Wedding Recap Part 3

Happy Friday!

I woke up and completed a total upper body workout and 30 minutes on the spin bike. I love spin!!

Here is what my workout looked like:

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I performed all the exercises 4×12 each!

The final recap of our wedding is here…enjoy!

After we stopped all the traffic, we walked across the street to The Worthington Inn, where our reception was held and our guests were waiting!

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It was such a great place for our reception. It is this super historic building that used to be an Inn and the ballroom where our reception was held was added on in 1901. Love it! Not to mention, the food was outstanding.

We were introduced by Alex’s childhood friend, Brant, who has such a charismatic personality so he was perfect for this duty.

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He stepped on my dress right here haha

He stepped on my dress right here haha

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We made our rounds and said hi to just about everyone. One of the many great reasons about having a smaller wedding, you can greet everyone and enjoy their company.

We snapped photos with just about everyone and then we all sat down to hear speeches and eat!

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I love this photo of Alex’s dad and I =)

My brothers gorgeous girlfriend,  Maria and my pretty momma!

My brothers gorgeous girlfriend, Maria and my pretty momma!

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Alex's childhood buddies...X-Town!

Alex’s childhood buddies…X-Town!

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That is the bottle of wine we drank on the night we got engaged.

That is the bottle of wine we drank on the night we got engaged.

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Jamily and her little girl, Eva

Jamily and her little girl, Eva

Alex’s brother, Joe gave a speech that had us all laughing. “I learned that I don’t like roommates”…we love you Joe!

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My sister, April got up there as well and nailed it!

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Michael, my bro also did a wonderful job for not going up there prepared. I love these two!

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Jessica finished off the speeches with a bang. She is absolutely amazing. We have known each other since freshman year of college and she was such a strong support system for me! I am so glad she could make it up for our wedding!

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Cheers!!!

Cheers!!!

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Uncle John delivered the prayer before we ate. A few months after our wedding, we went over to his house and he gave us this incredible Bible with a piece of paper in it with the prayer he gave written on it. Such a special gift!

I ate just about everything that was placed in front of me. Endless amounts of bread, salmon, prime rib, salad….lawd there was so much food. I have heard from so many brides that they didn’t even have time to eat the food they paid for at their wedding. Not this girl, I ate it all. Another reason a smaller wedding is such a joy!

After we ate, our photographers scooped us up to take us outside for some sunset pictures. I am really glad they did this because it was another moment of “us” time during our big day and we had fun!

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It was so cold, so we made it quick and went back inside for the rest of the night.

Our coordinator had us go over to the cake table to cut the cake. Alex got me in the face that little terd!!

yes. that is Alex, Charlee and I on top of our cake.

yes. that is Alex, Charlee and I on top of our cake.

I ate four pieces.

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I laugh out loud at this picture

We then went over to the dance floor for our first dance. I loved this moment. I am pretty sure we were just trying to make each other laugh the whole time.

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We also had a piano player show up to play some live music. It was so unique having him there and our guests could request songs as well.

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This little guy got the party started!

Let's do this ya'll!!

Let’s do this ya’ll!!

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I was so hot so I had help holding up my dress.

I was so hot so I had help holding up my dress.

So much dancing and laughter! My most memorable moment of the night came at the end when everyone formed a circle around Alex and I and we just danced and made our way around to everyone to hug and kiss them and thank them for celebrating with us. This was not planned or scripted which made it so so cool!

We left the reception site and extended the night at a really neat bar down the road from our hotel. I am not sure what time we made it back to the hotel but when we got to our room there was a giant pizza waiting for Alex and I. Thanks Ben!!!! So clutch!

The weekend went by super fast but I am so happy with how everything turned out. It really was a perfect wedding and I can’t think of one flaw.

Thank you to everyone who made it so special! We love you all!!!

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Wedding Recap Part 2

Morning! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This weekend went by way too fast! Saturday morning, Alex and I and some friends got up early to run a 5K. It was fun to see all the people who dressed up in honor of St. Pats Day. Maybe next year I will get a little creative as well!

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Sunday was a rest day for me. I realized that I don’t usually give myself a rest day so I am going to try a little harder at this. Maybe just active rest days, like walking Charlee or going for a hike once this crappy weather breaks!

Moving on to the wedding recap part 2. I love doing this recap because it brings back all the fun memories of the day!

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I love this photo…rain is a good thing!

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I left off where I just got into my brothers car to head to the ceremony.

Once we got to Bendora Wedding Gallery, it was operation hide Alex until I got inside and upstairs. Did I mention that our wedding day was COLD. It was the first cold day of the year at 52 degrees. I enjoyed it because my dress was heavy and had a lot of layers but I felt bad for my bridesmaids because their dresses were short.

Alex and I also decided to do a first look to calm the nerves and get some really awesome photos. Our coordinator had him stand in a corner of the room with his back to the door so I could “sneak” up behind him. Once he turned around and saw me in my dress I lost it. His smile always melts my heart but this one was so much bigger! I loved the photos we got out of the first look.

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We all hung out upstairs while our guests started to arrive. Photos of the bridal party were taken and we laughed…a lot! We have such an amazing group of family and friends and you are guaranteed to laugh whenever everyone is in the same room.

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We were about 10 minutes out from the start of the ceremony and I started to get nervous. Jessica, Jamily, April and I formed a circle and said a little prayer before it was time to line up. This was such a special moment for me.

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Oh, I also had to use the restroom and that was so hard in a huge dress!! What a chore! Thank goodness Kim was there to help hold my dress up. Also, talk about a leg workout HA!

The boys went downstairs to line up at the front and us girls stood at the top of the stairs waiting to make our entrance. One by one, they made their way down and to the front at the alter. I was getting so excited and nervous. Once my processional song came on, Allman Brothers: Little Martha, I made my way down and to my brothers arm. It was amazing to have my brother walk me down the aisle. He was beaming from ear to ear with his smile. I turned the corner to see Alex standing up front. He was the only one I saw the whole walk up to him. So, so handsome gosh darnit!

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Alex’s cousin, Jonathan performed our ceremony and I loved every moment of having him up there with us. He has a great sense of humor and it was really special to have him do this for us. He did such a great job!

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During the ceremony, I had Jamily read a little something and I also had my sister read a quote by Dr. Suess because who doesn’t like Dr. Seuss!?

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When Jonathan got to our vows, I was doing great at this point. I did however, look over at Alex’s dad who was tearing up and I almost lost it but pulled it together. Thanks Nick for sitting in my direct line of view! Back to the vows, I was so caught up in the moment when it became my turn to repeat the vows that my line left my brain and I had to ask Jonathan to repeat it for me. It made for a funny moment and I love that! Before I knew it, we were exchanging rings and being announced as Mr. and Mrs. Alex Kriss. Coolest feeling ever!!!

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Our recessional song was by the Allman Brothers called Blue Sky. Can you tell we like classic rock and the Allman Brothers? I loved walking back down the aisle and seeing everyone that came to watch our ceremony. It’s crazy to me how I blocked out everyone as I walked up the aisle to the alter. We all met back in a small room after the ceremony and exchanged hugs and smiles. I got to say hi to some family that had flown up from Florida and drove up from Boston. So fun seeing them since it has been so long!

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Our photographers got the bridal party together because at this point, it stopped raining and it was beautiful outside. We walked out into the little park right next door to the ceremony site and snapped a million fun pictures! It only took about 20 minutes because we really wanted to head over to our reception and see everyone and of course, eat!

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During our walk to the reception site, Worthington Inn, which was right across the street, I wanted to snap a photo of us standing in the middle of road. We stopped all traffic and got some pretty neat pictures.

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Our reception was up next and  I can’t wait to share this recap with you guys. Part 3 coming soon!

Laters!

Wedding Recap Part 1

Hello my crazy friends!

I can not believe it has been almost 5 months since Alex and I got married. Is that for real?!?!

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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!!

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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!

Drinks, Flowers and good company

Drinks, Flowers and good company

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Working on my bouquet

Once we were done (took about 3 hours), the bouquets were placed in a refrigerator that keeps them from blooming until the big day.

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finished!

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!

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April, Bethany, me, Jessica

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.

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Love all aspects of this photo

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We love Brant!! and strawberries…and champagne

Our last kiss as an engaged couple.

Our last kiss as an engaged couple.

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.

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I HAD to add this photo to this post…makes me laugh!

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!

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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.

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I was also thinking about what the guys were up to just two floors down from us!

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Just as I assumed..HA!

Just as I assumed..HA!

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.

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Bethany, Kim, Me, Mom, April, Jessica, Jamily!

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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.

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that smile!!

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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!

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I adore this photo!

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Typical, actin a fool =)

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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.

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Let’s do this!

I will have another recap coming soon since this one has gotten a little long! Be back in a few for part 2.

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oh hey, where did you come from?!?

Happy Friday!

xoxo