Hi friends! I’m back today with another wedding recap – this time with some photos of our morning getting ready! If you missed any of my past wedding weekend recaps, you can find them all here. When we last left off, I had just had a fun morning doing yoga, going on a boat ride, and enjoying breakfast with our guests. After that, it was time to get ready for the big day!
Before we get started with today’s post, I want to share some notes about the vendors we used who helped make this special day possible, and whose work you’ll see in the photos below:
- Makeup: Kristen Sepulveda (Kristen is a family friend, and she did a fabulous job!)
- Hair: Up Dos for I Dos (Very professional and I loved the work they did! Some of the best up-dos I’ve ever seen!)
- Photography: Lauren Nievod (I’ve already raved about her a ton of times – 100% recommend)
- Venue: Wye River Conference Center (amazing Eastern Shore/riverfront hotel with beautiful grounds. Can only be booked by groups, meaning our guests took up the whole thing)
And now, let’s jump right in!
The venue where we got married has two main houses: the River House, which is where the rehearsal dinner and yoga/breakfast took place, and the Houghton House, which is where the ceremony and reception took place. Houghton House is also where the beautiful bridal suite was located!
On the morning of my wedding, all 10 of my bridesmaids – plus my sister, niece, my mom, Fabio’s mom, Aunt CC, and my Grandma – joined us in the bridal suite to start getting ready at 10 a.m.
My bridesmaids did a great job of setting up the room with cute decorations, mimosas, and a killer playlist. That’s what bridesmaids are for, right?!
We had a pretty detailed schedule for makeup since some people wanted airbrush/lashes and some didn’t, and after about half an hour of me constantly checking the schedule, my bridesmaids took it from me and said they’d take care of making sure everyone was in the right order. They’re the best, and allowed me to relax and enjoy this special moment!
P.S. I love how my hair turned out – you can see the back of it in this photo below!
My makeup turned out great too – all thanks to our talented makeup artist, Kristen!
Spending these hours with my closest girlfriends and family members was so much fun – it was a great way to think about the day ahead and just enjoy this time. Plus, how cute does everyone look in these matching PJ sets I got them? (The moms/my aunt/my grandma got robe versions, and I even got kid-sized versions for my flower girl and the junior bridesmaid!)
My Maid of Honor Bianca was never far from my side, and she made sure to hydrate me with Pedialyte to make sure I was feeling my best. After enjoying some late-night drinks the night before, I definitely appreciated this! 😉
It was really fun having my family in the room too – my mom, Aunt CC, and my grandma all got to enjoy this time together, which I thought was really special.
Our little fam! (Also, can you tell which of these pics are iPhone pics versus the professional ones? Ha!)
My sister – who was a very important junior bridesmaid 🙂 – was also never far from my side while we were getting ready. I think the wedding wound up being a bigger deal for us than either of us expected, and I was so touched by how close she stayed to me throughout the whole weekend. Even though we are so far apart in age and didn’t spend much time growing up together in the same house, she’s still my sister and so special to me!
Jack was with us in the bridal suite too – at least until one of the groomsmen came up to take him down to the room where the boys were getting ready. 🙂
While I finished getting my hair and makeup done, our photographer took some detailed shots with our invitations, save the dates, and jewelry. They came out so pretty!
This ring was my “something borrowed” and “something blue” – it’s the ring my dad gave my mom on the day I was born. I thought it added a nice sentimental touch!
Once I was done getting ready, all of us ladies got together for some group pictures!
We even stepped outside onto the balcony – but only once the photographer confirmed none of the boys were around to see us. 🙂
Then it was time for me to open up the gift that Fabio had given me and read his card. It’s so funny because as I was reading his card, I realized we wrote almost the exact same thing to each other. I guess that’s how you know it’s meant to be!
The gift itself was a pair of the most beautiful diamond stud earrings, which I’ve worn almost every day since the wedding. They’re gorgeous!
All the ladies gathered around to check them out. 🙂
Meanwhile, Fabio and the groomsmen were down in the library room getting ready themselves! Fabio helped Jack put on his cute tie. (Jack was the ring-bearer!)
This picture – LOL!!
Then Fabio opened up his card and gift from me, with Jack’s help (obviously).
I wound up getting him a refurbished Rolex watch, with a note reminding him not to be late! 🙂
He was a huge fan of the watch, and proudly shows it off to anyone who will look at it. 🙂
Then he spent some time getting ready with his groomsmen and drinking a nice bottle of whiskey he bought for them!
While all of that was happening downstairs, I slipped into my dress and had my mom and Aunt CC help me with all the buttons on the back.
It took a bit of time with all those buttons, but they got the job done. What would I do without them?!
Then I took a couple of pictures with my friends, and put my veil on.
My grandma helped arrange it perfectly over my shoulders for some pictures.
Then I grabbed my bouquet, and before I knew it was time to head downstairs to meet up with Fabio for the first look!
It was at this moment that I first started to feel emotional – I felt all the love and support of my friends and my family upstairs, and I felt like I was leaving that little caccoon to start a new journey. I know that when my dad walked me down the aisle and “gave me away” that was really the moment I should have felt like I was being given away, but saying goodbye to my mom as she stayed upstairs and I walked on by myself to Fabio felt like a pretty big moment too. I was ready for this – of course – but it did leave me feeling pretty emotional.
And for the rest, you’ll have to wait for my next recap! 🙂
Question of the day: How emotional do you get at weddings?