Keep & Change: Wedding Day Edition

With this being our one year anniversary, I thought it'd be fun to get some of my favorite blogger friends to share a few things about their weddings! These wives are all precious, so be sure to follow the link to their blogs, too. If you're not already following them, you'll want to! Hopefully it's a fun read for all, but really helpful for brides-to-be! We're each sharing one thing we'd absolutely keep about our wedding day and one thing we'd change. Take it from us! :)

What is one thing you'd absolutely do the same about your wedding day?


" Marry the same guy (: " -- Sarah Tucker

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Mulberry Photography

"Other than marry the same guy? I'd absolutely get married in the same location again, which is right on Lake Tahoe at Edgewood Golf Course. It was so gorgeous!" -- Natasha, Schue Love.

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"Marry my husband! ;) Besides that, I would definitely hire the same day of (month of) coordinator.  She really held everything together from top to bottom and I can't say enough wonderful things about her.  I have since referred her to friends who have also been thrilled and relieved to have had her as part of their special days." -- Hannah, Hannah Matthews Design.

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"I would absolutely keep the simple ceremony decor the same -- fresh rose petals completely covering the aisle and a huge wooden cross at the alter that my Husband built with the help of my brothers! We were married in a vineyard and I loved having that huge cross as the focus of the beautiful setting-- both physically and symbolically." -- Amanda, Marshalls Abroad

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Ryan Ray Photo

"Get married in our beloved home church. I'm from Texas and my husband is from New York, and we live in Raleigh, North Carolina, so we considered venues literally across the country for our wedding. Ultimately, we chose to welcome our family and friends to our new home of Raleigh and held our ceremony at the beautiful church we belong to. Walking through those same doors every Sunday or attending Mass with the priest who officiated our wedding (fun fact: he also baptized our son a year and a half later!) is always a precious reminder of our special day." -- Lisa, Something Pretty.

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"I would have the beautiful music and live stream that we did that day all over again. So thankful for the precious truth filled words that poured over us and our guests during our ceremony and so glad our friends and family around the world got to join in." - Brittany Price Brooker

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"I wouldn't change a second of our ceremony. From the song choices to our vows every second was purposeful and worshipful. I loved uniting our lives together under the leadership of Christ!" -- Nicole Cole

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Danielle Poff Photography 

As for me, I'd absolutely keep the venue, my wedding planner, our florist, and my wedding photographer. They were the dream team! Working with a group of vendors that are amazing and work together often ensures you have a stress-free and beautiful day. And of course, I'd still marry the heck out of my husband all over again, but that's a given! -- Michaela

What is one thing you'd change about your wedding day? 


"Number one thing I wish I had done differently was get a more standard portrait of me and my husband. We have a ton go great "natural" non-posed shots but not one of just us looking at the camera. And of course that's the one photo my whole family wanted!" -- Natasha, Schue Love.

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 "I wish I had more photos with my papaw.  He passed away two years ago and it's something I wish I had.  My photographer was so great about asking who I needed special photos with, but I didn't take her list very seriously and (in true Me fashion) just went with the flow.  I wish I had really thought about her list! " -- Sarah, Sarah Tucker.

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"I wish we had gotten more photos of just my husband and me.  I loved our photographer but I wish I had written out a list of shots I wanted to get.  In the moment, everything ended up being a bit rushed and I didn't have my bouquet for many of the photos of the two of us.  There was also a misunderstanding with the florist and although the flowers were gorgeous, the pink petals down the aisle were way brighter than I had intended them to be, as were the pink garden roses in my bouquet.  I was really hoping for a more pale blush color." -- Hannah, Hannah Matthews Design.

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"I wish I would have thought to organize an after party for all of our guests after Cam and I left. I guess we were so loud that the vineyard shut down the reception an hour early after neighbors complained! Most people wanted to keep celebrating and we wish we'd thought to have had a place for them to do so!" Amanda, Marshalls Abroad

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"I was an editor at a wedding magazine during the time I was engaged, and give this advice to people all the time, but go figure, I didn't follow it myself! I wish I had hired a wedding planner. We worked with our venue coordinator, which was fine, but looking back, I know it would have taken so much stress off me to have someone in my corner, advocating for my vision and helping to protect my experience as a bride." -- Lisa, Something Pretty.

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"Our day was crazy but we also have 5 kids who wanted us the whole day which is why it made it crazy, so we wouldn't change loving on our kids and taking care of them, but it was nuts. I would change the early morning flight we had the next day because we only slept maybe one hour before having to get up." -- Brittany Price Brooker

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 "I wish I would have done more to honor my parents on this day. Now that I'm a mama, I see what a big deal it is for a child to "leave" their parents to start a new family and if I could do it again I would spend more time loving on my parents!" -- Nicole Cole

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I think looking back, we would have wanted our reception to be longer. We had to be done with dancing and music by 10pm and off the property by 11, so when we had to leave around 10pm in the limo after our "exit", we weren't ready to leave! We were having so much fun dancing and seeing friends and family from all over the united states, that we wish we had the chance to visit longer! After leaving, we had to drive an hour to our hotel (the Fairmont) that we strategically got close to the airport in downtown San Jose. We scheduled our flight out to Maui for 8:30am the next morning, so we were reallyyyy tired and wished we could have had a bit more time to enjoy a leisurely morning. Other than that and the 96 degree weather on our wedding day, I wouldn't change a thing! -- Michaela


Okay, now the fun part! What about YOU?! What's one thing you'd KEEP & CHANGE about your wedding day? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo
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Our 1st Anniversary: Favorite Wedding Day Moments

Today is our ONE YEAR wedding anniversary! I truly can't believe it. My mom and dad sent us an anniversary card and she wrote how it really feels like yesterday that we were all at Holman Ranch celebrating our marriage in crazy hot temperatures. I have to agree! This year has flown by. We've both grown a lot (marriage sure is sanctifying!) but not without some growing pains. Marriage takes hard work and resolve. It's messy! But our God works through messes and brings about beauty.  I can honestly say I love my husband more now then when we said "I do" a year ago today. We are so thankful for this life together. 
I thought it'd be fun to commemorate this day by walking back through some of our favorite wedding day moments. Marriage is SO MUCH MORE than the wedding, but your wedding marks your first day as a married couple and it's so much cause for celebration! I'll always look back on these pictures and recall moments. So I thought I'd share a few with you. Most are not pictures I posted in our wedding day recap series.!This post is more focused on memories I loved throughout our day...complete with a few stories and things I've never wrote about...
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Let's start the night before at our rehearsal dinner. It was delicious and so fun to have everyone together! The rehearsal was smooth sailing, then we headed to dinner. After we ate and everyone was starting to leave, I started getting a little nervous for some reason. Everyone kept asking me "are you ready?!" and I felt my stomach swirling! I headed back to our hotel to relax, shower, get a few details ready for the morning, and read my bible. Then as I tucked into bed, McCann knocked on the hotel room door. He came over to pray with me before I went to sleep. This was one of the sweetest, most treasured moments of our wedding weekend! Side note: he walked into our room, right past my dress which was hanging in the middle of the room, and didn't even notice it, thankfully ;) HA!!

This was a really special time for my parents and I because they were in the hotel room with me. I always loved sleeping in my mom's bed when my dad was gone for business, so my mom and I had our last "sleepover" while I was a Miss. My sweet dad slept on the couch! I went to sleep and woke up around 3am, remembering that I forgot my beautiful gold hanger to hang my dress on! I couldn't believe I forgot it. I tried to go back to sleep, but I was so excited for the day to come, so I fell in and out of sleep for the next few hours. I got up around 7am and noticed I had a pimple on my cheek-- awesome ;) This was a true My Big Fat Greek Wedding moment. I took a hot bath and the pimple resolved itself. We went out on our beautiful balcony and realized the the smoke from the Soberanes (Big Sur & greater Carmel Valley) fire was coming over the hills and settling into the valley...right where our wedding was! I was a little nervous about it, but then realized I couldn't change the weather! My mom and I were eating some breakfast on the balcony and also realized the temperature was increasing rapidly. We had prayed for a warm, sunny day, and boy did God deliver :) I didn't want to faint during the ceremony, so at this point I was praying for a cool breeze to appear.

Next my sweet friend Chelsea arrived first to our room-- she is my hairstylist and bff in Michigan, so even though she was a bridesmaid, she offered to help with the other maids' hair. She did an AMAZING job!! The girls kept coming in (I had them stagger their arrival time, to not feel too overwhelmed with people) and it was really fun to see them, give them big hugs and relax together while getting ready. My maid of honor, Ashley, made a fun wedding day playlist, so we listened to music the whole morning. I had a nervous stomach when I first woke up, but throughout the morning it went away and I started to relax! My gift to my bridesmaids were these gorgeous Love Ophelia robes that they all wore when getting ready. 

Once everyone was ready, I slipped into my dress with the help of my mama (who looked stunning) and Ashley. This was the first moment I truly felt like a bride for the day! I was just. so. happy! Loved this time with my mom getting into the dress we both picked out together and fell so in love with...
 I've always been a mama's girl, so I'll never forget this moment. She is the most influential person in my life in many ways, so getting here, to our wedding day, was so special. I don't take this moment for granted as I know many brides don't have their precious mom's by their side.

Ashley helped me buckle my shoes (because I literally couldn't bend down in this tight fitting dress...ha!) and I remember feeling so pampered, just like a princess.

I headed inside to see my other bridesmaids and this picture just has my heart. This is my good friend, Kate. She radiates joy and and the love of Christ. She has been a mentor to me ever since I was in high school and now we don't get to see each other often, so this was so sweet. She has prayed for me all through my dating years and I couldn't be more thankful.

One of my other favorite moments was showing my dad my gown! I didn't show him until this very moment and it was so fun!! He just loved it.

I also loved taking photos with my girls. It was roasting hot, but we had so much fun!
The First Look & Ceremony:
In all my days, I will never ever forget our first look. One of my favorite moments of my life! The tears in his eyes were so sweet. It also calmed all my nerves to see him before the ceremony!


These friends are who helped make me "me", so I am so grateful for their support and prayers through everything. Praying before the ceremony was a really sweet time of encouragement and calming of nerves.

I love this image of McCann giving his mom a hug after he walked her down the aisle. McCann was her last child to be married, so I'm sure it was an emotional day.

Walking down the aisle with my dad was also very memorable. We met my mom at the end of the aisle, who then also walked me up to meet my groom.

I LOVE this picture. It seems so elegant and timeless to me! Stepping up on the "alter" was surreal. This moment was finally here.

Our pastor had us turn to our guests and take a moment to remember this time with everyone we loved most right there with us. This moment definitely sticks out in my mind of one of the most memorable! I'm so glad we did this.

Our ceremony was really special to both of us. We put a lot of thought into it, from our vows that we each wrote, to our first act as husband and wife being a foot washing, to our mom's bringing us our rings; we wanted to honor each other, our family and the Lord with each part of our ceremony.

Our foot washing was really significant because it is a symbol of serving one another, just as Jesus served his disciples. Putting my husband before myself is always something I strive for (and often times fail), but the foot washing is physical act we can come back to and remember.

I just love this picture below...we got done with our foot washing before the song was over, and McCann was whispering something sweet into my ear. I can't quite remember what, but I do remember loving this time together reflecting.

THIS was so fun! We were done with the ceremony and our friends rushed to us to congratulate us!!

Oh my...this image gets me every time. My dad took both my mom and McCann's mom by the arm for the recessional. McCann's dad had passed away a few months before our wedding, so it was a very hard time for everyone with him not there. My dad stepped in and thought of my mother-in-law and how he could make things easier for her. All of their smiles make me so happy!

Reception:
This picture always makes me laugh, because it was the funniest thing I've seen as an entrance. I didn't know they were doing it, so it totally got me ;) 

This is another moment I'll never forget. We walked in to Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling" and everyone was cheering for us. Just so much joy!!

All the speeches were unforgettable as well. My dad hid a picture of us that we took in a photo booth, back when I was in 3rd grade, on my wine glass. Cue the tears!! My maid of honor and our best man's were also incredibly heartfelt, funny and touching speeches.





Our first dance was also a favorite moment! We danced to Never Stop by Safety Suit.

 I love this picture of my dad and I watching McCann and his mom's dance. We were just chatting and having so much fun!

One of my favorite dancing pictures ever...this is my brother and his wife. So classic ;) He's gonna hate me for posting this!


I loved taking pictures at sunset. There were SO many bugs up by this tree and our photographer kept saying "I promise I can't see them!" It was hilarious, trying to dodge the bugs and look decent in the pictures. But so worth it ;)
Danielle Poff Photography 

You can see our wedding recap posts here for a more in depth look at the day. 

If you made it to the end of this post, bless you. I hope you enjoyed a little inside peek into our special day! What were some of your favorite moments in your day?
xoxo

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Friday Finds: Early Fall Sale Finds

It's Friday! Today I'm sharing 3 items from each of my favorite stores that are on sale. Let's dive in!


Anthropologie: 20% off fall event! Discount reflected at checkout.

This is my favorite dress I've seen in a while!

This chambray button up WITH A RUFFLE?! So cute. This brand's clothing is so soft, and while this is a splurge, it's a staple item you'll have for years.

This swing tank can be worn now if you're still in warm temps and layered in the fall! And stripes...always a fave.

They're also having an extra 25% off sale items! Discount reflected at checkout. This peach dress is my favorite pick from the sale. It's under $40 with the discount!!


Loft: up to 50% off Fall Favorites

This floral off the shoulder blouse is just.so.cute. It's just my style!!



This knit swing dress caught my eye for the cute shoulder detail:

Jewelry is the finishing touch to any outfit and I've been trying to wear more of it lately. I love classic pieces like this teardrop necklace that's under $20!

J.Crew Factory: 40-60% off everything!

I think I'm ordering this bell sleeve top, but I can't decide between blue or black. Be sure to order a size OR TWO down at J.Crew (especially the Factory!)


This sweatshirt looks so cozy and I love that it doesn't have a hood-- I'm not a fan of hoodies because they feel so heavy on my neck.

I love skirts in fall! You can do them with boots, flats, tights, bare legs...lots of options. Loved this jacquard one!


Lastly, I'm sharing some things I've learned in our first year of marriage on Style Me Pretty today, along with our first year anniversary pictures! Come back next week, as it's our wedding anniversary series. Lots of my sweet readers' questions will be answered, you'll be hearing from some of my favorite bloggers and I'm sharing a few thoughts on our wedding that I've never shared before.


Have a wonderful weekend!
xoxo


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