I was pretty calm almost the entire wedding process, but I remember three distinct days of pure panic in our two-year engagement.
One month out, one week out, and the night before the wedding.
One of my best friends stayed in the suite with me the night before the wedding, and it took a little while to fall asleep. I remember FREAKING out, telling her that the wedding was some ritual I apparently had to get through to be married. I didn't have cold feet about my marriage; I had cold feet about the wedding and all. those. people. Why did we invite so many people?!
Luckily, she reassured me and I fell asleep feeling sick but a little excited.
I set my alarm for 6:15 a.m. The hair stylist and makeup artist were showing up around 7:30, and I knew I wanted the hotel's complimentary breakfast beforehand. I am a major morning person and breakfast is one of my absolute favorite things in the world. So when 6:15 rolled around, I woke up feeling refreshed and mostly excited about breakfast with a few of my bridesmaids.
The weird part was that I felt completely, 100% normal that morning. No more nerves, no more panic. And I felt that way the entire day. I don't think I felt nervous the entire wedding day.
My mom did my hair (and Tom's!), which was fun and special to me. She's being doing my hair since I grew hair...I was bald until I was two or three...so of course, I wanted her to be the one to my hair on my wedding day.
Getting ready was one of the best parts of the day. My friends live all over, so having them in one place at one time was like a dream. Also, my aunt owns a martini bar and my grandma bakes pastries for their "coffee haus" in the mornings, and they brought the most AMAZING scones and mimosas for everyone!
|View from our suite on the wedding day.|
|All of the delicious scones.|
|My great-grandmother's amethyst ring. Also my birthstone!|
|My friend/roommate of 4 years made this card for me, and it was exactly what I needed to hear the night before the wedding!|
|Makeup on, scone in hand, two different socks.|
|My gorgeous sister-in-law, Sam.|
|The girls in their new robes!|
|This dress had a million buttons. Thanks Sandy!|
|The guys and their Fireball!|
|My handsome groom :)|
After all of that was taken care of, we made our way to the first looks!