I mentioned before that Parker and I felt strongly about spending the whole day together, and not waiting until the ceremony to see each other. This meant we got to have some uninterrupted quality time with our photographer too to get some great shots before the wedding and didn’t have to miss much of the party later.
I especially wanted to get some pictures out in front of these tiger lilies that my grandparent’s planted about 20 years ago. My grandma says they stopped by the side of the road on their way back from visiting the beach in North Carolina one year and dug up some of these flowers to plant in their yard and they had spread like crazy every year. In the summer, the entire embankment is covered and it makes the most beautiful entrance when you pull up to the house.
I had Devon Baltimore come to the house to do my hair and she did a great job of interpreting what I wanted (“a braid somewhere, but down with curls, and room for my flower crown”). She and Ryan Krasney from Blend who did my makeup did such a good job of making me feel pretty and natural and were a blast to work with.
The blue ring I’m wearing here is my mom’s, but it originally belonged to her grandmother. My great grandfather gave it to her as a promise during World War II that he would marry her when he got back. I used it as my something old, borrowed and blue :)
I was fortunate enough to pose next to the wedding dresses of my mom and grandmothers and I felt pretty special – like I was joining the ranks of happily married women in my family. :)
My flower crown is one I made in about 20 minutes after I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted (for a price I was willing to pay) and I figured since I was DIYing everything else, why not?
During dinner, we snuck across the road to frolic in this field and shoot some pictures while the sun was in that perfect golden hour, right before sunset. We let loose and just goofed off mostly – you can tell these are taken after the ceremony and we were just so happy and having fun.
Funny story: because Parker is so tall, the vest that came with his J. Crew suit was way too short – as in, came up well past his belly button. So we had to improvise and we found one that fit, in a contrasting color, at the mall one day. I actually really liked the darker vest better than the matching one that was supposed to go with it.When we were done taking pictures, like any girl, I couldn’t get enough of twirling in my dress. So Nessa took me to another field to twirl in while Parker went back to our guests.
Can you tell I had a good time twirling in that field? It was so exhilarating! I didn’t care about getting my dress dirty or messing up my hair – I just went with it and had a blast while our guests watched from dinner and probably thought I was a little crazy. :)
All photos by Nessa K.
My bouquet of coral peonies by En Masse Flowers.