Bride & Groom’s Wedding Highlights

Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights

Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater

M y   M a i n e

S q u e e z e

This is the last post for wedding week, but don’t worry, I have a feeling this will not be my last wedding post. Today Ben & I want to share some of our very favorite moments of our wedding day, & share with you the true feelings we had on that day. Every couple is different & every wedding is different, but this is our story, our song…this love is ours. (Yes, I did just reference 2 different Taylor Swift songs.)


Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater

T h e   G r o o m

The Feels

To my own surprise my stress level on wedding day was actually pretty low. There was so much to do, and so much to keep busy with, that my mind didn’t have a chance to get caught up in “what if” scenarios. Adversely, during our rehearsal ceremony, I was a complete wreck, and started crying even before Lauren walked down the isle. (I’m a cryer)

All the feelings really came rushing in when Lauren’s music came on before she walked down the aisle. Such powerful music, accompanied by her stunning beauty, really took me a second to breathe it all in. We said our “I do’s”, danced our way out of the ceremony, and the moment I felt like I (we) could truly breathe was after we both signed our official marriage paperwork with our dear friend (and officiant) Billy. At that moment we were legally Malones, and we could breath, relax, eat some delicious food and celebrate our marriage!

My Highlights

The first highlight of the day for me came before any of the official celebrations started. I was getting dressed for some groomsmen photos and when I opened my shoebox to put on my shoes, Lauren had strategically hidden a love letter to me. It was simple, sweet, and one of the moments I’ll remember most fondly about that day.

Secondly, I’d be crazy if I didn’t highlight the amazing people who surrounded us for the whole day (and week) before our wedding. We absolutely wouldn’t have been able to pull it off if it weren’t for my family, my rockstar groomsmen, Laurens beautiful bridesmaids, significant others, and great neighbors.

Next up for me was the band. They totally drove the night for me, and being able to dance with my new wife, like we didn’t have a care in the world was awesome. Get a good band. you won’t regret it.

Last but certainly not least was our exit. As you’ve read in a previous post, we left our party to “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” while there was a spectacular fireworks show was awesome. We left by boat. That’s pretty epic if you ask me.


Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater

T h e   B r i d e

The Feels

The whole time leading up to the wedding, I thought for sure that I would not cry at our wedding. I just knew I would be so happy, but I typically am not much of a public cryer. So when our rehearsal came around, the night before our wedding, & I come out of the woods & walk down the aisle with my dad towards Ben, I just lost it. I was shocked. I couldn’t contain my tears. Thinking back, I feel like I got totally lost in the planning mode, that for me, that was the first time this really felt real. I was really going to marry the man of my dreams. He chose me. I felt so completely known & loved just the same. I ended up crying three times over the course of the evening (totally not the norm for me), & was at a complete lose as to whether I would cry the next day or not.

On the actual day, I felt very prepared. I knew what had to be done, & I was totally ready to finally be Mrs. Malone. The only slight freak out I had on the day of was with my dress. I just kept steaming it & steaming it because I swore I could see more creases. My photographer had to convince me that the dress was fine & I should just put it on. Once I did, all the nerves went away. I had been dreaming of this day my entire life, so I was ready to soak in  every second of it.

My Highlights

Ben & I had gone the whole day without speaking to each other or even texting. So, my first highlight was definitely finally seeing him & holding his hands throughout the whole ceremony. These were the hands that helped carry me (literally) through a major foot injury at the very beginning of our relationship. His hands have warmed me, comforted me, cooked for me, cared for me, wiped my tears, fixed countless things around the house, & it’s those same hands I will be holding through every coming stage of life. I felt how precious it was to have someone like Ben in my life. 

Another special part of the ceremony was having my family be a part of if. My dad spoke & performed the first half of our ceremony, & also my sister, Grace sang “Ought To Be” by Audrey Assad during our vow to grow. It was so amazing having them be a part of our ceremony.

It’s hard to pick a highlight, because it was all so perfect. I loved taking our photos & being all cute together. We had such a blast during our first dance, dancing our un-choreographed dance to our song, “Polka Dots & Moonbeams”. My dad & I had a dance-off for our first dance which was just so much fun. All of things things made for an incredible night, but I think that once all of the “tasks” of the evening were over & we could just let go & dance, that was maybe the best part of the day for me. All of that planning had worked out so well, & it felt so good to finally be married & dancing the night away with my husband. 

You know what the weirdest part was? Leaving! I didn’t want the party to end! Don’t get me wrong, I was excited for some alone time with my husband, but after such a fun night that ended with fireworks & a petal toss on our way to the boat, it was the strangest thing to just float away & leave everyone! We didn’t even have any of the donuts from our wedding, so we snuck a couple onto the boat with us to have at our hotel that night. I highly recommend this! Don’t forget to bring food! 

Anyways, all in all it was a magical day. I got to marry an absolute dream of a man & party with all of my favorite people. I’ll never forget it. 


Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater
Bride & Groom's Wedding Highlights - Photo by Emily Delamater

All photos for this post were taken by our incredible wedding photographer: Emily Delamater.


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Dressing The Space

Dressing The Space

Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater
Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater
Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater

M a k i n g   I t

O u r s

Our wedding day was pure magic. It took place in Harpswell, Maine at my husband’s family’s property right on the water. This place is already just breath-taking on it’s own. So much so that during my very first visit, I sat alone on the dock, writing in my journal, completely crying just imagining the prospect of getting married there one day in the future. Since it was already so beautiful, it was my biggest hope that the weather would be perfect so that we could enjoy the wedding & the reception without a tent. Our prayers were answered & it was just the most gorgeous day. 

My number one task when dressing the space for our wedding was to make it truly ours. Put in the details that reflect our love, our relationship, & our personal style. Let me share with you a few ways we did just that.


Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater
Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater
Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater

L i g h t

Almost exactly a year before our wedding, we stood on the ground where we would be saying our “I do’s” to each other. We then determined when the best time to hold the ceremony would be, based on when the sun would just pass the trees & not be in anyone’s eyes. It worked out perfectly that in the time between our ceremony & the reception was golden hour which was just idyllic for our photos.

Then once the sun started to go down, we had hung lights above the reception site to illuminate the space. We also had about 90 candles along the tables lit for a pleasing ambiance as well as to light people’s faces in photos. It’s important to think about light in this way, because if you are paying for a good photographer to capture your day, it’s so important to ensure good light for them to be able to get the best photos.


Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater
Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater
Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater
Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater

S p a c e

We had a rather small wedding for such a vast space. I wanted it to still feel intimate, so we thought of ways to do just that even with a large space. For the ceremony, we kept the chairs looking straight ahead in even rows. This helped set parameters. The shape of the chairs helped provide structure to the space, giving it that more intimate feel. Also, having the large arbor (which Ben helped make) as the focal point really helped draw everyone’s focus to the main(e) event.

For the reception space, the layout came together about a week & a half before the wedding. The deck where the band played had just recently been built which inspired this new setup. I had originally pictured the space in reverse, with the water being behind the band, but I think this way was even better! When the guests looked towards Ben & I, they could see the water behind us.

The table setup was also key in dressing this space. Our band played on the corner of the deck & the tables went out on a diagonal in a U shape to form the perimeters of the dance floor. Everyone danced in the empty space between the tables & had a great time. Also, the lights hung above helped create a clear outline for the reception space.


Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater
Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater
Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater

D e t a i l

The smallest details can make the biggest impact when dressing a space. From freshly potted plants at the ceremony site to lights along the dock, these details look lovely, & also capture so well in photos. My MIL even had the great idea of giving each of the statues in the gardens little flower crowns! How adorable?! While putting the final touches on the space, my bridesmaids even laid some extra greenery & flowers to line the aisle. This made a huge difference & I loved the way it looked.

There were so many amazing ferns all over the property, so naturally I wanted to incorporate them into the decor. We used little fern leaves to dress the seating chart as well as to add that special touch to each person’s place setting. Using natural elements from the space like this really gives a cohesive feel.


Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater
Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater
Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater
Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater

E x p e r i e n c e

So yes, this wedding was about Ben & I getting married, but people flew in from all over the country, so we wanted to show them a good time. During cocktail hour, people could grab a drink & take a boat ride around the harbor. Guests loved this, seeing as though some of them had never experienced anything like it before. We also had a fireworks display to the song “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” right before we exited by boat. It was pretty magical. Honestly though, the band really sealed the deal. They were incredible & helped make this event one to remember.

I know not every wedding can have fireworks & boat rides, but make sure to think about the guests attending your wedding. They are showing so much love & support by being there for the two of you, so show them your gratitude by giving them an incredible night of love & laughter.


Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater
Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater
Dressing The Space - Photo by Emily Delamater

All photos for this post were taken by our incredible wedding photographer: Emily Delamater.


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The Dream Team

The Dream Team - Photo by Emily Delamater

The Dream Team - Photo by Emily Delamater
The Dream Team - Photo by Emily Delamater

T h e   H a r d

D e c i s i o n s

Because I was my own wedding planner & our venue was on family property rather than a typical, established venue, it was up to me to find & choose our wedding vendors. There are so many amazing options out there to make each & every wedding special & unique. I think that’s what I love most about weddings. When each detail is chosen to reflect that particular bride & groom. Today I want to share with you our dream team, our amazing vendors who together made our big day come together seamlessly. 


The Dream Team - Photo by Emily Delamater
The Dream Team - Photo by Emily Delamater

A l l   T h i n g s   P a p e r

Save The Dates

We knew that we wanted to save a little money on this aspect of the wedding, but still wanted something nice & meaningful to be able to send out to our loved ones. For our photos, we asked Ben’s sister, my bridesmaid Abby, to take them right after we were engaged. It was so special to have our engagement photos taken in Maine on the same property our wedding would be held just a few months later. The funny part about this day is that it was -12 degrees outside while we were shooting! We just decided to get extra snuggly which helped us get the perfect shot quickly (thank goodness!). 

After choosing the perfect photo, we chose Minted to print our save the dates. They came out just perfect & at a great price. We also made our wedding website through their site which was a great tool for getting info out about our wedding & our registry to friends & family.

Our Invitations

We knew we wanted our invitations to be simple & elegant, so when I saw this design from Shine Wedding Invitations on Pinterest, I immediately fell in love. The simple, romantic font in navy combined with the blush silk ribbon tied around it was like a match made in heaven. This style perfectly captured the style & theme of our wedding. I even ended up ordering extra ribbon from them to wrap around our bouquets & also the flatware used at our reception. This tied everything together from start to finish just beautifully.

SimplySuite

When looking into purchasing all of the miscellaneous stationary bits for our wedding with a similar font to our invitations, the prices seemed way to high for our budget. Thankfully, I came across this gem of an Etsy shop that had the perfect font! We used simplysuite products in navy & gold Melia font for our wedding programs, place cards, table numbers, & several of our signs. The best part about these products is that they come as a digital download to which then you can go in a fill in the appropriate words & print out as many copies as you want! You guys, this alone saved us so much money! Thank you simplysuite!


The Dream Team - Photo by Emily Delamater
The Dream Team - Photo by Emily Delamater

T h e   B a n d

Our number one priority for our wedding was to have an amazing band. We had seen this band called the Bachelor Boys, play at two different weddings over the years & totally fell in love with them. After asking them if they were available for our day, we found out that they do not travel as far as Maine, but that they had a sister band called The Silver Arrow Band that was based up north that could potentially work for us. I immediately contacted them & thankfully they were available on our day! Let me tell you, they were AMAZING! People left the reception saying it was the best party they had ever been to, & I have to attribute that to our beyond incredible band. We chose to have an 8 piece band that included a brass section which I highly recommend. They have so many options to choose from to accommodate different price points as well as different music preferences. We also had them MC the evening, so once the ceremony was over, they helped keep everything moving on time without any lulls.


The Dream Team - Photo by Emily Delamater
The Dream Team - Photo by Emily Delamater

D o n u t s

After knowing we wanted a band, we knew that instead of cake or cupcakes for our guests, we wanted to have a wall full of donuts. Then I remembered several years ago, we had visited a local donut shop called, The Holy Donut, in Portland, Maine & that had very eclectic style donuts. I looked them up to see if they catered, & they did. I was thrilled to find out they also had gluten-free & vegan options to accommodate all guests. They come in so many delicious flavors & are all potato based. If you are ever in Portland, ME, definitely give them a try, you won’t regret it!


The Dream Team - Photo by Emily Delamater
The Dream Team - Photo by Emily Delamater

T h e   B e s t   C a t e r e r

I came across the Bread & Butter Catering Company while doing some wedding research online. Ben & I fell in love with the menu choices & felt like the food choices reflected our personalities perfectly. One of the most helpful parts of the wedding planning process was our catering coordinator. She was so nice & helpful & made sure we had the right rental equipment as well as the right quantity of both food & rentals. They were amazing at communicating with us & checking in on our progress. But not only that, the food was divine. I’m convinced we had the best caterer ever. 🙂


The Dream Team - Photo by Emily Delamater
The Dream Team - Photo by Emily Delamater

C a p t u r i n g   O u r   D a y

Since our wedding was a destination for the majority of people, we knew that there would be people in our lives that would not be able to attend our wedding. Therefore, we made it a priority to find spectacular people to capture our wedding day. As I mentioned in my first wedding week post, I found both our photographer & our videographer on Instagram through hashtags. How cool is that?!

We chose Emily Delamater, along with her husband Matt, to photograph the biggest day of our lives. These two are just the sweetest. It was such a pleasure to have them there with us each step of the way. Not only were they such a delight to be around, but they perfectly captured the moments & the feeling of the day. The pure joy & love is so visible in our photos, feelings we’ll treasure & remember forever. (See her Instagram here.)

From the very first clip I saw by Haley from OTD Collective, I knew that no one could capture our day quite like she could. Her work is like art. A beautiful motion picture of the best day of our lives. We haven’t seen our full video yet, but she recently posted a preview on her Instagram that is just incredible. (Watch here.) I’ve watched it probably a hundred times. If you’re wondering whether or not you should have a videographer at your wedding, I say do it! Pictures are amazing for preserving memories, but a video has the power to really take you there. (See her Instagram here.)


The Dream Team - Photo by Emily Delamater
The Dream Team - Photo by Emily Delamater

A l c o h o l

In terms of alcohol, we decided to keep things pretty simple. We chose a red wine (Cocobon) & a white wine from Trader Joe’s to have on the tables for our guests to serve themselves. Then for beer, we had a local brewing company, Flight Deck, provide 3 different kinds of beers on tap again for guests to serve themselves. The cool part about having Flight Deck beer be at our wedding is that Ben is friends with the owner! He really hooked us up, & the beer was amazing. 


The Dream Team - Photo by Emily Delamater
The Dream Team - Photo by Emily Delamater

R e m i n d e r

It’s a common thought that having your wedding somewhere like on family property would be cheaper because you don’t have to pay for the venue. I have to believe that it comes out to be about the same in the end, & let me tell you why. Yes, you’re not paying for the space, but then you have to find a rental company to supply all the tables, chairs, glassware, flatware, linens, etc. These things really add up fast & when I first started planning this wedding I was unaware of how much things like that would cost. I don’t regret doing it this way at all, I just wanted to share with you guys all of the information I wish I had when I was in the planning process. Hope this helps! Also, let me know if you have any wedding related questions because I’m thinking about doing a wedding planning FAQs post in the future.

All photos for this post were taken by our incredible wedding photographer: Emily Delamater.


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Florals For Fall

Mixing Fall Tones

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Our Florals

Our Florals

Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater
Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater
Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater

Wait, I’ve Never 

Done This

Before

I knew from the very beginning that our wedding flowers were going to be really important to me. Basically, I wanted flowers everywhere. I also knew I wanted a very specific look to how they were arranged. The look I was going for was a little bit more whimsical & carefree. Like I just picked these up in the garden on my way over here. That effortlessly beautiful look. As I was doing my research on florists, I found that the look I was going for seemed to be the most expensive. It seemed that no one out there wanted to make my floral dreams come true at a price I could afford. So I had this crazy idea…I could do them myself!

See the thing is, I had never done this before, except when arranging flowers brought home from the grocery store, but something inside me told me I could totally do this. Not to say I wasn’t completely nervous about doing it well, but I was determined to learn as much as I could to become my own florist in a matter of months.


Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater
Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater

The Trial

I knew the only way I could officially say I was doing my own florals was to first have a trial. Back in late January, I ordered a round of flowers to be delivered to my house for a trial run. We ended up getting our flowers from Fifty Flowers & I highly recommend using this company. Their flowers are just gorgeous & their customer service is outstanding.

Having these flowers delivered to my house was so much fun. They smelled heavenly & looked like an absolute dream. Now it was time to get to work. I had one of my bridesmaids, Eri, come over so we could figure this thing out together. 

Surprisingly, they turned out really well! I honestly think that if you have the right variety of flowers to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong. We ended up doing a trial of my bouquet, a bridesmaid bouquet, & a boutonniere. The hardest part was actually the boutonniere, even though that’s what I thought would be the easiest. I later found out that there is actually a pretty fool-proof way of doing it, but I was just trying to freestyle it. I should have done my research before the trial, but I did it after, & they were a piece of cake for the wedding.


Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater
Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater

Bouquets

Putting together a bouquet felt a whole lot like putting together an outfit. It’s all about knowing the shape or silhouette you want & making sure to add enough detail or accessory blooms to really make the look pop. I started figuring this out when searching for inspiration on Pinterest. Even though none of these look like my actual bouquet, here are a couple of photos I looked to for inspiration regarding shape, detail, & color. 1 / 2 / 3

First, I started with 3 stems of my statement flower. These big gorgeous roses gave me a similar feel to peonies even though those were out of season at the time of our wedding. I held the stems almost like an upside down teepee so that there was some space between each bloom making a triangle shape when looking from above. Then I did my first round of greenery, but since I had so many stunning flowers, I ended up using less greenery than I thought I would. Next came the fun part. I began filling up the open spaces of the bouquet with my accessory blooms & snap dragons which I used to add a bit more whimsy. The bouquets I wanted was very full, but with a feeling of holding fresh picked wild flowers, in the most elegant way possible, of course! 

I think the most important thing to remember when choosing what florals to order is the variety in size. Having many shapes & sizes of flowers adds so much dimension to a bouquet. It’s a no brainer that I loved those giant roses, but have them in contrast to the different kinds of greenery as well as the smaller, more filler flowers, really is what made my bouquet as special as it was. 


Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater
Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater
Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater

Arbor Decor

Dressing the arbors for both our ceremony & on the dock was no small task. I decided to use a combination of silk & fresh blooms which ended up being a lifesaver in the end. A little over a week before the actual wedding I built the bones for the two arbor dressings. I decided to attach my base to a wooden plank which we could then easily mount onto the actual arbor the day before the wedding. Then, I added my silk flowers scattered along the board to begin filling the middle & have some overflowing on the edges & sides. Since I was attaching everything to a wood plank, it was so easy to just use a staple gun to secure the stems into place. All of the staples would be covered in the end because of how full I wanted it to look. 

As I mentioned before, we mounted the bones on the arbor the day before the wedding, leaving the fresh flowers to be added on the day of the wedding. On that morning, I stood on a ladder while grabbing flower after flower & plenty of greenery to add to the arbor. I thought I would use wire to attach them, but the staple gun was the easiest & fastest way to get the job done. It looked so good in the end! (If I do say so myself.) 

So maybe I didn’t do it the “correct” way, but it totally worked! Staple gun hack for the win!


Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater
Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater
Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater

My Exact Order

It’s hard to know what flowers to choose & then what quantity will be best. Therefore I thought I’d share with you my exact order to give you an idea of what went into our wedding florals.

WHIPPED FROSTING SWEETHEART GARDEN ROSE – 36 roses

GARDEN ROSE CREAMY WHITE BLUSH – 72 roses

VANILLA ICE CREAM SPRAY ROSE – 8 bunches

SNAPDRAGON WHITE FLOWER – 100 stems

IVORY WHITE WEDDING ASTRANTIA – 40 stems

WHITE TWEEDIA – 10 bunches

TISSUE CULTURE STATICE WHITE FLOWER – 10 bunches

BABY EUCALYPTUS GREENERY – 30 bunches

CHOOSE YOUR OWN EUCALYPTUS GREENERY PACK – 20 bunches

(Willow Fresh Eucalyptus Greenery, Seeded Eucalyptus Greens, Baby Eucalyptus Greenery x2)

Choosing Fifty Flowers was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. Not only did we save SO much money, but using their site was so easy. There is no stress about them being delivered at the perfect time for your event, because they tell you exactly how many days before your event you should have them delivered for them to be at their peak bloom. They texted me when each kind of flower had shipped & when they were being delivered & were so helpful with any questions or concerns we had. It was so cool to see where our flowers were being shipped from, too! Some were coming up from Central America! I mean they were just perfect.

(This is totally not sponsored, I’m just genuinely so impressed with this business. I know I will be using them again in the future.)


Our Florals
Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater
Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater

Flower Care

As soon as the flowers arrived, we filled 12 buckets with about 4-6 inches of water & added one cap full of Superthrive to each bucket. We then went to work carefully opening each box, separating the bundles, & giving the ends of the stems a fresh trim before placing them in the buckets. With each new box we repeated this step, except there was one more step added to the roses. My friend, Marcello (who owns my favorite local antique store & also gave me so many amazing tips for our florals seeing as though he used to be a florist), gave me a thorn stripper to not only remove the thorns, but also the excess leaves all in one easy swipe. This tool is an absolute must-have when working with roses.

We kept the flowers in a cool, dark space until the wedding day. About twice a day, I used a spray bottle to give all the flowers a generous spritz of water. This helped keep them fresh & cool while waiting for the big day. If the blooms seemed to be opening too quickly, I threw a couple ice cubes into the buckets to keep them from opening too fast.

One last reminder is that when putting the flowers into the buckets of water, make sure you’ve removed any leaves that would be low enough on the stem to get into the water. The leaves can contaminate the water leaving your blooms not in their best shape.


Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater
Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater

Have The

Right Tools

Here is a list of tools I used to work with my florals:

Superthrive

Thorn Stripper

Staple Gun

Pruning Shears

Buckets

Spray Bottle

Boutonniere Wire

Paddle Wire

Floral Tape

Floral Picks (For securing any weak or wilting stems)

Floral Foam (For table arrangements)


Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater
Our Florals - Photo by Emily Delamater

All photos for this post were taken by our incredible wedding photographer: Emily Delamater.


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 - Photo by Emily Delamater

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My Bridesmaids

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My Bridesmaids - Photo by Emily Delamater
My Bridesmaids - Photo by Emily Delamater
My Bridesmaids - Photo by Emily Delamater

R o c k s t a r s

My bridesmaids were literally rockstars. I was so thankful that everyone got to be there in Maine with me the entire week leading up to the wedding. They were such lifesavers. From helping with decorations to making me laugh & keeping me calm, I don’t know if I could have done it without these six ladies. 

My Squad

Grace (MOH) – sister

Melissa (MOH) – friend & fellow dancer

Abby – my new sister-in-law

Caroline – sister

Ella – sister

Eri – friend & fellow dancer


My Bridesmaids - Photo by Emily Delamater
My Bridesmaids - Photo by Emily Delamater

M i x   &   M a t c h

I knew from the very beginning that I wanted my bridesmaids to be in unique yet cohesive dresses. When I started my search on BHLDN immediately after finding my dress, I took screenshots of all of my favorites. I wanted to make sure that the textures of each dress were different. All of the dresses I chose were in the blush, gold, rose gold, & nude range which kept a cohesive theme throughout. It was also important to me that the level of sparkle was different for each dress. These factors were key, in my opinion, to making the mix & match style work.

In my head, I had already imagined each of my ladies in specific styles that I thought would suit them best, but I wanted them to love their dress, so I sent them all of the choices & you’ll never believe what happened. They all chose the dresses I had imagined them in! It was a wedding miracle.


My Bridesmaids - Photo by Emily Delamater
My Bridesmaids - Photo by Emily Delamater
My Bridesmaids - Photo by Emily Delamater

D r e s s  

R e h e a r s a l

Being the control freak that I am, I arranged for my bridesmaids along with both of the mothers to have a dress rehearsal two days before the wedding. This was not only for me to be able to finally see all of the dresses together, but also so that they could ask me any questions they wanted to about hair & makeup at that time rather than on the day of the wedding. Since we were all going to be doing our own hair & makeup on the day, I first demonstrated on my sister, Caroline, the style of eye look I was looking for. They didn’t have to all be the same, but I wanted them to see the shapes & colors I had in mind. Then everyone went to work fixing their hair & helping each other with their makeup. Maybe this seems like a bit much, but I’m so glad we actually did this. I’m confident it made getting ready on the day much smoother.


My Bridesmaids - Photo by Emily Delamater
My Bridesmaids - Photo by Emily Delamater
My Bridesmaids - Photo by Emily Delamater
My Bridesmaids - Photo by Emily Delamater

T h e   P e r f e c t  

G i f t s

I didn’t take any photos of the gifts I gave to my lovely bridesmaids, but I thought I would list & link what I ended up getting them. They turned out so well.

Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

Sofia Rosé (for those over 21)

Ciate mini nail polish in Antique Brooch

Cute Gummies from Sugarfina

Welcome Bags

Corcicle

Bride’s Mate Tote

Various snacks

Week Of schedule & Day Of schedule

Local Lavender Lemonade Mead

Wedding Earrings

Wedding Day Goodies

Personalized Robe

My DIY Confetti Poppers (used this & this)


My Bridesmaids - Photo by Emily Delamater
My Bridesmaids - Photo by Emily Delamater
My Bridesmaids - Photo by Emily Delamater

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Choosing My Wedding Dress

Choosing My Wedding Dress

Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater

T h i s   M a g i c  

M o m e n t

There is absolutely no way to know how you are going to react or feel when trying on wedding dresses. In movies & shows like Say Yes To The Dress, there are usually tears from either the bride, the family, or both. It’s portrayed as a very emotional experience, but it is not always that way. Let yourself feel any emotion that comes your way. For me, I had only a couple happy tears but not even associated with the dress I chose. I guess what I’m trying to say is that don’t expect a huge rush of emotions or “that feeling” to come that is going to help chose your dress. Choose the one you feel your best in. The one that you know you will love looking back on for years to come. 


Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater

W h a t   I   T h o u g h t

I   W a n t e d

Before I went to try on any wedding dresses, I was convinced I wanted a flowy dress with lace long sleeves. I mean, my Pinterest board was covered in them! I knew I wanted to try on other styles like a classic ballroom style just to be able to have that experience, but I thought I would end up in a long sleeved dress. 

My family lives in Oklahoma, so before they came for me to officially say, “Yes” to a dress, I booked my first round of bridal appointments in the D.C. area with my friend & one of my maid of honors, Melissa. We first went to BHLDN where I tried on almost every single one of their dresses. It was here where I had my first bit of bridal tears. There’s something about seeing yourself in a veil for the first time. It got me. I actually ended up ordering their Perdita dress & thought it could be the winner. However when it arrived, I found that it just didn’t fit me right, so I sent it back.

We then visited another bridal salon, but found nothing noteworthy. Finally, we went to Love Couture Bridal. This place is the real deal. They are always burning the most amazing Nest candles inside & the people who work there are so genuine & helpful. I was helped by a lovely lady named, Francoise, who actually used to be a ballet dancer as well! She pulled so many incredible dresses in my price range to try on. 

My runner up dress was the West gown by Hayley Paige. I’m actually shocked that I didn’t end up choosing this dress just because of how sparkly & stunning it is! Melissa & I drove home that night & I was so torn between Perdita, West, & what we called “The Jackie-O” dress. Guess which one I woke up thinking about the next day…


Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater

W h a t   I   C h o s e

Yep! I woke up picturing myself walking down the aisle in that simple & elegant, “Jackie-O” dress. When I finally went back to Love Couture with my family, I tried on both the West & the “Jackie-O” dress, but there was no question that the Romy gown by Anne Barge was the dress I would marry my husband in. 

This dress is just so classic & timeless. I knew that I would show it to my grandkids in pictures someday & still love it. It’s never going out of style, & it fit just perfectly. The dress gave me all the bridal feels, & even though it is quite simple, the details are quite memorable. There are buttons that go all the way down the back of the dress which immediately made me think of Pippa Middleton’s dress at the royal wedding. I love the off the shoulder sleeves, the low back, & the unique cross in the back. Overall, this dress was so perfect for my wedding day, but you know I couldn’t have said yes without a little sparkle…


Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater

M y  

A c c e s s o r i e s

Francoise knew what she was doing when she paired the Romy dress with the incredible Tippi veil. Oh-my-goodness. Not only is it long & dramatic, but it has the most beautiful flowers with delicate pearls fluttering along the bottom of it. It’s such a special piece & makes quite the statement, which of course I love.

I knew that I would only wear the veil for the ceremony, so I wanted to look at some options for adding some sparkle to my dress for the reception. I swore I would never wear a belt, but I changed my mind once I saw how good the Marian belt looked wrapped around my waist. It also went so well with my Art Deco earrings & my bridal heels I found on sale at Nordstrom Rack. (These helped be be able to wear my heels in the grass!) This combination was like a match made in heaven. 

On the actual day, I didn’t know if I would want to wear my heels for the entire night or not, so I got this pair of pearl slides just in case. They actually saved my feet & allowed me to dance the night away pain-free. I even ended up wearing them to the rehearsal dinner the night before.

One last & very important accessory I thought I’d mention is my choice of undergarments with this dress. I chose to get my first pair of SPANX to go under my wedding dress & it worked out perfectly. There were no lines & I felt very covered! 


Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater

W o u l d   I   C h o s e

I t   A g a i n ?

Yes, yes, a million times, YES! I felt so beautiful & so bridal in this dress. I’m so happy with my choice even though it’s not what I thought I would choose. You really just never know until you go & try things on what you are going to fall in love with. Ben absolutely loved this dress too. I’ll treasure my memories in it forever.

All photos for this post were taken by our incredible wedding photographer: Emily Delamater.


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My Go-To Fall Outfit

Affordable Classic Fall Pieces

Rainy Day Ruffles

How To Find Quality Pieces At Affordable Prices

Florals For Fall

Mixing Fall Tones

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