Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Reception, Part 1

Wedding Wednesday

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

The reception involved too many things to fit into one post...and I want to drag out my content as much as possible.
Hope you don't mind ;)

The cocktail hour sounded like it was a blast, but the bridal party had our own party in the library at The Athletic Club. Andrew and I were even able to sneak upstairs and see the gorgeous space before everyone else went in. These are some of my favorite photos, both from our Instagram hashtag #AndrewMarriesMary and from Tessa, our incredible photographer, of Starling Studio.
(Unless otherwise noted, all photos are from Starling Studio)
(It's easy to tell which are from Instagram and which are from our photographer, though! Obviously!)

Lots of photos, yet again! You were warned!!

Where we dined:

Where we danced:

 The window!
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Loooove this one:

After our mini photo session we snuck back down to the library for a cocktail before introductions.

Do I wish we would have joined the cocktail hour with all of our guests?
Kind of, considering how after the reception Andrew and I felt like we didn't talk to everyone enough. However, those few moments alone in that window were so special that I'm glad we didn't! We wouldn't have been able to get that lighting had we waited, and the window photos were something I dreamed about since we toured the space!

The intros were really fun: since the bridal party had our own cocktail hour, the DJ called everyone to gather around the dance floor. Basically we had a standing ovation crowd for our introductions.

Grandparents and parents walked in, carrying wine and looking fabulous.
Everyone cheered quite loudly. It was rather awesome.

Then the bridal party walked in, demonstrating a different sport (basketball, football, tennis, baseball and horseback riding (Monty Python-style)).
So amazing and so very us!
Here's Evan getting some air to catch the winning touchdown pass from Holly:

Then it was our turn!

Before our intro:
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From there, since we had everyone's attention, we went right into our first dance, Nat King Cole's "When I Grow Too Old to Dream"
It's a dreamy little ditty.


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Another favorite photo:





By the end of the song, the whole bridal party was swaying to the music. It was really cute (and I'm SO happy that our videographer got that on our video!)


 From here we ate!
Steak and chicken and mashed potatoes and asparagus and bread and salad and wine and champagne! Oh my!
We ate like kings!
And yes, I ate EVERY bite! haha

Here's my Dad giving his welcome speech. It was very sweet and funny and awesome, just like my Dad! In the below photo, this is the part where he says that Andrew and I met at a Steelers bar on a Sunday.

And a Facebook cover photo was born.

My sister and Best Man then gave heartwarming and hilarious speeches:

(Isn't she gorgeous?!?!)


She made me cry! 
Best.sister.EVER

Then Justin brought down the house:


He made us crack up!

I smile every time I see these photos.

Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with me.

That's all for this week.
Next week we party!

All non-Instagram photos from this post are from Starling Studio (you can tell which ones they are because they are beautiful photos!!!): website | Facebook
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Photos from Around Town

Wedding Wednesday

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

First of all I am THRILLED that Kristyn is back to join the linkup this week! She and I started this linkup and I'm so excited to read her wedding recaps now that she's a Mrs., too!
Go to her blog and watch her wedding video. It's so wonderful!!

This week I'm excited to share some of my favorite photos, the posed ones around my hometown of Lancaster, Ohio and outside our reception venue in Columbus!

All photos are from our wonderful photographer, Tessa, from Starling Studio!

Yep, this is another photo-heavy post.
I would apologize, but I really don't want to, to be honest.
I feel bad when people apologize for posting a large number of photos.
Who's to say how many photos is too many?
I think no one should ever apologize for posting happy photos.
Why not share the happy?

Ladies, never apologize for celebrating your happiness.
You planned it. Your wedding celebrates you marrying the love of your life. It made you and everyone around you happy. You deserve to show it off.

And if you disagree, well, you're about to scroll through a photo-heavy post.
Sorry I'm not sorry. :)

Starting off, we are in downtown Lancaster at the idyllic gazebo in the square.
I have many memories in this area of town, so I squealed a little on the inside as I danced with Andrew in the gazebo.
Talk about a dream come true!



I thought that I would hate the photos of me posing with Andrew like I am in the below photo, but the feedback on Facebook was so overwhelmingly positive that it's now my profile picture.
Shocked, I tell you! Shocked!



Photos with the bridal party make me so happy.
These are our people.
7 states are represented in this photo.
How cool to have them all in one photo!

Lizzie is just so gosh darn adorable. I miss this little tike - excuse me! Big Girl! I miss her!

I seriously had the most breathtakingly beautiful bridesmaids (inside and out):

The dapper gents:

I still shake my head looking at this photo below.
She's too stinkin' cute, I almost can't handle it.
Almost.

Then we headed a mile away to Rising Park, another place in Lancaster that holds countless memories. The flowers on the trees were in bloom, the sun was shining off of the pond, and the pictures were just plain pretty:



This photo below is a favorite.
This gorgeous photo almost makes me happy that the girls' dresses look more purple than the grey that I thought they would be and that their flowers were completely different than what I wanted.
(Some day I will get over these silly details.)

Andrew is the sweetest.


Tessa loved to take photos of me through the veil's blusher.
This is my favorite of them all.

My incredible siblings!

After the park the bridal party took our Fun Bus (seriously, that's the name of the company) up to Columbus for the reception at The Athletic Club. The ride was fun as we cranked the tunes, drank some cold beverages and stuffed our faces with snacks.

The rest of the photos are near The Athletic Club for a more "urban" feel.

I don't look fat in this one! Yippee!

Goodness I married a handsome man.


The blue brick looked so cool against the girls' dresses!

This is a big favorite, and the final one I'll leave you with today: my parents photo-bombing!!!
haha they are beyond awesome.


Have a great week!

All photos from this post are from Starling Studio: website | Facebook
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fingers Crossed

If you know me then you know my tendency to hate on myself: my body definitely takes some verbal beating on a daily basis. I know it could be worse and that I'm not actually fat, just fatter than I'd like. Chubby, really. Anyway, all of that to say that I'm proud of myself. I did something today that I haven't done since...gosh, I can't be sure how long...early college? High school?

I bought bikinis.
Yep. Me. The pale whale. I did it.

Why, all of a sudden? First of all, the one piece I have doesn't flatter me (I got it for free in a blog giveaway years ago). Second, the only other two piece I have is a tankini and that makes me feel like I'm 16. So when I saw that Old Navy was having a ridiculous sale I thought, "what the heck? If they don't fit, returning is easy!" So today on payday I spent about $50 on three suits. Yep, only $50 for all three! Unbelievable! I hope at least one looks somewhat decent, but if not, there's a store two blocks from work. If I only get store credit then so be it. Mama can always use a new necklace or two.

Here are the goods!

Fingers crossed they work out and that I'm brave enough to wear them!!

Have you found any good deals on swimwear?