Our Wedding

Lovely Tonight: Recess Time!

Woo hoo! We were married! Time to make our way back down the aisle. As we did so, the song “Love” by Matt White started playing as our recessional.


It was all a blur – I was so excited…and happy…and giddy…and everything else that you’d imagine a bride to be immediately after being pronounced “husband and wife.”

Our bridal party followed afterward, and Ringbearer I was sweet enough to help his sister back down the aisle…how adorable is that???

When Justin and I reached the end of the aisle, one of our guests required a fist bump.

He also had to solicit my mom and dad for one when they walked down the aisle!

Once we were in the lobby, hugs were exchanged all around.

Then, it was time to deal with my bustle before heading out to the cocktail hour! All of my lovely ladies followed me into the powder room for this fiasco. We quickly determined that the easiest way to get my bustle hooked would be for me to stand on a chair.

There were a lot of tiny hooks to fasten…

There was also a lot of strategizing going on in the powder room…it might have required a few attempts to get the bustle finished!

One of my favorite aspects of my dress was how it looked when the bustle was fastened. All of the cascading lace details looked gorgeous (I’m biased though, I know).

We did it! Now…it was time to take one last look at myself in the mirror…

…and finally, it was time to join the party!!!

*all photos courtesy of Pilster Photography*


The girls got ready, then the guys got ready.

I became a bride, but our first look wasn’t what I’d hoped.

We took some photos alone and then with our bridal party.

Everyone hopped on the trolley and we took some family portraits before my cake arrived.

I gathered myself before the ceremony, our bridal party made their way down the aisle, and I followed afterward.

Our ceremony began with some readings and ended with a handfasting ceremony.


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  • I love the picture of y’all walking back down the aisle and everyone smiling at y’all and taking pictures! In between our ceremony and reception, I was so hot and sweaty from taking pictures outside, I actually took my dress off! We were in the men’s locker room and everyone left except for me, my groom, and two of my bridesmaids (to help). It was nice to have so few people around and to just relax for 5 minutes in the A/C, sans dress.

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