pretty fitting that exactly two months from the day we got married, we got our
wedding photos. I’m sure some day I’ll be able to look at these without
dissolving into tears, but today isn’t that day. When we got
engaged, we knew one thing: we wanted a small
wedding. We wanted the day to be lovely but relaxed, allowing us to spend
quality time with everyone who was there. The day turned out better than we
could have ever imagined and I’m truly so grateful for Hooman from Vesic Photography for
capturing the magic of our day. (I can’t wait for our video from Good
of our wedding
started my day with a 6 mile run; it was a gorgeous day and I felt like I could
run forever, but I knew I couldn’t stay out too long. SHAPE \* MERGEFORMAT
friend Casey did my hair at my house, and then I headed to the Graylyn
Estate to finish getting ready. Thankfully I didn’t have to go barefoot to
our wedding. SHAPE \* MERGEFORMAT
Tommy got ready at his
apartment before coming to Graylyn for our first look.
I did my own make-up,
while sipping coffee. When Alise came to the Graylyn to get ready with me, she
showed up with two lattes (sweetened and unsweetened, so I could choose what I
was in the mood for) and my favorite snacks in tow. I can’t put into words how
grateful I am to have a friend like her.
mom wasn’t with me when I
bought my dress, so she hadn’t seen it in
person. She saw pictures, of course, and she saw a lot of the
dresses I didn’t buy when
she visited shortly after we got engaged, and it was so fun for her to finally
see the one.
I was strangely calm most
of the day, (although Alise may tell you otherwise. SHAPE \* MERGEFORMAT
As we started to walk down
the hallway together, emotions overwhelmed me – gratitude, nerves, excitement,
everything. I was suddenly short of breath and sobbing. Alise helped me pull
myself together before seeing Tommy…and then I fell apart again. SHAPE \* MERGEFORMAT
I can’t even put into
words what our first look was like. The world seemed to stop for a moment. I’m
so grateful we did a first look since it gave us a private moment to take it
all in together.
time to cry. So much crying.
We took a few photos
before the ceremony, including seeing our pupgirl.
the ceremony started, we did my family photos. I’m the youngest and only girl,
with five older brothers, and it was really special to see them before the
ceremony. And, of course, my dad. I can’t wait to see more pictures of all of that.
After my family pictures, Tommy and I had a few minutes to hang out from the
top floor and watch people arrive to the ceremony, which is where we took this
didn’t have a bridal party – just Maizey, walked by Alise, and my dad taking me
down the aisle. Before Alise headed out with Maizey, she gave me a great piece
of advice: “Look at everyone.” I
definitely looked at Tommy, but I also made eye contact with every friend and
family member, which is probably rare at a wedding!
I’ve truly NEVER been
happier than I was during our ceremony. We’re so grateful that our pastor could
marry us – we picked our date around his busy wedding-season schedule! (That,
and my dad and brother’s hunting schedules. ha!)
And just like that, we
were married and a family.
After the ceremony, we had
a short cocktail hour and then a sit-down dinner. I pictured a wedding that
felt like an intimate dinner party and it turned out just like
that. Everyone fit in one small room. Some family and friends gave toasts,
and Tommy and I kept crying throughout dinner. We were just so incredibly
grateful and kept saying to each other, over and over, “We are so lucky.”
There was also a lot of
laughter. SHAPE \* MERGEFORMAT
We snuck away for some
photos under the full moon…
And ended the night with a
private dance in the same spot where we got married.
Rather than a “grand
exit”, we just gave our friends and family hugs goodbye. The entire day
was better than we could have ever imagined.
are pictures that Hooman posted on his
blog today, and there are even more posted
on his site. He is sending allllll of our photos tomorrow, and I’ll likely do
another post with some more details about our day and the things we added to
make it feel like us.
And, of course, a big thank you to all our amazing vendors!