Told you I was going to go back over all of the lovely events that have happened over the last 3-4 years! Apologies in advance 🙂 I especially apologize to anyone that I know personally who reads this as they are probably SO OVER our wedding at this point! But anyway, on with the overkill….
We got married on September 24, 2016 (seems like so long ago!) at Hamilton Farm Golf Club. The day started out cloudy, drizzly and cool. But as we got ready in the mansion on the grounds, the skies opened and the sun started to shine through!
I remember being so calm that morning even though leading up to the day I was a frazzled bridezilla who’s attention to detail was keeping her up all night, every night. I thought I had forgotten some important detail or factor or that the things that I had planned with each separate vendor wouldn’t look right when they all came together. Oh, not to mention that the week leading up to the wedding I totaled my car, had to board our super nervous dog (who hates being anywhere but in our home) and :minor detail: my dress hadn’t arrived when it was supposed to. The morning of the rehearsal dinner/day before the wedding, we were on the phone with customer service — they had scheduled the dress to SHIP the day it was supposed to ARRIVE. We finally got to someone just below the OWNERS and she gave me her personal number while she was out to hunt down my dress. It was at FedEx just outside of the city! WHAT? She had a driver go to pick it up and drive it an hour to the rehearsal dinner site. Wow. Talk about last minute!
But that morning of the wedding…. calm. Total zen. Like nothing that had happened that week or night before even occurred. I just soaked in every moment, had fun with my bridesmaids and the hair/makeup team getting ready.
So remember how I was saying I was an anxiety-ridden mess leading up to the day? Yep, that was me. I had buyers remorse as soon as we left Kleinfeld’s, thinking “was that really MY dress?” I love clothes and fashion so picking ONE dress without seeing EVERYTHING that was in the store… ugh I get antsy thinking about it. But zipping up that Monique Lhuillier ruffle tiered ball gown was just about as close to a religious experience as dresses get! I had a window overlooking the grounds and seeing everything being set up was magical!
Stepping outside knowing I would get to see Matt for our first look, I started to get butterflies. I couldn’t contain my excitement when I saw his back turned to me and our photographer said “Okay, go tap him on the shoulder” that I went and squeeze his sides (not the greatest in photos LOL but it was so much more “us” than a tap on the shoulder). As soon as I saw his face and hugged and kissed him, I was soooo ready to marry this man. I won’t get too mushy here but even thinking about it now puts a big smile on my face.
The ceremony was so beautiful! The string trio played “A Thousand Years” as I walked down the aisle to my groom. The path to him was all stone, so I held on so tightly to my dad’s arm as I just thought “Just find the next stone and DON’T FALL!” Oh, and remember that sun that started to shine through the clouds? Well at the end of September it was around 75-80 degrees even at the 5pm ceremony.We were all SWEATING but it didn’t matter, we were married!!!
Next was cocktail hour! It was beautiful but so rushed (for us) with photos being taken and trying to say hello to everyone! The reception was so much fun. We had planned a choreographed first dance that one of my best friends/bridesmaids helped us with. The night was full of dancing, laughing and cake! We finished off with a sparkler exit that happened in the wrong location (our photographer and videographer were waiting for us somewhere else) but one of my super quick-thinking bridesmaids grabbed a bunch of left over sparklers and saved the night! The photos were epic!
Photographer: Christy Nicole
Florist: Blue Jasmine
Cake: The Vintage Cake
Invitations/Calligraphy: Design House of Moira