Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Come What May: Down the Aisle

When the party bus pulled up to the church, it was still drizzling a bit so the driver escorted me inside. Fancy!

(All photos by rock stars Ryan & Sarah of Miller + Miller Photography unless otherwise noted.)

Then the girls and I waited in back room of the church while the boys were getter ready. Our videographer ever pinned the boutonnieres onto all the guys because they didn't know how!
(Personal Photo)

Our photos also got some good detail shots! Remember our invitations? Well, I created our programs to match (and direction cards to the reception which was a last minute piece). I even painted our aisle runner to match! Well, I used paint markers - much easier!
Oh invitations, I could never forget you! / Personal Image

Gotta love when everything matches!

Then the boys were getting ready in the front of the church and the girls were lining up at the beginning of the aisle!

The girls walked down first, and then Daddy G and I followed.

Mr. G was waiting for me, and I'll never forget the look on his face! It was perfect!

 Then it was time to get this whole 'getting married' show on the road!

Up next? There are vows to be said!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Come What May: Boys, Tuxes, and Blue Sambas

While we were getting ready and eating lunch, Mr. G and his groomsmen were getting dressed at a nearby hotel. Our husband & wife photog team really saved the day here, as Sarah was with us ladies, and Ryan was able to be with the menfolk.

(All photos by rockstars Ryan & Sarah of Miller + Miller Photography unless otherwise noted.)

Mr. G started to get ready, and we made sure to have a special photo of his tattoo.

What was so special about the outfits for the boys? Well, if you remember our engagement photos, you'll remember that Mr. G only wears Adidas Sambas.

Well, the gift we gave our groomsmen was a pair of blue Adidas Sambas and matching soccer socks. Yes, I was over the moon to find a pair of Sambas in the perfect shade of blue. And, funny enough, I got a team discount for ordering so many pairs of socks! Ha!

Gift for GM M / Personal Photo

 GM Washington trying on his gift at the Rehearsal Dinner / Personal Photo

The boys got all fancy!

Also, GM Mitch forgot his pants. Really. He took his tux out to show his mom and forgot to put the pants back in. Mr. G's parents were running around looking for pants. His pants & GM I's pants were purchased that morning. Seriously.

Ryan got some great shots of the boys outside the hotel and outside the church.

Oh man, that smile?! Be still, my heart.

 Note the pants in this photo. My in-laws purchased three pairs, just in case.

 Mr. G's bout!

I look back at the photos, and am kind of blow away over what a sexy hubby I have. And then the pictures make me all mushy inside. Wedding photos will do that, I guess!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Come What Way: Putting on Big White Dress

Okay Hive, Mr. Giraffe has been teasing me forever always saying, "So, how are your re-caps going?" I always wished I finished them, so that's what I'm gonna do.

We left off on my wedding day morning. After getting my hair done, my bridesmaids and I got dressed at my mom's house. (I guess it was my house too because I was still living there at the time? Oh, to be young again!)

(All photos by rockstars Ryan & Sarah of Miller + Miller Photography.)

While I was eating lunch, my dress & accessories were posing for glamor shots.

As a flower lover, I loved my bouquet more than I even imagined. Whenever I see hydrangeas now, I think about our Wedding Day.

Remember when I mentioned that my grandma wouldn't be present at our wedding and how sad I was? Well, I did do what I originally said and mentioned her in our wedding program, but Mama G also had a wonderful idea. In honor of Grandma G, I pinned her engagement ring on the inside of my sash. It covered my something old & something borrowed (as Mama G got it when Grandma passed, so I borrowed it from my mom), but it also kept her with me the whole day. I know she was smiling down on us, that's for sure.

(The hanger for my dress was ordered from here on etsy)

I started off getting made up and doing a lot of laughing with my mom. What was so funny? Who knows! Big props to our Photog Sara for being willing to climb all over my parent's bathroom. She was great.

Doesn't everyone's dad have one of those little baby water coolers on their bathroom counter? 

Why, hello there dress! Been waiting for me long?

Clearly, I'm all smiles in these next photos. It could have something to do with the fact that it's my wedding day or the fact that I had a belly full of Jimmy John's. Both are legit possibilities.

BM Marie tried to convice me to wear my veil as a blusher veil. No way, lady!

Every bride needs a perfect bow for their sash! Thanks mom & Aunt P!

Totally unprepared for how it would feel to have my giant dress & crinolin on, I feel backwards onto my butt when I tried to sit on the bed. Luckily I had minions, I mean bridesmaids, to buckle my shoes for me.

Had to get a good shot of my wedding gift to Mr. G, also known as my tattoo. (It was also my first time having French tips on my toes and boy did I feel fancy!)

The I headed outside and got on the bus that would take me, the girls, and all the family member that had been staying at my folk's house on to the church. At this point, it was just drizzling a little bit. It did not bode well for the future!

FYI: The party bus was a great idea. It was half the price of a limo and sat double the amount of people (which worked out great for Grandpa who would've needed a ride!). We also had room for a big cooler full of cans of Arnold Palmer.

Up next? The guys get ready. . . And GM Mitch shows up without pants.