I have very straight hair, which I wash before I go to bed, and then I wake up and its dry. It looks pretty much the same blown dry (something I’ve never personally done, although of course I’ve had it cut and dried before). My hair is fine so I don’t wear it up, and nothing much happens with it. I wear pretty minimal makeup, and I always skip those articles in magazines. I’m just not that into it.
I like something like this via Bridal Guide.
Which makes it all the more important I have a plan for my wedding day. MOH Sis insists I get my hair & makeup done, and that sounds easier than doing it myself. So, I’m in. I need to get my hair did.
During my pre-engagement stage (OK, I admit it, pre-boyfriend—I was totally single!) I loved to watch Say Yes to the Dress. In this episode one of the brides had a brooch bouquet. These are quite popular now, but back then I had never even heard of this. I texted MOH Glam that I just had to have one of these, to which she replied, “Ummm is there something you’re not telling me???” Flash forward several years, and when the actual wedding planning started Glam reminded me of the brooch idea. I still loved the concept, but I wasn’t sure about an entire bouquet of brooches with no flowers in sight! I’m not a huge flower person, or a huge traditionalist, but still…I always envision flowers on my wedding day. So I searched around (I know, big shocker, me…doing internet research), and I found this bad boy!
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Mr. S proposed in September at my parents’ house in New Jersey in front of both our families. We were in town to celebrate my mom’s birthday, and Mr. S requested that we have a big family breakfast at Denny’s before heading back to NYC. Of course I didn’t see it coming, because who expects a diamond ring when the day starts with breakfast at Denny’s?
Shortly after he put a ring on it, I experienced the Five Stages of Being Newly Engaged:
Disbelief. As Mr. S was getting down on one knee to propose, all I could think in my head was “I can’t believe this is happening!!! Is this really happening?!?” Even after he slipped the ring on my finger, I still couldn’t rationalize the events that had just transpired. After so many years of being boyfriend/girlfriend, we became fiancé/fiancée in just a matter of minutes!
(Ladies, you’re welcome.)
GIF via Popsugar
One of the things I was the most excited about for our wedding was creating the wedding website. I know it’s totally nerdy, but since I live and work online, I love this stuff. In fact, when a friend asked me recently to design a flyer for our 10-year high school reunion, I went for the extra credit and built a whole website. It seemed easier at the time than cramming all the info onto a 4×6 piece of paper.
Our wedding website, photo by Paige Jones
I definitely went for the extra credit on our wedding website, too. I outfitted our wedsite with all the bells and whistles, including an online RSVP form, since the idea of not knowing our final head count until, like, a month before the wedding freaks me the hell out. (There’s so much to do! How do you know how many everythings you need?)
I’m back, hive! The wedding is done, the gifts are unpacked and put away, the thank you notes have been written, the wedding diet (or lack thereof) is a thing of the past, and we’re settling nicely into married life. So far, so good. And now I can finally tell you about our blissful honeymoon. Buckle up—this is a LONG post.
“Sans souci” is French for “carefree,” and let me tell you, I cannot think of a better way to describe our honeymoon. For those of you who don’t remember, we opted to spend our honeymoon at Couples Sans Souci in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
We got married on a Saturday evening, and first thing that Monday morning (literally first thing—we left for the airport at 5:00 AM) we were off to Jamaica! The fact that there was still snow on the ground in Boston when we left made the fact that we were headed to the Caribbean even sweeter.
The most picturesque landing I’ve ever had.
Are you ready, hive? Pyramid invite week is here! That’s right, we’ve got an onslaught of RSVPs hitting the mailbox these days, so I figure it’s safe to share without spoiling any reader’s surprises (Hi, Pyramid guests that follow!).
From day one, I’ve said that if I could find an invitation suite—be it in a store, on Etsy, or another website like Minted—that was premade exactly how I wanted, I would buy it up and not look back. I wanted something pretty, but I didn’t want to commit many hours to customizing the design, the printing, the assembly, and the addressing. I’m not a designer, so it’s not like this was my area to shine. I just wanted something that would get the job done, but I also didn’t want to compromise on the elements that I wanted to include (can you see where this is going?).
I tried many times to search websites for a design, trying to just pick it and move on, but I was never able to find one that really satisfied me. I found myself browsing pages and pages of wedding invites and I discovered a ton of what I didn’t want, but nothing that I did. If it was formal enough, then it seemed boring; if it was fun enough, then it seemed too casual. At one point I found myself thinking “That invite looks like it’s trying too hard.” What? Who am I? What is this process doing to my head?
I couldn’t find any evidence to show that Jean Shrimpton said this, but the visual is too good./Photo found on Brighton the Day
Portraits of some cute dudes speak (again, mostly) for themselves…
Some of them look like they’re up to something. I’ll let you decide who.
The closer we get to the wedding (under three months, but who’s counting?), the more I seem to be talking about my “dream” wedding. Mr. MC and I have known from the beginning that we would have a pretty traditional wedding, complete with a hotel reception. That’s what works best for us and our families, and we’re really excited about it! But when planning that wedding and keeping everyone happy gets a little overwhelming, I like to think about the imaginary wedding we could be having instead.
I started thinking about my dream wedding the day I met with our florist for the first time. I was having trouble telling the florist what I wanted my bouquet to look like, so she told me to picture the flowers I would be holding in my ideal wedding to Mr. MC. I imagined myself in a garden, and that was that—my dream wedding was born.
I’m not actually planning this dream wedding, and I definitely don’t have a secret Pinterest board to go along with it, but it’s fun to think about sometimes.
In our dream wedding, we’d get married in a simple outdoor area, maybe a garden. Mr. Mc’s brother would officiate.
Because in our dream wedding, bugs and heat and rain don’t exist. / Image via Alison Vardy
I’d wear a loose, flowing dress. Mr. MC would wear “a white shirt and tie with teal pants.” (No comment there.)
Because in our dream wedding, the fact that this dress would look terrible on me doesn’t matter! / Image via Davids Bridal
I’d have a bouquet full of color and dimension, while Mr. MC would skip the flowers altogether.
We would write our own ceremony, say our own vows, and create our own traditions. At the end of the ceremony, we would share our first dance and feed each other a bite of our wedding cake—mostly because Mr. MC has been dreaming of the day he can smash cake on my face, and an imaginary wedding is the best (and only?) time to let him do that.
The imaginary wedding is beautiful and has a few things in common with our actual wedding, but is mostly the complete opposite. It is small and simple, focused just on the two of us and what we want. If it was our real wedding, I’d probably hate it. But all the differences make this wedding the perfect daydream escape!
Do you have an imaginary wedding you escape to sometimes, or am I in total crazy-bride mode right now?