Bridal Party Processional
All photos are thanks to the absolutely extraordinary Amilia of Amilia Photography.
Right on the dot of four o’clock, as we ladies were hidden away in the green room, our wedding planner shut the inner doors to the sanctuary and started lining the grandmothers, mothers, and groomsmen up as we had decided the previous night at the rehearsal.
Our musicians began playing an instrumental version of “Moon River,” by Henry Mancini, which is the title theme to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, one of my all-time favorites. I could hear them begin playing it, and the nerves probably hit me harder at that point than they had all day. My stomach was in knots, I was so afraid that I was going to trip. I might be a teacher who spends like six hours a day presenting material to people, but the stage fright was still real for me in this moment.
Before the grandmothers were seated, Mr. Blue Moon, Steve (our officiant), and Best Man L entered the sanctuary from the other end of the building. They were actually like a minute delayed because they totally forgot which song they were supposed to come out on. Apparently they discussed whether this was the right song or not for a full minute before deciding to come on out. I think it’s pretty funny, since Mr. Blue Moon is usually the super punctual one.
My granddaddy was also wheeled in around this time by my uncle, and our photographer snapped this sweet shot of him waiting on the ceremony to begin. We lost my Granny last year, who basically raised me until I was five, and I really wish she had been with us; but I’m so happy Granddaddy was able to make it!
Winter Bridal Accessories
Every bride knows that what you wear on your wedding day extends far beyond the gown you choose. As I sat down to write about the accessories I selected, I realized that I had bought everything online (and subsequently cracked myself up titling this post). I enjoy brick-and-mortar shopping, but I definitely feel there are often better deals to be had on the good ol’ web. So without further ado, here are the Sixpence accoutrements:
Something blue | Image via Lord & Taylor
SHOES. I really wanted to do the “something old, something new” tradition for some reason, so I scrapped my original plans for nude flats and chose these instead. I can manage well in wedges (true heels are another story), and I figured navy suede was appropriate for the season.
DIY Wedding Details
When I started the wedding planning process, I had big plans when it came to DIY…I was going to do the cake, the flowers, the decor, the favors, signs, and even the invitations. And honestly, if I had another six months, or a less hectic work schedule, that’d still be the plan.
But the closer I get to the wedding, the more I find myself thinking: Life’s too short to make yourself crazy. It’s worth just paying someone to do it right.
Plus, I’ve got Mr. W and my dad (can we call him Reverend Dad now?) telling me the same thing—let it go. It’s not worth it.
Now, this isn’t to say DIY can’t be stunning—but to make them look amazing, you’ve got to invest in materials, time, and personal sanity. Whenever I think of a DIY done right, Mrs. Squid’s AMAZING invitations come to mind…I mean, SERIOUSLY?
Photo by the amazing Mrs. Squid
Groomsmen in Argyle Socks
Hiya, bees! I’m still waiting for all our pro photos before I start my recaps but have been assured by my photographer that we should receive them by the end of November. We have received a handful of “highlight” photos, but I wanted to wait until we received the full lot before starting recaps.
Until then, I wanted to share the gifts we got our groomsmen as Mr. Eel put a lot of thought and effort into deciding what to give them. Our first gift to our groomsmen were the suits they wore for the wedding. We ended up getting a really good deal on them ($150 each). We also gifted them their dress shirts, ties, and matching socks. I mentioned this previously, but for those of you who are joining my blogging journey now, it is customary in my area for the couple to pay for the wedding-party attire. It would have cost us just as much to rent suits, so we decided it was more economical to just purchase.
Mason Jar Centerpieces with Faux Florals
craftyblonde is selling a set of DIY mason jar centerpieces with faux florals. She is asking $200 for eight large and eight small centerpieces.
Have a wedding item for sale? Post it with pictures in the Weddingbee Classifieds, and you might see it featured on the blog!
Other great items for sale:
Personal Wedding Vows
You don’t need to look further than our vows to get an idea of how different Mr. Feather and I are. I started writing my vows about three months before the wedding. Mr. Feather started his vows two days before and finished/edited them with Best Man B as they were getting ready that morning. Which personally would’ve given me a heart attack, but Mr. Feather works best under a little bit of pressure. And his vows were phenomenal (and also, incredibly funny!).
He drew a beautiful picture of our lives together: from meeting on a park bench in San Francisco (with a little help from OkCupid), to moving across the country (three times), to adopting a dog, to running from a bear (we are still not 100% sure if it was a bear, but it sounded a lot like a bear…always hike with bear spray!).
Airbrush Wedding Makeup
All photos by the outstanding Laurel Mountain Photography!
After a quick pit stop at Mama Dreamcatcher’s to get my dress, we arrived at Linden Hall around 11:15 AM. Our vendors weren’t arriving until 1:00 PM, so there was plenty of time to relax, eat lunch, and set up a few things. Our ceremony took place in the garden of the Mansion at Linden Hall, so the “getting ready” area was the upper floor of the building. We had lots of fun exploring the gorgeous rooms!
Before I knew it, though, makeup, our photographers, and our florist all showed up. In hindsight…it’s definitely best to stagger these things because I felt a tad bit overwhelmed when everyone started asking me questions. After a few moments of giving directions, I sat down and began to get my makeup done!
Bridesmaids Pre Ceremony
After finishing up our before-the-ceremony photos, I piled into my parents’ car with my youngest brother, Groomsmen S, who is in high school, and complained mightily about how my dress was taking up most of the back seat (some things never change). Mr. Blue Moon, his family, and the rest of our wedding party carpooled over in various combinations ahead of us, with two groomsmen making quick stops to pick up their dates. As you might imagine, we were all running a few minutes behind at this point, and a few of our guests beat us to the church.
Photo by Amilia Photography
Once we arrived, Mr. Blue Moon, our officiant, and Best Man L were hidden away in a room behind the altar. Our other groomsmen were set in the front entry to seat our guests. Our wedding planner, Adriel, whisked my bridesmaids and me into the nursery at the front of the church to await the start of the ceremony. This nursery room was awesome because it contains a one-way mirror looking out at the sanctuary space, which we were greatly entertained by as we watched the guests arrive. It was also pretty fun for selfies.
Unique Diamond Cuts
We’ve shared the round diamonds and the cushion cuts, the pears and the squares…but there are some diamond cuts that don’t quite fit into any of our categories. Check out the beautiful unique diamond cuts we’ve got for you today, from real brides in the hive, as always.
For those playing catch-up, we launched a set of ring surveys, starting with 15 different styles of engagement rings (you can find them here and at the bottom of this post, as well as on the Boards as a stickied post). All you do is fill out the survey corresponding to your ring style (round diamond, moissanite, sapphire, etc.), which will prompt you to upload your ring photo to the Weddingbee Gallery, and then once at least 10 people with that style of ring have filled out the survey, it will become a post on the Weddingbee blog!
The posts will continuously be updated to reflect new ring submissions, and eventually we hope they will be an amazing repository of REAL engagement rings to inspire bees for years to come.
Note: If you’ve filled out the survey but haven’t yet submitted a photo, it’s not too late to be included in this post! Simply email your photo along with your Weddingbee username and ring style category to mouse (at) weddingbee (dot) com, and we’ll add it to the post!
Submit your ring deets here:
- Cubic Zirconia (or other lab grown; all cuts)
- Diamond Asscher
- Diamond Cushion
- Diamond Emerald
- Diamond Other Cuts
- Diamond Oval
- Diamond Pear or Marquise
- Diamond Princess or Square
- Diamond Radiant
- Diamond Round
- Moissanite (all cuts)
- Morganite (all cuts)
- Non Stone (e.g., claddagh, knot, milgrain, etc.)
- Sapphire (all cuts)
- Other Gemstone (all cuts)
OK bees, get ready for some unique diamond other cuts from Weddingbee members.
bauhinia‘s Old European cut diamond ring with side baguettes
Why did you or your FI choose this ring? This was a family heirloom. The diamond came from my great-grandmother’s Edwardian era tiara.
Where did you purchase your ring? heirloom
Carat size: 3.8