Just outside the bridal suite

the groom has arrived

{ the groom has arrived }

I know it’s a little bit old-fashioned, but Matthew and I decided not to see each other before the ceremony on our wedding day. The girls and I arrived at the ceremony site early that day to start hair and makeup, then the guys rolled in a bit later. After they arrived, I stayed back in the “bridal suite” until I walked down the aisle.

Matthew and his groomsmen

{ getting ready with his groomsmen }

Matthew's groomsmen

Matthew and his groomsmen


Meanwhile, the guys suited up, our florist set the stage, and our planner, well, handled everything for us. Matthew helped his groomsmen, who had apparently never seen cuff links before. Our close friends and family helped out in any way they could – mixing the lemonade, ironing dress shirts, placing a paper fan on each chair, or just grabbing a chocolate croissant for a hungry bride.

Matthew's childhood babysitter, Kristine, lends a hand

{ Matthew’s childhood babysitter, Kristine, lends a hand }

Kristine and Matthew's brother, Nick

going over final details with the officiant, his Uncle Dan

{ going over final details with the officiant, his Uncle Dan }

the groom's all ready



Matthew and his mom

{ I don’t know what this expression was about, but it tickles me. }

Matthew's brother and groomsman, Alex

parents of the groom

{ parents of the groom }

father of the bride

{ my dad }

my mom and older brother, Joel

{ my mom and big brother }

invitation set

{ “Banner and Branches” wedding set by Alethea and Ruth, from Minted }


{ take a program }

mother of the bride

looks like we're almost set up outside

{ looks like we’re almost set up outside }

our chuppah

floral detail

3D paper heart garland

{ custom commissioned garland from The Pulparazzi on Etsy }

3D paper heart garland

pinwheels for the kids

{ for the young and young at heart }

our officiant, Matthew's Uncle Dan

here comes the groom

{ here comes the groom }

pinning on the groom's boutonnière

the groom and his groomsmen


Last night, I asked Matthew how he remembers that time getting ready before the ceremony…

the groom and his groomsmen

“It all went by so fast. And then, oh,” he gave me a soft smile, “it was time to go.”


About Alison

Artsy-nerdy, fashion and lifestyle blogger. Loving wife, baby sister. Uprooted Texan living in SoCal. Writer, shopper, photographer, reader, listener, drawer - loving the aesthetics and the depth in life.
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