I already shared our engagement photo shoot with you. Now, here’s what we used the photos for! After a LOT of debate and Photoshop time (sorry, Mr. Coral) we decided to abandon my original save-the-date idea (a watercolor map) and instead go with engagement photos. Honestly, they were too good not to share them. We decided to make a mini-collage of three of our favorite pictures, plus the wedding logo that Mr. Coral designed in Photoshop. It’s really simple, but we just wanted the pictures to stand out.
We ordered them from Vistaprint. Tip: Order postcards from the business marketing section and not the wedding section. They are significantly cheaper. We got 100 cards for less than $20, including our message printed on the back. Make sure you use Ebates (4%!) and Retail Me Not (free shipping!)! We saved a lot with cash back and coupon codes. Plus, my dad gave me a roll of postcard stamps the last time I went home. That made postage free to me! (Thanks, Dad!) So our total out-of-pocket cost was $16.99 (plus 68 cents cash back). That’s way under the $100 that I originally budgeted.
Did you know that there is a difference between “escort” cards and “place” cards? I first learned about the difference between these two things on My Fair Wedding. (Thank you, David Tutera! And thank you to Netflix streaming, without which I never would have heard of this show.)
According to The Wedding Yentas (I seriously love what you can find on the internet!), here is the difference:
Oh, Google…that was my auto fill when internet searching.
Once the girls were all ready it was time for me to get dressed. I waited until the last possible second to put mine on because 1) it was incredibly hot in that thing and 2) I pretty much was incapable of using the restroom in it until after we bustled the train.
Since my mom and the majority of my BMs are also relatively short, we knew that they were not going to be able to pull this monstrosity over my head (as we were instructed to do at the fitting) without completely undoing my hair. So we improvised. We took my slip skirt and shoved it under the dress (the dress basically stood up on the floor on its own at that point), and then I stepped into it from above. Then my mom snuck back out into the other room so that we could take pictures of the great reveal to my dad. My mom was so cute. (That’s the only picture she kept asking me if anyone took after the wedding, a picture of my dad seeing me for the first time. And luckily, my boss was on it and she snapped one for me.)
One of the best wedding decisions we made was to have a Flickr account for guests to upload their photos. I made some business cards through Vistaprint for really cheap and our wedding coordinator put them at each guest’s seat.
Front of the business card; back was directions to the website
I remember other bees saying they didn’t get a whole lot of photos, but I think putting them at each seat really helped with the amount we received.
Almost all of these next pictures come from guests photos. I was way too frazzled to take any pictures myself and it was wonderful to see what our guests were up to all weekend while Mr. CS and I were busy.
Leisurely days at the beach soon gave way to a hectic 48 hours. On the day of the rehearsal I went with a couple of bridesmaids and cousins to get our nails done, then back to the house to give commands gently ask my favorite aunts and uncles for help with some last minute wedding tasks.
Don’t they look so motivated
Before I knew it, it was time to walk down the aisle… for fake.
Gathering in the lobby
Me, Papa CS and our fantastic coordinator Daniella!
CS sisters are hams!
Our coordinator Daniella was all business and fantastic! Getting us to rehearse was similar to herding cats and she did an amazing job. I think we were in and out in about 20 minutes, but everyone knew exactly what they were doing and all questions were answered.
Off to the fun! As previously mentioned, we decided to rent a house in Cape May and host a Pig Roast for all our guests.
Perfect porch for a pig roast!
Did I mention the day before the wedding was also my birthday?
Our guests explored Cape May and found a yard sale. Stuffed birds make a perfect birthday gift.
The pig, all gone!
Our guests raved! about the pig roast. Pappy’s Pigs did a wonderful job of setting everything up and taking it all away. I didn’t have to worry about a thing which makes for a happy bride.
Around 10:00pm, I decided to leave to get my beauty rest and according to guest’s photos this is what happened…
I am so glad that our guests had a great time hanging out together even if I missed the fun. Mr. CS and I hoped that everyone would have a wonderful weekend and maybe see a wedding in-between. Mission accomplished!
Well, hive. This is it. It’s the day that I was supposed to become a Mrs. The day I was supposed to wear my fabulous Maggie Sottero Bernadette gown, and walk through a beautiful outdoor garden, say some nice things, exchange some shiny new bling, and celebrate with my husband, family, and friends in a warm and rustic park setting. The day I was planning for over two years. This was supposed to be the best weekend ever. The weather is even perfect for an outdoor wedding (always a freaking gamble in Pennsylvania).
I can say with all certainty that when I broke off my engagement to Monsieur P, I did not expect to feel a whole lot this weekend, or leading up to it. I thought the weekend would come and go like any other, as plans filled in on the days that I had previously left open for wedding festivities. My bridal shower day came and went, the bachelorette party day came and went, and I expected this weekend to be no different.
Recently I hung up a canvas print of Mr. D and me on our wedding day, a photo snapped moments after we said “I do.” It was the first wedding-related artwork that has hung on these walls (actually—some of the first artwork on these walls since we’ve moved in!).
After seeing it up, Mr. D asked, “Does it remind you of our wedding day or remind you that we’re married?”
I had to think about it for a few minutes, but decided that seeing that photo every day—it’s one of the first things I spot when I walk into the living room each morning—is a good reminder of the vows we’ve made. Not that I forgot we were married, but seeing that image sharpens those memories of everything we promised.
To me, nothing makes a gift feel more thoughtful than a little personalization. And what better way to do that than with a monogram? Whether you are looking for a gift for your mom, grandma, bridesmaids, sister, or friends, a monogrammed necklace is useful and unique. I have a monogrammed necklace that I wear almost daily, but with the big name change coming up, I’m looking into getting a few different ones to mix it up!