October 6th, 2018 was the best day ever. I can’t stop thinking about it. Somehow a year and half of planning came together flawlessly. Everyone kept telling me I seemed so calm during the day and morning before, but it was impossible to faze me. Everything was awesome. It felt totally surreal.
Even though the weekend flew by, we were able to relish in the moment for a few days after at a little cabin in Waterbury, VT as we looked through batches of photos rolling in. Now we’ve had the pleasure of looking through all the pictures from our photographer, Todd Wilson and reliving the weekend again, and again, and again (I can’t stop looking).
For a full breakdown of events, read below. For photos only, keep scrolling through. If you’re not interested in a couple hundred photos from our wedding, this post is not for you.
Andrew and I took an early morning flight from Texas on Thursday, October 4th. I’d never felt so awake at four am. Upon landing in Boston, we picked up our rental and swiftly (after stopping at Dunkin’) headed to Sturbridge. As we drove past the city and saw the CITGO sign we joked about staying in Boston for the upcoming Sox game, but proceeded on to our destination.
Once we had my dress and the decorations packed nicely into our car we headed up to Waitsfield, making a pit stop along the way at the Vermont Country Deli. (10/10 would recommend).
My mom, Andrew and I spent Thursday evening putting together the welcome bags in an efficient, assembly line fashion and capped off the evening with some dinner at Mad River Barn watching the Pats beat the Colts.
We headed out bright and early to pick up another copy of our marriage license (the only thing we forgot in Texas) and then picked up our flowers from The Painted Tulip in Waterbury. Nicole, the florist, did a wonderful job with the bouquets and boutonnieres. I gave her an idea of what I wanted and she executed it perfectly. We also got several buckets of flowers for our DIY arrangements. On our way back to Waitsfield, I attempted to make a nail appointment, but those turned out to be in short supply. My friend Leahy and cousin Nikki, stepped up to get me some nail polish and I scratched “get nails done” off my to-do list. I spent the remainder of the morning putting together flower arrangements with help from Leahy, surprising myself with how much I enjoyed the task.
Following the flowers we rehearsed! We weren’t exactly sure what to do, but our fearless officiant, Henrik, walked us through the motions.
Naturally, after rehearsing, we had the rehearsal dinner. Unexpectedly, Friday night was very emotional. We each spoke about the integral members of our bridal parties and our families. Andrew’s mom gave a lovely toast and Andrew gave an amazing speech. He touched on the beginnings of our relationship at Giguere Gymnastics and his grandmother’s persistence in starting the business at a time when loans weren’t readily handed out to women.
I was especially happy my grandfather was able to attend. He is 95 now and still enjoying Manhattans in honor of my grandmother, Claire.
After dinner we headed upstairs to the lounge at Mad River Barn for our welcome reception. It was a great chance to say hello to friends and family arriving from out of town, many of whom we hadn’t seen for a number of months.
We woke up super early since we were too excited and nervous to sleep. We knew the day was going to fly by so before everyone else was up we took a walk over to the spot where we’d later recite our vows.
The process of getting ready for an event is something I never put too much time into, however since this was my wedding, I allocated all of Saturday morning. My bridal party and I gathered in my friend Leahy’s room to get our hair and make-up done. I was lucky to have a classmate from high school, Shana, doing hair and her friend, Maria, doing make-up. They did an awesome job, and everyone looked great.
Photos from Todd Wilson
Photos from Mom’s iPhone
Andrew and I exchanged gifts while getting ready. We both wrote each other letters several weeks before the wedding and sent them to Henrik, our officiant. We read them before we opened our gifts. Andrew and I were thinking along the same lines as I gave him a scrapbook with memories from the past eight years and he gave me a new camera to snap future pictures.
Gift Exchange, photos by Todd Wilson
Andrew and his groomsmen got ready in an adjacent room. They had a lot more time to take photos while my crew was running a bit behind, so they got some awesome pictures.
Photos by Todd Wilson
The Big Reveal
With little time to spare before the ceremony we finally had a chance to see each other in our wedding best. I love to see Andrew in a suit, so I knew he’d look amazing. I’m definitely biased, but these are some of my favorite pictures.
Next, more pictures of us…
We only had about five minutes to get the family and friend portraits done, but we’re a pretty good looking bunch if I do say so myself.
Andrew and I chose the song “We’re Going Home” by Vance Joy to kick off the walk down the aisle for our bridal parties because we love listening to Vance Joy and dancing around our apartment together. Leading up to our wedding if I put on Vance Joy in the car or at home I just started to cry happy tears.
For my walk down the aisle with my dad, I chose a Springsteen song called “If I Should Fall Behind”. My dad has passed on his love of The Boss to me, and I think of him every time I listen to his songs, so I knew we had to walk down the aisle to one. Now that I live in Texas, I put on Springsteen on my morning drives when I’m feeling homesick. My Dad and I have been fortunate enough to see Bruce in concert several times and once on Broadway. I think “If I Should Fall Behind” is a beautiful song that carries a different meaning for each listener. It was perfect for my walk with my Dad toward Andrew.
These are some of my favorite photos from the weekend and definitely the most emotional part of the day for me.
I thought I was going to be nervous when I got up there, but all the nerves from the night before disappeared and turned to excitement. The ceremony was exactly as I envisioned. It was short, but sweet, and we had an opportunity to recite the vows we wrote to each other. No surprise, Henrik was the perfect officiant. He was able to seamlessly guide us through a very big moment in front of our friends and family. We couldn’t have asked for more.
Photos from Todd Wilson
Many people took beautiful photos of the day. Here are some from Rhiana, the mother of two girls I used to watch after school and drive around who are now, much to my disbelief, 16 & 18.
Photos from my Aunt Nancy who always captures our family events.
And just a few more photos of us from Todd, in case you forgot what we looked like.
Cocktail Hour & Introductions
Photos from my Aunt Nancy
Andrew and I danced to “Green Eyes” by Coldplay. Back in 2011, when I was in Florence, Andrew sent me an email with the lyrics. Since then it’s been a special song for us and we’ve often written the lyric “you are the rock, upon which I stand” in cards to each other.
Photos from Todd Wilson
Photo from Aunt Nancy
Photos from Rhiana
My dad and I chose to dance to “When You Need Me” by Bruce Springsteen. Had to be another Bruce song. This one is popular for father-daughter dances and the lyrics resonated with me. My dad has always been there whenever I’ve needed him. This was another special moment I looked forward to, so I’m glad we have great photos of it.
Photos from Todd Wilson
Andrew and his mom danced beautifully to “A Mother’s Prayer” by Bonnie Barbey.
My dad kicked off dinner with his best speech to date. He spoke of our trip to see Springsteen in Rome. He recounted the many hurdles we faced to get to Rome from Prague, but also the wonderful surprise when our Airbnb host was able to drive us to the concert just in time for it to begin. He noted that our trip was a good metaphor for marriage, which is going to have hurdles along the way, but many more wonderful surprises.
During dinner, my sister and maid of honor, Emily, gave a great speech. Her words were witty and heartfelt. I expected nothing less from her.
Andrew’s brother and best man, Mike, followed. He gave an excellent speech that delivered laughs and tears.
After dinner, the real dancing began, and it did not disappoint. Our DJ, Talena, from Premier Entertainment & Events did a wonderful job. She played all of the songs on my list, so it was hard for me to pull myself away from the dance floor. Dancing is my favorite part of any wedding and it yielded some awesome photos.
There are so many great photos from throughout the day. My friends and family captured some moments I didn’t even know were happening. It’s wrong that I feel FOMO when looking at some of these, but I can’t help it! It was fun hearing various accounts of the weekend. People took advantage of being in Vermont and reuniting with friends and family, which is everything I could have hoped for. Weddings are so unique and special in that you have every person from every part of your life together for one magical day. Andrew and I could not be more blessed.
Our post wedding stay in Waterbury went by too quickly. We will surely return in the future. Our Airbnb was wonderful. We got to enjoy a few days of delicious food while recounting our favorite moments of the weekend in each others company.
Friends and family! If you have any more photos from the weekend you haven’t shared with me yet, please do so on iPhoto or Google Photos. I would love to see what you captured as everyone has a different perspective. If you saw any photos of yourself or your family that you’d like to have please let me know!
There are so many more photos I could have added to this post, which is why I’ve taken over a month to put this together. Every time I tried to select a few I ended up looking through the entire camera roll again and making little progress. I have a feeling I will continue looking back on these photos again and again for the rest of my life. October 6th was hands down my best day yet , but as my Dad said, I have lifetime of wonderful surprises to look forward to.