Hello my crazy friends!
I can not believe it has been almost 5 months since Alex and I got married. Is that for real?!?!
I thought I would do a nice little recap of the best. day. ever!
We decided on a smaller wedding (about 70 people were in attendance) and we could not be happier about that decision. Not only did our bank account thank us, but it just seemed a lot more intimate and we could interact with just about everyone throughout the night without feeling rushed or guilty. Perfect!!
So here is my recap of October 19, 2013:
Thursday, my mom was already in town and I had an appointment at The Flowerman, to make my own bouquets. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to save money on flowers for their wedding and lives in Columbus. First of all, it is way cheaper than having a florist do all the labor and you get to bring your own beverages(champagne for us), snacks and friends and family along to enjoy the process. It is also pretty cool knowing you made your bouquets. My sister-in-law, Emily and my mom were with me to help. There is also a professional there to help you along and make sure the bouquets/centerpieces look great!
Once we were done (took about 3 hours), the bouquets were placed in a refrigerator that keeps them from blooming until the big day.
Friday, we had quite a few friends and family fly/drive in to Columbus from all over; Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, Massachusetts, Texas. It is such a special feeling knowing all these amazing people showed up just for us!
Friday was a blast! Pretty much everyone was in town at this point and we hung out at the hotel and drank delicious champagne (Thanks Brant!!) and caught up with each other for a while. Before we knew it, it was time to head out to our “rehearsal dinner” at Marcello’s for Italian food and more good company. I put rehearsal dinner in quotes because we didn’t rehearse our ceremony, we just went for it! Rebels! Dinner lasted for a couple of hours and then we made our way to a cute little bar right next to our hotel and hung out a bit longer. It is always such a blast to have everyone you care about in one space enjoying each others company…and cocktails.
A little after midnight, I was forced to leave Alex and head back to the hotel with a few of my bridesmaids and closest girlfriends who stayed with me in my hotel room. I wasn’t nervous at this point, just really excited!! We got back to the hotel room and chatted for a while, and took silly pictures before calling it a night. I passed right out and I am pretty sure I didn’t wake up until 7am.
We grabbed some breakfast at the hotel and on the way back up to the room, I started to get nervous. My girls immediately made me a mimosa and I felt better =) At 9am, my hair and makeup girls showed up and it was time for pampering! I love getting my hair and makeup done and these girls did an amazing job! My makeup stayed fresh looking all day, even in the rain!
PS: I love the fact that it rained all morning. It was so peaceful and once it cleared just in time for outdoor photos, the ambiance was perfect for photography.
Once I was done with my makeup and hair, I sat down and just looked around the room at everyone getting ready. I wanted to take it all in because at this point it was almost 11 and I only had a few hours before everything would be a whirlwind. My mom was getting her hair/makeup done, Jamily and Jessica were working on each others hair, Bethany and Kim were doing makeup and my mother in law and sister-in-law were hanging out with us as well.
I was also thinking about what the guys were up to just two floors down from us!
After my wonderful makeup and hair ladies left, my photographers, AJD Image, showed up and it was time to slip on my dress. This was quite comical because my dress had a million buttons and needed a small tool to hook them so my sister and mom had a blast buttoning me up. I had the other girls sit in another room and wait for me to reveal the dress once I was in it. It was an emotional moment and I loved seeing their reactions when I opened the door. It was also cool that my photographer was right behind me to capture their expressions.
The boys were downstairs getting ready and our photographers left for a bit to capture them as well. I am so glad they did because obviously I was not down there hanging out with them and it was neat to see those moments captured as well.
The photographers came back up to our room to capture some last moments before it was time to head to the ceremony. I remember feeling so calm at this point and just looking around at all the love in one room. Everyone was so happy and beautiful and I just couldn’t wait to see Alex!
Before we knew it, it was time to be swooped away to the ceremony. My brother drove me there and as soon as I saw him downstairs, I lost it! He looked so handsome and his smile was so big when he saw me.
I will have another recap coming soon since this one has gotten a little long! Be back in a few for part 2.