It has taken me far too long to get this post out, I know it. I don't know what my problem has been!
Oh wait - yes I do. I am newly married to a man who was kept away from me for 14 months while in the throws of immigration and is now by my side in our cozy little apartment. He truly is a terrible, terrible distraction.
Because I have so many photos and there is so much I want to share, I am just going to get right into it. Please feel free to stop reading if at any point you:
1) Suddenly start thinking about the chores you need to do
2) Have a sudden and unidentified interest in inferential statistics
3) Feel the need to pull your own hair out
4) Want to cry
So, without further ado, I give you my wedding:
The night before the wedding my sister, Mom and I stayed at The Hotel Monaco in downtown Portland. Since our wedding was downtown as well, I wanted to be close to the action and plus I thought it would be fun to have a girls night in a cool hotel. It ended up working out perfectly and while my Mom and sister didn't get a very good night sleep, I slept like a lamb. In this pic my sister and I were both done with our hair and makeup and just going about the process of getting ready.
We had our hair and makeup done in a studio just outside of Portland, but it was all about the details back at the hotel. At this point, I knew I was not far from getting in my dress which meant not far from leaving the hotel which meant OH MY GOD THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING. I was nervous, not gonna lie.
Luckily I had all of my ladies there with me. Their presence was so important to me and I will forever appreciate what they did for me that day. I love these girls immensely.
Before I knew it, it was time to get in my dress. I held my breath. My Mom tied me in. The bridesmaids looked on. It is a timeless scenario for the ages.
In this picture my Mom, under the guise of straitening out my slip, decided to pinch my bum. The pinching of the bum has been an activity my Mom has engaged in for years and I don't know why I was surprised she did it here. See my sister, with her hands on her hips, and that look on her face? She knows all too well the history of the Motherly bum pinch.
My only recourse is that I too, will do this to my children. Poor little buggers...
In what seemed like no time, we were ready to roll. Here I am leaving the hotel to get into the limo which drove us around town for about an hour taking pictures before delivering us to the venue.
Our first stop was this really beautiful city park in the middle of downtown. My dutiful sister/Maid Honor, Caitlin, was constantly on train patrol, without me even mentioning it. Thanks Caitie!!!
Can I just give a shout out to my florist? I am still in love with this bouquet. I wanted black calla lilies and she delivered. Also, please note the fire hydrant in the background. Dan and I agreed from day one that since we chose an urban, city wedding we wanted our photos to reflect that. Some people still don't quite get it, but we wanted the character of the city to come through in our photos and our photographer was totally on board with this vision.
Here I am with my Mom. I think she looked beautiful and I love this picture.
After the park, we decided to go really urban. Our photographer had already scoped out the area and found a variety of old brick walls. This could not have been more in line with what we wanted and were thrilled that there were so many close to the venue.
Here are all the bridesmaids. I am so happy with their dresses and I think they look beautiful. Each girl chose their own shoes and hairstyle. I just love the contrast of the black, white and pink against the worn, mossy brick.
Here is my friend Amy. Amy likes to dance. And make people laugh. When she combines those two ambitions, some seriously entertaining moves arise.
Next up - family photos along the waterfront. Dan and I chose not to see each other before we were married, so we tried to get as many of the other photos done beforehand. I love this photo because it is so my family and so Portland. From left to right - my brother Conor, step-Mom Maggie, Dad, Me, Mom, sister Caitlin.
Siblings! Two of the most precious people in my world.
After what felt like 80 million photos, it was time to head back to the venue, which was right across the street. We were about 2 hours away at this point and my nerves were elevated.
Once at the venue, I was to wait and wait and wait until it was time for the big moment. Members of close family would occasionally come by to say hello, which I loved. Here I am having a moment with our two little flower girls. They are Dan's nieces and I adore them.
I had been waiting months to see them in these dresses and was SO excited to see them that day. Not only are these kid-a-li-winks adorable, they are hilarious, sweet and speak with English accents.
Ahhhh - the matriarchs. That is my Grandma Fran on the left in the blue and my Great Aunt Marg in the pink. They are sisters and I love seeing them together. These two ladies have been through a tremendous amount in life and live to tell the tales. They also prove that sibling mischief never really goes away, which frankly, I find quite promising.
Meanwhile, Dan, the groom...remember him? He spent the night before the wedding at The Nines Hotel. Here he is straightening his tie. His suit, which he purchased from Paul Smith in London, fit him perfectly. He didn't want to go with the traditional tux and instead chose a dark gray pinstripe. It was classic, refined and totally him.
Love. Love. Love.
Here is Dan with some of his best mates. He has known these guys since they were all very young and I was so touched they flew all the way from England to be there.
In England they do not have groomsmen, but rather just a Best Man. However, since these are Dan's closest friends, they were included in many of the pictures as the sentiment is still the same. Here they are, doing super cool strolls through Portland. I love these pictures. There is something raw and classic about them.
And here Dan is with the Best Man, Matt.
Here is Dan with his Mum and Step-Dad, Jim. They are so much fun, this group alone.
There are the lovely flower girls again, along with their older brother who was our ring bearer. These were some of the most well-behaved children I have ever seen at a wedding. Oh man, I want to give them all a squeeze right now!! Oh how I miss them!
Here is Dan's family. How great is this picture??? I asked Dan if the photographer posed it and he said no, everyone just found a place to stand. I could do an entire post on why I love this picture and all of the people in it.
Here is Dan explaining the flower girl duties before the ceremony. They took it so seriously, which was beyond touching.
Finally, it was time for the ceremony! We got married at the World Trade Center in downtown Portland. Aside from offices and conference rooms, they have this massive outdoor plaza, which is where we had the ceremony.
They were the talk of the party, these two. We didn't know if they would get too shy or freeze up, and we were fine if they did, but they were wonderful and did everything perfectly.
Here is my Dad walking me down the aisle. This is around the time when it hit me that everyone who I love most in the world was right there, in front of me.
And this is seconds later as I tried not to totally lose it...
My Dad giving me away. Soooo emotional!
Finally, the time had come. (Please note my sister already crying.)
Finally, after all of the waiting and all of the planning - we were married. It was one of my happiest moments in life. All of my nerves were gone and I just felt such joy.
After the ceremony, it was time for more pics. Being that we live in Oregon, which is known for it's rain, God Bless it, we had purchased a ton of big, black umbrellas - just in case. The skies had been on their best behavior all day, but there was that familiar feel in the air that rain was near, so we brought them anyway.
And even though the rain actually did stay away, we had fun with the umbrellas anyhow. I know these are not your standard wedding photos, but we adore them.
This is the reception location. It was in the same building. As it got darker and darker outside, this room came alive with sparkly lights. The space itself is very structured and industrial which is why we tried to soften it up with toile linens and pops of pink.
There was the obligatory first dance (in which we danced to God Only Knows by The Beach Boys)...
And very important conversations with a certain 4-year-old who asked me to dance the second Lady Gaga came on.
Speaking of dancing...
...there was a lot of that too :)
All in all, it was an amazing night that we will both remember forever. There is so much more I could show you, but let's be honest...I think we are done for the day :)
In many ways, I cannot believe it is over and in others I am so relieved it is over.
I want to do another post in which I show you all the little details photos so you can see what I was so feverishly planning for all those months, but that will come later.
For now, I just want to thank you for looking at my pictures and for standing by my blog which is still finding it's feet again after a self-imposed, somewhat accidental, hiatus.
Have a great week!