Photographed by Cynee Photography with assistance from Heather Massey
It is hard to believe that Jeff and I tied the knot one whole year ago today. It seems like only yesterday we were praying that the rain would hold off as we boarded the trolly to the first ceremony. But here we are, 365 days later, and I realized that I never blogged my own wedding. So here it goes!
Firstly, a little background on some of the details of the day. Being a photographer myself, I am quite addicted to photographing wedding details…so it is safe to say that I did photograph some of my own…months ahead of time. Because I got married in July, my favorite flower (Lily of the Valley) could not be present in my wedding bouquet, so I photographed it in May along with my invitations. I also photographed the gifts that we presented to our bridal party and our parents.
The dainty little ring box was gifted to me by my mom at one of my wedding showers. The box is Amonie.
The three little Ring Bearers received little hedgehog ornaments with our wedding date on them, along with a little toy car. Jeff got his mom a purse with a photo of the two of them inside. I bought both moms pretty robes to wear during the wedding morning and I gave my mom a vintage handkerchief that I had embroidered for her.
All my girls got a burlap bag with their names on them. Each bag was filled with a hanger I decorated myself, a bracelet, a paid of pajamas, and a vintage hankie.
Jeff gifted his groomsmen with beer crates, each with its own personal logo and customized to the individual’s name. (The logos were designed with inside jokes in mind) Each crate was also filled with the guy’s favorite beer or drink.
My engagement ring was custom-made. Jeff took his grandmother’s ring that she left him and incorporated sapphires into it and had it reset. Sapphires were my grandmom’s favorite stone…I have two grandmoms on my finger now.
Even though I wore them all of two seconds, I had to get the pretty blue heels from ModCloth. My bouquet was adorned with two framed pictures of my grandmothers on their wedding days.
On the morning of July 29, 2017, I was convinced it was going to rain all day. The amazing outdoor ceremony that I had planned for was going to be moved inside and all of my hopes of incorporating the beautiful ivy-adorned courtyard would be off-limits. I was bummed but I accepted it as rain started to fall while my ladies and I were getting ready at my parent’s house. What I hadn’t envisioned for my July wedding was a low humidity and low temperature. I couldn’t believe that it was 70 degrees at the end of July but I took it as a good sign. I did plan a Celtic-themed wedding after all. All my girls wore the same matching PJ’s that I wore and we all ate muffins and drank coffee and mimosas while we got our hair and makeup done. I am the third and final daughter to get married in our family and my mom decorated her house once more as she had twice before….white tule, flowers, and frame and frame of our female family members all dressed up on their wedding days.
I found my gown at La Belle Mariee in Newtown a year before my wedding. I truly wanted to wear blue on my wedding day, as Celtic brides used to. But I couldn’t say no once I put on the beautiful Eugenia mermaid gown.
As described by the designer: “Italian Chantilly lace with complimentary embroidered appliques over top. Circular cut panels at the hips and dramatic illusion back.” I assigned my ladies with a color and they could pick any dress that they wanted, as long as it was long.
Top left. At Brenna’s wedding, I painted their initials onto the tree out front because we thought that my dad was going to be cutting the tree down soon. Two years later, the tree was still there. So my mom had me paint both my sister Curran’s initials as well as my own. Right photo: The night before my wedding, while we decorated my house, my sister Brenna and I created a Pinterest-worthy floral hanging fixture that I always wanted to make. It was beautiful and my dad hung it above our TV.
Jeff likes to draw little doodles on the envelope of every card that he gives me. I’ve saved every one. His mom brought this envelope and gift over when she came to get her hair and makeup done.
It was starting to spit outside but I needed to get a photo or two with my favorite umbrella tree in our backyard.
It was very exciting when my two nephews came for a little bit during the getting ready.
Garrett, Brady, and Sophia.
We had to send the little boys away for this photo as I’m sure the loud popping noise would have freaked them out.
Sophia was so excited the entire morning. She couldn’t wait to get into her dress.
Jeff’s wedding gift to me was a pair of pearls.
Meanwhile, Jeff and his guys were getting ready over out our new home. I know very little about what went on there. 🙂
I got ready in my mom’s bedroom, just as both my sisters had done. My girls were in the room with me while I dressed and my three MoH’s helped put on the last touches. My dad came up toward the end of the dressing and I got to take some of my favorite photos with him and my mama. Then we headed out the door and onto the trolly. We were off to ceremony #1.
The photo was taken for “something blue” purposes. As soon as she took the photo, I kicked them off. Don’t think I even took them out of my house.
The florals from Moles Flowers were everything I wanted for my wedding day. Paired with my floral crown and eventually my anklet, they were perfect for my Celtic-Woodland theme.
I used to make little fairies when I was younger. Since I am still fairy obsessed, I thought it would be cool to incorporate the little fairy that I made my dad years ago.
Cynee broke our blinds while trying to snag the fairy photo…but don’t worry. She managed to take the photo while holding the blinds up. Bless her.
His mama on my bouquet.
Needed a photo next to my last minute creation. FUN FACT** this fixture is now hanging in my living room. The flowers are dried but it is still very pretty.
Last time at 205 Grant as a single lady.
That trolly ride was the shortest and least remembered ride of my life.
I was born and raised Catholic and therefore wanted to honor that part of my faith on our wedding day…but I also hoped to have an amazing outdoor ceremony. Because the Catholic church doesn’t allow for a wedding to take place in any other space than a Catholic church, we decided to have two ceremonies. The first at St. Catherine of Siena, my childhood parish and school, and the second at our venue, The Old Mill. It was incredibly important to us to have two amazing men of God marry us. Father Chris, my high school chaplain while at Archbishop Wood, officiated our first ceremony, and Jeff’s pastor Ezra officiated the second.
Our amazing littles in the bridal party. Sheileen, Petunia, Luca, Sophia, and Garrett. (Brady pictured at the the alter)
I wanted to switch things up a bit. Since my brother is the only boy out of 4 kids, and Michelle is the only girl out of 4, I thought it would be cool to have the two of them switch places so that they could stand on their sibling’s side.
He didn’t want to watch the kiss.
We left the church beaming and excited to hit the road to get to the venue…and basically do it all over again. The venue had been monitoring the weather and agreed to have the second ceremony outside as originally planned. When we got to the venue, we hurried through portraits, tossed our stones, and then it was time for ceremony #2. While the first ceremony was very formal, the second wasn’t as much. Celtic music played from the three-person band while we all processed down the aisle. Not all of the guests had come to the first ceremony, so it was wonderful to see everybody’s smiling and happy faces. We were already married, so a lot of the pressure was off. Ezra had a beautiful message to deliver and we couldn’t believe it when the sun came out from behind the clouds just as we were saying our vows. After the ceremony, we had a receiving line and then headed to the cocktail hour.
Both sets of grandparents on my side as well as my own parents took a photo together in a car on their wedding days…I had to make sure I did the same.
Another traditional pic. We take a sibling “fake laugh” photo at every wedding…they get more and more ridiculous.
My veil was worn by both my sisters on our wedding day. Each of us wore the veil a little differently. I loved having this little detail shared between the three of us.
After the first ceremony, I took off my shoes and wore a floral anklet instead.
Barefoot all the way for wedding #2!
The pebble toss is one of the wedding traditions that remain in Celtic weddings. In this wedding tradition, well wishes, prayers and happy hopes for the couple are placed into a stone. After the ceremony, this stone is tossed into a nearby body of water such as a river, stream, lake, or a well. It is important that water is involved; water, being the element that represents emotions and also, spirit. But in the context of a wedding it is also about wishing the happy couple good fortune, prosperity and “flow.”
My dad and I built the wedding sign and I ordered laser cut words from an Etsy shop to sit on the moss.
From Peonies to Paintchips supplied the beautiful three door backdrop for our ceremony.
I had fans ready if anyone were to be hot…though the day proved too nice to need them.
Sophia is an aspiring photographer! I told her she could take my picture on her camera after she processed down the aisle. I also gave her some film to last her the day.
A handfasting ceremony has its roots in ancient Celtic tradition, symbolizing the binding together of two people (and the origin of the phrase “tying the knot!”).
We rented our VW Photobooth Bus from Peonies to Paintchips and loved incorporating it into our cocktail hour activies.
I wanted to have a floral crown station where guests could easily make their own flower crowns to wear during the reception if they wanted to.
We had a guestbook with photos from our engagement session, but we also wanted to have “Advice Cards.” I chose to collect vintage postcards and use them as the card. After completed, the guest could place them in the mossy mailbox that I made.
The seating chart was consisted of 8 small frames within a larger frame and backed by moss. I hand-drew a layout of the venue for guests to find their way around a little easier.
Our guestbook next to a few clever signs. Sangria sign saying from a Blake Shelton lyric, and H20 sign in honor of “The Water Boy.”
The two best photographers a girl could ask for. And two amazing friends of mine…Cynee and Heather.
The Celtic band played folk music and jigs while the guests mingled and drank and ate. Jeff and I missed the majority of the hour because we were having trouble getting bustled and Jeff was having cufflink issues. Luckily, the amazing folks at Conner Catering brought us some of the cocktail hour food in our bridal suite so we could eat while we tried to figure out how to fix our problems. It seems that we just got out of room and cocktail hour was over. They began lining everyone up for their entrances. While I could have written a blog post entirely about the hilarious entrances that my bridal party made, I must skip over them, as this post contains over 100 images. Jeff and I entered into the room to Zac Brown Band’s Beautiful Drug and we after a brief dance with all of our bridal party, we went into our first dance which was Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars. We listened to seven hilarious speeches, said Grace, and then chowed down. Garter and bouquet tosses and the cake smash came next.
Sophisticakes created a chocolate chip pound cake with raspberry filling. Two of the layers was red velvet pound cake!
Jeff’s niece Sophia surprised everyone (including us) when she got up to say something but became overcome with emotion and started crying. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room. Mine certainly weren’t.
I do the worm at every wedding I attend as a guest…my own was no exception.
Oh yes…we smashed.
It was one amazing night. I don’t think we left the dance floor for more than a few minutes. It was an amazing day filled with amazing people and too much love to describe. We ended the night with Journey and anyone who was staying at the hotel grabbed the cheesesteak favors and climbed aboard a cramped shuttle bus to sleep.
Photographer: Cynee Photography
Venue: The Old Mill Conner Catering
Floral Designer: Moles Flowers
Rentals: From Peonies to Paintchips
Videographer: Merryweather Films
Hair/Makeup: Bella Angel Bride
Dress: Eugenia at La Belle Mariee
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Suit: Men’s Warehouse
DJ: Anthony from Beverly Hills Entertainment
Trolly: Philadelphia Trolley Works
PJ’S: Piyama Co
Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar
Bride Wedding Band: Maya Mor
Flower Girl Rompers: Posh Peanut
Laser Cut: Happily Ever Etched
Polaroid Sign: Creative Union Design
Wooden Ring Box: Trees2Aart
Pink Ring Box: Amonie
Programs: Paper Dainty Designs
Embroidery: Madame Hollyhock