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the one where i get ready

Yet another wedding post 🙂

The morning of my wedding I woke up to this . . .

maurishe looks like such a little lady 🙂

The best!! If you go back to this post you’ll know I was at the hotel room with my bridesmaids and flower girl. I woke up about an hour before everyone else and we watched tv and cuddled! I was in the best mood – very relaxed and happy – not a care in the world.

Our wedding was held in my parents backyard, I made all the decorations except for the flowers, and I didn’t have a wedding planner. So I needed my wedding day to run like a well-oiled machine. I also needed someone to be in charge while I got ready . . . someone who had my attention to detail and knew the design as well as I did. Their main job would be to set all the decorations and greet my florist, dj, and caterer. I chose my sister, and together we came up with a hour by hour schedule of the wedding day. After a quick starbucks trip (um, did you know you get free starbucks on your wedding day!?) with my bridesmaids this is what we tried to follow . . .

schedule

Of course, this isn’t exactly how it went. My mom had provided bagels, fruit, donuts, coffee, juices, yogurt, and all sorts of goodies for breakfast. From 9-10am there wasn’t as much to do as I expected, and there had been no rain overnight so everything was still dry. My bridesmaids and my dad were in worry-wart mode (after my own heart <3) so they put all the decorations down. My mom and I had gone to get our hair done and all the tables were decorated by the time we got back at 11:30. The tables ended up looking amazing and it worked out because the afternoon did not go as planned at all. I owe them so much gratitude! It also gave me time to go thru and see everything before the day got away from me. The decorations and details were important to me so being able to see them all before the guests got there was awesome! And my bridesmaids still had plenty of time to get ready and enjoy the day.

part of the set up before decorations began!

part of the set up before decorations began!

finished table

finished table

Purple has long been my favorite color so we knew from the beginning that it would be one of our wedding colors. The other was burlap so my bridesmaids wore purple. I had 4 girls with totally different body shapes, styles, personalities, skin tones, and I just love all kinds of purple! So we went to David’s bridal where I gave them 4 color swatches and told them to pick any dress that they loved in any of those colors. We didn’t plan it this way . . . but each girl had a different color so all 4 colors were used! I love how eclectic it all looks together. We all had on the same shoes, and they wore the same earrings so there was some sort of semblance between them. It also ended up being cooler than we expected that day so they all wore their hair down. My bridesmaid Shanna is a hairstylist so they decided to do their hair on their own with her there to help! Since the wedding was fairly casual and I love makeup we ended up doing our makeup on our own also!

two of my 4 bridesmaids getting ready

two of my 4 bridesmaids getting ready

shoes

I would have preferred to be there with them doing our hair together, but once it all happened I’m actually glad that I left. It was nice to just be away from all the hub-bub going on, and since I had my sister prepared to be my coordinator that day it was good to be away and not be forced to worry about what was happening at the venue. I also got to enjoy some wine and have girl talk with my hair stylist and mom!

HAIR1

HAIR2

HAIRDID

Putting my dress on was usually easy because I did it by myself and just stepped in then had my MOH zip it up. But we wanted pictures of all the girls helping me . . . and it ended up taking like 15 minutes because I wasn’t used to that many people around and I didn’t feel balanced.

finally made it in my dress

finally made it in my dress

While I put my dress on, the florist and my groom arrived! Just knowing that he was down there made the day so much more real! I did sneak a peak out the window with my bridesmaid Tiffany to look at him which just made it worse! The florist only took about 20 minutes to set up because everything was already when she got there she just had to place it. I expected her there for at least an hour so by 1:30 we were ahead of schedule, and it was time for see to see my groom!

 

And don’t worry I will have the professional photos most likely in next weeks post!

flower girl

flower girl

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