That’s right! Over a month ago, the Joker and I tied the knot!
Sorry it’s taken me so long to finally announce it, but I wanted to wait until I had pictures from the photographer. That way I had pictures to show of everything I was talking about. It was the best day of my life, and I can’t wait to tell everyone all about it!
And now that I’ve got the pictures, I’ll start with recaps!
The day of the wedding started really early for me. The wedding started right at noon (we’ll get into the reasons why later), so everyone in the bridal party had to be at the church at ten. Mommy Orchid found a hair dresser, who was willing to do my hair at the church, as well as for the maid of honor, Princess Repunzel. So, the three of us had to meet at the church at 7:30 a.m. Needless to say, sleep didn’t really happen for me the night before. Not for long at least. On a sidenote, I will say I had been told not to expect to get much sleep the night before my wedding due to nerves. But I have to admit, even though I got to bed super late, once I did get to bed, I slept like a baby.
Once I got to the church, I helped Mommy Orchid with some final decorating touches in the sanctuary while Repunzel got her hair done. And finally, it was my turn.
My hair with my Orchid fascinator I made myself! It was a hair clip, an Orchid bud, the same silver pearls in the bouquets, some purple ribbon and some hot glue! So easy!
After this, I did my makeup, and Princess Repunzel helped me into my dress.
Repunzel buttoned my dress up for me. I look bored because there were a LOT of buttons.
After I was dressed, we played the waiting game. The Joker’s family was taking their pictures. When they were finished, the Joker and I were going to get to see each other privately for a moment. It would be the first time he would see me in my wedding dress, and the last time we would see each other alone before we got married. I got more and more nervous with each passing second as I waited to be escorted into the sanctuary.
To Be Continued.
One of the things that are incredibly important to me is the photographer for my big day. I spend so much time looking at bridal magazines and websites and drooling over other couples’ photos that I want to make sure that mine are top quality too. This of course comes at a price.
Photographers take up a huge portion of a wedding budget, but for good reason. These people not only spend hours photographing your wedding but they spend a major amount of time after the fact. Their job does not end with the last dance. They edit, re-edit, print, put together albums, change things around and make sure that every detail is perfect. They are artists and they know that what they are doing will be one of the few things that you will look back on for a very long time. These are the images that will be the basis of your memories of your wedding day.
Your wedding photographer is someone that you are going to spend a lot of time with on your wedding day. They are going to be following you around like a puppy and will be sharing your most intimate moments with you (possibly even some in your underwear…) it is for this reason that it is essential that this is someone you can connect with and like.
Because I am doing a destination wedding I cannot personally meet and “interview” photographers. Luckily for me I have my power team back home that can…so after getting a few recommendations from locals and spending a long time on their websites and online portfolios I set up a few meetings for Gerber Mom and Gerber Big Sis.
Mom and Big Sis fell in love with photographer #1 and pushed me to book her immediately as she is super popular and I didn’t want to miss out. I had been emailing back and forth with her and will admit that I already felt a connection with her and knew that we would work well together. But me, being the worst procrastinator in the world wanted to shop around some more.
So I got some more referrals and set up some more meetings. Emailed a bunch more people and drove Gerber Mom and Gerber Big Sis crazy. In the end, of course I ended up where I started, with my amazing photographer Yvette Gilbert. I am so excited to work with her and I know that my photos will be awesome. I also know that I will be more than happy to have her follow me and Gerber Babe around the whole day.
My parents recently attended a wedding that started at 3pm for a church ceremony. On the invitation it said “reception to follow at 6pm”. The ceremony only lasted about 30 minutes and all of the sudden they had two and a half hours of lull time. The reception was about a 20 minute drive, so they couldn’t figure out why the bride and groom put such a huge gap of time in between their ceremony and reception. It turned out that they wanted that time for pictures around town.
Photo Credit: ThroughfullySimple.com
For a wedding that was about 180 guests, and 70% of those guests from out of town, my parents didn’t understand why there wasn’t a plan. And so what happened is that most guests just stood around outside the church, some people went and got drinks in town, others drove out to the reception site and stood around there. Not really what I’d want my guests to be doing, but maybe that’s just me.
Many couples have a “Do Not Play” list for their DJ or Band. I am in the process of creating a “Do Not Snap” list for our photographer.
At some point, much closer to our wedding our photographer (digital504.com), will send us a questionaire so that he can tailor our wedding photos to what we want.
There are some photos that I just don’t want to waste our time with. Here’s a sneak peak at the pictures that I don’t want (and why):
1. The whole family (as in anyone remotely related to the bride or groom). I have a huge family and this photo takes forever to organized with the 45 or so people for my side. I’d like to keep it to immediate family and grandparents.
Immediate family is good. Photo from weddings.sc
It’s been a long time coming but here, at last!, are the little details that made our wedding special.
The view from our Hyatt suite
I know it has been far, far too long since I updated my recap! Mea culpa– I’ve been a very bad Blossom. I could tell you all about how I have this awesome new job with lots of travel & that Plumeria Dude and I are pretty wrapped up in house-hunting. But let’s get to the good stuff instead!
Plumeria Dude and I decided we wanted to do all of our photos before the ceremony. We’re not superstitious, and we also wanted to maximize our time with our guests. Plus we really wanted to dig on that yummy cocktail hour food! With that in mind, we staged a “first meeting” before we did our couple photos. Here’s how it went:
Choosing your photographer is very important, because he/she captures the special moments you’ll have forever. When I was going through our wedding album, each picture showed the love between Lavender Dude and me– and ultimately that’s what you want each photo to portray, right?
Hi Buds! A funny thing happened during our wedding planning. I took so much care and consideration planning the reception and decor, that I didn’t give much thought to the ceremony itself!
Our goal was to have a simple, beautiful ceremony in a natural setting. To make this happen, we chose to have our ceremony on the golf course where our reception was also being held. We found a location that was secluded, yet close to the parking lot, and far enough away from flying golf balls!
The only decor items added were the 4 urns of flowers, which allowed the beautiful trees that hung over the guests to be the center of attention.
Walking down the aisle with my dad was a real highlight.
Our minister is a family friend and neighbor, which made for a perfectly personal ceremony.
Our 2 1/2 year old ring bearer Riley was a perfect addition. When using children in your ceremony, don’t set them up for failure – only require them to do tasks that they can handle easily. We only had Riley walk a few steps up to hand me the rings, and it was well worth it for the cuteness factor!
Leading the way back to the reception had to be the most fun part!
Next post: reception details!
Before our ceremony, Hydrangea Husband and I staged a “first sighting” and took pictures with our wedding party.
Hydrangea Dude's reaction to seeing me for the first time.
Me, nervous and excited that the day is really here!
The first sighting was great! It was so nice to be able to get Hydrangea Dude’s reaction to seeing me for the first time, and it allowed for us to get a second “mini-rehearsal” since we had the first sighting in our ceremony room. Our bridal party was there, so they lined up, as if it were the ceremony, but I walked down the aisle by myself, instead of with my brother, unlike the actual ceremony.We got to give each other a kiss, and then we started taking some of our formal shots.
Photo Credit: Stella Alesi Photography
I’m sure we have all been to weddings where the bride and groom have arranged old family photos at the recepetion and many will include wedding photos from their parents’ and/or grandparents’ weddings. I love this idea. There’s just something about these old photos that evoke a sense of true love and happiness.