I am thrilled to finally share with you photos from our wedding, after teasing few of them on Instagram and in my highlights from 2016. Today's post covers our first look photos and what we wore (with a few "getting ready" bonus pics for fun), so stayed tuned for the second post next week with details from our ceremony and reception.
This recap felt effortless to write because each image recalls happy memories and each detail is meaningful. Plus, I have nearly 1,000 gorgeous photos (seriously) from Red Gallery Photography, who are so talented and absolutely wonderful to work with. You might remember seeing our Brooklyn engagement session with Red Gallery here and here.
We took these photos at Scioto Country Club (our reception venue), which is Upper Arlington, Ohio (my hometown).
The photo above makes me smile every single time I see it, because to me it captures our joy upon seeing each other at our first look.
This dress: it's a complete dream, and I adore it.
My parents and sister came to NYC for a weekend full of dress shopping (and meeting Doug's parents!), and I put them through the wringer with appointments at four bridal boutiques over two days. I saved Schone Bride for last because when I suspected (correctly, it turns out) that I would find my gown from Rebecca Schoneveld. Based on that hunch, I went to other shops first so that I could refine my vision for the dress. By the time I got to Schone Bride, I was focused and ready to find THE dress - and then toast the occasion with a champagne cocktail!
A favorite detail: carrying my great-grandmother's clutch as my "something old".
I knew that I wanted light pink pumps for my wedding shoes, and I searched high and low to find this pair. Luckily my hunt coincided with the summer sales!
One of the sentimental aspects that I loved about getting married in my hometown was being able to spend the morning at my parents' house and to get dressed in my childhood bedroom.
Tim Maurer of Mukha Spa did my makeup, and he is excellent and so much fun. Tim came so highly recommended by one of my girlfriends (hi, Alexandra!) that as soon as we had our wedding date she gently and firmly insisted that I book Tim right away. I loved that my makeup was classic and subtle.
The equally talented Mindi Umbrell did my hair, and she absolutely nailed the style I had envisioned with loose curls pinned off my face. Mindi came recommended by the stylish ladies at Thread and drew raves from everyone in my bridal party.
I received the sweetest compliment from Doug, who told me that I not only looked beautiful but also very much like myself (i.e. not overdone). I happen to think that he looked particularly handsome in his ink blue tux - that's one shade off of midnight but darker than navy, in case you were wondering!
Photographs: Red Gallery Photography
Flowers: Rose Bredl
Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Makeup: Tim Maurer at Mukha Spa
Hair: Mindi Umbrell
Groom's Shoes: Bally
Event Coordination: Emily Duncan Event Planning