I am Such the Slacker! Recap Continued: Formals !

Here are some of the photos that we took directly after the ceremony during the first half of our cocktail hour.
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I love.love. this photo of me, DH and our two ushers: my BFF Jay and sister’s BF Chris. It just captures all of our personalities perfectly!

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My mother raised my sister and I as a single mom, and did she so with beauty and grace. She is my hero and this was a very special and proud moment for her.
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My mom has supported me through some really tough times in my life. She has never wavered and has ALWAYS been there–when some may not have. Here, she grabbed me and said, “I love you. So much.” It was the sum of soooo much we have been through…
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Mom and sis, my MOH
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Our family
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Up next: Cocktails and the reception!

September 22, 2008. Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Recap Detour: More Ceremony Pics!!

I haven’t mentioned it yet, but in addition to our amazing photographer Corey and her second shooter, we had a third photographer who got some great photos! His name is Nick and he’s from Los Angeles, Calif.-based NPhocus Photography. He is one of my hubby’s frat brothers and is really good at what he does. So if you’re in SoCal and are looking for a talented up and coming photographer for your wedding or event, do check Nick out!
I just got a disc of some photos he took today–although some photos I’ve posted were taken by him including the very first, AWESOME image I posted in the “Mrs.” post of hubby lifting me in the air by the fountain.

Enjoy a few good ones he captured that give a different perspective of the ceremony and afterwards…

If you look carefully here, you can see me making my walk around to the ceremony entrance.









Loved their bouts!

Lastly, I love this one of my mother-in-law and the children

September 15, 2008. Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Formals!

After the ceremony, the bridal party took about 30 minutes to do some formals before we joined our guests for cocktails and jazz…
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I love.love. this photo of me, DH and our two ushers: my BFF Jay and sister’s BF Chris. It just captures all of our personalities perfectly!

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My mother raised my sister and I as a single mom, and did she so with beauty and grace. She is my hero and this was a very special and proud moment for her.

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My mom has supported me through some really tough times in my life. She has never wavered and has ALWAYS been there–when some may not have. Here, she grabbed me and said, “I love you. So much.” It was the sum of soooo much we have been through…
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Mom and sis, my MOH

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Our family

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September 14, 2008. Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Wedding Recap: The Ceremony

Our ceremony was scheduled to begin at 6: 30 p.m. The music started at 6:40 p.m. I was surprised at how early our guests were arriving. Me, the bridesmaids and my photographer Corey arrived at the venue at about 5:45 p.m. and as we entered, my bridesmaids actually had to hide me with their bodies and bouquets from guests trying to enter the building.

Hubby and I had both written short vows, but besides that our ceremony was very simple–no readings, no singing, just our vows and prayer. It lasted about 25 minutes from start to finish, and though it was short, it was meaningful. It was perfect and exactly what we wanted.

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Then came my entrance. I walked a long way–around the entire atrium of the tower to Diana Krall’s “Look of Love.” Guests could see me as I walked b/c the building is completely open.But my groom could not. It was very dramatic…

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I met my mom at the entrance to the ceremony space and she escorted me to my groom–an honor well-deserved!

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Then mom kissed me and gave me away:)

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Married! Coming up: 

1. The Coolest Formals. Ever.

2. Cocktails and Jazz

3. The Party

4. DETAILS!!!

5. Bridal Portraits

6. Day After Shoot

7. Honeymoon!

September 11, 2008. Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Wedding Recap: Girls In The City!

Before we headed for the ceremony and reception venue, the girls and I spent about 40 minutes taking some fun photos around the city. I HIGHLY suggest taking some time to do photos before your ceremony–especially if your ceremony and reception are back to back.  The pictures I got of me and the girls from our little session were some of my favorites of the day!  And it helped keep me busy so I was not stressing or being nervous.





In the free shuttle on our way into town…








It’s almost time!

September 10, 2008. Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Wedding Recap Part II:Getting Ready Boys

Our daughter delivered my gift to my hubby–some cologne and personalized cufflinks. I chose to give him cologne so there would be a specific scent that I could always remember the day by when I smelled it on him.


Drue presented all of his groomsmen with personalized gifts.


And he gave his brother/best man a football autographed by OSU legend Archie Griffin.


Then, before the ceremony, they hit the city for some fun photos. The Cleveland Browns stadium was a given…




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September 9, 2008. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Wedding Day: Getting ready

Disclaimer: There will be a TON of pics in these posts, so please be patient as they load. Photos courtesy of CoreyAnn.

The day of the wedding I woke up early with my FI (see previous recap post about how that happened) and we actually ran a few errands together before parting for the day around noon. First we went to a place called Empirical Sounds to pick up some wireless microphones and a mixer to use for the wedding. We then went to Kinkos to make a copy of one of our table signs that was changed at the last minute. After that we vowed NOT to see each other until I came down the aisle.

After we parted ways, I headed over to the venue one last time to do some more micromanaging. I spent some time trying to get in the building (it was locked all around) but finally was allowed in by security. After a glance over and a run-in with my florist I was satisfied and headed bac to the bridal suite where my makeup artist and many of my bridesmaids had arrived and were getting ready.

Bridesmaid holding up one of her gifts–monogrammed spa wrap…


A few hours before the wedding, I still was working on my bridesmaid’s DIY bouquets!! But I was not panicking. I just had to wrap them in fabric; they were already assembled. So I worked on this sporadically that afternoon. When time started dwindling my photog Corey and one of my BMs jumped in and helped finish up by cutting off stems etc.


 

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If you look closely at the bust of my gown above you will see my “something borrowed.” Remember this vintage brooch I bought months ago from Ebay?  My seamstress pinned it there and it looked like it belonged there…

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I never wanted to wear a veil. I dunno why. But a few weeks before the day something in me just wanted a veil! I searched for a birdcage style and about a week before the wedding found one I liked. But it was $130! So I printed out a photo of it and my mom took the photo to her seamstress to have made. My veil is identical to the one I saw online. But I wasn’t sold on it until I was getting dressed and my girls assured me it “finished” my look.

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Before we left the room to take pre-ceremony photos, DH delivered a gift to me. It was a photobook of our relationshiop–beginning with when we first met..in highschool! I teared up fast and had to hold back from crying!

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Checking myself out in the elevator. I love this photo–it is like a nanosecond in time…

September 8, 2008. Uncategorized. 5 comments.

The Day Before the Wedding: Good times. And Some Chaos, Too.

Not a great story if not some drama, right??

So one really good thing about our wedding venue is that I was able to get in there early–a day before to set up my tables EXACTLY how I wanted them.  So with the help of my sister, my sister’s best friend and sister’s boyfriend we hauled all of my DIY projects including 12 HEAVY boxes of pillar candles and vases to the BP Tower to unload and move up to the third floor via the building’s freight elevator. 
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 Meanwhile….here is what the boys were doing:
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 A 3 on 3 basketball tourney!!

So we worked to set up the room right up until the rehearsal was set to start. After moving and setting up I was filthy so at 7 p.m. I rushed next door to the hotel to shower and get dressed for our 7:30 p.m. rehearsal!!
Me overwhelmed!
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Sister’s amazing friend Lonny sorting the pillars
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Cocktail tables anyone?
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Here are some photos from the rehearsal.
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After we ran through the ceremony basics twice we headed over to DVine Wine for cocktails and food.  This was for the bridal party and also for all of our out of town guests. It was a great time!  A woman actually pulled me to the side to say she and her hubby had their rehearsal dinner there years ago and they frequent DVine. She said she had not seen such a celebratory event there since her own rehearsal 7 years ago and said D’Vine was definitely a “lucky” place!
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After the rehearsal the boys did the bachelor party thing while me and some of the girls headed down to Cleveland’s Flats to the 2020 Martini lounge for some (more) good food and drinks and dancing. (Are you noticing a trend here!?)
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More good times! But time escaped me and before I knew it, it was nearing midnight. Saturday. I was ready to check into my hotel suite and crash! So tired from that day. It was wedding day and I needed my beauty sleep! BUT… there was something very important I’d forgotten to do.

The bouquets. Totally exhausted and not happy I drove, accompanied by sister and sister’s friend, up into the suburbs to mom’s house to arrange the flowers. The other girls crashed while I sat in the basement and worked–ripping off leaves and dead petals and guard petals and taping together the flowers into 7 bouquets.  This process took two hours and I finished up at 3:00 a.m. Saturday–wedding day.

About to pass out, I threw two buckets in the back of my SUV and tossed the taped up bouquets into a box and into the trunk. I then headed BACK downtown to (finally) check into the hotel. Now it’s about 3:30 a.m. and as I am valeting my car I see who but my fiance (now hubby!!) and one of his groomsmen staggering into the hotel from the bachelor party.

I knew I was not supposed to see him the day/night before the wedding but I was so physically and mentally tired I felt like I needed to crash with him.  So even though the boys had a suite there we slept together the night before the wedding.  (Don’t worry–we SLEPT. Nothing else! Haha)

But before I laid down I filled the two buckets with water and put the taped up bouquets in them.  I was so pleased with how they had turned out and hoped they looked as good when I woke up. I would wrap them in fabric in the morning….
As you can see those spray roses came to life!! And I loved.loved.loved. the near-finished look of my DIY bouquets! Vibrant. Funky. Whimsical. Free form. Just what I had in mind…
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September 4, 2008. Tags: . Uncategorized. 5 comments.

Recap Part I: The DIY Flowers

On the Thursday before the wedding, I woke up to learn that our flowers from Rosesource had arrived—exactly when they were supposed to. I was happy and relieved that the flowers were here, (you never know for sure when ordering online) but this vendor had already left a sour taste in my mouth when they attempted to contact me a day before my delivery to say they would not be able to send the box of dahlias I had ordered and would instead be “substituting” a box of hot pink spray roses for my order.  
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Now to be clear, I’d ordered the Rosesource flowers to make my 7 bridesmaid’s bouquets with DIY.  I had a clear idea of what I wanted to create. And that idea was centered around dahlias!!  I have to say I was pissed when I learned I would not be receiving the dahlias.  I mean, what the heck was a ‘spray rose’???   

My frustration was confirmed when I ripped open the boxes of flowers and prepared to prep them.  The 100 stems of fuschia ‘Shocking Versilia’ roses I’d ordered looked OK as did the Bells of Ireland.  But the spray roses.  I hated them, with their small heads.  And honestly, they looked dead! 

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Now I didn’t give up hope that fast because I’d done my research on farm direct flowers and had repeatedly read that flowers often arrive in BAD shape but would perk up after being cut and hydrated. 

That day, with so much else to do, Drue and I took two hours, sitting on the basement floor of mom’s house to get the flowers in water—especially the horrid spray roses.  First we went to a dollar store and bought about 6 buckets. We didn’t have time to buy flower-cutting shears, something I had forgotten.  So we used house scissors to de-leave and de-thorn 100 roses, 100 stems of spray roses, 50 stems of bells of Ireland and 50 stems of hypericum berry.  We made a mess, but it was an easy clean-up because we laid down mats first.  After cutting the stems we placed the flowers in buckets of lukewarm water and put them in the cool, dark laundry room. I said a quick prayer that the spray roses would perk up because I knew I wouldn’t have much time to revisit the flowers until it was time to assemble the bouquets.
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 Later that day I did purchase some flower shears and went to the grocery store where the lady in floral was happy to let me grab a few handfuls of flower food for free.  Later I took a minute to recut the stems again with the correct shears and changed the water. Hours after I had put them into water, the spray roses had perked up barely. 

I had to leave the flowers there until I got around to making the bouquets. And that wouldn’t be until about 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning!! Wedding day. Yikes!

To be continued!

September 4, 2008. Tags: . decorations, details, flowers. 2 comments.

Just call me….Mrs.!

I’m back….and married!  Happily married! And fresh off the airplane from a fabulous week-long honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.  If you’ve followed my planning you know that I married my love on Saturday August 23rd in Cleveland.  But between the wedding and honeymoon I haven’t had time to recap the day!

 

Well you can now expect a complete recap and all of the details including a ton of photos

that will help tell the story.  In addition to vendor reviews and the sharing of my many DIY projects, I will fully recap four days: the day of my bridal session (yes I did bridal photos the week of my wedding!); the rehearsal and rehearsal mixer; our wedding day; and the day-after our wedding, when we met up with our photographer for a fun “trash the dress” photo shoot.

 

I’ll also talk about and include plenty of photos from our Punta Cana, Dominican Republic vacation that followed.

 

One more “teaser” photo from our fab photographer, Corey Ann.

 

September 1, 2008. vendors. 6 comments.

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