Here are a couple of crap pictures of my nails. This is one coat Essie Hi Maintenance (ha), one coat Revlon Starry Pink, one coat Hi Maintenance. It's very, very soft with just a hint of a little something extra. I had no idea what I wanted to wear up until Thursday evening when I tore through my stash, decided on the Revlon for sure, but knew I had to tone it down. I think it was really nice for something subdued. And my toes were Maybelline Poolside, which were totally visible through my Steve Madden jelly shoes.
None of these are super fantastic high quality pictures. Ben took one, Sam took a few, and my friend Jenna took some...but I couldn't wait to share them with you guys.
Here's a less than stellar and totally candid picture of me in my dress. This was right after Ben and I did our "first look," which was the most nerve wracking part of the day for both of us. The dress is by Maggie Sottero and it's called "Juliette." I picked it out almost two years ago and I loved it as soon as I saw it. It was definitely the star of the show. Everyone was ooing and ahing over it all night. And I really did feel beautiful.
My best friend (and maid of honor) Aimee and I in the limo. My makeup that day was mostly my own, some applied by me and some by the hair and makeup people. I had some Naked2 palette on my eyes, generous winged liner, and the lipstick is my perennial favorite, Illamasqua Maneater.
My dad walking me down the aisle.
Jenna took these and I love them!
When I finally got to take off the dress after wearing it for almost twelve hours. My hips are bruised from the weight of it, but it was totally worth it.
Before we went to bed. So much dancing and loud music equals a bit of a headache, but I was still totally content.
Seriously, if something went wrong at this wedding I didn't know about it. Everything seemed to go super smoothly, and everything was how I wanted it to be. The venue was amazing, the weather was more perfect than we could have hoped for (and even a touch too warm), my photographer was a goddess, the event coordinator at the venue was amazing, the food was good, the cake was wonderful, and we danced until they kicked us out. I had danced the bustle right out of my dress by the end of the night. My bridesmaids were great, Aimee made THE BEST SPEECH EVER, our flowers were absolutely stunning, and there were teacups. I made a lot of things for the wedding myself, and it was nice to see the little personal touches set up once we got to the reception.
Now that everything is over I feel very relieved. I am not a super social person and crowds unnerve me, so I thought the wedding would be hard on me. The hardest part was planning it. Living it was pretty easy, surprisingly. Like I said above, I had a lot of nerves right before I saw Ben, but once I did see him I felt a lot better. I was a little nervous before I walked down the aisle because my dress was a touch too long and I had to handle some stairs, but in the end I just walked on my tiptoes, held onto my dad for dear life, and it was fine. The reception was definitely a dance-like-no one's-watching situation for me because I didn't caaaaaaaare. The whole day was a blast.
We're off to Scotland this afternoon! So I'll talk to you guys later, and hopefully have some non-smart phone photos to share in the future.