Hey everyone! Happy Monday!
I’m excited to share this post with all of you. I’m totally in a wedding moment after this weekend (More to come on my brother’s beautiful wedding in a future post!) so I’m really excited to share with you a look back on my own wedding about three months ago.
Our wedding was a much awaited (hello, girl who had been planning her wedding since she was 13!), spectacular day full of fun, SO many laughs, and a ton of love from our friends and family. I want to write about it now, since it was so recent and I can still capture the feelings of the day. We got married on May 19th, 2018 after a 19 month engagement at the stunning Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, NY. I can’t say enough good things about our vendors (who I’ll link at the bottom of my last wedding post) – they did an incredible job bringing our vision to life. All photos by my bridesmaids and the amazing Keith and Alexis of Anchor & Lace Photography!
Rehearsed and ready!
6:00am – Good morning! I’m an early riser and woke up on my own at 6:00am despite knowing that it was going to be a LONG day. I started streaming the Royal Wedding immediately (obv). I had been sleeping in a room with two of my besties, Kim, who I dubbed my “best gal,” and Bree, who did an amazing reading at the ceremony. I took a quick shower, we relaxed, checked our social media pages and gathered up our stuff to head to Brian’s family’s house. It was finally our wedding day!
9:00am – COFFEE (and presents!). My bestie, and maid of honor, Nikko bought me an adorable picture frame to celebrate my wedding day, and my oldest friend Allyson gifted me an Armenian evil eye to pin on my dress to ward off bad spirits. Her card was beautiful and ended with an old, Armenian saying, “May you grow old on one pillow.” Cue the first tears of the day!
10:00 – 2:00 – Getting beautiful and even more excited! My cousin (who flew in from LA) came to my wedding as more than just a guest. She came as Makeup Artist Extraordinaire! Seriously, she is insanely talented and after having danced for 14 years with tons of stage makeup, she is the ONLY person to ever put fake eyelashes on me that I could. not. feel. A miracle! Our hairstylists had everyone looking so beautiful, too. I wanted my girls to look like gardeny princesses and they all truly did. We popped a couple bottles of champagne, danced to Jay Sean’s “Down” and Will Smith’s “Miami” (where I had my EPIC bachelorette party – but that’s a subject for another post), and had the absolute best time being together.
I kept thinking to myself that I needed to commit this whole day to memory, but luckily my girls were documenting everything to our shared photo album and I got to just soak in the time together with my best friends and family.
During this time, the guys were enjoying themselves, getting ready, and chatting over a few beers.
2:00-3:30 – We took some pictures of the girls together in our getting ready outfits, complete with flower crowns and I showed everyone my dress live and in person for the first time.
When it came time to put on my shoes (I had decided last minute to go with my original “reception shoes” for the whole day because the weather was biblical rain the whole day), I discovered that the bottom of my feet were BLACK from walking around the house barefoot all day. AND I was already in my dress. Enter a frenzy of my best friends scrubbing the bottom of my gross feet with makeup wipes in floor length dresses and full hair and makeup while I try not to kick them accidentally. Once the shoes were on, and I was recovered from my hysterical laughter at the ticklish-ness of my feet, we were out the door and into the trolley to the venue!
Check back for part two of the wedding day! It’s almost time to say, “I do!”