The robes were such a fun idea. I’ve never been more comfortable waiting to get my hair and make up done.
We basically turned my parents’ back room into a makeshift salon for the day. There was a hair station on one side of the room and make-up on the other. It was extra relaxing having hair and makeup come to us and not having to worry about leaving the house. It was great since we had all this wonderful room to work with. Plus, we had full access to the kitchen, control over the music, and the dogs were there to keep us company.
The beautiful Hi-Leen had traveled to Titusville for our hair. She did my hair for my sister’s wedding, and I loved her so much that I hired her for my wedding too. She’s based in Orlando, but willing to travel for special occasions if you’re in the market for a hair person – I really can’t recommend her enough!
One-by-one each girl took turns having her hair done with Hi-Leen. The majority of them had pinned a hair photo they loved and showed it to Hi-Leen for reference. She would study the photo then recreate the hairstyle based on the girl’s hair length and texture. All of the girls looked gorgeous.
Allison did our make-up. She’s based in Titusville and is the biggest sweetheart. We first met when Allison was hired to do the make-up for my sister-in-law’s wedding, then my sister hired her as well. This was her third wedding with us, which was nice since she already knew the basics of what type of skin we had, what works best with our coloring, and how bold we’re willing to go.
Throughout the day there was one BIG rule: no one was allowed the mention the weather. It was GORGEOUS outside and WARM! The day before it had been rainy and cold and the forecast was predicting the same cold and rainy weather would move in around 3:00. I was afraid if we discussed the amazing weather enough that we would jinx it and it would go away as the weatherman predicted. But if we didn’t talk about it, maybe it would stick around. Hey, you never know!
Just before noon my brother-in-law arrived with treats in hand!
My sister had sent him to Starbucks to pick up some bridal party drinks. Love it!
Generally the bride gets her make-up and hair done last, but do you know how nerve wracking it is waiting around all day? All the energy I had worked off on the run was coming back and I was talking a mile a minute and taking Maddie for multiple walks trying to calm myself down. The nerves were starting to kick in too. I wasn’t nervous about marrying Derek, but I was nervous about keeping to the timeline and how the set-up at the barn was going. I had spent months planning every detail over the wedding, and now it was completely out of my control. It was such a weird feeling.
I wasn’t allowed to talk to Derek, but I did get updates. He had spent the morning playing golf with friends and family and was supposed to start getting ready at my brother’s house around 12:30. We wanted to make sure the boys were on time so we told them to meet us at the venue 15 minutes earlier than they needed to just in case they were running late.
I felt like the morning dragged on a little with anticipation, but as soon as it was my turn to start really getting ready, time started speeding by.
I was getting hungry at this point so my amazing bridesmaids made me a plate of carrot sticks, tortilla chips, and hummus to munch on while I was getting my make-up done.
Then it was time for hair.
And that’s when the photographer and videographer arrived.
It’s funny how peaceful these photos look because we were definitely getting down to the wire with time and it felt like everything was moving so fast at this point.
My mom was already starting to get teary, which meant I was starting to get teary, too.
With our hair and make-up done, it was time to get dressed!
I had originally planned to wear the cardigan for the reception, but it ended up being too warm. I’m sad I forgot to throw it one for a photo or two, though.
Unfortunately my photographer missed the girdle cutting. That would have been epic to capture. I wonder if my videographer got that on film?
My mom helped pin the piece of the veil that she wore with a white dress thirty years ago.
And the big reveal.
There are no words to describe the great rush of emotion that comes over you the first time you see yourself as a bride. All the dreaming, the planning, the wondering, and this is it. You’re a bride. You get to marry the man of your dreams and live happily ever after. It’s not the end of fairy tale, it’s simply another chapter, a new beginning.
My mom helped clasp the bracelet that my dad had given her years ago and was my “something borrowed.”
The snowflake necklace was a high school gift from my parents.
Kelly helped with the FSU garters.
And my feet were placed in their shimmery gold heels.
The transformation was officially complete.
Team bride was ready to roll!
We were all set to leave the house when I remembered my vows were in a notebook on the table. I grabbed the book and quickly ripped the page out. I folded my handwritten vows and gave them to my sister for safe keeping. Kelly was in charge of the vows and Ashley was in charge of the wedding license – apparently I couldn’t be trusted with either.
The shuttle company we hired was amazing. They arrived early to pick us up from the house and the bus driver was as sweet as could be.
The shuttle itself was amazing as well. Who needs a limo when you have a 25 passenger bus you can move around in?!?
The driver dropped us off at the venue, then headed to the hotel to start shuttling wedding guests to the site. My photographer and I were actually let out on a dirt road right before the barn for a special surprise.
The moment I had been looking forward to all day was almost here… the first look was just minutes away!