"You're so calm you're making me nervous," my friend Kristi said as she curled my hair.
We were in the bridal suite casually chatting with my Mom, sister and two of my best friends whilst sipping champagne. The windows were open and the sun was shining in so brightly, it even seemed happy! Nat was sending up clementines for me to snack on and April was sending down wedding rings ect., to the room below. What was there to be nervous about?
I can't describe how brilliant the sun was as we met outside with our amazing photographer Jason for our "first look." The Antrim 1844 was full of fabulous photo ops and the only dilemma was which ones to use. We could see our friends starting to enter the main house and I guessed some others might be watching us from the rooms within. Let's just say Nat doesn't love having his photo taken but we had lots to talk about considering it was "go time" in less than an hour and Jason was so fun and casual, he made it easy!
Though I always cry or my mouth shakes violently as I try to smile walking down the aisle at the many weddings I've been in, I managed to keep it together at my own. Honestly, I was so ecstatic I probably would have skipped down that aisle had I had the sense to plan it out with my Dad! My best friends husband played the music, one of Nat's best friends married us and only 50 of our most closest friends and family that we both know attended. There was no one there that one of us didn't know and it was exactly like I imagined it never could be!
We laughed during the ceremony and fumbled over words. Danny broke into the Rhythm of Love by "The Plain White T's" as we walked back down the aisle and were immediately presented with champagne. There was no need for anyone to relocate yet as champagne and hors d'oeuvres immediately appeared in the room for everyone else. In what seemed like no time we were escorted to the main dining room for a six course dinner. We have eccentric tastes in food and at first we worried people wouldn't like it, but in the end decided to do it anyway because it was our wedding and we wanted to share what we love with everyone! We heard only compliments and no one appeared to leave hungry so it seems to have been a hit.
Nat and I agreed early in our planning that we wanted to have a sweetheart table and I'm so glad we did. We talked to each other, but found ourselves just watching everyone else in awe. What is it about watching the people you love all in one room getting to know each other? My cheeks hurt from smiling only halfway through the night!
After dinner we had another treat in mind. Not only is Nat a wine connoisseur, but so are many of our friends. We ventured downstairs to the wine cellar for wine samplings and cheese platters. It was dark, slightly chilly and super romantic. (The many, many layers of my dress kept me very warm though!)
Just like everyone said, the dream was quickly over. I still can't believe we did it! So many told us to just sit back and take it all in and we definitely did.
I'm waiting for official professional shots to post, but here is the tiniest of previews!