Taking The City Girl To The Country

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taking the city girl to the country

For Labor Day weekend, Jeremy and I decided to go and visit some of his family in Indiana, aka take the city girl to the country.  We haven’t been back to visit his family in ages!  It sure felt that way.  So, it was time to finally get back up there and see tons of people.

airplane clouds

Jeremy’s mom planned a party for us to celebrate our wedding and marriage.  It was very low key, which was awesome.  It was also held at their house, so that meant over 50 relatives in a house.  Oh and did I mention it was freaking hot on Sunday?  Yea…I was sweating my face off!

corn in illinios

It was so much fun to see all of his family again.  We also had an opportunity to see some friends who live up there and we headed to Illinois to see Jeremy’s grandmother.  Since we seem to only make it up there every year or so, we wanted to try to see as many people as possible.

On the way to Jeremy’s Grandma’s house, we pass through some awesome windmill farms.  If you have never experienced these before, they are huge.  And the pictures don’t do them justice at all.  The blades are gigantic and the motors that run them are probably larger than some houses!  They do make some pretty gorgeous scenery though!

windmill farm in illinois

windmill farm in illinois

A few fun facts about Indiana:

  • It’s hotter than Georgia in the summertime
  • It’s so flat
  • Corn is everywhere
  • If there isn’t corn, the farms have soybeans
  • The corn fields provide crazy beautiful sunsets

indiana sunset

 

What did you do this weekend?

 

The Struggle Is Real

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I wish I meant that sarcastically, but I don’t.

the struggle is real

When we were planning the wedding, I thought that I was doing well in terms of my stress level.  I really did.  I was like, “Oh well, we have 22 months to plan this thing.”  We were engaged so long so that neither of us were stressed.  That was something I knew I probably couldn’t handle very well and I wanted to actually enjoy the planning process.

I thought I did a good job of managing my stress.  I thought I was fine.  I kept telling myself and other people that I was doing well and just exciting to get married.  All of those things were true.  I was fine.  I was excited to get married.  But I wasn’t handling my stress too well.

I think the last 2 weeks before we got married just compounded because of crazy things that we didn’t want to plan for, but needed to anyways.  And I’m not talking about the weather.  I’m talking about guests who may or may not show up that were sitting at my dad’s table.  As father of the bride, we knew that he couldn’t have 3 open spaces at his table of 8 people…so we came up with a Plan B for his table, which meant that we had to move other people over and tell the venue…so so stressful!

The struggle is real.

I knew I was super stressed when people told me the day after our wedding, “Your wedding was amazing.  So beautiful.  It was so much fun.”

My response?  I’m glad it’s over.”

Something is wrong with that, right?  Obviously, I thanked them, but that sentence above was the first thing I said back to them.  Because that’s how it felt.  It was an immense relief to have the wedding over with and the planning over.  The wedding was beautiful, and I was finally married.  Everyone I wanted to be there, was there.  And we partied.  It was a wonderful time, but it consumed me.

I didn’t even realize I felt that way until it came out of my mouth the first time.  Now that I’ve been able to think about it, planning my wedding actually consumed my whole life for about 3 months.  It wasn’t always like that, but as we got closer, it just became all I thought about.  I would go to work and go through the motions.  I would do the minimum to get things done.  Then it was all about planning planning planning.  The added stress of guests didn’t really help matters.  I just wanted to plan for every possible scenario I could think of.

The struggle is real.

If you are planning a wedding, don’t do a seating chart!  I don’t want to see another seating chart for years.  I thought it would be easier for guests to know where to sit.  I thought it would be fine…most stressful thing ever!

What do you do when stress consumes you?

 

The Best Day: Getting Ready

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Our wedding day was magical.  There are so many aspects of it that I have already forgotten (so thankful for amazing pictures and a beautiful video).  I’m so excited to finally be able to share our wedding day with you, in much more detail than I have before.  So here we go.

Since Jeremy and I are very non-traditional, we actually stayed together the night before the wedding (GASP!).  I know.  But it didn’t make sense for Jeremy to book a hotel room for himself for 1 day, nor could we have done that anyways, so it made sense.  So, we woke up together and even had breakfast together.  Then, it was time to hang out with my ladies and get our hair done.

All photos are from Jason Hales Photography.

Hanging my dress up right when I got in the room was a must!  Lace dresses need time to breathe and air out before you put them on, so put that sucker on a hanger and admire it all day long!  Getting ready for our wedding day was so much fun.  I had lovely ladies all around me, and I got to get pampered before the craziness began.

wedding dress hanging with shoes

 

wedding day bling

 

getting ready in room

 

Before I knew it, it was time to start getting accessories on and get that dress on.

 

getting ready earrings

getting ready zipping up

getting ready zipping up with mom

 

I love that my mom zipped me into my dress.  It’s such a cool moment that we have together and I love her to death!

 

getting ready zip up with mom

getting ready shoes

getting ready tape

 

I love my dress.  I still do, but if there is any advice I can give to brides who wear sleeves, make sure that you have plenty of fashion tape.  You will use it.  Just take my word for it.  I sweated so much at the reception, that the tape became pretty much useless…so I had to put more on all the time.  Oh, and don’t let me mention about having to pee.

getting ready excited

getting ready makeup

 

This lovely bridesmaid above actually did my makeup for me on wedding day.  She did a fabulous job.  You will see more of her amazing decor work in later posts (she did all of our signage).

getting ready makeup bride

getting ready lace

This picture is so special to me because during alterations, the ladies who were in charge of my alterations used the lace from my moms dress to cover the bustle buttons.  You can tell which part is from my mom’s dress because her dress and veil were stark white.  My dress was ivory.  But, honestly, I didn’t care.  It was something special that I was able to use on wedding day that it didn’t matter.

The lace from my moms dress and her veil matched the lace on my dress, so it was a pretty seamless addition, minus the color difference.

On deck next week…my first look with my dad.  Someone very special to me made a surprise appearance too!

first look with dad

 

What did you do when you got ready for your wedding?