Wednesday, August 27, 2014

| Our Wedding | Getting Ready

I would do anything to relive the day of June 7, 2014.
It was everything I ever dreamed of and more.
The two years leading up to this day were exciting, eventful, stressful and everything in between. At times I never thought our day would come, but it certainly did - so perfectly.

I remember waking up at my mom's house and feeling so ready.
I rode up to our venue in Cleveland, Georgia with my maid of honor and bridesmaid, as we laughed, giggled and sang old 90's tunes along the way.

We finally arrived and it really sank in that this was all for me today.
So many times I visited our venue after a wedding the previous day, and dreamed of the day that this would be for me. And it finally was.

My bridesmaid, Brittany, was already there, and we immediately started the bridesmaids hair. I remember everything feeling so calm, just us girls talking throughout the getting ready process. I was never once nervous, but felt like I needed to constantly be moving or doing something. I put out all of my getting ready essentials so when our photographer, Katie Rivers, arrived, she had easy access to all the details and dresses.

After enjoying time with my girls, it was finally time for me to get ready. At this point, all I could think of was how fast the morning was going. I had a TON of trouble at my hair trial the month before, so I was a little worried how it was going to go that day. But to my surprise, it turned out better than I dreamed.

Katie finally arrived during all of the hair and makeup doings, and she kept us right on track with our getting ready schedule. She pulled all the little details I wanted pictures of, and did such a beautiful job capturing all of them. Before I knew it, it was time for me to get into the most important dress I would ever wear in my entire life.
As I was getting ready, I had all my girls surrounding me, helping tie me up in the gown. Midway through corseting, the door opened up beside me and in walked the one girl who I hoped and prayed would be there for the last 8 months. As Ashley walked in, she immediately started crying (pregnancy hormones...), which in turn made me tear up. It sank in that she actually made it, not as a bridesmaid like I hoped, but there as one of my best friends.
The whole picture came together so beautifully, as my dream quickly came to life as I looked at myself in the mirror. From the very first time I tried on my wedding dress, I wanted Cody to be blown away when he saw me. My vision of how I wanted to look was perfect. I had never felt more beautiful.
Once all the girls were ready, we made sure Cody was hidden in the barn where he got ready with his groomsmen and ventured out onto the venue grounds to take bridal portraits and bridesmaid pictures.

Wedding Coordinator/Florist: Terri @ Everything and More
Wedding Photographer: Katie Rivers Photography
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Hair/Makeup: Shannon @ Formal Faces
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff @ Affordable Bridal
Bridesmaid Tanks: Baileywicks
Bridesmaid Glasses: Alisha's Designs
Bridesmaid Shoes: DSW

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  1. Girl, these pictures are stunning! I can't wait to see the rest of your wedding day!

  2. gorgeous! can't wait to see more!!

  3. beautiful!! i love reliving this!! can't wait to see more!

  4. I'm so excited to see all of these images! You were such a beautiful bride and I can't wait to see more of your special day!!

  5. So, so beautiful!! Oh, and I love your wedding shoes!

  6. Looks beautiful & like you guys had so much fun!! Reliving these moments is the best...isn't it?

  7. You look so absolutely stunning! And your photographer is amazing, these pictures are all so beautiful!

  8. What a perfect start to your special day!

  9. Beautiful pictures! You looked stunning in your dress and I love your hair!

  10. Stunning photos! I love the photo of your dress on the hanger. Your hair looks great!

  11. Today is our four year anniversary so this made me relive our special day! :) I looove all the details! Your shoes & earrings were gorgeous!

  12. Beautiful pictures! I love all of the small detail shots!