The girls and I started the day off at the spa at Wine & Roses which was amazing and all the girls ended up looking beautiful even though I felt like a drag queen because I never wear that much makeup. Thankfully I didn't look like a drag queen! I do wish I looked less scary in the non-makeup pictures, but whatever, it was fun and relaxing, a perfect start to the day!
|My inspiration picture suggested to me by Erin about 2 weeks before the wedding.|
|No makeup yet....scary!|
|Their spa is so pretty and peaceful.|
|Ray took these shots paparazzi style through the doors. Love it!|
The boys had fun getting ready too although theirs was a little boozier than ours. They were great sports with taking the sock pictures I requested too. They all looked so handsome!
|My handsome husband getting ready.|
|Mike & the boys made good use of his groom's gift.|
One of my favorite memories of the whole day is when Mike and I saw each other for the first time. We decided to take all of our pictures ahead of time so we got to go straight to our reception after the ceremony. Ray helped us choose a place to meet to see each other alone for the first time that day. He literally hid behind a tree taking pictures of us and they are just so beautiful, I love them so much. Mike, who everyone knows is not normally a really emotive person, was so happy and smiley once he saw me that it made all my stress and worries disappear for the rest of the day.
Everyone knows I hate having my picture taken so the couple of hours we spent taking formal pictures were my most stressful of the day. I wish I had relaxed a little more and taken it more slowly. There were a couple pictures I forgot to take and I don't look great in some of them because I'm so tense and stressed and for some reason I'm pulling faces or talking in half of them which makes me mad, but overall we got some beautiful shots so it turned out great.
|It's rare Laura & I take a picture together where our faces aren't touching.|
Our families were great sports about everything and we got some really special photos with all of them as well.
|My mom & I|
|Mike, his mom, & Scotty|
|Mo-in-Law, me, & Mike|
|Dad, Monica, me, & Mikey|
|Mom, me, Mike, & Laura|
After the dance party with my girls I was more than ready for the ceremony. The ceremony ended up being beautiful. John was the best officiant I've ever heard and I've never seen Mike happier or more loving. I couldn't believe how much I cried, but I was just too happy not to! What an amazing memory, I'm so glad it went the way it did.
|Walking down the aisle with my handsome dad|
|I loved how simple our ceremony location was. All it needed were some poms, perfect!|
|We started out playing it cool.|
|Then I started crying.|
|And being cool went out the window.|
|I tried really hard to get Mike's band on to no avail!|
|Husband & Wife!|
|Bippity Bopping down the aisle to Bruno Mars|
|Doing Ray's end of the aisle smooch|
|My favorite picture from the day|
|Benefit of having a tiny wedding, you can get all your guests in one picture!|
|Dad giving his beautiful toast|
|Me being weepy while Laura gave her toast.|
|Owen killed it with his funny toast.|