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2 YEARS

 

Bride and Groom Kissing

It is crazy to think it has been two years since we said I do. It feels like yesterday, I was getting ready with all “my people” before walking down the isle to marry my best friend. Patrick and I have been together for nine years and today we are celebrating our second wedding anniversary.

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MIDNIGHT SNACK

Late Night Wedding FavorI cannot believe it have been 1.5 years since our wedding day. It really still feels like yesterday I was walking down the aisle in a white dress and eating these french fries in bed after the best night of my life.

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WEDDING BLISS: THE RECEPTION

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It was a moment in time when nothing else seemed to matter…

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< “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. We laughed our way through the entire first dance, especially the epic surprise dip at the end.> Reception-04-2402 Reception-05-2601 Reception-04-2450

< Our families gave the most incredible speeches. Some laughs, a little crying and a lifetime of memories. > Reception-08-2963

< Because I will always be a daddy’s girl and Eric Clapton is our favorite. > Reception-10-3140 Reception-10-7972 Reception-15-3842 Reception-10-3639 Reception-12-3760

< The party went into the early hours of the morning.  Everyone (even my 92 year old Grandpa) was on the dance floor the entire night. It was magical. >

< The moment when one of your best friends snaps the perfect picture at the end of the night, in the rain. This may not be a professional picture, but this was everything.  It was the ending to a new beginning. >

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Stay tuned next week for something really fun…think beach, bathing suits and lots of cocktails.

photography by Elyse Hall

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.

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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.

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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.

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photography by Elyse Hall 

WEDDING BLISS: GETTING READY

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I am so excited to finally be sharing all of the details for our wedding with you! Be sure to head over to Style Me Pretty today to see all the details. It’s been almost 4 months since we said ‘I do’ and I only felt it was necessary to relive the wedding for an entire week (be sure to follow #adodweddingweek for behind the scenes pictures on Instagram).  I get teary eyed every time I catch myself scrolling through the pictures on my phone because there was so much love that filled the entire weekend.  After 6 years of dating, I could not have imagined the overwhelming sense of love and compassion that surrounded the day.  To kick off the week, today I am starting with my girls! Getting Ready-15-000060150007Getting Ready-20-9402 Getting Ready-12-9529 Getting Ready-12-9458 Getting Ready-15-000060400013 Getting Ready-15-000060150010Getting Ready-19-000060270002

My oldest and best friends stayed with me the night before the big day. We took a dip in the hot tub, jumped on the beds, listened to our favorite 90s music, and told stories late into the night. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to sleep the night before, so I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect group to be with me! All of the girls arrived early in the morning and the first bottle of champagne was popped! Bridesmaids gifts hung from personalized hangers I made, a gorgeous Eberjey robe and a pair of BaubleBar studs to wear for the day.  I searched high and low for the perfect robes, and thanks to Eberjey we found the perfect something blue for the day. Getting Ready-14-000060240009 Getting Ready-14-000060560008

Instead of exchanging gifts, Patrick and I decided to sit down the night before the wedding and write each other a note. I love how Elyse Hall captured the emotion reading our letters. Getting Ready-016-000060280006Getting Ready-016-5222 Getting Ready-018-000060260005 Getting Ready-018-000060260003Jumping on the bed with my best friends was necessary to get out all of those pre-wedding jitters.

Stay tuned, tomorrow is all about the dress and my favorite moment, the first look.

If you can’t wait until tomorrow, head over to Style Me Pretty for the lots of pictures and wedding bliss!

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Photography by Elyse Hall 

* A big, big thanks to Eberjey for the beautiful robes. They made all my bridesmaids feel like a million bucks!