A lot of these details are for my own personal journaling, so if you get tired of them…well, I’m sorry. It’s my blog and I’ll write what I want to! hehe 😉 Our wedding day began with a 9am hair appointment for me. Our photographer had suggested Raemi Spencer over at Lady Fingers in the Colonade (don’t judge them based on their website. The website could use some Greg Boggs Vehicle Media love…). Anyways, ladies, she is awesome! I actually went for 2 trail runs the week leading up to the wedding because I didn’t love the first “do,” but not because of anything Raemi did. I just realized after having it done, a full up-do was not the look I wanted. She listened to all my ideas and paid close attention to the pictures I had clipped from magazines, and after the 2nd trail, I loved my hair. So, I highly recommend her!
After hair, mom, Katie, Emily and I grabbed some quick breakfast then headed back home to gather up the rest of our gear and head out to Odenville. Of course we were supposed to be at the Newton-Davis House by noon to begin getting ready, and the 4 of us didn’t make it until 1230. I swear, Graves girls cannot get anywhere on time. It’s a terrible flaw in our gene pool. Maybe I’ll do better as a Boggs. Anyways, so we get to the reception house and my other bridesmaids are all there getting ready. Our photographer, Graham Yelton, was also there setting up. The one thing that did stress me out about our wedding day is this… because I had done so much of the planning myself and brought so much of the decor with me instead of just using the caterer’s supplies, I felt like I was also doing a lot of running around telling people what goes where and people kept asking me, “where’s this” “where’s that”…so yes, I love that it made for a very personal wedding reception…but my wedding day was certainly not stress-free. We also got very behind schedule with our picture taking. I love our photographer, but I think her creativity got a little carried away and we took WAAAAY too long doing wedding party pictures. I haven’t seen the pictures yet, so I’m hoping we have tons of good ones considering how long we spent on them. But I’m sad that we literally had about 15 mins for all of our family shots back at the church, which meant we didn’t even get all the shots we wanted. One of my absolutely favorite aspects of our wedding was the historic country white church, and I would have loved to have gotten some bridal pics with just me in my dress in front of the church. But we were standing outside the church trying to hurry through as many family pictures as possible when guests started arriving. So of course I had to rush inside and go into hiding for the ceremony to begin.
People always told me once the wedding day got here, I wouldn’t care about little details, I would just enjoy the day. Well, that was sorta true. Despite the stress of the afternoon, I breezed through the ceremony. I was so nervous during the rehearsal the night before that my knees were literally shaking, but somehow I was calm and collected during the actual ceremony. Even when our flower girl pitched a minor fit during the ceremony and had to be taken outside, I honestly didn’t care. I’m just proud she made it down the aisle 🙂 Ok, I am going to complain about 1 other thing. We decided not to get a videographer for our wedding, because first of all, they are so expensive. Secondly, I didn’t figure we’d ever watch the video besides maybe the 1 time. But, I really wish now that we had gotten one just to film the ceremony, or at least had a family member with a video camera record the ceremony. I say this because, 1) I didn’t even get to hear much of our soloist sing, and she’s one of my dear co-workers who has a beautiful voice. 2) I don’t know what it looked like to see our friends walking down the aisle, and I wish I could have seen that, and 3) I want to see our kiss! I know that will be in a photo obviously, but I still wish I could see it in action. So, brides-to-be…if you think it’s too expensive to get a videographer, at least just have one for your ceremony, cause as the bride… you don’t even get to see it all taking place, and what you do see flashes by so quickly you won’t hardly remember it. It’s sad, but true.
The little details I do remember is I almost cried as I walked down the aisle, cause my eyes met with my mom’s and she was crying…so of course I quickly had to gain my composure so we wouldn’t both be blubbering at the alter. I remember my communion bread piece was a bit too big and I had to give some of it back to Jamie. Both Greg’s and my hands were so sweaty during the ceremony! I didn’t feel nervous, but maybe subconsciously we both were. Greg and I had our own little chat during the communion song in which he asked me if he could dip me when he kissed me, and I told him yes, as long as he did it gently. He also asked if he could do a fist pump into the air, and I agreed to that as well. haha. I also remember feeling the urge to turn and see who all was out sitting in the church, and Greg even commented the same thing during our little chat. But we both agreed, we probably weren’t supposed to do that!
After the ceremony, Graham (and her assistant, Hillary) whisked us away to get some really neat sunset shots of Greg and I before we headed to the reception. I really hope these turned out great. I always feel awkward doing serious poses. Ya know, like the ones you’re not supposed to smile in. The “smeyes” pose, as Graham would call it. Smile with your eyes…Tyra Banks, anyone? Anyways, I don’t think I’m good at these…but we will find out I suppose.
Here are a few shots of the day that my mom snapped…