met our bus.)
Hive, as you know I booked our photographer Phil Steingard Studios months and months ago. Booking him was a bit of a splurge, but pictures are one of the biggest priorities in the wedding budget to me. (I mean us? Heh.) Since his day-of services were already a splurge, despite the fact that I really wanted to do one, I wasn’t sure if doing a trash-the-dress session could be squeezed into the financials. So at that time we just booked wedding day services with the option to add the TTD session later. However, I’m happy to say that after waiting several months, soul searching, and talking it out with Mr. BC, we officially booked a TTD session with PhotoPhil.
I am SO excited about this! Every destination bride I’ve talked to, including Mrs. Nacho’s (part 2 here) and Mrs. Meerkat (part 2 here) has told me to “do it!” and said that their TTD was one of their favorite parts of the wedding. I am, frankly, kind of relieved that we officially booked our TTD session. While I was nervous about spending the money for something kind of unnecessary, I was even more nervous about having a deep regret about skipping this amazing experience. It’s a huge relief (and extremely exciting) to have this decision made.
And just so you guys know, despite the session being called “trash the dress,” your dress doesn’t necessarily get trashed/ruined. Oftentimes it comes out of the ocean cleaner then before it went in. Another name for the photo session is “rock the frock.” I’ve always been partial to TTD, though.
I gotta give Mr. BC some props; I’m sure he could care less about TTD pics. But when I asked him about whether or not we should spend the extra $$, he asked me if it was something I really wanted to do. After I said yes, he said, “Then we should do it!” What a keeper. He’s so supportive.
One of the main reasons I love (and booked) PhotoPhil is for his amazing TTD pics. Take a look…
Whenever I post about our wedding decisions, I usually try to offer some back story. I figure it helps to know how we chose certain elements or to explain the significance of one thing or another. But four our ring bearer details, I got nothin’.
Our ring bearer himself is pretty special. He’s Roo’s youngest nephew, a really cute boy who’s into boy things, like Legos, Batman, and Lego Batman. But I have to admit that, unlike most other things about our wedding, I didn’t have a clear vision for what he would wear or carry down the aisle.
So we just…picked. No Pinspiration, no color swatches. We just picked stuff we liked and checked it off the list.
He’ll be wearing black, like the groomsmen. With a black polka dot bow tie that matches the groom’s polka dot necktie. We don’t want him in a jacket, so he’ll probably be wearing suspenders or a vest instead. We still need to figure that out. (Maybe some Pinspiration wouldn’t hurt…)