finally! some wedding photos. here we go, here we go. so a few narrations along the way...
1) the photos feature brian and i heavily (lolol, duh colleen, it's your wedding!) but what i mean to say is - there are a lot of photos i want to share, but i always feel apprehensive about posting someone's image on the internet, in a totally open forum, without them knowing. so. don't think i'm too into myself (not a lot baby girl, just a little bit.)
2) the first few photos are of the prayer book that has been carried by four generations of women - myself being the first in that fourth generation. i am also the first person to write and record my name and wedding day, as my grandmother, who passed away in july, had recorded those before her and then those after her. this was a bit of a tough but special moment at the same time. definitely tougher for my mom.
3) the night before our wedding i was a little anxious, a little more than i thought i would be. sleep was few and far between, which, when you have a full 18-hour day ahead where you will be doing all the smiling, kind of stinks (but was a given). before brian and i said goodbye on friday, he explained that he was getting really, really, really, nervous about his speech at the reception. i gave him some fighting words, drove off, and for the rest of the night was also like - oh shit. is brian not going to come?! it was such a relief when my maids arrived at 7 AM so i could, 1 - stop pretending i was sleeping and, 2 - be like "so...anyone hear from brian? is he still planning on coming?" it was amusing and a little terrifying (self-made of course), which i was totally into because: weddings.
3) pictures of ladies and gents getting ready are my favorites. whenever i browse someone's wedding photos, those are the ones i just love. which isn't to say that these ended up being my favorite photos, but i love the stories in them. so reference the point i made above - there is a lot i'm not showing you here, but i just can't for that reason. these are still pretty, pretty good.
4) i loved having a big bridal party. my ladies were fucking awesome, we had a fucking blast, we didn't take anything too seriously besides (attempting) to be timely, and i would have nine all over again, no problem.
5) 9? colleen there's only 8. oh yes, one bridesmaid went into labor early and had her baby the day before the wedding. i kind of loved it. i truly love big family events and all the unexpected things and dramas and last minute solutions we need to come up with - it's just the perfect metaphor for life, and besides, a baby was born healthy and happy - hard not to be thrilled. we did miss her though.
6) while this can't really apply to those who get married at the same place they are having their reception...it's called your wedding DAY, not your wedding EVENING. when the church insisted we get married at 1 PM i was king of bummed - such a big gap! - but it gave us time for amazing pictures without being rushed, and as someone who has attended weddings with large gaps, guess what? i'm an adult and i'll find something to do or eat or see before i come to your party. i might even change my outfit because i like a flair for the dramatic. so for brian and i it just gave us a lot more time to be with each other, on our wedding DAY, take oodles of pictures, not have to do a first look (to each their own, for us it was important to have a pure moment of seeing one another, photographs be damned), not be rushed, and have a lot more time with our bridal party and the like before the festivities began. and we got to attend the whole cocktail hour. so, just something to think about - something i thought i would dislike ended up being something i loved.
7) we had to wake up early though to all look fresh to death. oh well! bagels and champagne for all!
8) the last two photos are the peek of what's to come - i love the expression she captured when i look at my dad, like "oh god what was i thinking?!"