Wedding Photos: Ceremony & details

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I love that our photographer got some great shots of the little details of the day. From the handkerchief that was carried by my mom, grandmother and great-grandmother to the special perfume I chose (Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming) to the handmade signs.

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Our ceremony is such a blur in my mind. I was so nervous/excited/happy/trying not to cry that the entire thing feels so foggy. Eric said he feels the same way. We were on our honeymoon and we both admitted we can’t remember all of what was said during the ceremony because we were so nervous.

The bridesmaids and flower girl walked down the aisle to Cannon D and I walked down to the traditional bridal march. Everything went so smoothly. My four-year-old niece rocked it as the flower girl. The whole ceremony probably last about 20 minutes or so. We just did the traditional wedding vows instead of writing our own. Although our pastor was Christian, we had a mostly non-religious and non-denominational ceremony.

Since everything was done in the same venue, we walked out to the bridal recessional and the bridal party took their seats. Then we waited for the pastor to announce us as husband and wife and we walked in and immediately went into our first dance. We chose the song “Sanctuary” from the show Nashville.

It was perfect and I finally shed a few tears of joy and relief that all the pressure was off and we were finally married.

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The final chapter of the wedding recap, the reception, is up next.

 

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Wedding photos: Getting ready & bridal party

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Eric and I stayed in the same hotel room and woke up together on our wedding day. I know the superstitious would say it was bad luck, but it felt like the right thing for us. Sleeping apart just felt so unnatural. Waking up on the morning of our wedding and being able to take that time in for ourselves was so, so special.

Eric left to be with his groomsman around 9 a.m. and my bridesmaids and makeup/hair vendors started arriving around 10 a.m. Getting ready was such a fun time of anticipation and happiness. I couldn’t wait to see Eric all dressed up and for him to see me in my wedding dress.

My bridesmaids (and my friend Kelly) were so helpful and took care of everything I needed from getting drinks and food to last minute printing of the seating chart.

We had three bridesmaids and four groomsmen and I don’t think anyone even noticed the odd number. It worked out perfectly.

I’m so happy we have so many great getting ready shots. They are always some of my favorites from weddings.

Next up I’ll be posting about the ceremony and the details that made our day special.

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Thoughts on 29

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Yesterday was my 29th birthday. In true adult fashion, I spent the day working.

I felt kind of neutral about turning 29. I’m obviously grateful to be given another year to be alive, but I didn’t make any plans to celebrate and the day was mostly just like any other day. I suppose that’s just how it goes once you reach a certain age.

The day did have its sweet moments, though.

The annual birthday phone call from my parents.

Eric made me a cake—a very sweet tradition he’s being doing since my 22 birthday just a few months after we got together. He also bought me a gift card for a 90 minute massage (hurray!).

Some of my friends and coworkers from the restaurant I work at bought me a cake after I stopped in for dinner and a drink last night (Eric was working, so I was flying solo). They’re honestly the best, most thoughtful group of people any one could ask for.

There were lots of birthday texts and messages from friends and family near and far.

I’d like to spend this last year of my twenties checking a few items off the bucket list. I originally was going to make a list of 29 things I wanted to do this year, but the list might end up being smaller and more doable. I’ll save that list for another time.

I’m actually really looking forward to turning 30 next year. For now, I’ll just soak in the joy of still being able to say I’m in my 20s.

Wedding photos: First Look

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I’m so excited to share our wedding photos with you and talk a little more in detail about our day.

I’m starting with the first look because they are some my favorite photos from the whole day. I originally didn’t want a first look because I wanted everything to be a surprise as I was walking down the aisle, but we realized we didn’t want to wait until after the ceremony to get all of our photos done.

So, we decided a first look would be fun to do and would give us plenty of time for all the photos we wanted before the ceremony. It also turned out to give us some time to just be together and really soak in the excitement of the day.

Our whole motto for our wedding day is that we wanted it to be easy for everyone. We didn’t want all of the guests to be waiting around for us for an hour and we didn’t want to miss any of the reception.

It all ended up working out perfectly and we only had to do our family photos right after the ceremony. We were able to get right to the reception and didn’t miss anything.

The forecast leading up to the wedding was rain, rain, rain. So I frantically ran into Target before we headed down to West Virginia and picked up the clear umbrella you’ll see in a few of the photos. I’m so glad we did because it gave us some of our favorite pictures. It was just starting to drizzle when we headed outside for our pictures and luckily, the rain held off for the most part.

Now, prepare for photo overload. All photos are by Liv Hefner Photography.

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Casual Friday No. 2

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Happy Friday, everyone! I had intended for these Casual Friday posts to be a more regular blog series, but I just haven’t kept up with it. I’m hoping to try again to make them at least a monthly post. I enjoy being able to just throw all kinds of thoughts and links together in one post without over-thinking it.

So, grab some tea or coffee and let’s chat!

I’m going to work over the weekend on a series of posts for our wedding photos. I think I’m going to break them up into four posts: “First Look,” “Getting ready,” “Ceremony” and “Reception.” I can’t wait to share them all with you. I’m so, so happy with how they turned out.

I went to see “The Glass Castle” this week. It was so good, but definitely pulled at your heartstrings. I shed more than a few tears—especially toward the end. I never read the memoir that it’s based on, but I’m thinking about going back and reading it now. I’m always a sucker for a good non-fiction book. I love reading about things that actually happened and hearing about other’s life experiences.

I am so ready for fall. I may or may not be wearing booties and a scarf today. I’m just trying to will the 80 degree weather away with my fall wardrobe. I’m just craving the dark, vampy colors of fall, warm drinks and sweaters!

I’m about to enter the last year of my twenties this month! My birthday is Aug. 29. I’m thinking about making a list of things I want to do this year. I think it would be a fun way to say bye to this decade. It’s been a good 10 years, but I’m actually so ready to move into my 30s. I might be the only person to say they are looking forward to turning 30. I think I’m going to write a whole post about reflecting on my 20s.

I’ve been trying to read “Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff and I’ve had such a hard time getting into it. We’ve been going to the library more and I picked it up on a whim. I have to return it in a few days, so I’m hoping I can just knock it out. It has some good reviews, so I’m hoping it gets better.

We had a couple of friends visiting last week and went to the Chris Stapleton concert at Keybank Pavillion. It poured rain for the first half hour or so, but then it cleared off. We were soaked, but it was so worth it because he was SO good. I would definitely recommend trying to see him in concert if you like his music.

Have a great weekend!