… because when there’s nearly a 1,000 photos to go through, it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few! But as difficult as it might be, I promise not to go too overboard (keyword: too) in my wedding recap(s). It’s just, well you know how it goes, you spend so long planning for this one day and it comes and goes in an instant. A very fun, sunny, memorable instant.
First off, I would be remiss not to give credit to Lumaluna Photography for the excellent job they did capturing our big day. Not only are the photos fantastic, but they were truly a joy to work with (hint, hint for all those Kansas City brides out there). I’ve probably gone through all the photos more times than I care to share – making me only slightly vain. 😉
Today though, I’ll start with sharing moments of all us gals getting ready, the much-anticipated first look (at least for me and Jeff. you all probably didn’t care as much.) and our bridal party photos before the ceremony. ^^Not that I should be parading my less-than
average height dainty feet around the internet, but for that day they doubled as my “something blue.” Just a little fun tip for all you future brides out there.^^ ^^Another little side note, the lace used to wrap my bouquet was taken from my mother’s wedding dress. Such a great way to wear something so sentimental to my parent’s marriage on my own day.^^ Jeff and I – like many couples – decided to write each other notes to share before we saw each other – a decision I reminded Jeff of several times. Sure enough, the night before the wedding – approximately 1 a.m. – I realized I was the one who didn’t have a card for Jeff! But have no fear, my mom’s stash of thank you notes came to the rescue. I might’ve crossed a few words out and improvised a little, but he still ended up with a heartfelt note and that’s all that counts, right? His note to me was purchased ahead of time, and oh so sweet. Jeff for the win. ^^However, before I go any further I must acknowledge those parents of ours. How did we get so lucky! This whole day wouldn’t have been possible without their love and support. We love them more than words can truly express.^^
Besides, they were our rides to meet each other, so we needed to show them some extra love. 🙂 Let me tell you, I think I was more nervous to see Jeff for the first time in my dress, than to walk down the aisle. It was probably an irrational fear, but you never know, he could have changed his mind upon seeing me. Luckily, he didn’t. Whew. In fact, I think he still likes me. 🙂 ^^And all those men and women who stood beside us, we’re awfully thankful they were there too. As goofy as some of them may be (I’m mainly looking at the boys), it was great sharing our day with many of those we love most.^^ ^^Especially this little lady, who may or may not have forced the boys to give up their jackets to keep all the ladies warm. Kelly Rebori, she’s a take charge kind of gal, and I like it.^^ ^^Except maybe when she gets sassy with me. In fact, this picture so perfectly captures us as sisters. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve given her that look over the years.^^ ^^But then she does this, and my heart turns to mush.^^ ^^And when I see the two brother-in-laws, who’ve willingly joined a family of loud(er) and slightly outspoken females, lending each other a hand, my heart turns to more mush.^^ ^^But the two people who definitely had us all gushing, are the youngest in our family clan. I still can’t get over how cute Ari and Reagan looked in their little dress and vest – all created out of the unused fabric from Kelly’s bridesmaid dress! I can’t wait to share all these pictures with them when they’re older. I’m sure they’ll love that we made them match their parents.^^Looking at these photos, it’s hard to believe we were still a few hours from the ceremony and reception, and yet I had little idea how much fun was in store, and how unbelievably fast it would go. And trust me, I can’t wait to share all those with you, but until then, I’ll leave you with this gem. ↑
P.S. Pictures were taken in downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Dress and bridesmaid dresses can be found HERE. Suits came from JCPenny (sadly, they’re discontinued now) and groomsmen’s ties are from HERE.
P.P.S. In case you’re interested, here’s a recap of our rehearsal dinner.