Wedding Recap: The Ceremony

I’m finally getting back to doing my wedding recaps. I know you have all been waiting with bated breath!

I always wanted to get married outside at my parent’s home and our ceremony was really a dream come true. We had no back up plan for bad weather (yes, crazy, I know!), but we were blessed with the most perfect day! Our officient was the aunt of one of my bridesmaids and she had known me since I was a kid. She did such a fabulous job and her homily was so heartfelt and personal.

Since I broke down crying at the rehearsal, I was pretty sure I would be a hot mess for the actual ceremony, but I somehow managed to hold it together. It was so full of joy and laughter that there was hardly room for tears.

My dad and I had a long walk from the back of the house to the cermony location, down by the water. I was nervous about getting all the way down the “aisle,” but my dad really was such a source of strenth and calm for me. He joked about why everyone was staring at us along the way and really put me at ease.

My mom made all the bows for the chairs and put together the flowers for the aisle (potted Purple Asters wrapped in navy blue paper and tied with white ribbon). Our ceremony was at 4:30 in the afternoon and the light was absolutely gorgeous!

Picking the ceremony music was probably one of the hardest decisions of the entire wedding. I’m very sentimental and I knew the songs had to be ones that I would listen to for the rest of my life and be transported back to the moment.

Bridesmaids procession: Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley

Bride Processional: Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Wedding Party Recessional: Got My Mind Set On You – George Harrison (This was B’s recommendation and it was absolutely perfect!)

All photos courtesy of Amy Raab Photography.

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The bWw Wedding in Washingtonian Bride & Groom

The bWw Wedding in Washingtonian Bride & Groom

About a year ago I got an email from our wedding photographer telling me she had submitted out wedding photos to Washingtonian Bride & Groom. She wanted to make sure I was ok with it. Ok with it? Hech I was ecstatic. I read WB&G religiously while planning! Even though I didn’t think we’d make the cut, It was nice just to know she thought of our wedding.

Well, would you believe about a week later I got an email form the Editor of WB&G. We had been selected! She gave me a questionnaire to fill out and send back. I have to admit I was SO excited. I had planned the wedding completely by myself, with help from my mom of course. I did not hire a wedding planner or even have a day-of coordinator. It was validation for all my hard work.

When I first told the hubby the good news (he was in Afghanistan at the time) he wasn’t quite sure about it. “I don’t want my friends or coworkers to see it, it’s kind of weird.” I assured him that NONE of his male friends or coworkers would open up a bridal magazine. A few months later the issue finally hit the stands! It was interesting to see which photos they had chosen and overall I was extremely happy with it. How fun to see our pictures, and thoughts on the day, printed out in a beautiful magazine! My proud parents went out and bought 20 copies! Even B had to admit it was “pretty cool” when he finally saw it in person.

The Summer/Fall 2011 cover.

We were one of the Real Weddings in “a fine romance.”

The two-page spread!

So pretty! I love the light and the sun spot in this photo.

The second page. Sigh.

So fun to have my 15 minutes of bridal fame! Thank you to the amazing Amy Raab Photography. To see better photographs of the magazine spread visit Amy’s blog. Read more about our wedding here and here!!

*All photos are my own.

Portraits by Amanda C. Bee

While catching up on some blog reading, I stumbled upon local Maryland artist Amanda C. Bee. I instantly loved her bright, fun, happy and unique work. See all her amazing creations on her blog.

When I saw she does custom work, I jumped at the chance to have something beautiful created, and emailed her right away. She was a delight to work with! I originally sent her two wedding photos (what better pictures to have turned into artwork?) and she sent me these beautiful proofs to take a look at!

The hubs white uniform was a challenge and she asked for a third picture where he was facing, at least slightly, forward. Even though I was already in love with the two prints above, I was happy to oblige and see what else she would create!

She really knocked it out of the park with this one! Her ability to capture his white uniform is amazing! I really appreciate all of the time and care she put in to make the portraits the best they could be.

I’m so happy with the results and ended up getting prints of all three! Can’t wait to have them framed! Thank you Amanda!

All photos are from Amy Raab Photography. Don’t forget to check out Amanda’s blog!!

The Wedding Recaps I’ve Been Dying to Do

Post background: Ever since I started this blog a few months ago, I’ve wanted to do a few recaps of my wedding. I had so much fun planning the day and I’m still in wedding withdrawl. I started posts then stopped myself multiple times because 1. I’ve been married over a year, 2. this isn’t a wedding blog and 3. it just felt a little weird. I’m finally ignoring all that. My wedding day was one of the best days of my life and I’m entitled to be a little obsessed with it for one two a few years. I still want to talk about it, share photos, and reminisce. Plus, this is my blog people, and I can do whatevah I want! I’ll break it up so it doesn’t become one of those long, awful slide shows of someone elses vacation/wedding/etc. If you’re not into weddings look away! I promise to be back to my regularly scheduled blogging tomorrow (until my next wedding post that is!).

The hubs and I were married on September 18, 2010. It was the most fabulously beautiful day with temperatures in the 70′s and not a cloud in the sky. We had out ceremony and reception at my parents’ home on the water on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Their property provided the perfect backdrop for our perfect day. We wanted it to be small and intimate with a chic Summer garden party atmosphere.

I’ll kick it off with some of the fun details!

I went Etsy crazy for the big day. The fan programs, the bird cake toppers, the paper straws, the kraft paper tags, the bakers twine, and the dried lavender were all from various Etsy sellers (not shown are my invitations and cupcake flags also from Etsy). I sewed all of the small fabric flowers to go on the place cards and kraft letters. My mom bought the small watering cans from Pottery Barn and one of my bridesmaids painted on the numbers.

All of the photos are courtesy of Amy Raab Photography. You can see lots of other beautiful weddings and all of their incredible work here.

Anyone out there planning a wedding or still smitten with their big day (I can’t be the only one!)??

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