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:
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.
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?
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.
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!).
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!
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.
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.
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!
Mr. Feather and I decided early in the planning process that we would write the script for our secular ceremony as well as our own vows. It was a ton of work, but absolutely worth it in the end to have a ceremony that included everything we felt strongly about. I’ve included a few snippets from our ceremony text—hopefully they can help another couple looking for something similar!
Welcome & Moment of Silence
We started our ceremony with some brief words of welcome and thanks for the role our family and friends have played in our lives, both together and apart. Almost all of our guests traveled from hundreds of miles away to watch us get hitched, which meant so, so much to us.