Anniversary Throwback - #6 Our Wedding

As you may have noticed from this series, I am missing a traditional wedding event.  I did not have a bachelorette party, instead at had a luxurious at home spa night alone. 

After months of planning, J and I decided that a big wedding was not best for us and decided to plan an elopement.  I spent the night at my dad's and then woke up early the next day to prepare.  I did my own makeup using products that were given to me at my Mary Kay bridal shower.  I also did my own hair which did not work the way I had hoped it would.  



After a small breakfast, we headed to the courthouse to meet J and his father.  We wed in a small room with the Justice of the Peace officiating.




My dad hosted a potluck brunch with family and friends at his house as our reception.  We borrowed two long tables from a friend and I decorated them with table cloths from the Party Store, Valentine's Day M&Ms leftover from my bridal shower, and Mason Cars with tea candles.  To add a personal touch, I included a childhood picture of me at one table and one of Jeremy at the other. 






During the reception, my coworker and close friend snapped some gorgeous photos of us. 




These women have played such a large role in my life and I am thankful for each of them.


My bestfriend and Maid of Honor, Kimberly. 


My something old was the same necklace my mother wore on her wedding day.  I wish she could have been there for mine however, I know that she was watching from heaven.  My something borrowed was this gorgeous birdcage veil from a coworker.  Something new was my dress and my something blue was the soles of my heels. 


My handsome men!


These women are like mothers to me and I love them so much!


My goddaughter was my adorable Flower Girl and I just adored her hair!  My dad and I purchased a premade cake from our supermarket the night before and they had one in our colors!  I purchased the Willow Tree cake topper with my mom when J and I first got engaged.  I loved having little pieces of her at my wedding. 


Our guestbook was a canvas that I drew on with a blue acrylic paint pen and then I placed three other colors in a mason jar.  Everyone one wrote sweet notes and I love looking at it in our home. 


My favorite part of our wedding was the cake smashing! 

  

I purchased my bouqet at Hobby Lobby with a 50% coupon and I found the "H" ornament at Micheal's.  My dad surprised me with these gorgeous flowers that are now planted in our backyard.  For our wedding toast, J and I used the same glasses my parents used at their wedding.

It might not have been the day I had always dreamed about or wanted.  For months after our wedding I regretted letting J talk me into eloping.  However, looking back now, I am truly happy with our elopement and with the man I share my life with. 


Anniversary Throwback - #5 Bridal Expo & Shower

Bridal Expos are an amazing way to meet vendors, see ideas, and get free stuff!  I went with my bridesmaid Carmen and we had a blast!  There were florists, photographers, DJs, and more.  We even snagged free facial coupons from the OBGYN's booth!  This helped me so much with my planning process, even though J and I decided to elope.  Everyone is so sweet and you get to sample food, cake, and other treats.






Almost every booth has a giveaway that you can register for and we entered all of them!  A few weeks later I received a call that I had won a free bracelet from Stella & Dot!



My Bridal Shower was thrown by my best friend and Maid of Honor, Kimberly.  The theme was Mary Kay and Mimosas and it was a BLAST!  The party was the day after Valentine's Day so I grabbed a bunch of decorations and candy from the holiday section at Target.  Kimberly's friend is a Mary Kay consultant and she taught us amazing makeup tricks, gave us facials and even gave me makeup samples to wear on my wedding day.  My friends purchased tons of products so I left with almost a hundred dollars worth of makeup and skin care for only $35!  It was a great bonding experience and I still use some of my products. 



Anniversary Throwback - #4 Engagement Pictures

Taking engagement pictures was so much fun because I love having my picture taken, even though J hates it!  After spending hours on Pinterest, I decided that our pictures should be personal and reflect our style.  We had three different themes: causal, dressy, and Harry Potter.

Find out more about about our photographer here.






As you may remember from the proposal post, J popped the question using a Harry Potter book.  I wanted to incorporate this into our photos so we each brought along our wand and favorite book.