Happy Wednesday evening, friends and family!
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand I’m baaaack! From my whittle burfday vacation in the south. And I feel like a million buc–aaahhh, well, I don’t know if I’d say *a million* bucks. Maybe more like a thousand bucks? A thousand bucks. Give me the ass I had when I was 18 and maybe then we’ll talk.
BUT I DIGRESS.
I have two things to share today; one is one of the loveliest southern weddings ever, submitted by our friends Vania and Christine of Simply Bloom Photography. I thought it would be the perfect first post to share with your eyes upon our return from our little Georgia vacation. Christine, I need to know where you got that green dress you were wearing at Airplanes & Blazers at WPPI. Because it was a minty-fresh dream of a flowy frock.
The second thing I’m sharing today is wooHOO!, my very first horrible wedding planning dream. Which I had last night. Which is the night of the day of the confirmation of the visiting of the possible wedding venue. Isn’t that great? That’s great.
See here’s the thing. I am fuh-REAKING. out in general right now because we are taking actual steps here, you know, in the actual planning of this wedding we’re having. It’s one thing to announce the decision to be wed this year, but it’s quite another to start making the decision a reality by putting into place the necessary elements required to bring the event to life. And I’m a little bit in disbelief that we’re visiting a possible wedding venue this Friday. AAAHHH!!! I’m sorry, this is just so mind-blowing to me. We happen to be rather psyched about this venue, and we’ve enjoyed our discussions with them so far. I’m just hoping the in-person IRL viewing element is as positive as I’m expecting it to be. As you can imagine, I’m essentially hemorrhaging wedding inspiration out of my eyeballs and various other orifices on my body, at all times. I bleed inspiration, instead of the typical red, white and blue of so many patriots. So this whole decision-making process, as a whole, is definitely going to be… a toughish road. You feel me?
So, naturally, last night I had my first – of what I am expecting to be an endless series – of nightmares about our wedding. And I can’t help but laugh at myself for how incredibly superficial this is. But I told you I was going to give you the nitty gritty, so…….
Last night, I dreamed that…………… it was two days before our wedding, and I wasn’t tan enough.
I WASN’T TAN ENOUGH.
You wanna smack me, right? For having such a superficial nightmare. The superficial nightmare to end all nightmares of total arrogance and self-importance. But I’m telling you, I WAS VERY SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING POSTPONING THE WEDDING OVER THIS, IN THE DREAM.
The fun part about this is that I mapped out my Lady Shark Week monthly predictions, and I’m pretty sure I’m cutting it within a four-day window of HAVIN’ ZEE PERRIUUHHD on or around the body and face of my actual wedding day. So it would seem that my appearance is becoming a bit of a serious concern, in my subconscious.
Am I insane, or is this *bad dreams about the wedding* thing more common than I’m currently imagining. I cannot be alone in this.
Time for a killer southern wedding, Y’ALLS. Gosh I love it when Simply Bloom Photography shoots me stuff like this. I think you’ll love it, too, you guys.
First, here’s the rundown from that gorgeous bride, Becca:
Justin and I met in high school. When I first saw him, I thought his smile was SO beautiful, and I just could not take my eyes off of him. We have so many things in common, such as a deep love for art and music, and we continue to learn from each other every day. Definitely the most important aspect to our relationship is to just keep each other smiling. So in planning our wedding, we wanted to let people in to the joy we feel in being together. We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding, and we wanted an intimate family feel as well. So we felt it would be so special to be married in the back yard of Justin’s family home. We didn’t want to distract from the atmosphere, so the theme of our wedding really centered on complimenting the scenery. We wanted it to be bright and cheery, natural and bold at the same time. In the planning, it was so important to us to be able to make our wedding as personal as possible, and to be as involved in the process as we could. So, anything we could do ourselves, we did. For my part, I hand-made the boutonnieres and the honey-jar wedding favors. (The honey was actually supplied by a close family friend who has a honeybee farm in their backyard-so special!) Since Justin is a musician, he really wanted to write the music for the ceremony. He wrote the most gorgeous music, orchestrated it, and performed it on the guitar while everyone walked down the aisle. Of course when it was my turn to walk down, he let the rest of the musicians take over ;). Without a doubt, the best part of the wedding was walking down the aisle to his music, and witnessing the sweet look on his face when I came around the corner. The second best part: having his wonderful father perform the ceremony.
My advice for brides to be:
I have to pass down the BEST advice we got while planning our wedding — Don’t take it all so seriously! I can’t tell you how many times someone said to me, “if I would have known how stressful planning a wedding was going to be, I would have eloped!” So many couples say that, and it’s unfortunate! Justin and I really had so much fun planning the wedding together (not to say that we didn’t experience some stressful moments). Try to let your family and friends in as much as you can without going crazy, and it will be that much more special. All in all, just try to concentrate on the fun and excitement of planning your wedding, and the love you have for each other, and hopefully you’ll remember the whole process with fondness.
Ok, now enjoy the loveliness, lovies!
1) Do any of you ever experience bad dreams when you’re about to undertake a huge life experience? I honestly don’t think I’m going to be able to stand regularly having eerily real-feeling dreams about how everything is going to go WRONG on my wedding day.
This is NOT ok, Alison. Stop doing this to yourself, me. Not cool at all, brain in my head. Get it together, myself!
2) Do you love this wedding? And how about that COLOR SCHEME, eh? EH?! Any favorite aspects? I’m excited to hear your take. :)
xoxo - Alison
Photography: Simply Bloom Photography / Dress: Pronovias (Arzelles in Nashville) / Flowers: Bishops Flowers in Huntsville, AL / Hair Accessories: Lo Boheme & Untamed Petals / Cakes: Peggy Ann Bakery / DJ: Metropolitan Disk Jockey Service / Rentals: Mullins in Huntsville