Inspiration for your road to the altar

Here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for (okay not really, but I’ve always wanted to say that). I am going to take the rest of the week to recap our wedding and give you as many details as possible. If you happen to use any of these images on your blog, please credit Browers Photography as well as With This Ring. And with that – here we go! The image above is actually my rehearsal bouquet, which was so pretty that we kept it around all weekend. My cousin forgot to bring along the ribbons from the shower, but I was more than happy to have hydrangeas instead.
We stayed at the same resort where our reception took place (as did most of our guests) so we had a suite for the weekend. It was the perfect place to get ready and do a little relaxing. As you can see, my shoes are below which are by Something Bleu and were ordered online (except they’ve apparently gone up in price a bit).
Our ring bowl from Paloma’s Nest, which we didn’t actually use in the ceremony but I wanted some pictures of anyway. It says, “For Who You Are” which is a phrase that has been around since we started dating. Brad and I were sending each other emails (the modern day version of love letters, no?) and he used that phrase in one of them. In fact, I still have the email. His ring is also engraved with that phrase and now the little bowl is the resting place for our rings each night.
If you remember, I had some seriously unsuccessful hair and makeup trials in Lake Geneva. Our budget just wouldn’t allow me to bring both a hair and makeup specialist all the way from Chicago, so I had to pick one. I am not a huge fan of the way that I look with my hair up anyway, and the wedding was quite casual for the most part, so I decided that I would supplement my severe lack of skills in the makeup department and hire a professional. It was one of the best decisions I made! I can’t say enough about Marla Del Angel, who drove up to Wisconsin with no complaints and was totally patient with my being picky. To be quite frank, I had a monster of a blemish taking up residence on the right half of my cheek the day before the wedding and Marla made that sucker disappear completely. I looked exactly the same way at midnight that I did at 10AM…if only she could come over before work every morning.
This is one of my favorite pictures from the day – my Mom is taking my dress out of the bag and giving it a final inspection. I don’t know why, but I get emotional whenever I look at this one.
Originally, my dress had a corset back. I loved the way that the corset made the dress fit, but we wound up taking it out and putting in actual satin covered buttons instead. They look beautiful, but those little buttons are not easy to fasten. So now, I give you the “we will complain about our fingers for the next decade because of these rotten buttons” collage. It took my Mom and both bridesmaids no less that four and a half days to get me in that bad boy. Look at the level of concentration…
Don’t be deceived, the bottom right picture is the only one of me smiling through the entire process. They kept whispering behind me all “don’t get her all worked up, act like everything is fine” and it was making me bananas. But alas, they got it buttoned and then my Dad came in to see his only daughter in her wedding dress. I love his face in this picture while they are putting on my veil.
Ahem. Meanwhile, in the boys room…
I love the array of items on the dresser. Vodka, orange juice, sunglasses, a lint brush (at least they removed their lint) and our rehearsal dinner invitation. They got dressed in our best man’s room, so apparently he was worried about missing the dinner the night before. I also like the hand in the back left of the picture, apparently in motion and frantically reaching for his vodka and OJ concoction.
These are the nice pictures, I’ve left out the shots where they put the hotel robes on and acted like they were performing karate (seriously). But Brad does get some credit for this printout on how to fold his pocket square:
On the video you can hear one of our photographers saying “I am so impressed, most guys just shove those things in there.” Another budget cut was the boutonnieres for all the groomsmen, ushers, and the dads. They all work pocket squares instead and I have to say that while I was sad about it at first, that day I didn’t even notice.
And now, back to our suite for a highlight of some of my most sentimental things. This brooch is my Great Grandmother’s and it is pinned to lace from my Mom’s wedding dress (which you can see her wearing here). We later tied it around my bouquet before I walked down the aisle.
This pin is from my Great Great Grandmother, which is sitting on a handkerchief I had made for the wedding. I wound up with two handkerchiefs – one that my Aunt made and then this one that I ordered.
And lastly, this is my cousin and maid of honor pinning my Grandmother’s earring into my dress. My Grandpa gave my Grandma gold and pearl earrings while they were married and all of her daughters (my Mom and my Aunt included) wore them on their wedding day. So now, my cousin and I each have one. This picture makes me a little weepy, too.
This picture just makes me laugh, I had to include it. Yes, you are in fact looking at the toilet in the bathroom of our suite. I had nothing to do with the green ribbon around the spare roll of toilet paper, it was like that when we got there. But no less that four people accused me of putting it there, with a mixture of sympathy for obvious ensuing insanity and complete horror. For the record – I realize that I was a little obsessed with the details of it all, but I stopped short of decorating the toilet paper.
At this point, after a minor bridesmaid dress debacle, we’re all ready and getting preparing to go meet Brad and the boys. The wraps were part of my gift to the girls – aren’t they just the most adorable bridesmaids ever?Tomorrow I will share some portraits and a few pictures from the ceremony, then Friday will be the reception and all those details. I hope you are enjoying it all!

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Details…

October 7, 2008
As I mentioned yesterday, we don’t have all of the pictures back yet but our photographers have given us enough preview shots to let the discussion begin! The socks were a huge hit and we also took a picture of my feet in the middle of all of the boys in the wedding party, which I can hardly wait to see. I don’t think the ring bearer actually made it down the aisle with the pillow, but it made for some pretty pictures!
I love this shot of my dress. It is hanging on the balcony of our honeymoon suite while we’re inside getting ready. I didn’t even see them take it out of the room! The only problem is that it gets me overly excited to wear it again. What do you think – can we have a party where everyone gets to wear their wedding dresses again? The grooms attire – he ultimately decided to wear a pocket square instead of a boutonniere (a word I am still completely incapable of spelling) and I have to say that I didn’t miss the men in flowers at all. Initially I was kind of sad when he didn’t want to wear one, but the day of I didn’t think a thing of it!
I didn’t have a chance to write about this before the wedding, but I actually got an early wedding present a few weeks prior to the big event. Brad ordered silver Irish wedding coins from Dublin and gave them to me with a note explaining that since neither one of our families have wedding traditions, he thought we should start one of our own ((sigh)). So after we exchanged rings we also exchanged coins (you can read more about the tradition here). The whole thing meant so much to me, so I love this picture: And now, the bouquet. Being the perfectionist that I am it will be impossible for me to go through all the pictures and not point out some of the things that went wrong! I really liked the overall shape and style of the bouquet, and it smelled so good. It’s only downfall is that I really didn’t want any greenery in it at all, a point I was sure that I drove home but must not have been as adamant about it as I thought. But alas, not everything goes as planned. It was made up of English roses and gardenias (hence, the amazing smell) and before I walked down the aisle I wrapped lace from my Mom’s wedding dress around it and fastened it with an antique family brooch. I am sure there will be some shots of that to come!

Tie ‘Em Up

March 14, 2008
As I’ve mentioned before, I am painfully indecisive. I am also really terrible at trying to visualize how things will look…I need to see them beforehand so I can stare at the picture for hours on end, agonize over it a little more, and then come to a decision. Since our wedding party is essentially traveling from all over the country, we’ve decided to just tell the boys to wear their own black suits. Plain black, no stripes, but the rest is up to them. If they want to rent one, buy one, wear one they already have, doesn’t matter to me! I am envisioning black suits, white shirts, and a green tie. Easy, right? Not so much. I’ve been hunting for months to find the perfect green tie! I really wanted a stripe of some sort and nearly every green tie is paired up with navy blue stripes. And then, when I was close to my witts end, I found this at Brooks Brothers:

It’s the perfect shade of green, no blue stripes, and it’s also $75. That would mean that if we only bought these for the groom & two groomsmen we’re looking at over $200. I whined and cried and kept looking. But now my friends, Brooks Brothers is having a sale! Not only do you get 15% off your entire purchase (25% if you have a store card) the ties are buy one get one 30% off. A little over $50/tie is a lot more reasonable and it will make an excellent gift for the boys (we liked them so much the ushers and the Dad’s are getting some too). But since I am a freak and have to create mock-ups of things to see what they’ll look like, I had to get a visual of the entire ensemble before ordering. I give you, a really bad mock-up of the groomsmen:

The ties are ordered! And yes, there is a pocket square in that picture for a reason. I don’t know what color we’ll wind up going with but B is completely against boutonnieres so this is our alternative. Hope everyone has a good weekend!

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