Ben and Ashley’s wedding morning started early with 7:00am appointments at the salon for the bride and her bridal party. A 1:00pm ceremony meant we had to be ready for the first round of ‘getting dressed’ photos by 10:30am.
7 girls + 3 hairstylists + 1 make-up artist = just over 3 hours of beauty making magic.
Ashley’s mother arranged for a beautiful breakfast display of Sunrise Bakery goodies, fruit, and mimosas for everyone to nibble and sip on as we had our hair pulled and faces made up.
The perfect excuse to use our new glasses.
The bride had the honor of popping the bubbly
Every morning should begin with mimosas.
I nabbed my favorite orange date scone and a generous helping of fruit.
Ashley had provided the salon with a photo of a braided hairstyle she had pinned and loved for all of the bridesmaids. Since the stylists already knew what to do with everyone’s hair, the process went relatively quickly.
Chelsea and Amanda went first and looked absolutely adorable in the chic up-do.
There was a tiny hiccup when the stylist got to mine and Kelly’s thick hair, but she made it work.
They saved the best for last.
I loved Ashley’s loose front swoop and low bun of curls. It was perfect.
She really didn’t need the make-up – she was already glowing!
Bridesmaids ready to go!
We left the salon and headed to Ashley’s house to change and take a few getting ready photos with the photographer. Seeing Ashley slip the dress on with her hair and make-up done and the veil in place was definitely had me wiping a few tears away. We did a mini-toast to the bride and made sure Ashley ate a granola bar before she left the house.
Ashley and Ben opted for an intimate first look with only the two of them and the photographer in attendance. While the two of them did their first look at a nearby park, the bridesmaids and groomsmen got to work decorating the getaway cars.
Yes – carS. Ashley and Ben really wanted to leave the ceremony in Ben’s VW Beetle, which he restored in high school and took her out in their first date in, but there’s no way the bug would have made the 25 minute trip to the reception site. Plus, the bug doesn’t have AC – a BIG no, no for wedding day hair!
So instead of making the entire trip in the bug, Ben and Ashley decided to just circle the block, then return to the parking lot to take Ashley’s car to the reception site.
Fine by us, double the cars = double the fun.
The bug had to be ‘picture appropriate’ but Ashley’s car was a no holds bar.
Blow-up condoms? Why not.
All ready for the newlyweds!
I’ll be back with the ceremony and reception!