I woke up early on the morning of our wedding, and much to my delight and surprise it was a gorgeous and sunny day. Perhaps because Oahu was all rained out from the prior days, there was no rain left to be had on our wedding day. Either way, it was a good sign for the day ahead.
Our wedding site the morning of
Mr. Eel had already started getting breakfast ready, so I jumped in and helped him with our final tag-team task as an unmarried couple. We weren’t really concerned with traditions like not seeing each other before the ceremony, and seeing him that morning helped to ease my nerves. Everyone else was still waking up, so while we cooked breakfast together we shared an excited “We’re getting married today!”
Like many before us, the Horseshoes decided to visit Oahu, Hawaii for our honeymoon. Best decision ever. Friends kept telling us that it was unlike any other place in the world and that we’d be hooked. Spoiler alert: They were right.
Mr. Horseshoe and I decided to delay our honeymoon by a few weeks after our wedding—definitely a good decision for us. It was nice to settle down and decompress a tiny bit from our wedding before the real relaxation began.
Quicksand roses are definitely a new favourite of mine.
There were also other minor benefits like us being able to enjoy our flowers for a bit longer after our wedding. Our beautiful ceremony “milk jug” pieces lasted a good couple of weeks.
Kicking Off the Wedding Weekend: Beach Wedding Rehearsal
We’ve finally come to the point where I can start the Eel wedding recaps! We received the last of our professional wedding photos, and I can’t wait to share them with you all. But before we get to the actual wedding day, let’s rewind to Thursday, August 18, 2016.
It was an overcast and rainy day, which was not a good sign for our upcoming outdoor Saturday wedding. The forecast was rain for the remainder of the weekend, but I tried to push that out of my mind as we got ready to leave for our beach house. It turned out to be a task that wasn’t very hard to do as there was so much to be excited about waking up that morning—Mr. Eel was officially on vacation, BM C and her husband were flying in from Santa Barbara that morning, and the rest of our wedding party was en route to meet us at the beach house for a weekend sleepover (and not to mention a wedding).
The view from the patio of our beach house on Thursday: The weather left much to be desired, but you can’t go wrong with ocean front property, a hammock, and a crazy beautiful view.
As soon as we all arrived, we cracked open some beers and wine, and kicked off our wedding weekend. It was a relaxed afternoon spent with our closest friends and just what I needed to calm my nerves before our wedding day. That night I took my bridesmaids, mom, and future mother-in-law to dinner at a local restaurant known for their massive prime rib, while Mr. Eel and the boys (his groomsmen, my dad and brother, and my future stepfather-in-law) stayed back at the beach house and ordered pizza.
Let Them Eat Cakes (Eight, That Is): Wedding Cake Buffet
Guys, I finally did it. I picked a wedding cake. Or rather, I picked wedding cakes. Eight of them, to be exact.
As you may remember, I was having a harrrrd time picking the cake. Blame it on my pastry-chef past—it’s not easy putting down a few hundred bucks on something I could do myself (and could do better, in some instances).
But believe it or not, we nailed down flavors—without EVER tasting the cake.
How? Well, I trusted my dad, mom, and sister to do it. And one day, my dad and sis went on a cake tasting, brought back leftovers for my mom, and sent Mr. W and me a VERY detailed email regarding each flavor, along with this shot of the tasting cupcakes.
Cupcakes at the tasting | Photo courtesy of my dad
We asked for ’em, you gave ’em to us…pics and ring specs galore! There are some truly drool-worthy round diamond engagement rings in this post, so whether you’re just browsing to see what’s out there or you’re trying to decide what type of ring to purchase, here’s a great place to start. Pin it, bookmark it, email the link to your BFF to covertly send to your SO. And then sit back and enjoy.
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 we hope they will be an amazing repository of REAL engagement rings to inspire bees for years to come. Make sure to check out the top of the post for the newest engagement rings.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll add it to the post!
Dollie87‘s Edwardian replica diamond ring with white gold
Why did you or your FI choose this ring? I knew that I wanted a vintage or vintage-inspired ring. DH and my sister went shopping together and chose this ring. They went with this dealer because they had a really good shopping experience, compared with really negative experiences with other jewelers who sell vintage jewelry or design custom rings.
Livin’ It Up in Indy: Classic and Fun Emerald and Purple Wedding
This adorable real couple of the hive tied the knot in their hometown of Indianapolis. The gorgeous ceremony and reception incorporated both classic elements and offbeat ones, such as a “parent vow” section in their ceremony (full script below!). Keep reading to see all the fun and inspiring details from Lavender28‘s wedding day.
We are now opening this series up to nominations, so if you’ve seen a wedding on the Weddingbee boards that you think would be perfect for this series, send an email to email@example.com with a link to the recap thread you want to nominate, or you can directly PM Mrs. Mouse with your nomination.
Horseshoes Get Hitched: Fun Wedding Reception Games
Mr. Horseshoe and I were absolutely flying after our ceremony. We were giddy with excitement and had a lot of fun mingling with our guests during our cocktail hour.
Time certainly did fly by on our wedding day. I love this shot. | Photo by PMG Image
Dinnertime came upon us quite quickly, something I remember feeling thankful for as I was starting to feel low on energy. I, being a super classy lady, couldn’t resist plopping down on the ground for a quick rest while our guests were getting settled for dinner.
Pulling It All Together: Chicago Skyline Wedding Invitations
Well, I finally had my first wedding-related meltdown—and to be clear, it was completely irrational, completely kept to myself, and over in a matter of minutes.
Why? Because the countdown clock ticked to under 100 days, I was deep in the middle of proofreading my invitation inserts (yup, late to the game), looking at the ridiculous to-do list that seems to be growing rather than shrinking, and also stressed at work
So I buckled down, did a jigsaw puzzle (my chosen stress relief), and got the heck over it.
And those invites I mentioned? Well, I haven’t assembled them yet, or sent them out, but we’ve got our aesthetic down. I’ve got the designs down. And I’ve even got the main invites and the pocketfolds sitting in my office at home.
Stock image of our invites—we removed the monogram up top. | Image via Wedding Paper Divas | Side note: I LOVE that Trump tower didn’t make the skyline.
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