Our Best Day Ever | Details + Getting Ready
I can't believe it's already been three weeks since our wedding day. September 24, 2017 was truly the most perfect day and marriage has already been the best thing ever. I'm so excited to share all of our wedding details and it's been near impossible to decide where to begin. It will be a three post series, starting today with the details and getting ready.
We got married in Seaside, Florida at the Chapel and had our reception at The LakeHouse in WaterColor. Kurt and I both had always imagined having a destination wedding growing up and once we saw the Seaside Chapel, we knew we found our venue.
My parents were incredible. From the moment we said we wanted a destination wedding, they were immediately on board and we booked the chapel. Over the next six months, my mom and I had the best time planning and picking out all of the details together. She was a rockstar (per usual). Planning the wedding of our dreams was her main focus for months and we are so grateful for every second she spent perfecting the details. It would be impossible to convey how much time, effort and love she put into giving us the perfect day. I could never put into words how thankful I am for her and my dad for giving us the wedding weekend of our dreams... and more importantly, for the beautiful example of love and marriage they've given Kurt and I.
All weekend long, everyone from our wedding planner to our guests commented on what a sweet, loving and joyful community Kurt and I are surrounded by. We couldn't agree more and that starts with our bridal party. We were both intentional about who would stand by our side in the chapel as we committed to forever. Each of our bridesmaids and groomsmen would be friends we chose to be witnesses to our marriage and commit to supporting us, loving us and holding us accountable as husband and wife. It wasn't something we took lightly. These people are our squad, the friends we consider family - and we seriously are blessed with the best!
We did a first look with my bridesmaids once I was in my dress. How precious is their reaction?!
Let’s talk a little about my maid of honor... otherwise known as the G.O.A.T. of MOH’s. Everyone knew my little sister Courtney would be my maid of honor, not by default because she’s my sister, but because she truly is the epitome of a best friend who also is my sister. I woke up on wedding day to the most special gift - a wooden box with our wedding date on it, filled with cards from all of my people. Every hour of the day she had me open and read a few more cards... in other words, we made sure to get through all the cards before my make-up appointment because I cried every hour as I read the sweetest love notes of wedding day hopes, prayers, excitement and encouragement from my home team.
She knocked her toast out of the park (which she also wrote out on beautiful paper for me to include in the box of cards) and went above and beyond to make the day perfect. We’ve always had the kind of sister relationship others hope for and always will. One of the things I love most about Kurt is the way he loves my people well, and at the top of that list is Court. From day one, he’s embraced that we’re kind of a package deal... which is really to his benefit, because he gained one amazing sister.
One of the most special moments during the day leading up to the ceremony was my first look with my Dad. He has the biggest heart of anyone I know and we gave him a hard time often that he'd be a mess on my wedding day. To his credit, he held it together pretty well from this moment to walking me down the aisle to his toast and our father daughter dance. I love you, Dad.
A few more family and getting ready shots from throughout the day...
note: how handsome is my groom?!
One of the questions we got most leading up to the wedding was whether we were going to do a first look. We went back and forth on the idea for awhile. There are definitely some positives to having one in terms of convenience and photos, and plenty of brides told me that seeing each other ahead of time calmed their nerves. Ultimately, we just loved the tradition of that church-doors-open-and-here-comes-the-bride moment. Kurt said he wanted that feeling of all of his groomsmen by his side, all of our people in the chapel, butterflies in his stomach waiting for his bride to walk through the doors... and how could I disagree with that? I told you I married the sweetest man.
Instead we opted for a 'faux-first look'. We got a moment amidst the craziness of the day to hold hands, exchange gifts and cards, and pray together before the ceremony. It was perfect.
(For more on my husband's thoughts on our day and our heart behind the details, click here.)
Photography: Amy Riley Photography
Wedding Dress: Tara Lauren from Spring Sweet Bridal
Flowers: Fishers Flowers
Hair + Makeup: AV Beauty Bar
Next up: Our ceremony was everything we imagined. Intimate and intentional with God at the center. It was easily my favorite part of our day and I can't wait to share it with you next week!