WEDDING BLISS: THE CEREMONY

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The ceremony. During the wedding planning process, this was what I was looking forward to the most. It’s so easy to get caught up in the little details, the black hole that is Pinterest and comparing your wedding to those amazing styled shoots on Style Me Pretty.  But for me, I knew the ceremony was going to be my focus, because at the end of the day the flowers go away, the music stops and all you have left is the marriage.

It was a decision of ours to have our best friend officiate our wedding.  This was the easiest decision we made during the wedding process (and hiring Jen and Elyse were pretty easy (; ). So that handsome guy in the pictures above is our best friend, Phil.  Words cannot describe how much it meant to us for him to join us in marriage. It was such a personal experience that I will cherish forever and I am so lucky to have this memory. He has known the two of us as long as we have known eachother (7 years) and has been there through the great, the bad, the college days, the long-distance relationship, 3 moves, and now our marriage.  The ceremony was perfect (for us) and I am tearing up just thinking about how magical that moment was when I said ‘I do’ to my husband.

xox- a dash of details

Stay tuned… the party is about to start.

photography by Elyse Hall 

WEDDING BLISS: THE DETAILS

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It’s all in the details…

Planning a wedding from another state can get tricky (read my tips on why to hire a wedding planner over on Style Me Pretty). Thankfully, I had an amazing wedding planner who kept me on track during the entire process.  From the venue to the flowers to the photography, Jen got my vision and made it come to life.  It was the little details that our photographer (and now friend), Elyse captured that I constantly find myself looking back at and smiling. The best part, instead of worrying about those little details the day of the wedding, all of our vendors allowed us to completely enjoy the entire day with family and friends.

< Details beautifully captured by Elyse Hall, Invitations by Blue Eye Brown Eye >

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< Beautiful flowers by Butterfly Petals >

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< My favorite detail, the pinboard with watercolor escort cards from Page and Mason and a personalized sign that was a gift from our darling wedding planner >

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< Casual craft bag menus filled with french baguettes, grey and white linens, eucalyptus and white garden rose garland, and wooden table numbers filled the room > Reception-16-8401 Reception-16-8439 Reception-16-8485 Reception-16-8408

< Because everyone needs a midnight snack :) >

xox- a dash of details

photography by Elyse Hall

WEDDING BLISS: THE FIRST LOOK

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When it came to finding “the dress,” I decided to keep a very open mind on our search. I had looked at dresses online, pinned a few I thought I would love but when I tried on this Monique Lhuillier gown, I knew it was the one.  Layers upon layers of soft tulle and chantilly lace lined with silk charmeuse, it felt like heaven wearing this dress.  I wore a cathedral length veil for the ceremony for a little added drama.  Getting Ready-05-5004 GettingReady-04-9700 GettingReady-22-000060380010

Details included these garters, bracelets, Jenny Packham earrings and these Stuart Weitzman heels (I actually wore them *almost the entire night!) My darling Mrs. Box held our wedding rings and made for the prettiest detail shots.  Getting Ready-23-000060550001 Getting Ready-30-0025 Getting Ready-30-9999

Patrick was very particular when it came to finding the perfect tux.  He knew he wanted Navy and found the perfect one at Suit Supply.  First Look-0059FirstLook-5584 000060300008 First Look-000060140015 000060570001

It was that moment where time stood still…

Walking up to see my husband-to-be for the first time was the actual moment it started to feel real.  All day I had a giddy feeling inside, but that moment I felt still, happy, and like nothing else mattered.  We were together and it was going to officially be forever.

Tomorrow is all about the Details…stay tuned.

xox- a dash of details

photography by Elyse Hall