Adam and I got engaged while on vacation in Helen, Georgia in August 2014. By the time we made it back to Jacksonville, we had a date picked (March 21, 2015) as well as a basic idea of what we wanted our wedding to look like. (That’s what happens when you Pinterest the whole six hour ride home.) I highlighted all of the major details in a six month update post and looking back, I stayed true to those ideas.
I’ve always been one to do things at the last minute. While procrastination is a hard beast to tame, I work well under pressure. I prepared as best I could but the truth is, I didn’t really have a plan as to how I was going to execute the details of our wedding… and I only had two days to get everything together.
I am so grateful for family and friends that came together to help me get everything done. I really, really could not have pulled this off without them. There were so many little details that were important to me and they made sure that everything was perfect for our big day.
I’m going to let the photos speak mostly for themselves. I’ll throw in a couple of notes along the way but here is Part I of our wedding story.
The morning kicked off at Nana’s house for the girls. We had a great brunch of crab cakes, ahi tuna, veggies, finger sandwiches, and more catered by my Aunt Angela. We spent the morning sipping on mimosas and sharing stories. The makeup artist and hair stylist showed up and we starting getting ready for the big day. I chose not to get my hair done, I did it myself, a decision I definitely don’t regret. However, I was glad I decided to get my makeup professionally done.
The morning was calm and relaxing. And Nana’s front door was revolving as women came and went to take part in the festivities. Adam’s mom, sister, grandmother, aunt. My mom, grandmother, aunts, friends, and other relatives. I felt so special to be surrounded by so many great women.
I bought this veil on a whim from Target. I wasn’t even sure it would look how I wanted and I didn’t even try it on before the big day figuring I just wouldn’t wear a veil if it looked funny. But it turned out PERFECT! (After we snipped off the feathers.)
I spent months trying to find the perfect red lipstick. I ended up using a combination of a Rimmel lipstick and Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Blackberry Sorbet.
Believe it or not, I wore press on nails for my wedding. I KNOW. I saw this tutorial on Pinterest and tried it out for my bachelorette party. For $8, I had two sets of manicured nails and when I removed the fakes, my real nails were not damaged. I totally recommend this technique.
I asked Nana for a handkerchief for the wedding thinking she would pick one of my great grandmother’s. But instead she surprised me with this monogramed handkerchief and a letter.
Finding the perfect wedding shoes was a bit of a struggle because I wanted a red closed toe wedge that wasn’t too tall but these Madden Girl shoes met every criteria. (And they were super affordable!)
My “something old” was a ring I’d been given years ago. My “something new” was my dress or shoes or veil or… My “something borrowed” were these Kate Spade jewels that Samantha wore for her wedding. My “something blue” was one of Adam’s name tapes sewn into the hem of my dress.
I didn’t actually wear a garter because we knew we weren’t going to do a garter toss but I wanted to get a photo of this set because it was a gift that I loved.
A quick kiss from my best pal for good luck…
The boys looked so handsome in their red bowties and collars!
Meanwhile, over at Dad’s house, the guys were getting ready. Unfortunately we had a small communication issue so we didn’t end up with very many pictures of them getting ready but that’s okay.
Adam is wearing a vest and shirt from Men’s Wearhouse. His tie is from Ross. Accessories, jeans, and boots were out of his closet.
And we’re ready to say, “I do!”
To be continued…
Photos were taken by Jenn Guthrie Photography, whom I cannot recommend enough. She was an absolute gem to work with. For any other questions or specifics, leave a comment below.