Saturday, September 13, 2014

Wedding Sneak Peak!

Here are some pictures from the wedding!! We wont have the professional photos for several weeks, but McShane Photography provided us with some sneak peaks (towards the bottom of the blog) and other people's photos have been rolling in!
The first thing I noticed when I looked at these photos, was thankfully, how much I loved them and what a wonderful day it had been! However, my critical nature soon kicked in and I noticed how tired my eyes looked and the dark circles (from lack of sleep, stress, and let's face it, age) under them. I instantly felt self conscious and upset. Generally, I wouldn't Photoshop my own image, but I felt the need to (they are my wedding pictures after all!) make my eyes look a little nicer. I have no excuses for my vanity.
Here are Jena McShane's Sneak Peaks (of absolute mind-numbing fabulousness that already made my eyes look nice):
Plus, she captured our Bridesmaids Poster picture perfectly!
I can't wait to see the rest of our photos!!! The wait may figuratively kill me. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Our Wedding Ceremony

Jake amazingly taped our Ceremony for us. Everything about this moment was perfection and I am so very happy to have it on video. The video is a little soft, so you'll have to listen carefully or use the closed captioning; but I promise it is worth it! Mark made everyone there cry with his vows. Plus, Laura's voice is so lovely (even with the poor audio system)!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Wedding Rehearsal!

I really could go on and on about how much I loved everything about how Mark and my wedding turned out. Really, I am having a hard time shutting up about it. The feminist in me will not allow me to say this was the most magical-wonderful-perfect moment in my entire life and everything else in my life was just leading me to that moment. Plus, that just isn't true. Yes, my wedding day was wonderful and perfect and I loved every moment of it; but it was not and never will be the highlight of my life or the purpose of my existence. I have so many more wonderful and important moments and memories to look forward to! However, I digress. 
I do not have many pictures of the wedding yet (as I for once left the photography mainly to our professional photographer: McShane Photography) and like none of the rehearsal. But, let me tell you, everything was great! 
We stayed at the Radisson in Toledo, Oh. It was so lovely!
Inside and out!
Even nicer than the decor and comfort level of the hotel, were the staff. Julie and every staff member we interacted with were supremely helpful and sweet. I couldn't rave enough about the wonderful experience we had here. 
We had the rehearsal on what felt like the hottest-muggiest day of the year. Everyone was sweating profusely within minutes of arriving. We very quickly ran through the ceremony and left as quickly as we could. This wasn't the best idea, as no one had any idea what their cues were to start or stop walking or any idea what pace they should be walking at. This didn't seem like an issue (and really didn't end up being to big of a deal) at the time, as the heat was oppressive and everyone wanted out as soon as possible. 
We made it back to the hotel, right before a huge thunderstorm rolled in. Mark and I opted to have the rehearsal dinner at the hotel's 31Hundred restaurant and were so glad we made that choice! The food and drinks were exceptional!
Even with all of the heat and lack of rehearsal, everyone seemed to have a good time (once we started eating!)
My biggest recommendation is to make sure you are able to place the music that will be used during your wedding and give people clear cues as to when they should walk and at what pace. Otherwise, you end up with some gaps in the procession and recession. Which, in the end, is not a huge deal; but, kinda negates the reason for a rehearsal if you aren't doing those things. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wedding Gift Bags

I decided to make several different types of Gift Bags for people attending our wedding. 
For the hotel guests, I made a goody bag filled with chocolate, candy, chips, and other delicious treats!
DIY Wedding Gift Bags
I picked out bags in our wedding colors and attached a note to each guest.
DIY Wedding Gift Bags
DIY Wedding Gift Bags
Next I made bags for the girls who helped us out the very most and had more to do on the day of the wedding (Mark picked out the cutest boxes for them!).
DIY Wedding Gift Bags
DIY Wedding Gift Bags
Finally, I put together a basket of Sweets/Food/Fruits for our Parents and Grandparents:
DIY Wedding Gift Bags
Additionally, we gave the parents, bridesmaids, and groomsmen more personalized gifts.