The morning of my wedding day it was pouring! I was so nervous it would end up raining out the ceremony... It rained right up until we were all ready to start taking photos... and it stopped. I've always heard that rain on your wedding day is lucky, but I like to think it was especially lucky in our case since it rained, but stopped just in time! We chose to do first look photos beforehand... Our photographer found this amazing field nearby and I distinctly remember walking down the hill towards my soon to be husband and seeing him standing there with his back towards me... I tapped him on the shoulder and he turned to me with this HUGE smile... Priceless.
We had a large-ish wedding party. Six attendants each... But it was one of those things where the six we each chose were the perfect people to stand there with us while we were married. My advice on choosing attendants? Choose your closest friends. Friends that have been an important part of your life, but will always be an important part. I've had friends who regretted who they chose later on... Don't let that be you. Pick your closest friends and loved ones. NO matter the number.
I chose my six best friends to be my bridesmaids. I have a lot of great friends, but these six have been the closest to me throughout my life. They still are... My sister was my maid of honor... then I had a friend that I grew up down the street from, one that the hubs grew up close to, but that I met and became best friends with in college and three from different times throughout college... one of which lives in my neighborhood now and is engaged to the hub's best man. ;)
Pink and turquoise with accents of black were our colors. I chose pink and turquoise because I love bright, fun colors. Black tied everything together. We had fake flowers for our bouquets and centerpieces... I chose fake because they were easy to put together before hand and where we were married is sort of off the beaten path... It would have been a huge issue to try to get real ones there alive!
My best bit of advice for brides to be, make the conscious decision to ENJOY the day. The day of if something goes wrong, there's not a whole lot you can do about it. Put someone in charge of the day itself. I had my good friend from high school be my sort of 'day of coordinator'. She had a list of things that needed to get done... she was in charge of getting people where they needed to be and I didn't have to worry about anything like that. Plus the stress wasn't put on my family or bridesmaids to do it either... Just buy whoever you chose a really nice gift. ;)
Again, my best wishes to the lovely Lauren and her hubs to be. May you have the wedding day AND most importantly the marriage of your dreams! Thanks for letting me share MY day with you all! Hope you'll stop by Truly Lovely sometime and say hello!
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