Wedding Series: Getting Ready...


For me, this was one of the happiest experiences ever!!! I woke up with so much energy and a swarm of butterflies in my tummy. I had been so nervous the day before (a lump in my throat, permanent stomach knot, nausea) because there was so much going on and so much that still needed to get done. I even ended up breaking yet another rule (I must seem like such a rule breaker when really I love rules!) and had hubs spend the night with me... yep, that's right... I saw hubs on our wedding morning =O I just needed some alone time with him and sure enough, he did the trick and eased away everything! I couldn't stop smiling after that!!!

After that I truly enjoyed my wedding morning. I had all of my 10 bridesmaids and flower girl, yep I typed 10 folks, come over to the house. Why so many you ask? Well because hubs and I really wanted to include our siblings (my one sissy and his three) and I have also been fortunate enough to have seven special ladies in my life. You see the thing is, when I thought about it, I just couldn't bring myself to choose because each of those women had helped shape and mold me into the person I am today. Some were from my college years and some were from my career/NYC years and it was really nice to have those two huge pieces of my life come together to celebrate our big day. The more the merrier right!!!

I was made breakfast (did I mention my egg had two yolks... a good sign I'm sure!) and handed a mimosa. I gave a little non sappy speech (cause that's just my style) of appreciation and presented each of my gals with various glasses I had collected from thrift stores. In each glass, I had placed a vintage pearl necklace and earrings for them to wear that day... each different in style, color, and size... unique just like them! The lovely Heather Kelly (of my fashion classes, hip hop clubbing, and M.K. & A. posing days) had agreed to do all of the ladies makeup which was such a help. Meanwhile, I got my hair and makeup done by the genius that is Lutz Karpf... I mean my hair was so short I wasn't sure how he was going to achieve the pulled back look I wanted... but he teased and weaved a hair miracle!!! He also marvelously covered up a stubborn little pimple I had gotten morning of =<

Before I knew it, it was time to head to the winery!!! Now I really couldn't stop smiling and couldn't wait to put my dress on. Luckily for my nerves, the mimosas kept coming... and maybe it was because of the nerves, but I swear they didn't even make me tipsy! I remember taking a moment where I just sat back to observe the girls as they all ran about spraying hair stuff, touching up makeup, and getting dressed. I think I might have even had an out of body moment (nope still not tipsy) where I clearly saw myself and how happy I genuinely was, surrounded by so much love and about to marry my love. It was a perfect, private little moment where I took it all in before the big moment. And I have to say that for having as many girls as we did in the room, everything (including mirror time) went smoothly!

My something old is that black string you see tied around my wrist. I have this necklace that has a heart dangling from it with the words- "only he who has the key can unlock my heart" and a gold key as well. Well a few years back hubs literally stole the key and wore it around his neck on that very string. He wore it for about a year when it broke. Being too small to retie around his neck, he tied it around my wrist... nearly three years ago! My something new was a cuff that I splurged on! I knew I just had to have it for the wedding before I even knew what dress I would be wearing... it was love at first sight! My something borrowed is a bit of lace from my mom's dress that I detached and had intended to sew unto my own. Since I ran out of time, I tucked it into my bodice instead so it would be close to my heart. And of course my something blue was a silk rose on my garter that little k got for me... one that I had been eying myself in fact!

***Today I am thankful for my wonderful girlfriends... I am so blessed and you girls really made my special day that much more special!!!***


  1. Loved reading about how you felt when you woke up. thats how your wedding day should be! Kind of want to re-live it sometimes!! You were a beautiful bride!!

  2. what a sweet sweet post! I love it!

    I saw that you commented on Cup of Jo's giveaway for the necklace...I am doing a similar one & I think you would love it! Come check it out...


  3. @Anna of IHOD I know! It was such a mixture of emotions leading up to it and then a sudden calm. Me too I so wish we could re-live that moment. Thanks! -JB.

  4. @AaReAn Thanks for sharing, it's such a cute necklace! -JB.

  5. We flew home to book this venue in June last year. Absolutely loved it here and I'll be certainly waiting to go back there for more events.



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