Hi guys! Happy Thursday to you!!! I have something extra fun for you today so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it!
If you have missed my wedding recaps, be sure to check out my wedding page. Today I want to share the first half of my wedding day with you all!
The day started out bright and early with a 5am wake up call after a late night at our amazing rehearsal dinner. The severe exhaustion was completely covered by the excitement/nervousness I was feeling. Up until my wedding day, I never really felt nerves about my wedding, but that morning, my hands were shaking. The nerves mostly came from having to read my personal vows in front of our hundreds of family and friends.
My two uncles drove me, my bridesmaids, my aunt, and mom to my in-laws house where we got ready in the room above their barn. (I stayed at the hotel downtown with my bridesmaid, Lissa, the night before my wedding day). My mother-in-law had coffee, mimosas, breakfast and lunch ready for us in the barn so we wouldn’t have to leave and risk getting seen by the boys, who were getting ready at my in-laws house a few hundred yards away. (Riley was our ring bearer and my mother-in-law made his outfit to match the boys’ suits). 🙂
The morning of my wedding was pure joy with my favorite girls. We just laughed and talked as we got our makeup and hair done. My sweet mother-in-law had a playlist of wedding related songs playing in the background and pictures of me and my groom displayed around the room. It was so wonderful to spend extra time with my girls relaxing as I got ready for one of the biggest moments of my life. With champagne, ofcourse.
My bridesmaid, Lissa, saying an
inappropriate sweet toast.
I told my girls to just wear pearl earrings on my wedding day. I gave each of them a pearl necklace to wear to thank them for making this year so special for me.
We made Riley sing for us (he likes to howl if you do).
Then he needed a nap. Wedding prep is exhausting.
My little brother, Jacob, came up to visit us while we got ready. He wanted a little help with his hair. 🙂
So dang cute.
We took a couple pictures outside in our cute monogrammed robes.
Aren’t these girls just the prettiest??
My momma, sister and me.
It was finally time to get dressed!!
It was a team effort! 🙂
Love this picture of me and my momma!
Then I was surprised with a gift from my future husband.
He wrote me the sweetest, kindest, most thoughtful note I have ever read in my life. I will keep it forever. Oh, and he got me a beautiful pair of diamond earrings that I wore on my wedding day. I cried more in that moment than I did the rest of the day.
My husband and I chose not to see each other before our ceremony (I am so glad we did this) to make our first look extra special. The girls and boys each took turns taking pictures out in the meadow (bridal party pictures in another post!).
I even got to do a special first look with my dad. It was really special to me.
I gifted my parents each (and in-laws) a picture frame with 3 spaces and put a baby picture on top, a personal note in the middle frame and the bottom frame was empty, but would soon be filled with a picture of our wedding day.
While we were taking pictures, it started to rain. We quickly took cover and prayed for the rain to stop. We got so lucky as the clouds parted and the rain let up right before our guests arrived (thankfully as we didn’t have much of a backup plan because we had to decide if we wanted the tent to cover our ceremony location 3 days before the wedding when the forecast called for no rain).
Ceremony, cocktail hour, bridal pictures and reception recaps to come!
- If you are married, did you get married inside or outside?
- Did you and your significant other exchange notes/gifts on your wedding day?
- How big was your bridal party?