Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Our Wedding: Formal Pictures and the Cocktail Hour

You can read about our ceremony and see some pictures here!

So, there we were, officially married, and the first thing I said was, "It stopped raining!" It looked like it would start up again, but I was so happy that it wasn't raining!

We went back into the church for a few formal photos. I really  didn't want to do any of these, but at the insistence of just about everyone, we did, and once again, thanks to our amazing photographer, we were finished with church photos in ten minutes.

We rented and Old Town Trolley to transport our bridal party, which ended up being the greatest idea ever. I was adamant that I didn't want a limo, and I wasn't too keen on the idea of a party bus either. When I stumbled on the trolleys on a DC wedding blog, I called them right away.

Our photographer snapped this on the trolley and posted Instagram!
The sign was a DIY I made for our ring bearer.
As we were making our way into DC for pictures, the sun started coming out. I couldn't believe it. It was downpouring when I left for the church! So, we abandoned our rain plans and made for the

Our first stop was the Capitol.

We took pictures with the bridal party there, plus some sibling shots, and of course some shots of just the two of us. I don't have any of these yet, but someone snapped this one while we were taking pictures.
Me, my husband (!), my dad, brother and sisters
After about 45 minutes of pictures, we headed over to the World War II Memorial for some pictures of just the two of us. The WWII is my favorite memorial/monument in DC, and is also where we got engaged! I didn't think we'd actually have time to take pictures there, but I was so happy that we did!

From there, it was a short walk across the street to the Washington Monument where we had way too much fun enjoying the first moments of our married life. Our photographers were incredible and we had so much fun with them. The bridal party was off riding around the Mall on the trolley, and we got time to just be alone together and take it all in, advice I had been given by a lot of people.

Another IG Shot from our photographer. We loved him too.
Once we finished our pictures, it was time to head to the cocktail hour and reception. The major plus side of having a 2:00 wedding (which I had originally thought was to o early), was that we didn't have to do a first look, would have plenty of time for pictures between the ceremony and reception, and we could go to our cocktail hour! And since most of our guests had never been to DC, they took the gap to sight see!

We had our reception at Old Ebbitt Grill. We got there around 5:15, which gave me time to bustle my dress and take a walk around our reception venue while all of our guests were still waiting outside.

Then, we headed up to the rooftop for our cocktail hour. Old Ebbitt's roof top overlooks The White House and the Washington Monument. It's one of the best views in DC and is incredible. I knew that 99% of our guests would be traveling (some from as far away as Guam and Hawaii!) so I wanted there to be a view, so that everyone could at least see some of DC! I loved walking through the cocktail hour and hearing everyone say, "Is that the White House?!" and jumping in to say, "Yup!"

Bottom Right is The Pilot and me with my mama (our dresses kind of matched, which I loved)
I'm so so glad that we were able to go to our cocktail hour. We were able to walk around and talk to every single one of our guests! I didn't want to do a receiving line or any other kind of rushed meet and greet, and this was perfect! I felt like our cocktail hour went on for ages! It was awesome! I couldn't believe we had time to taste all of the food and talk to all of our guests!

Just before 6:30, everyone started making their way downstairs. I snuck back to the oyster bar and ate 15 (!) oysters before the bridal party headed downstairs together for the reception.

Since this post (like yesterday's) went longer than I initially planned (oops!), I'll save the reception details for later!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Our Wedding: The Ceremony

I love reading people's wedding stories on their blogs, and I hope you all feel the same because this will, I'm sure, be just one of many posts I write about our wedding.

As I said yesterday, I don't have any of our professional pictures yet, and probably won't for awhile, so for now, I've pulled this together with what's been posted on social media by our friends and family members!

I don't have any pictures from before the ceremony, but I'll say this. I had every intention of waking up the morning of my wedding and going for a run. My friend Emily was going to join me. When I woke up an hour before my alarm, I texted her to see if she was up. She was, so I got dressed and went to grab my sneakers and realized that I had never brought my sneakers or socks to the hotel! Not intending to let anything ruin the day, Emily and I went for a nice, long walk, which was perfect.

When I got back, I showered, ate, and started getting ready...and it started raining...and then it started pouring. By the time I left for the church with my mom, it looked like one of those days where it's just going to downpour all day long. Knowing that this would move our pictures and our cocktail hour indoors, I was pretty upset about it, but our photographer was amazing and was reassuring me that our pictures would be perfect, even if we had to take them indoors.

Our ceremony was at a church in Arlington at 2:00 and I was determined that it would start at 2:00 on the dot, and it did!

My dad walked me down the aisle. 
Our church is tiny, which is awesome, because as soon as I walked in, I saw everyone in the pews. I couldn't see The Pilot because his brother (the Best Man) was standing outside the pew, directly in front of him! I may have walked in just a little too fast because I was so eager to see him!

When I got to the top of the aisle, and he took my hand, my legs just started shaking! I wasn't nervous, but I was so excited and everything just finally hit was finally here, we were getting married!

We didn't do a "first look" so this was it!
We had a Catholic ceremony and it was beautiful. The music brought me to tears. Our cantor (who we found somewhat last minute after the first one backed out of our wedding) was amazing!

The ceremony went by pretty quickly. It was done in under an hour (which is very quick for Catholic weddings!) and we were officially declared husband and wife!

After our first kiss, we made our way back down the aisle together.

As soon as we got outside, the first thing I yelled was, "It stopped raining!"

(This seems like as good a place as any to end this post. I'll be back later this week with more!)

Questions about our wedding or planning for me OR him?
I'm happy to do a tell all/ask the pilot with answers! Just post them below!

Monday, September 29, 2014

I'm back!

Good morning!

I'm back! The Pilot and I made it back to DC around 10:00 on Saturday night, and let me tell you, I didn't think we would.

Between an Air France pilot strike (that started the day we started our honeymoon, and ended the day we got back) and an air traffic control tower fire in Chicago, air travel out of Paris and into the US was almost impossible, with every flight oversold and us trying to fly standby.

If it hadn't been for a Newark flight that got cancelled, and later rescheduled, I think we'd still be in Paris...and considering I boarded that flight with a fever somewhere between 101 and 103, that would have just been terrible.

Luckily, we made it back to Newark, waited around in the United Club (free passes from Mom!) for a few hours before realizing that if we did get home by plane, it wouldn't be until at least 10 or 11pm, so we rented a car and drove home.

I'm still sick, though feeling much better than I was yesterday and the day before, thanks to a mix of antibiotics, Zicam, and home remedies. Thankfully, I'm functioning enough to start my new job today!

Since I'm jet lagged and up way before my alarm, I just wanted to pull a quick post together to say hi! I don't have a lot of wedding photos yet (just the ones that have been tagged on Facebook and Instagram) but I'll post some of those this week for sure!

And of course, I've got quite a lot of honeymoon photos to sort through, but I have every intention of recapping our honeymoon day by day, because it was awesome! Until then, I'll leave you with this picture of the view from our balcony on Santorini.

Our wedding was perfect, our honeymoon was spectacular, and it is so, so good to be home. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Our wedding day was absolutely spectacular.

I can't even begin to put into words just how perfect everything was, so for now, I'll just leave you with this.

I'm sure I'll have much more to say after our honeymoon! 

Tonight, we take off for Paris for a few days. Then, we'll head to Athens for another few days before sailing for the Greek Isles.

It's going to be amazing!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wedding Week!

It's here! It's finally here!

My mom got in yesterday afternoon with my dress and we're just finishing everything up. It's been an easy week, just a lot of running around!

My dad, plus all six of my siblings and The Pilot's family all get in tomorrow and then the weekend will kick off!

I'm so excited! I don't know if I'm more excited to get married or to see all of our friends and family coming from 19 different states and 2 countries! It's going to be incredible!

I had grand, glorious plans of scheduling a bunch of posts for the time we're away on our honeymoon, but that just hasn't happened! I'm hoping to touch base again before Saturday if things slow down a little bit, we'll see!

I also had grand, glorious plans of running 14 miles today, but my knee was giving me some trouble on Sunday during my 11 mile run after Peyton made a bolt on Saturday night and pulled me into a metal pole giving me a bruise the size (and shape!) of Texas on my knee. The bruise is going down and the pain has gone down, so I'm get in some kind of run before the wedding!

Today, on deck...finishing the last of the cookies I baked for the hotel welcome bags (yup, I went there), dropping off the hotel welcome bags, getting a pedicure, and relaxing.

Hope you're all having a great week!