I’m taking the time to write about my wedding day as I remember it! Here is part one if you need to catch up!
It’s time to meet Shawn, but first they need to get some shots of me, the bride. I feel relieved things are mostly going as planned and we are on schedule. The last thirty minutes were a whirlwind and I am ready to party. I’m still trying to take everything in, just like everyone has reminded me all day long. I’m really nervous to see Shawn, not to see him but I’m nervous I have not seen him yet.
Amy makes a toast right before I see him. One of my favorite parts of my wedding day with all the girls:
2:15 A little behind schedule, I decide not to wear my veil because of the time. Looking back, this is one thing I wish I did differently. Look who is waiting at the bottom of the steps for me. Ahhhh, it’s my handsome Shawn. (SO glad I did the first look. Really girls, this is the way to go.) Shawn looks just as nervous as I do. I keep thinking, “I hope I don’t fall, I hope I don’t fall…”.
Oohhh and I feel better seeing him. It’s still a little weird having the camera right there.
So the last two minutes I have no idea what came out of my mouth or what I said. I am sooo nervous. Luckily, for me, I my photographer tells me my first words were, “Don’t I look cute?”. Are you kidding me, I said that? Oh well, Shawn and I are both relieved the first look is over and we will be married soon. We both need a little cocktail at this point. Time for pictures of just us!
A bridesmaid brings down my veil….I love my veil. It completes the dress and I feel even more like a bride again. The weather has been terrible. Between the major thunderstorm and tornado warning/watch/ and tornado TOUCHDOWNS (that I don’t know about yet), I am bummed we can’t do pictures outside. My photographer tells me she has backup plans within the hotel. I know inside pictures will do, I know. I was just excited for outdoor pictures. I am a photographer you know, pictures are the most important part about getting married!
It’s time for group shots and literally, the heavens open up and God is smiling down! (Insert a big “Aaahhhhhhhhhhh” in here somewhere.) In DECEMBER, the weather turns to 70 degrees and sunny. In December, in St. Louis, the weather turns to 70 degrees when it is time for group shots. (Again, insert a big AAaaahhhh.) The rain went away and literally, the heavens are smiling on us. Here comes the bridal party…seriously one of the best bridal parties ever. I feel really blessed to have such good girlfriends and blessed that Shawn has such good men in his life. I have been around a lot of different bridal parties and this, for so many reasons, is one of the best….hands down. I just love em.
I bought this beautiful coat for a WINTER wedding, well who knew spring was going to shine in winter and I wouldn’t really need it? I even bought each of my bridesmaids their own coat so they wouldn’t be freezing for the pictures. I had backup plans for the pictures too, like warming up in the limo, in the hotel, and taking warming breaks. Yep, we didn’t need all that. Best St. Louis December weather in history.I wanted each of my bridesmaids to wear their own black silk taffeta dress. I wanted their own little personalities to shine with whatever they picked and whatever accessories they chose. I think they did a great job. I had a beautiful group of girls and they are each so important to me. They are the best of the best…no questions about it.
I am having a great time. I am with my soon to be husband and my best friends and family. I’m not nervous anymore, except my stomach is telling me otherwise. People slow down and honk as they pass us and some go through the turnabout more than once just to take a look at our awesome bridal party. Girls at the Wildwood theatre are taking pictures of me with their cell phones. I feel kind of weird being the center of attention, but I am soaking it all up, just like everyone is telling me.
Wait for it…wait for it….all of a sudden it starts to rain. Not a lot…and it is the happy kind of rain. The kind of rain that doesn’t mess up your hair it just leaves for awesome lighting and beautiful pictures. See what I mean by the heavens shining through?
Two seconds later and God gives us this…a bright blue sky. I couldn’t make this stuff up.
One of my favorite pictures below. I love it because I love Wildwood so much! Scarlett and I literally walked past this thing being built every single day. It makes me think of Scarlett, I kind of miss her. I know that’s crazy to miss your dog on your wedding day but I did want her for a picture or two. Oh well, I am having a blast and I just love this location, it just fits us so well. I love the old time look of the photo and I know it will be a framer.
Portraits are now finished and it’s time to load everyone up in the limo and head to the church. I know the church lady is waiting for us…my nerves start to kick in again.
To be continued…
Photography: My friend and photographer, Jessica at J.Grace Photography.
Hair: My wonderful hairstylist, Heather at Salon Escape.
Makeup: The awesome and talented Emily at Delicately Bold.
Florist: The amazing and already booked for 2011, Tina at The Special Event Florist.
Veil: My talented and crafty Aunt Kathy Strauch and Gail Kreienkamp
Hotel: Wildwood Hotel