Sunday, July 8, 2012

Prettifying: Wedding Day Prep!

Saturday June 9th started nice and early. I woke up next to my maid of honor Collette, I swear she seemed just as excited as I was. It was like 6 am and there was no more sleeping to be had by us! Especially waking up to the above picture, I wanted to get in that Jim Hjelm dress SO bad!
We rallied the troops and took a quick spin to Dunkin Donuts. We made it back in time for our hair and makeup team that arrived at 8:30 on the dot, as planned!
We gave ourselves PLENTY of time to get ready that morning, and I would highly suggest doing so. Not one hairstyle or makeup application had to be rushed!

Hanna from Primp at Tiffany's worked on our hair. She did an amazing job, totally listened to each girls thoughts on their hair and whipped up something beautiful, so effortlessly.. why couldn't I have been blessed with the talent to do my own hair! 

For makeup we had Karla Patricia Makeup, as I mentioned in my makeup trial post, I was SO impressed with her professionalism and talent! 
She specializes in Airbrush, which I highly recommend! 

Maid of Honor getting pretty!

My mom!

My turn!

I loved that I had so many visitors throughout the day it really helped calm my nerves! I was so thankful my friends popped in to say hello! 

Seattle friend Kendra fresh off the plane!

another Seattle friend Bunny joining the party.

Catching the first glimpse of my makeup! It was starting to get REAL.

Before I knew it I as up for hair, the very last detail! I tried to get some champagne down, but I legit could not drink much at all! I do love my booze and thought for sure I could drink a mimosa or two pre-wedding but it was not happening! 

Why can't I wear a Veil every day?! ok maybe not EVERY day but I would love to wear one another time in my life! They are just so beautiful! 

Nicole from Blooms of Hope arrived with our flowers, I almost dyed when I saw them. She took my vision and made it 100x better than I could've ever expected. Going into the wedding planning process I totally had flowers on low priority. I'm thankful I stepped it up upon finding Blooms of Hope!

Bridesmaid bouquets, Peonies, O'Hara Roses and Dusty Millers wrapped together with material from my dress.

Bridal Bouquet same as the bridesmaids with the addition of one of my favorite flowers, Football Mums!

Wrapped in an embroidered hanky

Once the flowers were delivered we needed to finalize the "first look spot" initially it was going to be at a nearby park but after hearing of several road blocks due to a parade I decided against it so we needed to find a place at the hotel!

While my man was putting the finishing touches on his wedding day look I had a special delivery brought up to me. 

That letter totally got the emotions FLOWING. My "fiance" blew me away with his words. 

After a close call with tears and my makeup, we had one last toast before I was able to step into my dress! 
My lovely ladies wearing Jim Hjelm Occasions in Raspberry!

All of my work paid off the dress slid on with ease! :)

Almost forgot the Garter!

Then lastly the shoes!!!

I spotted my love outside and I was SO ready to hug and kiss him. 

I caught one last moment alone w/ my photographer, Katie Hall, who was AMAZING the whole day but especially with these last few moments we had alone together!


  1. oh gosh, that bouquet and the dress are absolutely beautiful! what a lovely day and a lovely bride ;)
    xo TJ

  2. whooohhooo beautiful beautiful bride!!! I love your robe too!

  3. i'm dying over your flowers and your robe?
    where did you get it? i love it!

    ps i'm loving all your wedding posts!

  4. Love all these pictures! you look SO beautiful! Can't wait to see more wedding posts!

  5. loving everything you did!! and the sash on your dress is perfect

  6. Gorgeous details!! You were one stunning bride!

  7. stunning!! your bouquets are just beautiful.

  8. Superb share! Bridal outfit is very pretty. I am also going to attend a destination wedding at one of the prettiest wedding venues in Chicago. It is my cousin’s ceremony and I will be travelling to Chicago with entire family. I am so excited!