Our wedding day was everything that we could have dreamed of, and more. It was the best celebration of our love and we wouldn’t change a thing! I broke up the day into 3 different blog posts since it got a bit lengthy. Part one is us starting the day and getting ready, enjoy!
The night before the wedding, while most couples would separate and stay in a hotel with their close friends and families, Teddy and I decided to stay in our apartment. It ended up being so perfect because we stayed up until 1 am finishing our vows and writing letters to our parents thanking them for everything they have done to help us get to this monumental moment in our lives.
In the morning Teddy left early but not without crying (actually sobbing) at least once before walking out the door. I posted a cute old picture of us on instagram and as I read the caption out loud to him as we were saying goodbye he couldn’t pull it together. It was clear that the day was going to be a beautiful mess of emotion!
So Teddy set off to pick up his brother and best man from the hotel and go into Austin to pick up our donuts for the reception from Voodoo Doughnuts. Luckily they didn’t run into any traffic!
As for myself, I sat in the empty apartment with my dress hanging up waiting for my best friend and bridesmaid to pick me up. As I was waiting I heard her pull up BLASTING “Marry Me” By Train and it was the absolute best thing ever. We were smiling and packing everything up into her car and then we were off to get the flowers from HEB. Yes, we got all of our flowers done at the local grocery store for under $700 and they blew my mind! I was so happy with them and how she captured what we wanted on such a limited budget (flowers weren’t as high on the priority for cost).
After we picked up the flowers we stopped at starbucks to get all the girls some much needed coffee!
My photographer wasn’t scheduled to start until the afternoon so I am so blessed that my equally talented sister who is also a photographer was able to capture us all getting ready! (see her other work here )
So once we got to the hotel some of the girls were already starting their hair and makeup done by my close friends who happen to be ridiculously talented. My friend Nicole Schultz did the makeup and if you are getting married in the Austin/San Antonio/San Marcos area you should seriously check her out, she’s incredible.
So while the girls were getting pampered I got to give out presents and as you can tell, I was pretty excited about it! I got all the girls these cute kimonos from amazon because I wanted them to be able to wear them again. I also made a body scrub out of coconut oil, coffee, oats and honey and put them in little mini mason jars from Target.
It was such a relaxing morning. Teddy was also hanging out at the hotel just with the guys.
For the parents we wrote hand written letters from both Teddy and I. We also were getting them framed pictures from the wedding once we got pictures back.
And while I was waiting I got to play with my nephew which makes any morning wonderful.
And then it was my time to get ready and things started to really hit me. I started getting these huge insane butterflies in my stomach, my heart would randomly start racing and I couldn’t stop smiling. I just couldn’t wait to see my groom.
My hair was done by another close friend Christina Norphy, she does hair most of the time when Nicole does makeup. Fun fact: her husband married us and her little boy was one of our ring bearers. They are the greatest family.
And then we were off to the venue, where Teddy and the wedding party were all setting up. I drove separate with my sister and bridesmaid Brooke. When we showed up all I really did was do a walk through on things before going up to the bridal suite to start getting ready.
Teddy told me that he was insanely nervous and felt panicked to make sure everything was perfect. It all was beyond perfect.
All the pictures from this point on are from our photographer Sam Hugh! Check him out here, he’s great.
While we were getting ready it started to rain so when we arrived at the venue it was a bit dreary but it kept the heat away so I didn’t mind at all. We got married at Vista West Ranch in Dripping Springs, TX. We instantly fell in love with the bohemian/rustic feel of this venue and knew it would be the greatest place to finally tie the knot.
I love these girls.
My hanky was from my great grandma Lorraine, every girl on my dad’s side of the family has had it on our wedding days. So special.
I had all of the girls pick their own dresses as long as they were white or ivory with a bit of a bohemian feel. They paired them with booties and all looked incredible! I didn’t see them all side by side until the wedding day.
While they were all changing I went to open a gift that Teddy had gotten for me. It was the sweetest necklace of TX with out wedding date on it. He knows that this place holds such a huge place in my heart.
Then I started to get ready, the emotions were starting to heighten for sure.
At the venue the bridal suite overlooks the ceremony site so I could see as people started to arrive and take their seats!
I got my shoes from Aldo and I loved them. The only thing I would say is that they were either super tight around my legs or they were falling down which was a bit annoying. Other than that they were exactly what I was looking for!
A little bit about my dress. I got my dress from BHLDN about a year before the wedding. I never had it altered (couldn’t due to the beadwork) and I got the very last dress in this style from the Houston store. I went by myself to pick it out and face-timed my bridesmaids and mom. I honestly loved being able to find it on my own. I paired it with a tulle skirt (also from BHLDN) and most people at the wedding thought that I had two different dresses because after the ceremony I took the skirt off for the reception. Teddy’s step-mom Tammy gave me “something blue” as a little blue pin that we pinned on my dress, it was so simple and perfect!
My bracelet was a gift from my grandma that I adore. It matched the beadwork on my dress so perfectly and I loved the simplicity of it. My earrings I ordered from Etsy. I love them and again they matched the dress to a tee.
Then, the flood gates were opened. It was minutes before we were about to walk down and someone asked about the little jewlery piece that was put on bouquet. The piece was from a necklace that my Grandma that passed away gave me. She was such a huge piece of my life and so knowing she wasn’t able to be there was very emotional. I started to cry and tried so hard to pull it back in. It took efforts from my sister (MOH) and my bridesmaids to get it back together.
The ring that I had on my pinky was from Forever 21.
While all the girls were getting ready, the guys were also making themselves look spiffy, all while drinking some Guinness of course.
With fears of encountering Texas heat, we decided to have the groomsmen in a nice shirt and dress pants and skipped the formal suit. The shirts are W.R.K brand and can be found at Nordstrom. The pants were a slim fit “photographer” navy pant from Express. Then we told them to wear brown dress shoes of their choice!
We found Teddy’s shoes at Johnston and Murphy (since they were from the outlets I can’t link them.) The pink striped socks I found from J. Crew!
Teddy’s suspenders were from Hey Sir, I found the shop on Etsy.
Teddy’s jacket and tie were both from asos.
I wrote Teddy a letter along with a gift and he told me that he got a bit emotional reading about how excited I was to share this life together as husband and wife.
Teddy’s gift from me was this flask and cuff links from this etsy shop.
Then it was nearly time for the ceremony to begin! Be sure to stop back in to see part 2, which will be the entire ceremony!