Once Sarah arrived, she got to work taking attire and floral detail shots as Auntie worked on my makeup. I am going to keep this post all about the pictures, because who doesn’t love ogling detail shots?? I am sure you are tired of hearing me talk, anyway.
First up: my beautiful ruffly dress! I had absolutely no regret the day of the wedding. None.
For those that are curious, it is Paloma Blanca 4116, with an altered sweetheart neckline.
Sigh. Those ruffles.
The brooch was my “something borrowed”—it was given to my mom when she was living in Japan.
I loved this painting, and thought it was the perfect backdrop for my dress!
Beautiful bouts by my fabulous, talented florist, McKenzie Powell. She is a rock star, you guys. A floral rock star. That’s a thing, right??
Love those berries! I am telling you—floral rock star.
Shoes #1—my sparkly purple heels! Still love wearing them with some skinnies and a tee.
Aaand, shoes #2—my sparkly reception flats.
Closeup of our rings on one of the bouts
My wedding-day jewelry—Tara pearl earrings that I purchased from Gilt (my “something new”), and a pearl necklace that Mr. CA gave to me for Christmas one year. I wanted to keep it simple (particularly since my dress was such an attention whore!).
My “something old”—the wedding rings of my maternal grandparents. McKenzie attached them to my bouquet, and I was so happy to keep them close to me all day since they could not be there with me physically.
And my “something blue!” My favorite perfume ever—Ralph Lauren Blue. It smells so fresh and so clean clean, with just a little subtle hint of femininity. Or something. Whatever, I am not a perfume connoisseur. Let’s just say it smells amazing. I was happy that it worked out that I could use it as my something “blue.” Win!
Now some closeups of the flowers by McKenzie. I actually was not sure what she was doing, exactly, for my bouquet or the flowers in general. She knew my aesthetic from various inspiration shots I sent her and our general color scheme. I told her I didn’t want anything too structured, we discussed specific flowers that she might use, but mainly I just let her do her thang. And she totally did. And it turned out more perfect than I could have ever planned myself.
Clematis is amazing. Seriously.
Love this other shot of my grandparents’ rings right next to mine. With me all day. Oh, and in case you are curious, I ended up wearing OPI’s Bubble Bath on my nails.
It was so fun seeing all of the random attire components come together—I was blown away with how things turned out. With all of those little details in place, it was time for getting-ready shots and putting on the dress!
Were you able to soak in all of the little details of your day? Did anyone else carry mementos of loved ones in their bouquets?
- Recaps commenced. Sort of.
- I got over my dress regret.
- We made it official. Legally.
- I stressed out big time.
- We did some last-minute prep.
- We rehearsed.
- Our wedding day arrived!
**All photography by Sarah Rhoads Photography unless otherwise noted**