Alright my pretties. The day has finally come. I have all of my wedding photos!!!! Eeeeeeeeeeeeek! My excitement is boundless! BOUNDLESS I tell you. You guys, seriously, I can't even begin to measure the amount of love, sweat, tears, stress, and maybe even some blood that went into this event. It was beautiful. I am not biased or anything, but it really was perfect. Everything that I could have possibly wanted happened. The food, the music, the decor, the flowers, the dessert, oh my! I could go on and on, but here...let me just show you. You'll totally understand.
The robes that I had ordered from India for us to get ready in, never arrived, so in true Colorado fashion, we all put on plaid flannel button-downs. Thanks to Jordan for bringing extras for some people who aren't as hipster as we are. It turns out Jordan and I have the exact same buffalo check J. Crew shirt. Hey, great minds.
Peonies were an absolute must for my wedding bouquet, I have known that for a while, but I didn't actually get to see my florals until the day of. It was kind of nerve-racking, but I was overjoyed with the beautiful creations from China Rose. Amy came to the property to do a walk-thru with me a couple of weeks before the wedding, and she totally saw my vision of this moody, fresh from the field kind of arrangements. She even put some wild raspberries in for me so that I could have a snack halfway down the aisle. Everything was gorgeous, and I couldn't be happier.
Obligatory cowboy boots. I am an Austin native and proud Texan so naturally, I was reppin' the Lone Star State on my wedding day. Thanks for indulging my inner redneck sophisticated East Coast friends.
Mike and I decided to do a first look to help alleviate some of the nerves of seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony. Also, I am not big into a lot of those traditions. I think that you really need to recognize what is important to you and your fiance and honor it. We didn't have a religious ceremony, I didn't change my name, I definitely didn't do a bouquet toss and Mike didn't do a garter toss. Personally, for me, those things are outdated, and although we are spiritual, we aren't religious, so I really wanted to celebrate my church; the beauty of nature and the love of friends and family. However, don't think I am telling you that what I did is right for everyone. This is your day so make sure your voice is reflected in those important choices.
Another reason we decided on a first look was so that we could get most of the photos done before the wedding. I HIGHLY recommend this! We actually got to spend some time at our cocktail hour instead of making everyone wait while we took hours of photos. Also, it allowed for a change of venue, and I have always loved the dramatic shots that I can get up on Wilson Mesa a few miles up the road. We allowed our bridesmaids and groomsmen to make their own outfits as long as they sort of coordinated with a certain color scheme. I think it turned out great and hopefully these are clothes that they can wear again. That was the idea at least.
Well there you go! End of Round 1. We literally have over 800 photos so trying to pick out my favorites has been more than difficult. Kendall Pavan is a photography rockstar! She was a ninja, lurking around, capturing some amazing moments completely unnoticed by most. Not to mention, her work is excellent, and prior to shooting, she asked me what was important to me. I told her, "Tell a story." She did it flawlessly! Coming next: Ceremony & Cocktail Hour.