Monthly Archives: January 2011

City Chic Nuptials: Back In My Hotel Room…

While the guys were hanging out and getting ready downstairs in the best man’s room, the girls were up in my room getting dressed and ready.

We had some water & snacks from the out of town bags…



As the flowers arrived!


Sarah snapped some photos of our rings…


…while I admired my bouquet.


After that, I helped my mom and grandmother with their corsages:



Then, it was time for the girls to get into their dresses!  They were hung up all pretty on the hangers I had made them…




After they were dressed and putting on their makeup, my gift from Dr. Groomy arrived. The girls looked on as I opened it up.

I love this photo, don’t they look so pretty?!



During the week of the wedding, Dr. Groomy gifted me with a brand new camera, which he gave to me before the wedding day so I could use it for all of the week’s events.  He also got me a little something fun to open up on our actual wedding day to be used for the honeymoon—Table Topics!  It has cards that ask discussion questions like, “Who were you surprised to see talking together at the reception?” and “What’s your best memory of our courtship?”  We took them out to dinner with us one night in Napa, and it was really fun to talk about all those things!

Then, it was time for ME to start thinking about getting ready.  Sarah snapped some photos of my somethings:

Somethings old (purse & ring) and borrowed (rosary)

Something blue (my True Blue perfume!)

And of course, my something new.



And you can’t forget my shoes!




She also grabbed a few snaps of my accessories…


And that intinerary Dr. Groomy was so good about following:

Itinerary Blurred

And of course, my favorite shot of our rings.

Scherm0049LSeriously, I love this photo and sort of want to frame it for our house.  Would that be weird?  I feel like it really looks artsy and hip and
I LOVE that it features our wedding date!

And then it was time for me to become a bride, officially.  Stay tuned!

Missed something?
First I got a mani-pedi with my sister, then I cried.
Next, we headed to church to rehearse.
After that, we had a fiesta-themed rehearsal dinner at a local restaurant.

In the morning, we went to the salon to get our hair done.
Meanwhile, the guys went to a chili contest and got ready at the hotel.

*All photos by Sarah Immel Photography.



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City Chic Nuptials: Meanwhile…

As the girls finished up at the salon and my remaining bridesmaids caught up with us at the hotel…


…the guys were doing their own thing.  They had a leisurely morning hanging out at the hotel and then headed up to Cathedral Square (coincidentally, the park near the church where our ceremony would take place later that day) for a chili contest!  Dr. Groomy loves chili—and anything spicy in general—so this was an awesome find:  various local restaurants were presenting their chili for a taste contestThe guys had lunch and hung out at the chili contest, even running into and hanging out with our priest!  Afterwards, they headed back to the hotel to get ready.

They had their boutonnieres attached:



And of course, there was a lot little of this going on, too:


But mostly, they just hung out:


Dr. Groomy made sure they stayed on schedule:*


And posed for a few quick handsome photos, too:



He also opened my gifts to him.  I gave him an album of boudoir photos (which he set aside to look at later when the guys weren’t with him) and these socks, which I made for fun.


After that, the boys were ready!  And with the clock ticking down, Dr. Groomy took a few introspective photos…



And got ready to head to the church.  Up next, the girls get ready!

*Here is the part where I tell that you that at this point, one of our groomsmen was missing.  As in, was supposed to be at the hotel and wasn’t there.  And wasn’t answering his phone.  I’ll delve into the whole story later on, but needless to say, the guys started to get worried…

Missed something?
First I got a mani-pedi with my sister, then I cried.
Next, we headed to church to rehearse.
After that, we had a fiesta-themed rehearsal dinner at a local restaurant.

In the morning, we went to the salon to get our hair done.

**All photos by Sarah Immel Photography.


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City Chic Nuptials: At the Salon

Saturday, October 9, 2010 dawned clear, sunny, and warm.  I woke a little before 7am…holy crap, we are getting married today!

My eyes were puffy from all of my emotions the day before, but on that morning, I felt so…happy.  And calm.  And ready. This day was such a long time coming and now it was finally here!

I hadn’t slept well the night before—both my nerves/emotions and the bachelor party in the hotel room next door were contributing factors (True Story:  I had to call hotel security at about 3am because the gentlemen next door were partying so hard.  It went something like this:  “Hello, Front Desk.”  “Hi, I’m up in room such and such and I’m getting married tomorrow.  There is a party going on in the room next to mine and—”  “Oh my goodness, ma’am we are so sorry.  Someone will be right up to quiet them down.”  I loved playing the “I’m Getting Married” card!).

Regardless,  I still woke up feeling really rested and really excited.  I got myself ready by taking a quick shower and popping on my “Sexy Little Bride” tank top:

Scherm0099L(Oh, hello, boobs!)

Then I met my sister down in her room and we picked up my mother-in-law and another bridesmaid Kate in the lobby…and off we went to the salon!

There was another bridal party getting ready in the salon at the same time as us, and I have to say, I think our set-up trumped theirs!  While they just sipped their Starbucks coffees, we had brought along muffins, fruit salad, champagne, orange juice, coffee, and condiments and set up a huge spread in the salon.  This was a great idea because everyone could munch while we were all getting beautified.  So there’s a tip for you:  feed yourself and your friends and family on the morning of the wedding.  You don’t know when you will eat next and even though I didn’t really have much of an appetite (I felt calm but my stomach didn’t), I was glad to be able to munch on a few things here and there.

I don’t have many pictures from at the salon, so here are a smattering of the ones I could find!  With me that day was my maid of honor, Ali (my sister), two of my bridesmaids, Kate and Beezus, my mom, my mother-in-law, my grandma, my cousin and personal attendant Erin, and my flower girl Cassidy.  It was a really fun group and we had a great time!

Photo by my cousin, Erin
Getting my hair done by Robin.  She was more of a perfectionist than I was when it came to my hairstyle!  If you’ll remember, we went with this style…

Photo by my stylist, Robin

…and Robin really worked to make it perfect on the wedding day.  I loved it!  Here’s a good view from the back while Dr. Groomy & I had our first dance. You can’t really tell in this photo, but we added a few rhinestones here and there to glam it up:


Everyone else got their hair done as well, and some of them got their makeup done as well.  Here’s my mother-in-law, Mary Sue, getting her makeup done:

Mary Sue doesn't NEED any makeup!!!
Photo by a family member

And here’s the two of us posing afterwards:

Mary and Amy all dolled up
Photo by a family member

Being at the salon was a really fun way to kick off the day, and I am glad I chose to go out to get my hair done rather than have someone come to my hotel room.  We had a total blast and it was a really calming part of the day!

Up next, what the guys were up to.  Hint:  it involves a chili contest.  Stay tuned!

Missed something?
First I got a mani-pedi with my sister, then I cried.
Next, we headed to church to rehearse.
After that, we had a fiesta-themed rehearsal dinner at a local restaurant.

*All photos by Sarah Immel Photography unless otherwise noted.


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City Chic Nuptials: Fiesta!

Last we left off, we had finished up rehearsal and walked over to the restaurant for our rehearsal dinner.  If you’ll remember, we planned a fiesta theme…and I am happy to say all my fun projects and centerpieces turned out really great!

So we ate, we talked, we had people fill out our advice cards…and then we handed out our gifts.  And then—AND THEN—I fell on my ass.

Literally, I fell on my ass.  Down three steps.  And totally cried my eyes out and felt so embarrassed…and got a huge bruise on my arm.

I can look back at it now and laugh, but honestly, at that moment, it ruined my night.  I cried a lot and was a complete emotional wreck after the fall…and I will admit that I HATE that that is pretty much the only memory I have of our rehearsal dinner. 

So, here’s the pictures to remind both you and me that despite me falling on my ass, it was a really fun time!

Bride and Groom, getting ready to hand out gifts!
I really love this photo of us–it is one of my favorites
from the whole weekend, actually.

Handing out gifts—not sure what the heck I am doing here, haha.

Me with a  few of my girlfriends

My mom showing off the diamond rings we got our mothers!

Brad and some of his friends

Andrew and Guido showing off part of their groomsmen gifts

UGLY CRY FACE.  This is post-fall, obviously.  My mother-in-law gifted me with a beautiful necklace for being her first daughter, so I was crying about that from happiness, too!  (Oh, and hello, boobage.)

Me with my family.  Um, typical.

And our new combined families!

The one thing I didn’t get a picture of was me and my bridesmaids.  I really wish I would have done that!  So note for you future brides out there:  hand someone your camera and tell them what you photos you want.  We were lucky in that we have a lot of snap-happy friends and family who took tons of photos for us, but I still miss that shot of my bridesmaids.

Speaking of photos, remember all those projects I did for the rehearsal dinner?  Well, they all turned out great.  The advice cards were really fun and they have been awesome to read over the course of our marriage so far—I actually have a separate post planned to show you how we are storing and saving those!  Our photog also snapped a bunch of great photos of some of our rehearsal dinner details (I had a lot of the stuff stored in my hotel room)!  Here they are:

The nametags
Photo by
Sarah Immel Photography

Advice Cards
The Advice Cards
Photo by
Sarah Immel Photography

Bridesmaid Gift Bags
Photo by
Sarah Immel Photography

And our centerpieces!
Photo by
Sarah Immel Photography

And with that, we were ready to get married.  I headed back to the hotel and Dr. Groomy stayed out a little longer with his friends.  I was really tired, really emotional, and feeling all sorts of different things.  So here’s my advice, kids:  don’t sweat something small (like falling on your ass) but don’t deny yourself those feelings either.  I was really glad I got everything out on Friday instead of being really sad/fucked up/emotional on our actual wedding day.  It’s OK to feel that way—getting married is a huge thing and a lot of times, the planning gets in the way of really wrapping our heads around that.  Take some time and really reflect upon it!

Next week starts the actual wedding day recaps…woo woo!  Stay tuned!

Missed something?
First I got a mani-pedi with my sister, then I cried.
Next, we headed to church to rehearse.

*All pictures by my friend Jenna, unless otherwise noted.


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