MY WEDDING - FINALLY
It's finally here! Our wonderful photographer, Donna May, has had a TON of personal life changes with having a baby to moving cross country over the last 4 months, so we knew to be patient with getting our photos back!
I'm having a hard time looking at these photos and forming words to describe our day other than it is exactly what we wanted, and more. We wanted a celebration, and we got it! So much happened that neither Aaron nor I quite remember specific things, but the feeling of the evening in a big blur. Having these photos to look back at the specific moments are incredibly special to us - to be able to look at a literal moment in time.
We got engaged in the Winter of 2016 and of course started planning immediately, because that's what you do when all of your friends and family ask "when is it and where" everyday for a month. We got caught up in the rush of checklists and how do we book everything right now? At the same time, I had just lost my dad suddenly only a few months before, so I was also bogged down with grief. Overwhelm completely took over, and we had to take a break from planning. Aaron and I stepped back to look at what should have been step one in the planning process - What did we want to FEEL in our day? How do we cultivate that feeling to share this with our friends and family? How do we turn the grief we feel over our lost loved ones into a loving and happy occasion?
We decided to focus on the word "Celebrate" -
It was the perfect word - it implies an action. An action rather than a descriptive word or colored theme allows for a more visual inspiration for the day. It allowed us to envision the flow of the day, inspired our color palette and decor elements, and create a celebration. Instead of mourning and missing our lost loved ones, we could CELEBRATE them in our day as well as our marriage.
The details flowed out from there - the pompoms, confetti cake, color, ribbon wand centerpieces, lights, garland, balloons. Anything with color that we could get our hands on! I hand made over 1000 pompoms while watching Netflix over that year and had a ton of help with making the ribbon wands. I didn't really want a DIY wedding, but it happened! We were also lucky enough to have the venue the day before to allow us to decorate a bit early so that we didn't have to do anything on the day.
Yes, I hired my own wedding planner. I respect and know how much happens behind the scenes that I knew that I didn't want to have to worry about doing anything on the day. I wanted to be able to relax into my day and be as present as possible! My planner, Ali, did just that!
So much went into our wedding day that it is hard to thank everyone who was involved - My planner team, my vendors, my family, Aaron's family, our wedding party, and our lovely family and friends. Our day was so special, and we wouldn't be married today if we didn't have your love and support. We love you so much!
VENUE: HISTORIC TREDEGAR IRONWORKS
PHOTOGRAPHER: PHOTOGRAPHY BY DONNA MAY
PLANNING: EVENTS BY ELIZABETH PALMER
CATERING: WHITE HOUSE CATERING
DESIGN/DECOR: PLAIN WITH SPRINKLES, duh
MUSIC: BUNN DJ - DJ FRANK
HAIR/MAKEUP: AVE 42
DRESS: URBAN SET
SUIT: ASOS (WITH A LOT OF TAILORING FROM TUXEDO LADY)
ALTERATIONS: SEAMS ALTERATIONS
OFFICIANT: FRIEND, GLYNN