6.25.2014

04.12.2014 {{Wedding Day Preparation}}

Every minute of our wedding day was a dream come true. From the moment I woke up in the hotel room with my best girl friends to giggling over mimosas while getting ready and finally marrying the love of my life, it was truly the day that I had imagined since I was a little girl.

The day started bright an early with a 7:00am wake up call. We decided it would be easiest to have hair and makeup done at the hotel before venturing out to the venue, so my hair and makeup artist arrived early and ready to get started. As each girl was getting dolled up for the big day, we sat around and told stories of how we began our friendships. There were stories of high school days, stories of college days, and stories about the moment that everyone knew Steven was "the one" for me. We drank our Starbucks (free for the bride of course!) and laughed at the memories.
After hair and makeup was done, the girls met the groomsmen downstairs to take a charter bus (otherwise known as a party bus) to the venue. Careful not to see me before the chapel doors opened, Steven stayed upstairs in another hotel room and drove over to the venue with one of his groomsman. 

As soon as we arrived at the venue I noticed a smokey haze surrounding the backyard and continuing on for a mile or so down the road. I could smell burning leaves, so I knew that someone, somewhere had a controlled fire burning. Your typical bride would have freaked out at that very moment, but for some strange and unknown reason, I was calm about it (possibly the mimosa I had on the way to the venue??). As I started walking out back to where the team was setting everything up, my coordinator walked up to me, hugged me, and said "I've got good and bad news." 

Not something a bride wants to hear on her wedding day.

He told me that the good news was that we couldn't have asked for better weather. It truly was the perfect day, but the bad news was that the town was, in fact, doing a controlled burn about a mile away and that's where the smoke and smell was coming from (that's what you get for getting married at a venue in the country!). He had done all he could, including calling the mayor to stop it, but the burn was already in full force. 

I, of course, did what any logical bride would do at that moment and poured myself another mimosa before going upstairs to the bridal suite to get ready. 

By 2:00 that afternoon, soon after we started taking pictures, the burn had concluded and the smell of burning leaves had completely disappeared. In all actuality, the burn benefited the day because it ran off all the pesky bugs. 
While the girls enjoyed the big and beautiful bride suite inside the historical home, the boys had a huge man cave on the other side of the venue. With beer, food, pool, and games, they had plenty to keep them entertained for the afternoon!

Steven had one and only one request for our wedding day, he didn't want to see me before the chapel doors opened and I walked down the aisle. At first, I was completely stressed about this idea because I just assumed that we would have a first look. I was mostly concerned about having time to take all the pictures I wanted, but this was important to Steven so I gave in (the reassurance from my photographer on the picture aspect also helped).
Once we got settled into the venue, I sent one of my bridesmaids to the man cave to give Steven a gift. I gave him Tennessee cuff links (yes, it was painful to buy something with the Tennessee logo on it, but I guess that just proves how much I love the man!) with a sweet little note attached. My bridesmaid returned with a gift for me from my groom. 

Right after Steven and I got engaged (sixteen whole months before the wedding day) I told him that I wanted a pair of gold Kate Spade earrings that read "MRS." The earrings were both adorable and representative of my new initials, so I had to have them! Well, Steven remembered that conversation because on our wedding day he presented me with the prized pair of earrings along with a note that stated how excited he was to marry me. It was so cute!
After mimosas were drank, gifts were exchanged, and makeup was retouched, it was time to begin pictures. I spent the first hour of pictures with my bridesmaids and family, and then Steven took the second hour of pictures with his guys and family. Like I said, I was worried that not having a first look would have an affect on pictures, but our photographer was amazing and had it all worked out.

After my part of the pictures were done, had a couple of hours to take my dress back off, relax, and get ready for the ceremony. Nothing about the entire day felt rushed, and for that, I am incredibly thankful.
My girls and I spent the last hour before the ceremony singing and dancing in the bridal suite. My wedding coordinator came upstairs at one point and was shocked at how calm I was. He told me that I was the most relaxed bride that he had ever worked with! I even shocked myself that day (and the days leading up to the wedding for that matter) at how calm and relaxed I was. Honestly though, with my mom and Christopher in charge and the man of my dreams waiting for me at the end of the aisle, I didn't have a thing in the world to be nervous about!

Right before walking out of the house and to the chapel I hugged my family and each of my bridesmaids. We then broke out in song and dance to nothing other than "Party in the USA." Nothing like a little jam from Miley to get you wedding ceremony ready! 

After the mini-concert we put on, everyone walked outside and headed for the chapel. My dad and I stayed behind in the house until we were given our cue to leave. I loved having those precious few minutes alone with my dad before he walked me down the aisle. He did his very best not to cry during that time, and I spent those moments telling him not to look at me because I would start crying and there was no one left in the house to retouch my makeup. 

Before we knew it, we were given our cue, and thus began the start to our wedding ceremony.
Photo credit for all pictures || Armosa Studios


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22 comments :

  1. You look SO SO SO gorgeous in every picture. Seriously, some of those pictures could be used on the cover of a bridal magazine. Can't wait to see the rest! :)

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  2. That sounds like the perfect way to do your wedding day! Mimosas and more than enough time :)

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  3. This post made me cry! In anticipation of my own wedding, I'm so emotional. Reading the part about you and your dad brought tears to my eyes! Plus, you were just simply stunning.

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  4. That last line really hooked me for the next part...so excited to see the rest!
    You look stunning in all of these pictures and I can't help but notice the huge smile on your mommas face in them too....so sweet!!

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  5. Frkn beautiful!!!! OMG, I love it. You made me tear up a bit. I can't wait for my day. I hope I am relaxed as you are! ♥

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  6. girl you are flawless! so sweet. it's funny because chris had the same request for our day--he didn't want to see me until I walked down the aisle--I was also worried about the whole picture aspect--but it worked out! can't wait to see more pictures!!!

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  7. you were an absolutely stunning bride! I love reading your wedding posts and seeing all your pictures. Sounds like such a perfect day. Can't wait to see and read more! :)

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  8. Your pictures are beautiful as is your dress! I love seeing all the details of other people's weddings!

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  9. Aww this made me cry. I love the photos & I'm glad that everything worked out that morning.

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  10. YOU, my dear, are STUNNING! I love reading your recaps! Keep em coming!

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  11. Such a blessing that everything went so well and you were relaxed and able to truly enjoy the pre-ceremony! The pictures are gorgeous and you were such a beautiful bride!

    Brianna
    xobriannaleigh.com

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  12. SO pretty! Your photos are beautiful!

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  13. Your hair was to die for!!! And mimosas saved me this last weekend at my wedding too hahaha

    Cassie
    Sagetheblog.com

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  14. What absolutely beautiful pictures! I was amazed at how relaxed I felt my entire wedding day too. It's nice to just be able to enjoy the day and the whole experience. I cannot wait to see the rest of the pictures. It looks like a perfect day!

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  15. You look so pretty! I hope I am as calm as you on my wedding day!

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  16. Well, I just got a little teary eyed reading the part about you and your dad! I love how relaxed your morning was and how you didn't let some burning leaves ruin you mood! You can't get upset about stuff you can't control and you were a calm little cucumber! All the pictures with your girls are so fun!

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  17. What a great day!! Your pictures are beautiful!

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  18. This is so precious! It's so nice to hear the inside scoop about the details we all don't see on your wedding day! You made a beautiful bride :) I can only hope to be as calm as you on my big day in 17 days!

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  19. You were absolutely beautiful! I'm so glad everything was just as perfect as you always dreamed it would be!

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  20. Love this! Can't wait to read about the rest of the day! The photos are gorgeous!!

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  21. YAY! another crazy calm bride!! You look stunning... and I'm pretty obsessed with those monogrammed shirts you girls are sporting!!!! the picture with the baby bump bridesmaid is adorable too!!!

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