So today is the day where I planned to share many heartfelt words with you about a day I will never forget. A day I got to where a big sparkling white dress. A day where 6 pounds of makeup had nothing to do with being at a drag show.
Our wedding was a magical one. The weather was hot, the swimming pool was full and somehow we all managed to set up some tables and chairs for people to sit at. And while the flowers, the guests and OF COURSE the attire was of the utmost importance – getting married trumped it all.
I would like to say I wrote every last detail down to the bud vase, but I didn’t. I couldn’t. The photos mostly speak for themselves so here we go!
That morning I woke up naturally pretty early. I padded around the kitchen in fluffy socks and obvs my “Bride” rhinestone tank because I am a BWG (basic white girl). I drank coffee and had a little yogurt + cereal while I chatted with my sisters and best friend Holly.
Bryan and his brothers and friends hung by the pool all morning NO FAIR.
I started getting myself ready pretty early. One tip I have learned from not only our wedding but being in a few others is that time goes by FAST. Four hours may seem like forever to get ready but BELIEVE ME, you’ll need it. I took a lady bath (aka body shower) and then used my nice Jo Malone lotion everywhere. Then I did my makeup. If you want a complete explanation of how I did that, click here.
After that my sister’s girlfriend Shannon came in and did my hair. I wore Euronext extensions in the 20″ length from Sally’s Beauty and Shannon clipped those in and curled my whole head. Next, we played around with it. I thought I wanted it all down to create that un-done, careless-yet-chic look but we ended up all liking it half-up better. So, she pulled it up, gave me a little volume and a nice lil side part. Shannon is the best!
Our photographer Alisha arrived while I was getting ready and captured everything beautifully. My favorite moment was when all my best friends came in and hung out for a bit…it was majesty.
Then I got in my dress with the help of Megan and my Mom. My dress did come with straps but they were pretty thick bra-looking ones so my Mom and I found some dainty rolled satin ribbon at JoAnn’s and (in the words of Tim Gunn) made it work.
When I was all ready, it was time for the “first look”. OK guys, the first look is like GAG CITY. It is so cheesy and gross but yeah, I guess I did want a photo of the first time Bryan saw me in my dress.
Then we went and took pictures all over the property and our brothers and sisters joined in too.
We took a lot of breaks and were able to go back inside and cool down in the AC because we had plenty of time before the wedding. This I attribute solely to our photographer Alisha’s remarkable ability to keep a nice pace. She was amazing, laid back and SO professional. We also became fast friends and I wish I lived in Spokane so I could be closer to her!
I was drinking as much water as I could all day but it was HARD. I didn’t feel like eating or drinking anything all day and Holly (bless her heart) kept shoving turkey+cheese roll-ups in my face and making me drink water. That girl.
Right before the ceremony, we all took shots of Ciroq because we are gangster like that.
As soon as it was time to actually walk down the aisle I started getting SERIOUS anxiety. Thank the Lord my Dad was with me because he can literally be the most calming human on earth when others are freaking out. I took a couple sips of wine to take the edge off my nerves and we strolled down the aisle together.
The ceremony was short, sweet and I will not forget one word. Our great friend officiated for us and he couldn’t have done a better job.
The reception was wonderful. Nobody gave a bad speech and I was SO touched by what everyone had to say. Bryan’s brothers melted my heart and I am SO happy that I can say I have bros now. They are perfect.
The food was by Andrae’s Kitchen and was AMMMMAZING. Hat tip to Andrae and his staff because they killed it. Our desserts were wonderful and SO perfectly arranged and baked by my sis Rachel.
We danced WELL into the night and had many folks leaving after 1 am. I am pretty sure that means they had fun…
A wonderful day with wonderful people and of course, a wonderful man! Love you Bryan.
*All photos by Allie Hannah Photography