Wedding Wednesday

Wedding Wednesday: The Accessories

1. how it all began: how you met, first date, first kiss, how long did you date? first picture together…..etc.
2. when you knew he was the one: self explanatory.. but how and when did you know?
3. proposal: how it happened, how long were you engaged for? was it a total surprise? pictures of that… etc.
4. the ring: tell us about it! did you pick it out? did he? pictures! tell us about his ring too!
5. engagement/bridal pictures: let’s see em!
6. the colors: show some of the flower and colors you used
7. the dress: was it what you always imagined? did you have it made for you? white or ivory?
8. the little accessories: you know, veil? shoes? jewelry?9. the reception: where was it at? show us some pictures! what day did you get married?
10. the cake/food: i love food. so tell me about what you had at your wedding!
11. your song and/or the first song you danced to at your wedding: share a music video or lyrics if you can!
12. favorite part of the day and least favorite part of the day: can be anything.
13. honeymoon: where did you go? was it good? 😉 haha…jk.
14. thoughts on marriage: what is the easiest/hardest part? if you could change anything, what would it be?
15. first place that you lived together: pics if you have them!
16. kids: do you have any yet? if not, when do you plan on it? how many do you want? any tips on good/bad birth control?
17. most recent picture of you and your significant other and what you love most about them 🙂 and any other thoughts.

As I’ve said before, unlike most girls, I didn’t know beforehand much of what I wanted as far as my wedding went. I just had never thought about it. I found a lot of my decisions were influenced on what was easiest and on things I had seen that I liked in the few bridal magazines that I had picked up.

One trend that I liked was the idea of a birdcage veil, so I had originally planned to have one that just covered the top of my face. But when the time came for actually putting that plan into action, I discovered that I really didn’t like the way it came across because it put more emphasis on the veil and less emphasis on my face (I’m vain, I know).

In the end, I decided to just go for an elaborate feather hair arrangement, which I had my florist make. I had seen a feather hairpiece that I was just drooling over in a bridal shop, but it was almost $100 and there was no way I was paying that much for a little plastic comb with white feathers. So I paid my florist a fraction of the cost and she was able to whip one up, custom-made just how I wanted it. I loved it.

Another thing I didn’t know was how ridiculously hard it was going to be to match the exact color of teal I had chosen. The shade was actually referred to as peacock blue, and absolutely no one seemed to have it—everything was either too green or too blue. I knew I wanted a sash with my dress, because I liked the idea of breaking up all the white of the dress, so my mom custom-made my sash (since Gowns by Pamela didn’t have an exact color match) with fabric that we (very luckily) found at the fabric store. I thought my sash was gorgeous, and I was so happy to be able to wear something that my own mom had made for me on my wedding day.

When it came to the jewelry, I originally thought about going bold and chunky—big pearls, teal beads, the works. But when it came down to it, I didn’t want the jewelry to override everything else. So I went with simple rhinestones (bought discount!) from my neighbor through his wholesale shop and pearl drop earrings, with a pearl-and-rhinestone bracelet that is the first bracelet I’ve owned since I was 12.

I think the shoes were the funniest part of the whole accessory ordeal—every single time I would pass a store, I would walk in just to check if they had the right color shoes. No place did. It started to get closer and closer to the day of our bridal/groomal session, and I had no shoes. I decided to go online and just see if I could get lucky with a color match. I found a gorgeous pair of teal shoes that I loved (and that were discounted down to $40), so I ordered them and hoped for the best.

They arrived one week before the session, and they were too green. (But I kept them anyway because they were cute!)

So, with 24 hours before we were supposed to take the photos, I decided to just pop into Payless and see if I could get custom-paint a pair. When they showed me the available colors, once again, there was no match. It was then that I knew that I would just be getting white shoes. And, since I hate white shoes, I knew that I was just going to get the cheapest pair I could and try not to get them in too many pictures.

My wedding shoes cost $5.

I’ll never wear them again.

This last picture I chose to showcase Matt’s accessories: we originally thought of trying out a teal vest, but once again, the color was impossible to match (and boy was it a headache running around to every tux shop within 30 miles to look). So we went to a Tie One On, found a tie that looked pretty close to the color from far away, then picked a silver vest to match it. I actually really love how it turned out, and you can’t even tell the color wasn’t exactly the same.

And we got lucky—we bought out the last 13 ties of that kind that were available in every single Tie One On throughout all of Utah (we had to special order them from all the stores).


(All photos courtesy of BP Designer Portraits)

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