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.


Pin For Later


Catch The Rest Of Wedding Week Posts!

This is just 1 post of an entire week of wedding content!

Why I Loved Being My Own Wedding Planner

Choosing My Wedding Dress

My Bridesmaids

Our Florals

The Dream Team

Dressing The Space


D O N ’ T   F O R G E T   T O  
C H E C K   O U T   M Y   N E W   I N   P A G E !

W A N N A   R E A D  
   M Y   H O N E Y M O O N   P O S T S ?

Positano

Capri

Napoli

M O R E   R E C E N T   P O S T S

The Skirt Worth The Wait

Feminine Animal Print

My Go-To Fall Outfit

Affordable Classic Fall Pieces

Rainy Day Ruffles

How To Find Quality Pieces At Affordable Prices

SHOP GLOSSIER HERE!

L E T ’ S   C O N N E C T !

Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest / Facebook / Bloglovin’

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.


Pin It For Later


S T A Y   T U N E D

This is just post #2 of an entire week of wedding content! Come back tomorrow to read everything to do with my bridesmaids!


D O N ’ T   F O R G E T   T O  
C H E C K   O U T   M Y   N E W   I N   P A G E !

W A N N A   R E A D  
   M Y   H O N E Y M O O N   P O S T S ?

Positano

Capri

Napoli

M O R E   R E C E N T   P O S T S

Why I Loved Planning My Own Wedding

A Timeless Tweed Dress

The Skirt Worth The Wait

Feminine Animal Print

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

SHOP GLOSSIER HERE!

L E T ’ S   C O N N E C T !

Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest / Facebook / Bloglovin’