With all the craziness of planning a wedding and getting married (all while preparing a manuscript, podium presentation, and interviewing for fellowship positions) I managed to tell my story so I could share it and remember it long after the day has come and gone. But with so many things to focus on (mostly work related...grr...) I fear I will not have time for this blog. So, for now, one chapter is complete. And the next, well, who knows when it will begin.
Haven't had any time to wrap up the wedding story, which of course ends in a happy ever after! The details were amazing and the day was everything I hoped for. I tried to savor every moment from the moment I awoke on my wedding day to the very last dance.
A quick recap:
All the girls headed over to Athena Aveda in Boston for hair and makeup. It was fun to get all done up and my bridesmaids and I had adorable hoodies that my sister J, MOH, bedazzled (not really, they were iron on decals) for us.
Then we all made our way back to the hotel to get dressed for photos. But before that bridesmaid F and I went up to peek at the set up and hang a few ornaments on the wedding tree. After much debate and no success with the poster idea we switched gears and I bought a live tree to hang our little ski ornaments on along with the guests' escort cards. Now we have our wedding tree to plant and watch grow!
Once we all had our dresses on we glimpsed a window of opporunity to grab photos outdoors as the day had been a bit overcast and rainy. I really hope the outdoor shots come out well as the location was so beautiful.
The 5 o'clock hour finally arrived and the ceremony began. The string trio was lovely. Walking down the aisle I smiled at our guests and my handsome groom and thought, nicely done on the Brooks Brothers suits and navy and yellow rep ties! And the mini ski boutonnieres were the perfect finishing touch. We managed to get through the ceremony and our heartfelt vows with a minimum of tears (thank goodness for Lancome waterproof mascara) and finished with our kiss and exit to "This Will Be" by Natalie Cole.
While everyone enjoyed cocktails and passed appetizers we ran outdoors, together this time, to get our first photos as husband and wife.
The introduction of our bridal party was fun and upbeat to "Pick Up The Pieces" by AWB. We made our entrance right into our first dance to "It Had To Be You" by Harry Connick Jr. The dance lessons at Supershag with Alfredo paid off and we rocked the foxtrot! (At least we think so). The toast by Best Man J and Welcome by my father were touching. And the rest of our evening was filled with great food, a constant flow of drinks (thanks to S for all those Greyhounds), and great times with family and friends! Of course the night went by far too fast and as the last dance "Dancin' In The Moonlight" by King Harvest came to a close we said our goodbyes to our guests. Well, then, we continued the party at the hotel bar until last call...and eventually we retired to our suite.
Thank you to my amazing vendors:
Wedding planner: Sarah True, True Event
On site coordinator: Michael Boivin, Boston Harbor Hotel
Officiant: Edi Pasalis, I-Do-Yoga
Flowers: Kelly Harris, Beautiful Blooms
Photography: Erica Coppell, Adeline and Grace
DJ: Renzo Hernandez, Top Entertainment
String Trio: Michael Reavey Music
Calligrapher: Betsy Dunlap
Invitation/Menu design: Erin Napier, Lucky-Luxe
Programs: Bridesmaid F, BeeHive Designs
Videographer: Jayson Lobozzo
Hair and makeup: Athena Aveda Salon and Spa
And a big thank you also to all of our family and friends for their love and support!